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April 16, 2014

In the Spotlight

Murphy Award profiles: David Eichinger and Kathleen Howell

Five exceptional teachers have been selected as recipients of the 2014 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Awards in Memory of Charles B. Murphy. Today, we focus on David Eichinger, associate professor of biology education, and Kathleen Howell, the Hsu Lo Distinguished Professor of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering.

David Eichinger


An opportunity to teach biology and chemistry in Zaire as a member of the Peace Corps led David Eichinger to discover a love of teaching. Eichinger served in the Peace Corps from 1978 to 1984 before returning to the U.S. to pursue a master's degree and then a doctorate in science education. He now has been guiding new generations of science teachers at Purdue for 22 years.

Kathleen Howell


For Kathleen Howell, using visualization in her teaching -- from digital 3-D models to interactive movies -- is key. After all, the more students can see physical representations of the concepts taught in her aeronautics and astronautics classes, the more they can digest them, and the more they can connect their classwork with real-world applications, Howell says.

Faculty and staff news

Security feedback panel to present report, recommendations at April 30 President's Forum

The Purdue community is encouraged to join President Mitch Daniels and the members of the emergency preparedness and security feedback panel for a President's Forum on April 30 in Purdue Memorial Union, South Ballroom. The forum, scheduled for 8-9 a.m., will focus on the final report and recommendations of the panel, which was formed after the Jan. 21 shooting on the West Lafayette campus.

Second provost finalist presentation to be held today

The second of three finalists for the position of Purdue provost will make a public presentation at 9:30 a.m. today (April 16) in Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse. The finalist is Debasish Dutta, associate provost and dean of the graduate college, the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor, and professor of industrial and enterprise systems engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Feedback on the candidates is requested at

Memo: Purdue's Printing services operations

This memo from Rob Wynkoop, managing director in the Office of the Executive Vice President for Business and Finance, Treasurer, is regarding the achievements and upcoming advancements of Purdue's printing services operations.

Purdue work environment survey for staff coming soon

As announced in November 2013, Human Resources has partnered with two Purdue faculty members to launch a long-term initiative to understand and improve the quality of the work environment for staff. In April, as part of this Quality of Work Environment Initiative, all Purdue staff will be invited to participate in a survey.

APSAC holds elections, merges subcommittees

The Administrative and Professional Staff Advisory Committee (APSAC) elected its 2014-15 vice chair and emeritus members and merged two of its standing subcommittees at its meeting April 9.

Food demonstration to offer advice for those on diabetic diet

Employees who have diabetes or have a family member with diabetes can learn ways to enhance their diets with fiber at a Center for Healthy Living food demonstration.

General news

Bronze bust of Purdue's Nobel laureate Negishi to be unveiled

A sculpture of Nobel laureate and Purdue professor Ei-ichi Negishi will be unveiled during a ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday (April 18) on the south steps of the Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry.

Purdue Research Foundation creates program for Northwest Indiana tech-based startups

Purdue Research Foundation officials Tuesday (April 15) announced a program to provide its award-winning entrepreneurial programs and facilities at reduced costs for entrepreneurs commercializing patented technologies licensed from any Indiana or Illinois institution of higher education.


Obama honors recipients of Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

Jeff Karpicke, the James V. Bradley Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences, and Tamara Moore, associate professor of engineering education, were among those honored Monday (April 14) at the White House as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

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