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February 11, 2002

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

Purdue, Afghani minister, expatriates meet
to explore ways to rebuild Kabul University

A news conference will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday (2/13) in Stewart Center, Room 206, regarding Purdue's efforts to help Afghanistan rebuild Kabul University. At least 10 former high-ranking Afghani officials are expected, and the nation's current minister of higher education will attend.

CONTACT: Emil Venere, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-4709,

Eli Lilly & Co., Purdue, IU and Indy partner
for life sciences and proteomics research

Public-private coalitions to tap the research and practical benefits of the study of life sciences and proteomics will be announced Wednesday (2/13) during a news conference in Indianapolis. The news conference will be at 1:30 p.m. on the IUPUI campus in the Cancer Research Institute, Lecture Room 101.

Initiative participants include representatives from Purdue and Indiana universities, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, the Indiana Health Industry Forum, the city of Indianapolis and Eli Lilly and Co.

CONTACT: Lori Pugh, Hirons & Co., (317) 977-2206 ext. 24.

Purdue engages Indianapolis with grand opening of new offices on Feb. 20

The media are invited to attend an open house for the Purdue Office of Engagement for Indianapolis and the relocated Purdue Cooperative Extension Service of Marion County Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 20.

The facility is located in INTECH Park's Building 10, Suite 300, 6640 INTECH Blvd. Tours of the offices will begin at 12:30 p.m., and the program gets under way at 2 p.m. Speakers will include Purdue University President Martin C. Jischke, Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson, Purdue's Vice Provost for Engagement Don Gentry and Marion County Extension Service Director Maryann Dickason.

The engagement office in Indianapolis is part of Purdue's economic development commitment to provide the city's businesses and industry with easy access to the university's technology resources.

CONTACT: Jeanine Phipps, Purdue News Service, (765) 496-3133.

Jischke to talk to Indy Economics Club Feb. 20 about state's problems, potential

The media are invited to cover remarks by Purdue University President Martin C. Jischke when he speaks to the Economic Club of Indianapolis at 12:45 Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Sagamore Room of the Indianapolis Convention Center. Journalists also may pre-arrange to speak to Jischke 11:15-11:40 a.m. in Room 212 of the Convention Center. About 1,000 club members and their guests are expected to attend. Jischke will talk about what Purdue and Indiana can do together to foster economic development.

Jischke says:

• The real problem facing Indiana is not just the state's revenue shortfall but what caused the shortfall in the first place.

• The strategic plans for Purdue will have significant economic development consequences for the state.

• Purdue and the state are in times of transition and these are times of opportunity.

CONTACT: To arrange for an interview or reserve a seat for lunch, call Bob Gildea, vice president of Sease, Gerig & Associates, (317) 634-1171,

Indiana students face off in Science Olympiad

More than 200 high school and middle school students from central Indiana will visit Purdue for the 11th annual Science Olympiad on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Students representing 23 schools will test their skills in events ranging from anatomy to weather. The competition will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. An awards presentation will be held in the Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry, Room 200, following the events.

Purdue's program is one of nine regional competitions in Indiana. The top students in each event will advance to the statewide competition to be held March 23 at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Participants at Purdue will come from schools in Bloomington, Brownsburg, Carlisle, Carmel, Clay City, Indianapolis, Kokomo, Lafayette, Mishawaka, Muncie, Sullivan, Terre Haute, Union City and Westfield.

CONTACT: Isidore Julien, Department of Biological Sciences outreach coordinator, (765) 494-4983,


° Tuesday, Feb. 19. 3-5 p.m. Purdue Union Club hotel. Grand opening to celebrate completion of its newly renovated not wing. CONTACT: Jerry Day, hotel manager, (765) 494-8819.

° Wednesday, Feb. 20. 7 p.m. Fowler Hall. Jayne Hitchcock, founder of the organization Working to Halt Online Abuse, will speak. The free lecture is sponsored by the Women's Resource Office. Hitchcock will discuss her own experience with online harassment and cyberstalking, as well as what can be done to curb Internet crime. Interviews with Hitchcock are available. CONTACT: Jacqui Miller or Karen Hall, Women's Resource Center, (765) 494-9879.

° 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."

° Monday, Feb. 25. 7 p.m. Elliott Hall of Music. Mohammed Bilal from MTV's "The Real World" will kick off a Celebrating EveryBODY" campaign at Purdue Monday, Feb. 25, with a lecture entitled "Celebrating our Differences." Bilal's talk is free and open to the public. CONTACT: Sue Abney, Student Wellness Office, (765) 494-1716.

° Sunday, March 3. 2 p.m. Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. Ten Purdue students will participate in the Miss Purdue Scholarship Pageant, which is affiliated with the Miss America Organization. Winner will participate in June's Miss Indiana Pageant in Terre Haute, Ind. CONTACT: Lee Ann Happ, (765) 496-2665,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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