"Credit Creep" bill heading to governor

Mar 7, 2012

Governor Mitch Daniels says he will sign into law legislation limiting the number of credit hours needed to earn a college degree.

The bill would cap most bachelor’s degrees at 120 hours and a associate’s degrees at 60 hours. If a public college or university requires more than that, it must explain why to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

Daniels says the measure addresses two problems: The college completion rate and tuition costs.

Purdue Sports Podcast

Mar 6, 2012

WBAA's Sam Klemet and student reporter Rob McMahon discuss the Purdue women's basketball team's Big Ten Tournament championship, preview the Boilermakers' men's conference tournament hopes, and take a look at the  hot starts of the Purdue baseball and softball teams.

Parking Tickets Closer to Increasing in WL

Mar 6, 2012

Parking tickets are a step closer to going up in price in West Lafayette.

The city council unanimously voted to increase the fines from 15 to 35-dollars.

President Ann Hunt says the increase would bring the city in line with Purdue’s fees and is a way to reduce university motorist parking in neighborhoods.

The city council must vote again on the issue next month.

If the price changes are approved, they will fall in line with Purdue’s fines.

The director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (M.D.A.) is looking to Purdue researchers to help solve problems the nation is facing.

Lieutenant General Patrick O’Reilly (U.S. Army) believes work underway at the university can help protect the country and its allies from a ballistic missile attack.

“What we’ve already seen and benefited from here at Purdue is research in battle management, which is basically using computers and software to understand and operate complex missile defense systems, and in propulsion of missiles and rocketry.”

Kevin Camp / WBAA

Purdue’s 33rd annual Bridge Bust contest for high school students attracted roughly 200 participants.

The bridges made from balsa wood and glue were judged on efficiency, aesthetics, and “structural concepts.” Sand-filled buckets were hung from the bridges to test their load-bearing capacity.

Defending efficiency champion Grant Shortridge from Vermillion High School thinks his current bridge is an improvement from the previous model.

A pair of Korean companies is showing what their technology can do to help local firefighters.

HoyaRobot and DRB have built robots used to fight fires.

HoyaRobot’s device is a small one that uses a camera to help find people trapped in a burning building.  DRB’s is designed to go into a blaze and spray water to reduce the risk for firefighters.

Lafayette Fire Chief Richard Doyle says the technology has great potential for the department in the future, particularly to fight larger fires.

Shorthanded Purdue Falls to Michigan State

Feb 19, 2012

In many ways, Purdue’s performance Sunday against Michigan State was a microcosm of the team’s past week.

The Boilermakers started off strong, only to fall late.

The eighth-ranked Spartans beat Purdue for the third straight time 76-62.

“The game is all about emotions and it’s about runs too.  For a while we had Michigan State struggling to hit shots and then (Austin) Thorton and those guys got it going from the outside in the second half and we kind of cooled down,” said senior guard Lewis Jackson. 

Ivy Tech receives one of five federal Smart Grid grants

Feb 17, 2012


Ivy Tech and Purdue University are combining education and industry to form the Crossroads Smart Grid Training Program.

The goal is to train students and displaced workers for jobs in the electric energy sector.

Ivy Tech will be the lead institution in the partnership, with funding coming from a $4.7-million federal grant.

Curriculum will be developed to train operators, technicians, engineers, and research scientists in college degree and certificate programs.

Grant to fund Purdue research into spinal cord injuries

Feb 17, 2012

Purdue will use a grant from the National Institutes of Health to further its research on spinal cord injuries.

The Center for Paralysis Research received one-point-five-million dollars for its work dealing with the chemical acrolein.

Basic Medical Sciences Professor Riyi Shi is the lead researcher.

He says the treatment developed through this study could also be used with other disorders, such as multiple sclerosis.

Shi says the initial spinal injury can get worse within days because of the chemicals released when nerve cells are damaged.

Public comments on Purdue’s Comprehensive Energy Master Plan are being reviewed by university administrators.

The proposal aims to improve energy efficiency while still meeting heating and cooling needs on campus.

A hearing was held last night in Stewart Center, allowing the community members to give feedback in person.

In addition, the university has been fielding written comments on the plan since it was made available to the public January 10th.