Purdue plans MLK Commemorative events

Jan 15, 2013

Purdue is planning a series of events and service projects to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

WBAA's Mike Loizzo talks about those with College of Liberal Arts Dean Irwin Weiser and Dr. Philathia Bolton, who serve on the planning committee.

You can find the full list of events HERE.

Biofuels in aviation discussed at Purdue

Jan 8, 2013

Purdue is hosting an annual event, with the focus this year on how to enhance the aviation industry.

The Indiana Biomass Energy Working Group is meeting to discuss the future of biofuels in planes.

Chad Martin is the Renewable Energy Specialist at Purdue.

He says it’s the first time in the event’s five year history looking at biofuels in aviation.

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Purdue’s acting-president is entering his final week leading the university. Dr. Tim Sands returns to the provost’s office January 15, when Mitch Daniels officially begins his term as president.

Sands says he’s learned many things about Purdue through meetings with lawmakers, the state’s business leaders and alumni. He expects that to serve him well as he returns to the job of chief academic officer.

He says he’s prepared for job offers from other universities, but made a commitment to serve Purdue for the immediate future. Sands has served as provost since April, 2010.

Purdue's football season came to an end, Tuesday, with a 58-14 loss to Oklahoma State in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.  The Boilers ended the year 6-7 and have not had consecutive winning seasons since 2006 and 2007.  WBAA's Sam Klemet reports from Dallas on what the game means for the team now and moving forward.

Purdue prepares for Heart of Dallas Bowl

Dec 31, 2012

Purdue takes on Oklahoma State, Tuesday, in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.  WBAA's Sam Klemet is in Dallas and previews the matchup and what the game means for the Boilermakers' football program.

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Purdue’s request for a new academic building on campus is moving forward. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is recommending the proposed Active Learning Center to the State Budget Committee for its consideration.

Purdue acting-President Tim Sands says the building would focus on learning spaces that promote collaboration among students. It also would consolidate some of the 14 libraries on campus.

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Tyrell Connor spends a lot of time on Purdue’s campus.  He figures between classes and studying he commits about 35-to-40 hours a week in the school’s buildings.

But, for the fourth year PhD student, one facility in particular represents an ongoing struggle for him and other African American students.

Purdue has no shortage of landmarks.

Its clock tower is visually appealing and the sound of its bell can be heard throughout campus.  The Engineering Fountain offers a beautiful backdrop for graduation and family photos and basketball games inside Mackey Arena spark energy into campus

These landmarks represent what Purdue is today.  But, the land they sit on was once home to Native Americans who now make up less than one percent of the student population.

“People don’t relate to that connectedness that already exists,” said Canek Phillips.

Boilers top Ball State, 66-56

Dec 18, 2012

A freshman helped Purdue’s men’s basketball team get back on track.

A.J Hammons scored a team-high 15-points in the Boilermakers 66-56 win over Ball State.

Terone Johnson chipped in 14-points and D.J Byrd and Ronnie Johnson both scored eleven.

The victory ends a two game skid for the team.

Ball State led in the second half, before Purdue pulled away.  Lafayette-native Jesse Berry led the Cardinals with 22-points.

The Boilermakers get a week-and-a-half off, before welcoming William and Mary to Mackey Arena, December 29th.

Purdue develops high-tech insect trap

Dec 18, 2012

In the U.S. in 2010, crop growers lost $20-billion to insect damage and spent $4.5-billion on insecticides.

A new product being developed by Purdue researchers is making pest management more efficient.

The “Z-Trap” is a pheromone-baited device that counts the number of target insects captured and relays that information to the farmer via wireless technology.

This eliminates the labor intensive task of manually checking traps to monitor insect populations.

It also helps growers better control crop damage caused by insects and improve the use of insecticides.