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It will take more than engineers to put men on Mars.

That was NASA administrator Charles Bolden’s response to Purdue’s “Systems Collaboratory” program during a recent trip to campus. The initiative is designed to broaden the scope of student understanding in areas other than their major.

For example, an engineer or agriculture student taking communication or political science classes to add what Purdue Provost Deba Dutta calls a “human element.”

Dutta says today’s industries want this type of educational diversity.

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Purdue University has settled a dispute with its independent student newspaper over one of the paper's journalists allegedly being roughed up by campus police.

Neither the university nor The Exponent newspaper has disclosed terms of the settlement of the case that dates to paper’s coverage of the January 2014 murder of Purdue student Andrew Boldt by another student, Cody Cousins.

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Purdue University's Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center is set to open in the next couple of months.

Students have been asking the administration for such a facility for several years.

Interim director Victoria Loong hopes the center will support Asian-American and Asian students and provide opportunities for education and awareness for the entire campus community.

The facility is actually a large room in Stewart Center— only big enough for a few desks and a small seating area.

But interim director Victoria Loong says it’s a start.

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A national watchdog group is calling on the USDA to fine Purdue for the deaths of 10 animal research subjects.

According to officials with Stop Animal Exploitation Now, the university was negligent in the deaths of eight chinchillas in November 2013 and two calves in January of 2014.

The group’s executive director, Michael Budkie, says the information was obtained from reports the university submitted to the National Institutes of Health.

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Getting teenagers to practice their musical instruments can be a struggle. But a new app being developed at Purdue is attempting to change that, by turning practicing into a game.

It takes a lot of practice to play music at the level of the West Lafayette High School wind ensemble.

“It’s like a love hate relationship that I have with practicing," says senior Ryan Kim, who plays clarinet for the wind ensemble. He has also been playing classical piano since he was 5 years old, and now “dabbles” in the saxophone as well.

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New research from Purdue suggests if you want to make a positive impression on a potential love interest, serving them sweet tasting food and beverages might give you an advantage.

Lead researcher Dongning Ren says three recent studies establish a potential link between sweets and romantic feelings.

Purdue Professor To Run 3,080 Miles For Research And Charity

Dec 10, 2014
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A lot of people have “running a marathon” on their bucket list.

But how about running a marathon a day for five months straight?

That’s just what a group of runners, including a Purdue professor, is planning to do starting January 16th.

Biological anthropologist Bryce Carlson says the Race Across USA is designed to raise awareness about childhood obesity as well as gather research on the biological and behavioral responses to extreme physical activity.

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Parents looking for educational toys for their kids this holiday season can turn to Purdue for advice.

The College of Engineering has developed the “Engineering Gift Guide,” which features toys, games, books, movies and apps for mobile devices for a variety of ages.

Associate professor of engineering education Monica Cardella says it‘s important to recognize that girls can enjoy creating circuits, conducting science experiments, and designing structures as much as boys.

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Most people who responded to a Purdue University survey expect to spend about the same or more on everything that comes with the holiday season this year.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has chosen Purdue as the site of one of four regional centers for research into nutrition education and obesity prevention.

The North Central Nutrition Education Center of Excellence will focus on research into interpersonal, community and environmental factors that influence the food and physical activity choices of low-income people.

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