Interview with Purdue Black History Month keynote speaker

Feb 14, 2012

WBAA's Kristin Malavenda interviews Dr. Bettye Collier-Thomas about her Black History Month keynote speech set for Wednesday, February 15 at Fowler Hall in Purdue's Stewart Center.

An environmental group at Purdue is asking the administration to include greener measures in the university’s Energy Master Plan.

The Sierra Student Coalition is presenting more than one-thousand public comments on how to provide additional clean energy options.

Organizer Alexis Boxer says the goal is to bring Purdue’s practices in line with some of its neighboring schools.

Boxer says there are prime opportunities now to raise funding for alternative energy efforts without increasing tuition for students.

Another Purdue professor is joining the National Academy of Engineering.

Supriyo Datta is the Thomas Duncan Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

He’s among the 66 new members elected to the academy this year, and joins 21 other Purdue professors and retirees with the same honor.

Datta is being recognized for his work on quantum transport modeling in nanoscale electronic devices.

Purdue Students Need Measles Immunizations

Feb 9, 2012

Nearly 1,000 Purdue students need to get measles immunizations within the next month.

The university is sending emails to 972-students who must get vaccinated by March 12th, or their academic records will be put on hold.

State health officials report an outbreak of the virus this past weekend at Super Bowl Village in Indianapolis.

If measles are reported on campus, students who have not received proper immunizations will not be allowed to attend class or other campus activities.


Indiana wheat crop on the right track

Feb 7, 2012

A Purdue expert says Indiana’s winter wheat crop is healthy and right on track despite wet weather at planting time last fall.

Agronomist Herb Ohm says the acreage for wheat is slightly reduced, but in very good shape.

He says Indiana farmers planted about 430-thousand acres of winter wheat for 2012, compared with the nearly 460-thousand for 2011.

Ohm says the wet fall delayed planting a bit, but the mild winter has allowed the crop to grow.

But he says if the warmer–than-normal temperatures persist, it could also lead to higher incidences of foliar disease.

Rayburn Honored for Academics

Feb 2, 2012

A Purdue basketball player is receiving accolades for her performance in the classroom.

The College Sports Information Directors of America named Brittany Rayburn to its District Five First Team All-Academic list.

It’s the second year in a row she’s earned first team honors and third straight year she has been acknowledged.  In 2010, Rayburn was placed on the second team.

She has a 3.71 GPA in Animal Science.

The senior leads Purdue with more than 14-points per game this season.

Going back to college can be a challenge for those who have settled into their careers.  Just ask Helen Keier.  She is juggling a full-time job, the mother of a 20-year-old son, and also is engaged.  She has a lot on her plate right now, all while pursuing a Master’s Degree at Purdue.

"Yes you can say you can carve out time to do things, but it's also important for any student to discover those pockets of time,” she said.

Keier is pursuing her Master’s in learning design and technology, but has never set foot on Purdue’s campus.

Purdue is investing more than a million dollars to help university researchers get their products on the market.

The Innovation and Commercialization Center, or ICC, aims at technology research and development.

Vice President of Research Richard Buckius believes the center will open doors for the discoveries made at Purdue to have a greater impact on the local, state, and national economy.

The center is part of Purdue’s ten-year funding plan to increase revenue over the next decade years.

Purdue Sports Podcast

Jan 23, 2012

WBAA's Sam Klemet and student reporter Rob McMahon discuss the Purdue Women's Basketball team's recent nine game winning streak, the inconsistency of the Purdue Men's Basketball team, and the offseason moves for the Boilermakers football team on this week's Purdue Sports Podcast.

Purdue Battles Back in Win Over Iowa

Jan 17, 2012


Purdue is learning to play through tough times. 

Five days ago, the Boilers suffered their first home loss since February of 2010 when they fell to Wisconsin 67-62.  What costs the Boilers against the Badgers was a 22-4 first half hole; Tuesday against Iowa, Purdue again had to pull out the shovels and start digging.  But, this time, the Boilers were able to climb to 75-68 win.

“We talked about adversity, yesterday,” said Terone Johnson.  “(Coach Matt Painter) was like ‘are we going fight through adversity or are we going to lay down?’”