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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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Be prepared to spend more on that Thanksgiving turkey this year.

Wholesale prices of turkeys are expected to be 8-10 percent higher than last year--the result of higher feed costs following the drought of 2012.

Purdue University agricultural economist Corrine Alexander says the actual price you pay will vary depending on whether you purchase whole or turkey parts; frozen or fresh birds; fresh, precooked or complete turkey meals.

New Purdue Center Aims To Capture The Sounds Of The Earth

Nov 11, 2014
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A Purdue ecologist gained international attention earlier this year for an Earth Day effort to encourage “citizen scientists” from around the world to record sounds from their environment.

Now, Bryan Pijanowski is launching a research center aimed at preserving the sounds of the Earth.

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3:45 p.m. UPDATE:

Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington just called to say he's spoken to Andrew Boldt's family, but he declined to offer any specifics about the conversation. Boldt's family has been quiet since the sentencing -- they didn't talk to the media after Cody Cousins' trial was over and only gave Harrington a short statement to read to the media that afternoon. On his reaction to Cousins' suicide, Harrington says:

“I was thankful that this only involved him making a decision about his own life.”


Purdue Innovation Could Lead To Wearable Robots

Oct 1, 2014
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Forget what you know about robots.

Purdue researchers are developing a new type of robotic fabric.

Assistant professor of mechanical engineering Rebecca Kramer says the fabric moves and contracts and is embedded with sensors.

She says the approach could result in a new type of "active clothing" and a new class of "soft" robots.


As Indiana and other states look for ways to curb an epidemic of prescription medication abuse, new research from Purdue University provides insight into who is selling the drugs.

There's been a sharp rise in prescription medication abuse over the past two decades, says Mike Vuolo, an assistant professor of sociology at Purdue, with young adults ages 18 to 29 most likely to report abuse.

Snacks: Small Amount Of Food, Potentially Big Impact On Diet

Sep 11, 2014
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A Purdue expert says parents should pay close attention to what their kids are eating at snack time.

Nutrition science assistant professor Heather Eicher-Miller says while snacks are traditionally smaller than meals, their effect on children’s diets may be significant.