Purdue University

While Siri and Alexa can tell jokes, they don’t know why humans find things funny. But a Purdue University scientist hopes solving that problem will open new doors for device creators.

Researchers Propose Alternative To Trump's Border Wall

Mar 6, 2019

Researchers across the country, including a few in Indiana, have put together a plan that could transform the U.S.-Mexico border in a different approach to the wall President Donald Trump is calling for.

Panumas Nikhomkhai / Pexels.com

The U.S. could see large-scale activation of its first 5G cell phone networks later this year, but a Purdue University researcher has found vulnerabilities in the system that could expose it to hackers.

Purdue post-doctoral researcher Syed Hussain says the faster network’s security is better suited for the 4G and 3G wireless technology it’s built from. He worries that makes the network susceptible to hacking information such as a caller’s location and number of calls placed.


WBAA’s John Clare talks with William Griffel and Rhonda Blacklock, from Purdue Musical Organizations. PMO offers six choral ensembles and one handbell choir. Purdue Musical Organizations serve the Purdue community as ambassadors of goodwill on campus, across the country and around the world. They’ll discuss the organization’s history, tours and preview their concerts this month.

Purdue Technology Turns Plastics Into Diesel, Gasoline

Mar 5, 2019

Researchers at Purdue University may have found a way to turn plastic bags, milk jugs, and food containers into fuel. 

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee. (Zach Herndon/WTIU)
Lauren Chapman

Indiana’s public universities made their funding requests to Senate legislators Tuesday as that chamber’s budget hearings are underway.


Purdue professors are voicing concerns over a new partnership between the university’s Online Writing Lab, or OWL, with textbook rental and online tutoring service Chegg.

Some Purdue faculty argue that, rather than learning the material of a course, students could use answers provided by Chegg and similar programs to complete homework assignments and even tests.

Purdue To Give Select Staff $500 Bonus In Spring 2019

Feb 18, 2019
Purdue University

Purdue University plans to give one-time, $500 bonuses this spring to employees making less than $75,000 annually. President Mitch Daniels announced the initiative at the University Senate meeting Monday.

Daniels calls the bonus a “modest gesture” meant to thank staff for the work they do. He says that work allows the university to operate without raising tuition, which he announced will remain the same through the 2020-21 academic year. Tuition hasn’t gone up for Purdue students since 2012.

Union Club Hotel To Close In June For Renovations

Feb 8, 2019
Taylor Haggerty / WBAA

Purdue’s Union Club Hotel will close this summer for renovation. The Purdue University Board of Trustees approved the decision Friday.

Charlie Criscola / https://www.flickr.com/photos/charlieboy808/6789488540

West Lafayette restaurants are facing pressure to reduce the number of plastic straws they use after the city council voted this week in favor of a resolution encouraging environmentally-friendly alternatives. But Purdue University officials say they don’t plan to remove plastic straws from campus.