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February 1,2002

JOURNALISTS: Here are story ideas and a list of selected Purdue events during the next two weeks.

Rube Goldberg Satellite Coordinates

A highlights package from Purdue University's Rube Goldberg Machine Contest will be available Saturday (2/9) via satellite between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. EST (3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in West Lafayette). We also will distribute a news release on Saturday afternoon.

Satellite Information:

SBS-6/08 (74' W)
U/L: 14196.500 MHz Horizontal
D/L: 11896.500 MHz Vertical
Allocated Bandwidth (MHz) 36.000

Nine teams are registered to compete in the event to determine which machine will defend Purdue's title in the National Rube Goldberg Machine Contest April 6 in West Lafayette. If you are unfamiliar with the contest, student teams design elaborate, whimsical machines to complete common tasks in no fewer than 20 steps. This year's task is to secure, raise and wave an American flag.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at (765) 494-2073,

Efforts to keep Olympic games drug-free

With the Winter Olympic Games scheduled to begin Feb. 8 in Salt Lake City, Olympic officials are busy tightening efforts to keep the games drug-free. Some athletes have already been caught up in drugs controversies.

Some steps have been put in place to help ensure athletes are free of banned substances:

• Mandatory testing will take place in Salt Lake City, and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will bring 12 observers to the Games.

• WADA will conduct their own tests, and it has also carried out 1,200 tests in the two months leading up to the Games.

• Each athlete will be given a drug passport to document doping control records.

Gail Newton, associate professor of pharmacy practice at Purdue, can talk about performance-enhancing drugs, how they work and how they can be detected.

CONTACT: Gail Newton, (765) 494-1473,

Research park companies look to fill positions

Journalists will have the opportunity to talk to job seekers and company representatives on Tuesday (2/5) during the Purdue Research Park Job Fair.

At the event, job seekers will be able to learn about high-tech employment opportunities at the Purdue Research Park. Those looking for high-tech careers will be able to meet with representatives from a handful of the park's startup firms, as well as with established companies in the park. These companies are focusing their recruitment efforts in the engineering, science, information technology and pharmacy fields. Full-time and part-time positions, as well as internships, are available.

Journalists can talk with job seekers and company representatives from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Purdue Technology Center, 3000 Kent Ave, West Lafayette.

CONTACT: Jeanine Phipps, (765) 496-3133,

Rube Goldberg contest rallies 'round the flag

Purdue University's 20th annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest will salute "Old Glory" on Saturday, Feb. 9.

The local contest begins at 11 a.m. in the Elliott Hall of Music on the West Lafayette campus and is free and open to the public. The winners will represent Purdue April 6 in the national contest, which also will be at Purdue.

This year's student teams must build a machine to secure, raise and wave the national flag in at least 20 steps. The competition honors the late cartoonist Rube Goldberg, who specialized in drawing whimsical machines with complex mechanisms to perform simple tasks.

Journalists are welcome on stage before and after the contest but will not be allowed on the stage with the machines during the competition. Purdue will provide video and photo pool coverage and direct audio and video feeds. An ISDN line is available for radio interviews. Video B-roll, photos and a news release will be available the afternoon of the event. Satellite assistance is available. Video and photographs of past contests are available.

Contact: Grant Flora, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-2073,

Engineering groups host job fair Feb. 9-10

The Purdue University chapters of the Society of Women Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers will host their 28th Annual Job Fair and Awards Program, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9-10.

The job fair will be from 2-6 p.m. Sunday in the Purdue Memorial Union South Ballroom. The event offers companies an opportunity to meet with Purdue engineering students and discuss employment opportunities.

Each of the Purdue student organizations also presents separate awards programs and activities throughout the weekend to recognize outstanding academic and leadership achievements of engineering students. These awards are made possible by corporate contributions.

CONTACTS: The Society of Women Engineers, Beth Holloway, director of Women in Engineering Programs, (765) 494-3889, The National Society of Black Engineers, Marion Blalock, director of Minority Engineering Programs, (765) 494-3974, The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Fabio Milner, adviser, (765) 494-1922,


• Friday, Feb. 8. 9 a.m. Room 326, Stewart Center. Board of Trustees meeting.

• Friday, Feb. 22. 10:30 a.m. Heine Pharmacy Building, Room 164. Dean's Pharmacy Executive Forum Lecture Series. Speaker: Mark Foglesong, executive director of animal health and cephalosporin networks, Eli Lilly and Co., Indianapolis, "Change Management and Jumbo Shrimp: A Case Study for Implementing Change in the Manufacturing Organization at Eli Lilly and Company."

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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