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Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Purdue President Mitch Daniels, and officials with Saab gathered in West Lafayette Wednesday for the grand opening of a new manufacturing and research facility.

The Swedish-based aerospace company expects to bring 300 new jobs to the area by 2027.

The event felt at times like a rock concert: huge video projections of jets and waving American flags were paired with blaring guitar music. 

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  Purdue University announced a partnership with the U.S. Space Force on Wednesday. 

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Purdue University President Mitch Daniels paid a visit to South Bend’s Purdue Polytechnic High School Thursday. 

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Purdue University on Friday announced its first “Old Golden Ticket” recipient, who will receive a year’s free tuition to the university. 

In May, Purdue announced it would hold a tuition lottery for Purdue students who submit proof of vaccination.


Heat waves across the world and potentially record-breaking high temperatures in the western United States are bringing renewed attention to the dangers of heat stress. 

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The Purdue University Board of Trustees took a key step at its meeting Wednesday toward giving up ownership of its NPR member station, WBAA. The university announced last week it intends to transfer ownership of WBAA to the public media group that manages Indianapolis NPR and PBS station WFYI. 


Purdue University trustees will take up a request Wednesday to give up ownership of WBAA, the NPR member station in West Lafayette. The negotiations with WFYI in Indianapolis are part of a national trend in the loss of local news from acquisitions and mergers.

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Purdue University plans to transfer control of West Lafayette's local NPR station, WBAA, pending approval from the school's board of trustees and the Federal Communications Commission. WBAA's AM frequency is the longest continuously-operating radio station in the state.

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Campus tours happen all the time at Purdue University, but one recently was a little different. Instead of fresh-faced high schoolers, they’re actively recruiting adults with jobs that allow them to work remotely.

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Everything from Lego figures, chimpanzees, and even pizza have successfully made it into space but Purdue University researchers are trying to crack a mystery that has long plagued NASA: how to make a refrigerator work in zero gravity.

Some NASA officials say cold food storage is one of the biggest hurdles for long-term space missions. 

In a lab on the campus of Purdue University, researcher Leon Brendel pulled the pin out of a refrigerator that had been elevated on a big, metal frame. 

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Indiana saw 32 highway work zone deaths in 2019, the most recent year with available data. That’s higher than any year in almost a decade. But researchers at Purdue University are trying to use data to stop accidents before they happen.

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Critics of solar power often point out that unlike coal or natural gas, it isn’t always available when the sun isn’t shining. But one type of solar power plant can be dispatched to the grid almost as easily as fossil fuels — the problem is, it’s expensive. Purdue University researchers are looking into ways to lower those costs, which would make these plants competitive.

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Black vultures have been harassing and sometimes killing calves, costing Indiana cattle farmers money. Purdue University researchers need farmers’ help to study the problem so they can come up with solutions.

Purdue Prepares To Host NCAA Tourney Games

Mar 16, 2021
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Mackey Arena will host a pair of opening round games, plus four first round games this week.

The action tips off with Wichita State against Drake at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.  Purdue’s arena was selected as one of six sites throughout Indiana hosting NCAA tournament games.

The tournament was moved to Indiana from regions around the country to limit travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“None of the teams are staying here locally. They are all coming back and forth from Indianapolis,” said Purdue Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities Al Capitos.

Search For Life On Mars Aided By Purdue Expert

Feb 9, 2021


Later this month, NASA expects to land a rover on Mars for a mission that experts say could help us understand how rare life is in the universe.


The site chosen for the mission was selected with help from a researcher at Purdue University.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue's charter plane was diverted to Indianapolis on Monday night because of mechanical problems. The Boilermakers were flying from their campus in West Lafayette, Indiana, to Maryland, where they are scheduled to face the Terrapins on Tuesday night. The athletic department issued a statement saying Purdue would change planes in Indy before continuing its trip. The news came less than 12 hours after the Boilermakers moved into the Top 25 for the first time this season, landing at No. 24.


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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Four Midwestern universities have formed a space-oriented academic and research alliance aimed at luring the U.S. Space Command headquarters to Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. The Omaha World-Herald reports that University of Nebraska President Ted Carter says the partnership with the University of North Dakota, Kansas State University and Purdue would develop new degree programs and research initiatives. Offutt is among the six finalists to become the headquarters.

Indiana And Purdue Cancel Rivalry Game Again

Dec 15, 2020
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Friday night's rescheduled football game between No. 7 Indiana and Purdue has been canceled because of concerns over COVID-19. It's the second time in two weeks the annual contest for the Old Oaken Bucket was scrapped. It is the first time it won't be played since a two-year hiatus in 1918 and 1919.  Approximately 125 games since late August have been postponed or canceled.

UPDATE: Purdue v. IU Football Game Canceled

Dec 8, 2020
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NEW (Dec. 9):

Indiana and Purdue have canceled Saturday’s football game because of an increase in COVID-19 cases at each school.

It’s the first time since 1919 that the annual in-state rivalry will not be played.

Both teams canceled practices Tuesday, pausing all team activities. On Wednesday, Indiana athletic director Scott Dolson and Purdue athletic director Mike Bobinski mutually agreed to cancel the game.

Purdue To Pay Workers During Pandemic A Bonus

Nov 26, 2020

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University plans to reward its faculty and staff with a $750 bonus for their “heroic work” keeping the West Lafayette campus open during the coronavirus pandemic. School officials announced Wednesday that more than 15,000 faculty, staff and graduate student staff hired before Sept. 1, 2020, will get the money in their checks in December. Part-time staff will get a pro-rated amount.


Purdue University’s head football coach, Jeff Brohm, confirmed his COVID-19 diagnosis Monday, after the results of both a daily antigen test and a PCR test taken Sunday came back positive. 

“It’s unfortunate, and it’s not ideal timing, but that’s the way that the world works today,” Brohm said in a Zoom press briefing Monday. 

Purdue: Football Coach Brohm Tests Positive For COVID-19

Oct 18, 2020
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue says football coach Jeff Brohm has tested positive for the coronavirus. The athletic department says in a statement that Brohm is awaiting a second test to confirm the initial result. The school in Indiana says he is isolating at his home. He is expected to speak with reporters during his regularly scheduled Zoom call Monday morning. The Boilermakers are scheduled to host Iowa in their season opener Saturday.


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Researchers at Purdue University hope to use smartwatch data to help detect early signs of COVID-19. The study could help perfect ways of using already available fitness-tracking data. 


Purdue University President Mitch Daniels, along with Greater Lafayette and university healthcare leaders, signed an open letter to Tippecanoe County’s health officer Tuesday urging him to allow the health department’s bar and restaurant order -- enforced since August -- to remain in place for another

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Purdue University Monday suspended 14 students who attended a party in a residence hall Saturday night, 13 of whom were identified as student-athletes.

The school’s Code of Conduct penalizes students who violate the Protect Purdue Pledge -- which calls for mask wearing and social distancing -- at on- or off-campus gatherings.

The athletics program said in a statement that the party involved “out of season” student-athletes and that it was working with the university, calling the incident “unfortunate.” 

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Gov. Eric Holcomb said he talked with the presidents of Purdue and Indiana University ahead of the decision to resume Big Ten football this fall.

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Firefighting foams with the toxic chemicals PFAS have contaminated water at military bases around the country. But less is known about how they find their way into rural water supplies — like private wells. Two Indiana universities have received grants to study that question. 


Thirty-six Purdue University students were suspended Thursday after attending a gathering at the on-campus Circle Pines Men’s Cooperative house in West Lafayette.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — The Purdue University Board of Trustees has approved the purchase of a powerful new supercomputer from Dell that will support a wide range of research. Purdue says the high-performance computer cluster called Anvil will significantly increase the capacity available to the National Science Foundation's Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment. It serves tens of thousands of researchers across the U.S. Purdue has been a partner in the project for the past nine years. Anvil will be funded by a $10 million Science Foundation grant.

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