Drinking and driving targeted during Grand Prix

Apr 11, 2012

West Lafayette’s police chief says law enforcement will crack down on drinking and driving during Grand Prix weekend at Purdue.

Jason Dombkowski says his staff will have a sobriety check point set-up near the Village and have a zero-tolerance policy.

He says the city is using state grant money to increase efforts of curbing alcohol consumption and driving.

Crews also will set up barricades around the downtown campus area next Thursday and keep them up until Sunday morning to patrol motorist and foot traffic.

IN laws, legislation affecting higher education

Apr 4, 2012

Purdue’s vice president for public affairs thinks the university fared well during this year’s session of the General Assembly.

Julie Griffith says her office tracked a lot of legislation that affected the university. Those range from a public access bill dealing with open meetings and inspection of public records to the so-called “credit creep” measure capping most bachelor’s degrees at 120 credit hours.

Griffith says Purdue and other universities will continue to work on those bills signed into law and those likely to come back next year.

Panel to Discuss Health Care and Debt Issues

Apr 2, 2012

A health policy expert at Purdue says the goal of a forum on campus tomorrow (Tue) is to break down the complexities of the country’s health care system.

Political Science Professor Bert Rockman says he and other panelists will try to take a bi-partisan approach in discussing the topic.

He says the hope is to come up with solutions that serve the nation’s greater good.

Rockman says for the economy to truly recover there must be some resolution in stabilizing health care costs.

Wind Farm Project at Purdue Hits Wall

Apr 2, 2012

The wind farm set to go up on Purdue’s campus is stalled.

The company, Performance Services, is halting the project while it looks for new sources of revenue.

Mitchell Martin is an assistant dean in Purdue’s College of Agriculture.

He says the timeline is unknown, but the project has not and will not affect the work the university is doing on the site.

The project was expected to cost around $200-million.

The plan is to put up about 60 wind turbines, 17 of which would be located on Purdue’s research land.

Purdue grad students want their space

Mar 29, 2012

A group of Purdue students are discussing the need for their own center on the West Lafayette campus.

Graduate Student Government sent out a survey to its members Wednesday to see if such a space is needed. If there is, leaders want to know if using an existing building or creating a new one is the route to go.

PGSG President Rebecca Logsdon says from the responses she’s received so far, the idea is getting positive feedback.

Cordova Delivers Final 'State of the University'

Mar 28, 2012

Purdue’s president has an ambitious agenda during her remaining months in the job.

France Cordova laid out both her immediate and long term vision during her final 'State of the University' address.

She hopes Purdue keeps its identity as it moves forward, while also meeting the changing needs of students and faculty.

"We'll adapt to the revenue challenges and the technology challenges of the future, but we will not lose sight of our higher purpose, which is higher education," she said.

Cordova will step down July 15th.

Purdue presidential search committee on schedule

Mar 25, 2012

A member of the Purdue Board of Trustees says the process of hiring a new university president is on track.

Mike Berghoff is chairing the 13 member search committee looking for the next leader.

He says candidate screening is underway now through April.

The panel will forward the names of two to four finalists to the full board of trustees for consideration.

President France Cordova announced her last day on the job is July 15.

Purdue trustee named new McDonald's Corp. CEO

Mar 22, 2012

A Purdue grad and member of the university’s Board of Trustees will be the next chief executive officer of McDonald's Corporation.

Don Thompson will take over the position this summer.

He currently serves as the company’s president and chief operating officer.

Thompson earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue in 1984.

He has served as a trustee since July 2009.

Shuhua Yue / Purdue University image

New technology developed at Purdue could detect the beginning signs of breast cancer.

Researchers from the University and Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis have created a technology that locates potentially cancerous cells in the breast at an early stage. Vibrational Spectral Microscopy detects the order and organization of lipids in cells, which one of the first things to happen in the formation of cancer.

Associate Professor of Basic Medical Sciences Sophie Lelievre says this technology could lead to ways to prevent further cancer development.

Gov. Daniels on next Purdue University president

Mar 12, 2012

The next president of Purdue University will have statewide impact, and Governor Mitch Daniels is giving his input on what kind of leader he wants on the job.

The first character quality he mentioned was “change agent.” Daniels added, "Someone who sees a great opportunity in Purdue and can make it leap further forward in excellence, so it’s on par with Cal Tech and M.I.T."

When asked if he wants the job, Daniels said, "I have no comment on that. I've said I won't talk about a next job until later this year at the soonest."