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September 1994

Providing a well-rounded education and producing well-rounded graduates is the goal for most universities, and Purdue is no exception. Whether it's bugs or burgundy, the power of women or putting greens, there's a course for just about every interest -- and an equally interesting instructor who brings his or her own brand of excitement to the classroom. Here are a few of the selections for the fall semester.

Bug appreciation

Entomology Professor Tom Turpin helps students become "astute consumers of entomological information" in his course, "Insects: Friend & Foe." Turpin also oversees the annual "Bug Bowl" each spring on campus, which features cockroach races, human caterpillar crawls and cooked insect treats. His course covers the basics of insect biology, insects in art and literature, and human/insect interaction. In one assignment, students take home a crawly critter as a pet. CONTACT: Turpin, (765) 494-4568.

Golf, anyone?

Purdue's Department of Agronomy offers a course called "Golf Turf Management" to teach students the proper way to maintain a golf course. This will be the first time the course has been offered to Purdue students as part of the department's turf science curriculum. The class, taught by Associate Professor Clark Throssell, will cover topics including the construction and care of putting greens; management of the rough, tees and fairways; and managing a budget and staff. CONTACT: Throssell, (765) 494-4785.

Impact of women

Researcher Carolyn Johnson teaches a class called "Black Women Rising." She looks at the role of black women and their impact on the economy, politics, and social and cultural issues in the black community. CONTACT: Johnson, (765) 494-5680.

Game theory

Despite the title of the course, it's not all fun and games in the Department of Economics' "Game Theory" class. Dan Kovenock, professor of economics, says students in this course mathematically model the strategies, rules and payoffs encountered in games like tic-tac-toe. The modeling technique of formally specifying strategies, rules and payoffs is then applied to many real-world situations such as bargaining between businesses and labor unions, the auction of offshore oil leases, or decision making in litigation. CONTACT: Kovenock, (765) 494-4468. Note: Kovenock previously taught the course; Charles Noussair, assistant professor of economics, is teaching the course now.

Herbs, spices and medicinal crops

Jim Simon, associate professor of horticulture, teaches a five-week miniclass that introduces students to the commercial herb, spice and medicinal plant industry in North America. The one-credit course, "Herbs, Spices and Medicinal Crops," covers all facets of production of these temperate and tropical plants, from sowing to harvest, postharvest handling, and processing to marketing. Simon plans class discussions on the commercial opportunities for new aroma compounds (such as oils), natural pesticides, natural antioxidants and medicinal compounds. The class meets from Sept. 26 through Nov. 1. CONTACT: Simon, (765) 494-1328.

Wine tasting

Enologist Richard Vine helps students develop discriminating palates in his "Wine Appreciation" class. Students must be 21 to enroll. Vine works with the Indiana Wine Grape Market Development Council to educate the public on the science of wine and wine-making. Vine also helps amateur winemakers ferment with the best in his book, "The Home Winemaker's Guide," which helps clarify the cloudiest of wine-making questions without the slightest bouquet of wine snobbery. CONTACT: Vine, (765) 494-6500.

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