Purdue University College of Science
Dear alumni and friends,

Remarkably, it's March. Spring break is upon us and we are nearing the midpoint of the university's sesquicentennial celebration. As we celebrate 150 Years of Giant Leaps, I want to share some stories of how the College of Science is moving forward, making new marks and leaving new footprints with our research and scholarship.

Pictured above with me are the recipients of the 2019 College of Science Faculty Research Awards: Donna Fekete (Biological Sciences), Leonid Rokhinson (Physics and Astronomy) and Zhiqiang Cai (Mathematics). On February 21, more than 100 colleagues and students gathered to celebrate the honorees' accomplishments and hear them talk about their work. It was truly my pleasure to host an event that highlighted the intellectual and collegial community that thrives in our college.

Featured below are our new department heads: Janice Evans, in Biological Sciences, joins us from Johns Hopkins; Dan Cziczo, in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, joins us from MIT. We are delighted to bring these senior scientists to join our college leadership.

I hope you'll scroll down to learn more about Janice and Dan, along with students, faculty and alumni who are making giant leaps of their own.

With very best wishes from all of us here in the college,

Patrick J. Wolfe
Frederick L. Hovde Dean of the College of Science
Miller Family Professor of Statistics and Computer Science

Janice Evans and Dan Cziczo
New department heads in Biology and EAPS
After a national search, senior scientists from Johns Hopkins and MIT joined the college on March 1.
Meet Janice Evans and Dan Cziczo
Jiaxin Yu and Dongyu Dai
Students' project wins $100K in global contest
Actuarial science undergraduate students Jiaxin Yu and Dongyu Dai bested Ph.D. and master's candidates from around the globe with their cybersecurity plan for insurance companies.
Learn about their winning entry
Herman Sintim
Precision medicine treats aggressive blood cancer
Herman Sintim leads a team of researchers deeveloping a series of drug compounds that have shown promise in treating AML.
Read about the drug compounds
Chen-Lung Hung
$1M grant explores quantum matter, string theory research
Physicist Chen-Lung Hung and colleagues are looking to reshape our understanding of space, time and dimensionality. That's not just cool, it's ultra-cold.
About the Keck Foundation grant
Isaac Childres
The leap from physics to board game design
Alumnus Isaac Childres (PhD S'14) is a big deal in the tabletop gaming world. He says physics and board game design have a lot in common.
Meet the creator of Gloomhaven

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