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Purdue is set to receive almost $20 million from the National Science Foundation to run a research center studying what its leaders are calling “bridge fuels” – in other words, fuel made from gas that's trapped in underground rock. It's extracted through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The researchers say it’ll be needed to satisfy the country’s demand for oil until renewable resources like wind and solar become dominant in the future.

But there was no mention of the “f-word” – fracking -- during a public celebration of the grant or in any of the promotional materials concerning it.

The Purdue Institute for Civic Communication (PICC) is hosting its first forum Friday, September 13. The focus is on energy and includes a debate on the topic of clean energy versus fossil fuels.

The event is free and open to the public, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in Stewart Center's Loeb Hall. It will be live streamed at HERE.

Inaugural Purdue Energy Camp accepting applications

May 16, 2012

Purdue is offering an energy camp next month, for students and teachers.

The week-long event will highlight fossil fuels and renewable energy, as well as the increasing national and global demand.

Purdue Energy Center Director Maureen McCann says part of the mission is to raise awareness of the 50% increase in global consumption expected by 2030.