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The announcement of the global health initiative was made at Purdue University. (Photo Purdue John Underwood)
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Purdue University has been chosen to lead a new research effort to address extreme poverty across the globe.

The university will recieve a $70 million investment from the U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID, which aims to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. 

Extreme poverty impacts the health of millions through food insecurity, water safety, disease and violence.

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As you drive down a main strip in Terre Haute, American flags line the street as far as the eye can see. But several weeks ago dozens of other national flags took flight along side them. Around 30 flags blow in the wind as they line the front of an apartment complex.

"Saudi Arabia is there," says Michael Ellis. "We have a lot of students from Saudi Arabia living here in the building."

Terre Haute resident sends a welcoming message 

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UPDATE (3:20 p.m., August 21):

Public relations representatives for comedian Andy Gross have begun circulating an apology for the performer's act during Purdue's Boiler Gold Rush freshman orientation.

Rebecca Kaufman, a lawyer with Beverly Hills, California firm Glassman Media Group, says Gross is not consenting to taped interviews, but sent a statement which reads, in part:

Indiana farmers anticipate high yields for corn and soybeans. But coupled with retaliatory tariffs against the U.S. from China, Canada and Mexico, farmers’ income could continue to be depressed.

Fifth generation Elkhart County farmer Mike Morehouse comes from a family that’s been working the land for more than 150 years. Growing corn and soybeans, he recently bought a new grain bin to store his corn.

Ball State Will Keep Papa John's Name On Business Program

Aug 3, 2018

Ball State University’s governing board says it will not take the name of the Papa John’s pizza chain founder off a business program at the school.  As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, several area universities have had to consider actions after something the Ball State alumnus said.

A Purdue professor has found that rooms rented on sites such as Airbnb benefit white neighborhoods, but do less good for black and Latino areas.

Getting certified to sell organic fruit and vegetables is expensive and time consuming, but a new study shows that Midwest organic farmers are more likely to give up the certifications they worked so hard for. 

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SECOND OF A TWO-PART SERIES

Universities are seeing success in recruiting more women to their computer science programs, but making sure they want to stay in the major is a different challenge. And colleges can struggle to make sure the environment is as inclusive as possible.

For example, in the computer science department at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, there’s only one bathroom.

The building only has room for one, and for a while it was men-only.

Charlotte Tuggle / WBAA

FIRST OF A TWO-PART SERIES  

The computer science field is booming, yet women are still underrepresented within it. Research shows one reason is that girls are not as exposed to computer science in K-12 education. So universities are reaching out to schools to introduce computing earlier.

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