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Latino immigrants in the United States who are not yet citizens will not be voting in the 2016 presidential election, but history shows they are civically involved, says a Purdue University political science professor who followed Latino political engagement through the last presidential election.

"In many instances, the image of immigrants portrayed in the 2016 presidential primary debates was of people who are not really part of the United States, even though they reside in the United States," says James McCann, professor of political science. "But the perception that immigrants are not paying attention or are detached is inaccurate. They are customers, taxpayers, neighbors, co-workers and family members. Even for those who are not part of the electorate, they are a part of the public, and their civic involvement does have an effect. This can be by discussing politics with friends and family members or attending community events." http://bit.ly/2954W3V
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A nutrition sciences professor in the Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences has
received an $8.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study dietary recommendations and curbing sodium intake for young teenagers.

"Just like dietary habits, high blood pressure is often established during childhood and we need a better nutritional approach as this concerning incidence of high blood pressure climbs," says Connie Weaver, head and distinguished professor of nutrition science who is leading this study.

"Few studies have investigated the effect of specific diet recommendations or sodium reduction on blood pressure in adolescents, and knowing these effects could help prevent development of cardiovascular disease in adulthood." http://bit.ly/291Cs9L/
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The #Zika virus, like Ebola and other public health issues before it, bring up a variety of complex issues for women, says a Purdue University College of Liberal Arts expert who studies the history of medicine and women's health.

"The public reaction and recommendations related to the Zika virus and how it relates to women's issues – abstaining from sex and delaying pregnancy, self-blame if a child is born deformed, special needs for the affected children and fear around the disease in general – will have long-term implications for women's health," says Wendy Kline, the Dema G. Seelye Chair in the History of Medicine.

"People are refraining from pregnancy, and that raises interesting questions about reproductive health and choice because some of the affected countries are not providing reasonable options other than the suggestion of abstinence. It's not so black and white when financial, social, religious and cultural aspects are involved." http://bit.ly/291h4zj
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Purdue University - alma mater of the first man to set foot on the moon - will play a role in another national moonshot initiative; this one seeking not to land on the moon but to double the rate of progress in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care over the next five years.

In January, President Barack Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum establishing a first-of-its-kind federal task force to end cancer as we know it and announced a new $1 billion initiative to jumpstart the Cancer Moonshot.

As part of this initiative, the Purdue Center for Cancer Research will host a Cancer Moonshot Summit from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday (June 29) in the Herman and Heddy Kurz Atrium of the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering. Purdue's summit is free and open to the public and will be one of hundreds held across the nation that day, including one in Washington, D.C., convened by Vice President Joe Biden. Registration for Purdue's summit is available online at http://bit.ly/28Yp0Cx.
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Two Purdue University postdoctoral researchers have been awarded $5,000 Postdoc Challenge grants from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) to fund projects to improve chronic pain treatments and pertussis prevention.

Karin Ejendal, a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, won the award for her project, "Adenylyl cyclase type 1: a promising molecular target for the treatment of chronic pain." Yung-Yi Mosley, a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology, won the award for her project, "Unraveling the genetic basis of the immune response to pertussis vaccination."

Indiana CTSI awarded eight $5,000 Postdoc Challenge grants for a total of $40,000 in funding to postdoctoral researchers from Purdue, Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame. http://bit.ly/28NaOed http://ow.ly/i/kxVYB
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A new system developed by Prof. Karthik Ramani in Purdue Engineering uses a “convolutional neural network” that mimics the human brain and is capable of “deep learning” to understand the hand’s nearly endless complexity of joint angles and contortions.

“We figure out where your hands are and where your fingers are and all the motions of the hands and fingers in real time,” Ramani says of Deep Hand, which uses a depth-sensing camera to capture the user’s hand and specialized algorithms that interpret hand motions. http://bit.ly/28O0qEe http://ow.ly/i/kzPPD
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Throwback Thursday: Happy Birthday to Purdue President James H. Smart, who served 1883-1900 and was born June 30, 1841. Purdue University Virginia Kelly Karnes Archi...
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Heart disease drug finds a new use in fight against cancer. Via The Purdue Exponent http://bit.ly/2903lse
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Jerry Lynch, professor of economics in Purdue Krannert, is an expert in monetary theory and policy, macroeconomics, and international trade and finance. He can talk about the economic implications of Great Britain’s vote to withdraw from the European Union.

Lynch has prepared a video interview that explains what’s behind the so-called “Brexit” movement and how it will impact both the stock market and trade agreements. The video interview is available at https://youtu.be/Q8VLpaSTYhg
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CoeusLite training sessions for Purdue research faculty and staff are scheduled during the months of July and August. Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) will demonstrate how to submit a new Institutional Research Board (IRB) protocol application through CoeusLite, followed by a question-and-answer session and one-to-one assistance on submissions.

The training sessions are scheduled, as follows:
July 11 (M): 1-3:30 p.m.
July 20 (W): 9-10:30 a.m. (WebEx/online)
July 22 (F): 9:30 a.m.-noon.
Aug. 10 (W): 8:30-11 a.m.
Aug. 17 (W): 9-10:30 a.m. (WebEx/online)
Aug. 29 (M): 2-4:30 p.m.

Registration is needed: http://bit.ly/290PDJb. Individuals will be notified of corresponding training locations after registration is initiated.

Group trainings may be requested by sending an email to IRBCoeusLiteTraining@purdue.edu or calling the HRPP office at 765-494-9894.
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YourEncore, Inc. and Purdue Research Foundation officials have unveiled a partnership that will connect YourEncore's experienced talent with Purdue's entrepreneurship and startup development activities to move innovations to market faster. http://bit.ly/28ND2G5

YourEncore is a leading provider of experts-on-demand for the pharmaceutical, medical devices and consumer goods industries. YourEncore experts include former executives from Fortune 500 companies as well as teams of experts with experience and technical know-how to get complex work done quickly.

"YourEncore experts average 25 years experience in a wide range of technical areas, and they can provide entrepreneurs with both the insight and the connections to advance their technology and startups," says Dr. Tim Franson, chief medical officer at YourEncore. http://bit.ly/28ND2G5
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New research aims to help educators quantify how the best students perform problem solving with the aid of instructional videos, a step toward learning how to better coach students in difficult engineering curricula.

The research features a new experimental format that uses data from a system that tracks students' "eye gaze" with cameras, also documenting individual problem-solving methods with "smartpens" that record handwriting and audio. Unlike previous research, the new approach defines the order in which a student performs specific actions, which could be crucial to the success of problem-solving methods, says Edward Berger, a Purdue University associate professor of engineering education and mechanical engineering in Purdue Engineering.

Twenty-four students participated in the study.

"We give them a problem to solve, and we record their actions as they engage with the video," he says. "Everybody in the world makes instructional videos now. But what we don't currently understand is exactly how students use videos in support of their problem solving. So we watch them use a video while they solve a problem, which has not been done before in any significant depth." http://bit.ly/28R9U5N
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World-renowned faculty and more than 400 research laboratories put Purdue University among the world's leading research institutions.
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Purdue's West Lafayette campus boasts more than 400 research laboratories and 116 University-approved research centers and institutes. Overseen by the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships, our growing research enterprise focuses on the following areas:

* Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education
* Life and Health Sciences
* Sustainability: energy, environment and climate change
* Security, Defense and Space Sciences
* Cyber and Information Technology

During the 2014 fiscal year, Purdue University received $389 million in research awards, an increase of nearly $70 million (close to 22%) over 2013. Sources included private industries, the National Science Foundation, several federal government departments and state and local grants.