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Prof. Monika Ivantysynova has received the 2015 Robert E. Koski Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). She was cited for her "significant contributions in the area of analysis, design and control of axial piston pumps and hydrostatic-transmission systems, which are used to transmit fluid power in automotive, industrial and aerospace applications; and for efforts to create paths to disseminate fluid-power research results." The medal is accompanied by a $10,000 award. http://bit.ly/1HdzhF4
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Nearly 58,000 jobs will open annually across the United States in occupations involving food, agriculture, renewable natural resources and environment over the next five years, according to an employment outlook led by Purdue University. That will create many opportunities for college graduates in those fields, said Allan D. Goecker, assistant dean emeritus of Purdue's College of Agriculture and lead author of the report "Employment Opportunities for College Graduates in Food, Agriculture, Renewable Natural Resources, and the Environment, United States, 2015–2020." http://bit.ly/1AWCdkO
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Online registration closes today for Purdue's Center for Animal Welfare Science first symposium. The daylong event, "Addressing Current Animal Welfare Issues: Scientific Challenges and Their Societal Context," will be held Thursday, May 21, at Stewart Center, 128 Memorial Mall, on the West Lafayette campus. "This inaugural symposium examines why animal welfare remains a matter of growing public concern and why it is important to put science in its appropriate social context to help resolve socially contentious animal welfare issues," says Prof. Candace Croney, director of the center. "It also will highlight Purdue's unique capacity and leadership relative to science-based policy development and decision-making on animal welfare." http://bit.ly/1IxyUZa
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The Soil and Water Science youth curriculum development team led by Natalie Carroll, a Purdue professor of youth development and agricultural education and Extension specialist, has received the Universities Council on Water Resources' Education and Public Service Award. http://bit.ly/1E22s9A
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A Purdue research team is making progress in developing wireless implantable medical devices for treatment of a variety of conditions using wireless networks of nanoelectronic sensors and actuators. Discovery: Innovation@Purdue Engineering online magazine shows how these implantable systems are being pursued for applications including monitoring and suppression of epileptic seizures; prosthesis control for persons injured in war; and treatment of depression and gastroparesis, a partial paralysis of the stomach. http://bit.ly/1F9YB1i
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Throwback Thursday: Booth Tarkington and President Elliott in academic procession in connection with Tarkington's honorary degree, May 7, 1940. Photo by J.C. Allen and Son, West Lafayette, Indiana. http://bit.ly/1RDXD0x
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Throwback Thursday: Prof. J.B. Ward and L. E. Grosh, research associate, operate a card program calculator, 1953: http://bit.ly/1IxIsU3 The exhibit, “First in the Field: Beginnings of the Nation's First Computer Science Department,” runs through July 24 in the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center, fourth floor, HSSE Library, Stewart Center.
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The Center for Animal Welfare Science is offering travel grants/scholarships for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to present at academic Research and/or Extension conferences in 2015. Deadline is Friday, May 29 at 5 p.m. http://bit.ly/1bP4oeP
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A team led by Prof. Michael Rossmann has discovered the structure of a key protein on the surface of an unusually large virus called the mimivirus, aiding efforts to determine its hosts and unknown functions. The protein, called R135, is similar to an enzyme called aryl alcohol oxidase, which is found in a fungus and is involved in biodegrading lignin in plant cell walls. "This could tell us something about the mimivirus's natural hosts," Rossmann says. "We think there must be another host, something different than amoebas and that this enzyme helps the virus get into this host. Perhaps R135 participates in the degradation of lignin so that the virus can enter a host such as lignin-containing algae." http://bit.ly/1L1blW9
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Three new studies suggest that when communities are hit with disasters that contaminate drinking water the official decision-making and response often lack scientific basis. The result has been an inability to fully anticipate public health risks and effectively rid plumbing systems of contaminants, sometimes exposing residents to toxic chemicals, says Prof. Andrew Whelton. Since 2014, more than 1.5 million people across the nation have received drinking water tainted with crude oil, diesel fuel, algal toxins and coal-washing chemicals. "Numerous contamination incidents have been caused by chemical spills from storage tank ruptures, pipeline breaks, rail car and truck accidents, as well as algal blooms," Whelton says. http://bit.ly/1zZi82f
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Despite advances in farm machinery and crop management practices, the maximum number of Indiana corn and soybean acres planted per week in 2015 is not much different than 20 years ago, according to a new article by Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen. http://bit.ly/1Jw3mjB
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Purdue Prof. Marietta Harrison discusses the new Purdue-IU Health Arnett collaboration. http://bit.ly/1E7jS4p
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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.