Purdue key in attracting business to IN

May 14, 2012

Six of the top 100 reasons for businesses to move to Indiana involve Purdue.

That’s according to a new report by The Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

The study found the university’s business school, its preparation of students for the workforce, international population, and supercomputer as attractive resources for companies considering locating in the state.

Katelyn Hancock with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation says the final list came from hundreds of suggestions.

Purdue's eleventh president joins her predecessors in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union.

The bust of France Cordova was unveiled Friday at a ceremony with the members of the Board of Trustees and other administrators on hand.

Chairman Keith Krach, Vice Chairman Tom Spurgeon, and John Hardin, who chaired the search committee that selected Cordova as president, spoke about her courage to be the first female president and other highlights of her tenure.

Cordova, first gentleman Christian Foster, and members of the board helped pull the black veil off the bust.

Purdue to provide wellness center for employees

May 11, 2012

Most Purdue employees should have access to an on-site wellness center by the end of the year.

The Board of Trustees approved a contract Friday with CHS Health Services to operate the center. It would be for employees and their dependents covered by a university medical plan.

Vice President for Human Resources Luis Lewin says the move is expected to save on health care costs in the long run.

Purdue eyes new natural gas projects

May 8, 2012

Purdue is taking money once set aside for one project and using it for others.

The university is planning to use more than $33-million to move away from coal powered energy and toward natural gas.

The money comes from what was supposed to be used to build a clean-coal boiler, but that project was canceled last year.

Vice President of Physical Facilities Bob McMains says Purdue will now focus on natural gas projects, which are more viable for the future.

A Purdue graduate who helped fund nearly half of a more than $4-million project is back on the West Lafayette campus to see the finished product.

Roland Parrish contributed $2-million to renovate the library in the Krannert Building.

The business owner and former Boilermaker track star says the facility combines some of the best aspects of his Purdue experience.

He hopes the facility serves as a resource for current Boilermakers to start their careers.

Hundreds of kindergarten through high school students are expected on the Purdue campus Thursday and Friday.

The nearly 2,000 students and teachers are coming for NanoDays at Discovery Park.

This year’s theme is The Biggest Event for the Smallest Science. Nanotechnology is the ability to measure, manipulate and manufacture objects between one and 100 nanometers in size – that’s a fraction of the diameter of a human hair.

Greater Lafayette forum tackles immigration

Apr 23, 2012

The Greater Lafayette community is taking a closer look at immigration laws.

A panel of experts spoke on the issue Monday night during a forum sponsored by the Diversity Roundtable of Greater Lafayette at Ivy Tech Community College.

Angela Adams, Director of Immigration Group, Lewis & Kappes Counselors and Attorneys at Law, Indianapolis, says bringing the conversation to the forefront is a start in finding a resolution.

Purdue Political Science Professor Jay McCann says there needs to be compromise from both sides if any progress is going to be made.

Students tackle local government issues

Apr 20, 2012

Students at Oakland High School are putting together a plan to make streets around the school safer.

A group has put together a proposal to add a speed bump, and potentially improved signage, that will help slow traffic.

Senior Mallory Peters says there have been 60 incidents in the past year in which cars have hit pedestrians in the Lafayette area, and this is particularly concerning for places where students are walking

Purdue is celebrating plans for two new buildings.

Lyles-Porter Hall will house the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, the Indiana University School of Medicine-Lafayette, and other health programs.

The $54-million facility will have an attached parking garage.

The $25-million Drug Discovery Building will house researchers from various areas of study to further the university’s pharmaceutical development efforts.

Both buildings will be located in the newly designated Life and Health Sciences Park on the south side of campus.

Author lecture encourages innovative ideas

Apr 12, 2012

A best-selling author is giving a lecture on innovation to Purdue students and faculty.

Frans Johansson is speaking at Loeb Playhouse on the topic of his 2004 book The Medici Effect.

The book focuses on how combining seemingly random ideas can result in innovative breakthroughs.

Johansson hopes his lecture will inspire listeners to step outside their comfort zones. He says Purdue’s Discovery Park encourages a similar approach to innovation.

The Park is teaming up with Lilly Endowment to sponsor the free talk, which begins at 3:30pm Friday, April 13.