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U.S. Surgeon General – and former Indiana Health Commissioner – Jerome Adams says additional screenings could offer Indiana college students more information about their potential for drug overdose and addiction.

Speaking Monday at Purdue University, Adams talked about what he called his own family’s genetic predisposition to addiction, and suggested that first-year students could benefit from taking an exam which correlates adverse childhood experiences with a likelihood for addiction later in life.

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Researchers from Indiana have found a possible way to better deliver cancer drugs to tumors in the brain. The challenge in delivery lies in what’s called the blood-brain barrier.

The blood-brain barrier protects the brain from dangerous foreign substances but also blocks drugs including chemotherapy from reaching tumors that have spread to the brain.

Purdue University scientists have provided the first comprehensive look at the blood-brain and blood-tumor barriers.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded Purdue University researchers about $1 million to develop growing techniques for organic hemp production.

Legal, commercial growth of hemp is set to start next year with farmers eager to get into the market.

Purdue University agronomy department head Ron Turco says the research will help create a base-level understanding of growing hemp.

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In Indiana, we grow a lot of corn for gasoline, but plants like switchgrass and sorghum can be used for fuel too — and producing those fuels creates fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

But those plants can also be harder to break down. Researchers at Purdue University say they’ve found easier ways of doing it. 

The thing that makes woody plants woody is also what makes them hard to turn into fuel — a compound called lignin.

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Authorities say a college student from New Jersey faces rape charges in the assault of a woman at a fraternity party off Purdue University's campus.

NJ.com reports Friday that 18-year-old Richard Chan, of Jackson, was charged in the attack that police say he recorded on his cellphone.

The (Lafayette) Journal & Courier reports police say a drunken Chan followed the woman into a bathroom at a Sigma Tau Gamma party Oct. 19 and raped her.

The woman reported the assault. Chan was jailed but posted bond the following day.

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A Purdue University professor and his wife have pleaded guilty to using more that $1 million in federal research funds for their own personal expenses.

Sixty-one-year-old Qingyou Han of West Lafayette is director of Purdue's Center for Materials Processing Research. He and his wife, 53-year-old Lu Shao of Lakewood, Ohio, pleaded guilty Friday to a felony wire fraud charge in federal court in Hammond.

Purdue Bans Staff, Students From Betting On Boilermakers

Oct 10, 2019

 

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — The Purdue University trustees have approved a policy banning faculty, staff and non-athlete students from gambling on sporting events involving any Purdue teams, coaches or student-athletes.

The policy approved Thursday was developed at the urging of some faculty members and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics after sports betting became legal in Indiana earlier this year. The policy applies to wagers placed worldwide and online.

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Scientists from around the country were in Indianapolis this week to learn more about technological innovations in the state.  The first Indiana National Lab Day hosted federal science and technology leaders and Indiana researchers to highlight quantum science and engineering work being done in the state. 

Much of that work comes out of the University of Notre Dame, Purdue University, Indiana Innovation Institute and Indiana University. 

IU Interim Vice Provost of Research Jeff Zaleski says the state is well positioned to become a leader in certain research areas.

Purdue University Sees Main Campus Record Enrollment Again

Sep 12, 2019

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University says it has set an enrollment record for the third straight year at its main campus in West Lafayette.

Purdue officials say the campus has 44,551 students for the start of the new fall semester. That's up 2.6% from last year's some 43,400 students, which topped the 2017 mark of about 41,600 students.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels called the enrollment figures an affirmation of the school's faculty and overall student experience.

Purdue Announces New Multi-Million Dollar STEM Complex

Sep 10, 2019
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Purdue University announced plans today for a new $140 million STEM complex on the university's main campus in West Lafayette. The buildings will benefit students and businesses wanting to work with the university.

As demand continues to grow for workers in science, technology, engineering and math fields, university officials are building Purdue’s Engineering and Polytechnic Gateway Complex.

The two buildings will total 255,000 square feet, bringing the engineering and technology colleges together and preparing students for technical careers.

Autonomous Delivery Robots Arrive At Purdue

Sep 9, 2019
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Starship Technologies is boldly going where no other company has gone in Indiana with new delivery robots at Purdue University. The autonomous service officially launched Monday, making Purdue the first in the state and Big 10 to bring the technology onto its campus.

The sidewalks are busy with students going about campus. Amongst the foot traffic a tiny orange flag can be seen navigating the crowds. The flag is attached to a little six-wheeled robot that delivers food. The autonomous cooler on wheels is expected to deliver hundreds of meals every day to students and employees.

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A recent measure of agricultural sentiment showed farmers increasingly worried about their economic futures. 

The Ag Economy Barometer saw the largest single-month drop since it was created in 2016. Barometer principal investigator Jim Mintert says farmers are worried about low commodity prices and continuing tariffs. 

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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has tapped Purdue University to join its efforts in reducing foodborne illnesses and hunger in five developing countries.

The World Health Organization estimates that about 1 in 10 people become ill from consuming contaminated food every year.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture released updated numbers Monday showing farmers planted more acres this spring than many private analysts expected. That’s one of several factors driving market prices lower for many farmers’ crops.

Heavy rains delayed planting for many farmers in Indiana. Now, corn production is forecast to be down 17 percent from last year. Soybean production is also expected to be down 22 percent.

How To Have Solar Power And Eat, Too

Aug 12, 2019
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Purdue researchers are investigating the viability of solar power production on farmland, hoping their work in so-called “aglectric” engineering will balance food and energy production.

Chemical engineering professor Rakesh Agrawal says merging the footprint of the two helps mitigate issues presented by a shortage of available empty land.

 

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