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Managing Vision Problems May Prolong Life

Sep 4, 2014
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Healthy vision may be a key to longer life.

That’s according to new research from Purdue University.

Assistant professor of human development and family studies, Dr. Sharon Christ talks about the connection between vision and mortality.

Purdue Teams Up With Amazon To Help Students Save Money

Aug 13, 2014
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Purdue is entering a unique collaboration with Amazon.

The university and company are launching the Purdue Student Store online.

Students can order textbooks and other supplies for as much as a 30% discount and then pick up their orders on campus.

Amazon will return a percentage of sales to Purdue.

The university plans to use that money for its student affordability and accessibility initiatives.

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Congress is in the process of trying to reauthorize a program designed to reduce the fatalities, injuries, and property losses caused by earthquakes.

The director of Purdue’s George E. Brown Jr., Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation, Professor Julio Ramirez, spoke in favor of the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program during a hearing on Capitol Hill last week.

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The Indiana Commission for Higher Education wants to help college students finish their degrees on time, unveiling Monday its ’15 to Finish’ campaign. 

Tthe initiative is a coordinated, statewide effort to inform students, parents, and advisors about the importance of taking 15 credit hours per semester.

Only 30-percent of Hoosiers complete a bachelor’s degree on time.  And an extra year of college costs an average of $50,000 . 

Purdue Device Could Standardize Test For Pacemakers

Jul 22, 2014
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Cardiac surgeons could use a Purdue invention to standardize a test that determines if a pacemaker is implanted securely.

WBAA’s Kristin Malavenda spoke with biomedical engineering graduate students Johnny Zhang  and Elizabeth Mercer about their device, known as SafePace.

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Researchers at Purdue are using smartphones to help detect which people are most at risk of falling.

WBAA’s Kristin Malavenda spoke with Purdue professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Dr. Babak Ziaie and Health and Kinesiology associate professor Dr. Shirley Rietdyk (REE dike) about the technology known as SmartGait.

Purdue Expert Predicts Beef Prices Will Decrease Slightly

May 29, 2014
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A Purdue Agricultural Economics Professor says we may see the cost of beef come down slightly by the end of summer.

Dr. Christopher Hurt says April beef prices rose to about $5.87 per pound.

That’s up 11.1% from April 2013.

Hurt says the average beef price for 2104 is up to $5.70 per pound this year compared to $5.30 per pound last year.

By fall, Hurt says beef prices may be back to $5.70 by the fall.

He says higher feed prices and drought in the Central and Southern Plains are reasons for higher beef prices.

Purdue Vice Provost Leaving For Position at UCF

May 28, 2014

Purdue’s vice provost is leaving the university.

Dale Whittaker has been named provost of the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

He begins his new role August 1st.

Whittaker came to Purdue in 2002 as associate dean and director of academic programs in the College of Agriculture.

In 2010, he became vice provost for undergraduate academic affairs and since December has served as acting vice president for student affairs.

Whittaker was selected from a pool of 60 candidates for the Florida job.

Purdue Expert Predicts Higher Gas Prices This Summer

May 21, 2014

A Purdue economist predicts gas prices will be a bit higher this summer compared to a year ago.

Wally Tyner says the cost for a gallon of regular unleaded could be as much as $3.90 a gallon.

He anticipates a decline in gasoline consumption along with an increase in refining capacity in the United States.

But Tyner says even as the U.S. uses less gas, countries like China and India are using more.

And he cautions that prices could go higher over short periods if supplies are disrupted anywhere in the system.

Purdue jet makes historic flight

Aug 5, 2013

Purdue continues its efforts to develop a practical biofuel for jet engines.

Over the weekend the university’s Embraer Phenom 100 made a historic flight to the the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture in Wisconsin.

One of the aircraft’s engines was powered by traditional jet aviation fuel.

The other contained a biofuel blend prepared by the U.S. Air Force.

University officials say it’s the first time a university-owned jet has flown using biofuel.