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A new automated system detects cracks in the steel components of nuclear power plants and has been shown to be more accurate than other automated systems.

“Periodic inspection of the components of nuclear power plants is important to avoid accidents and ensure safe operation,” says Mohammad R. Jahanshahi, an assistant professor in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering in Purdue Engineering.

“However, current inspection practices are time consuming, tedious and subjective because they involve an operator manually locating cracks in metallic surfaces.” http://bit.ly/2mi8Ys1
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Reminder: Discovery Park at Purdue University Distinguished Lecture Series Seminar with S. Julio Friedmann today at 2:30 p.m.
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New Scientist magazine reports on haptics research done by Juan Wachs and Brad Duerstock in Purdue Engineering in an article entitled, "Blind people 'see' microscope images using touch-feedback device." http://bit.ly/2lmCKPz

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Talk of love on Valentine's Day can be confusing for children and challenging for adolescents because the word "love" is used in so many ways to mean so many different things, says a Purdue University child development expert.

"As adults, we may feel that crushes are silly and unreal, but they are very real to the children who experience them,” says Judith Myers-Walls, professor emeritus of child development in Purdue University College of Health and Human....

“In all cases and with all ages, parents and other adults should take children's feelings seriously.”

Myers-Walls says adults can help children explore ways to share feelings with the objects of their admiration without giving wrong impressions or risking too much embarrassment. Parents also can be sounding boards, providers of suggestions and feedback, partners in celebration, and shoulders to cry on when necessary.

"There will be some awkward moments in young people's explorations of love. It can't be avoided," she says. "There will be some false starts, sudden endings, misunderstandings and real growth. We cannot control these things as it is something they need to experience on their own.” http://bit.ly/2kLrJXt
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If the feeling of loneliness creeps in this Valentine's Day, don't fret. Instead, volunteer at a local animal shelter or give a pet some extra attention.

"We tend to do a lot of things with animals that we would also do with another human," says Alan Beck, the Dorothy N. McAllister professor of animal ecology and director of the Center of the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue. "We talk to them and interact with them as though they were human."

Beck says having an animal is a great substitute for a significant other on Valentine's Day because they are like "family on demand." Just watching a pet or other animals makes humans feel more relaxed and life feel a little easier.

Having a pet or interacting with an animal can give people some of the same comforts of being around other family or friends such as talking, feeling less lonely, finding comfort with touch, the joy of caring and nurturing, being stimulated to exercise, finding reasons to laugh and serving as a focus for attention. All of these reduce stress. http://bit.ly/2l17hBX
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Takashi Hibiki, professor and associate head of Purdue University’s School of Nuclear Engineering, has received the Award for Eminent Achievements in Nuclear Science and Technology from the Atomic Energy Society of Japan. It is the highest honor bestowed by the society for research and honors people who have made major contributions in academic or technical fields related to the peaceful use of atomic energy.

Hibiki was cited for "extensive and outstanding original research contributions to nuclear thermal-hydraulics, instrumentation methods and modeling of two-phase flow." He has authored or co-authored 218 journal papers, 186 conference papers, one book and five book chapters. http://bit.ly/2kBQKS0
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Finalists in the Big Idea Challenge Discovery Park at Purdue University will give presentations Feb. 23 in the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship (MRGN), Room 121.

The challenge is a new program that will provide resources to interdisciplinary teams of Purdue faculty and students pursuing bold proposals involving interdisciplinary teams to address global challenges. Selected teams will be funded for up to two years, depending on scope of the proposal, with a pool of strategic investment resources. http://bit.ly/2lrZX32
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Happy Birthday to Abe Lincoln, who signed the Morrill Act of 1862, which allowed for the creation of institutions of higher learning. Purdue University was founded seven years later as a land-grant college.
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David R. Johnson, assistant professor of industrial engineering in Purdue Engineering and political science in thePurdue University College of Liberal Arts, has received a Grant Challenge grant from Purdue University Libraries and the Purdue Policy Research Institute in Discovery Park at Purdue University.

The project, "Decision Support for Flood Risk Mitigation: Automated Data Collection and Visualization Tools," will develop automated data collection tools and interactive decision support systems to tackle the grand challenge of increasing coastal flood risks and address the need for better risk communication.

Johnson's was one of four proposals selected for funding, which was made possible through a project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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Manjana Milkoreit, an assistant professor of political science in the Purdue University College of Liberal Arts, has received a Grant Challenge grant from Purdue University Libraries and the Policy Research Institute in Discovery Park at Purdue University.

The project, "Global Temperature Goals to Avoid Climate Tipping Points: A Serious Game to Support Serious Decisions," will be a first-of-its-kind project that merges a creative knowledge co-production process between scientists and decision makers on urgent questions in global climate change governance and a scientific assessment of the effectiveness of this science-policy interaction.

Milkoreit's was one of four proposals selected for funding, which was made possible through a project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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