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September 1995

Top teacher makes the material interesting

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- What do Slinkys, Silly Putty, basketballs, ceramic footballs and commodes have to do with materials science?

Professor Keith J. Bowman uses them all to help his students understand the physics and engineering principles behind this complex subject.

Bowman's unconventional approach has attracted students, boosting enrollment in Purdue University's School of Materials Engineering. His efforts also earned him a Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award this year from Purdue, one of five given annually.

His students tell the story in the comments that accompanied his nomination:

Source: Keith J. Bowman, (765) 494-6316; home, (765) 463-9464; Internet,

Writer: Amanda Siegfried, (765) 494-4709; home, (765) 497-1245; Internet,

NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: A color feature photo of Keith J. Bowman in his office is available from Purdue News Service, (765) 494-2096. The photo also can be downloaded from a web server at

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