List of top STEM universities includes Purdue

Jun 19, 2013

U.S. News and World Report is out with a new ranking of the top STEM universities in the country. Purdue makes the list – tied at Number 19 with Rice University.

The magazine determined the proportion of science, technology, engineering and math bachelor’s degrees granted last year. For Purdue, and Rice, that was 44% in 2012.

The top-ranked STEM schools, according to U.S. News, are Caltech and Colorado School of Mines. Both granted 98% of their bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields.

U.S. News did not consider every university. Here's the editor's explanation:

Purdue builds fastest university-owned supercomputer

Jun 18, 2013

Purdue has confirmed its lead in the field of supercomputing by unveiling Conte (CAHN-tee), the nation's fastest university-owned supercomputer.

The machine is highest-ranking campus supercomputer on the June 2013 Top500.org list of international supercomputers.

It surpasses the nation's previous fastest university-owned machine, Carter, which was built in 2011 and is still in operation at Purdue.

Conte is able to process a problem 15,000 times faster than a typical desktop or laptop computer.

Purdue team builds ROV for international competition

Jun 17, 2013

For the fourth straight year, Purdue is sending a group of students to the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center International R-O-V Competition.

The event challenges teams to design and build an underwater robot to complete specific tasks.

This year’s mission revolves around deploying and repairing equipment for regional ocean observing systems.

Team captain Michael Hayashi believes the Purdue ROV will complete the tasks in the shortest amount of time.

Purdue students accused of grade tampering

Jun 14, 2013

Three current or former Purdue students are accused of changing their grades after hacking into professors’ computers.

Investigators say the scheme involved stealing keyboards, installing keylogger devices and using the acquired passwords to gain access to class records.

Purdue Police Chief John Cox says the investigation has resulted in arrests and formal charges because his department works well with the university’s internal audit group and ITaP security unit.

He says the alleged crimes took place from early 2010 to late last year.

Purdue to collaborate with two Colombian universities

May 29, 2013

Two Colombian Universities are partnering with Purdue to give students a multicultural learning experience.

This week, students from the Technological University of Pereira and the University of Caldas are visiting West Lafayette.

This comes after a group of Purdue undergraduates went to Colombia to study farm production in the contexts of food security and climate change.

Now, students have formed groups to describe their findings in final presentations in both English and Spanish.

Lafayette increases funding for animal shelter

May 29, 2013

Almost Home Humane Society will be receiving more money from Lafayette this year and next.

The city’s Board of Works has approved a contract which provides $150,000 for animal sheltering services in 2013 and 2014.

That represents an increase of six-point-four-percent from the current agreement.

In 2012, Almost Home took in 2,081 animals.

Of those, 1,515 were either placed with adoptive owners, returned to original owners or transferred to other shelters.

Five-hundred-fifty-six animals were euthanized.

Purdue trustees approve 2013-14 tuition and fees

May 22, 2013
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Most Purdue students studying on the West Lafayette campus won’t pay more for their education next year. In fact, administrators say thousands will pay less.

The Board of Trustees Executive Committee approved freezing tuition and most fees. The plan also includes a reduction in the campus meal plan and fees for summer internships and co-ops.

President Mitch Daniels says those two things add up to $3.5 million dollars and are just as important as tuition costs.

Conversation with Purdue's president for May

May 21, 2013
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Purdue President Mitch Daniels talks about the FY14 proposed general fund budget, which includes a freeze on tuition.

He credits the increase in funding from the General Assembly on Purdue doing well on the performance-based metrics the state uses to partly fund higher education. The state also is giving Purdue $50 million to build the Active Learning Center, which is designed to make classes more collaborative, instead of strictly lectures.

Daniels also talks about the academic profile of the incoming class for fall of 2013.

Public hearing on Purdue budget, tuition and fees

May 21, 2013

The Executive Committee of the Purdue Board of Trustees is accepting public comment on the proposed general fund budget. The hearing Wednesday includes comments on the proposed tuition freeze and student fees.

President Mitch Daniels says by holding tuition steady and decreasing the cost of a meal plan, some Boilermakers will pay less.

"I'm very excited about this. I don't know how many universities in the country will be able to say that students are attending in fall of '13 for less money than they attended in the spring '13, but we're one."

More interest in summer school at Purdue

May 12, 2013

Purdue’s plan to grow its summer school enrollment seems to be working. A month before the eight-week session begins, more students have signed up for key courses than did last year.

Provost Tim Sands says offering classes that are in high-demand during the fall and spring was the logical first step.

“And then we’ll build from there,” he says. “We’re looking at grouping courses, looking at the progression of our students and studying the combination of courses students like to take together.”