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February 15, 2002

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

Purdue engages Indianapolis with grand opening of new offices

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 (2/20) afternoon.

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 Indianapolis area 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 President Martin C. Jischke when he speaks to the Economic Club of Indianapolis at 12:45 Wednesday (2/20) in the Sagamore Room of the Indianapolis Convention Center. Journalists also may pre-arrange to speak with Jischke from 11:15 a.m. to 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,

Evan Bayh to discuss "Call to Service" bill

U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh will be on Purdue's West Lafayette campus on Thursday (2/21) to share information on Senate Bill 1792, the Call to Service Act he is co-sponsoring with Arizona Sen. John McCain. Bayh will speak at 2 p.m. in the South Ballroom of the Purdue Memorial Union.

Because Bayh is on a tight schedule, members of the media are advised to arrive 15 minutes prior to the presentation. A question-and-answer session for journalists and members of the audience will follow. Journalists wishing to arrange a separate interview with Bayh should contact his communications director, Mark Kornblau, at (202) 441-2896,

CONTACT: Jesica Webb, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-2079,

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,

Weapons expert to speak Tuesday

Milton Blackwood, a national expert on chemical and biological weapons, will speak at Purdue University at 7 p.m. Tuesday (2/26) in Room 172 of Wetherill Hall. Blackwood, a member of the Chemical and Biological Arms Control Program of the Federation of American Scientists, is involved with efforts to prevent and respond to uses of these weapons. He coordinates an effort to educate biological scientists and engineers around the world about the potential for dangerous exploitation of biotechnology.

The talk is free and open to the public and will be immediately followed by an informal reception, also open to the public, during which Blackwood will be available for media interviews. The events are co-sponsored by the Purdue Department of Chemistry and Purdue Student Pugwash.

The Federation of American Scientists is an organization based in a Washington D.C. that conducts analysis and advocacy on several issues relating to science, technology and public policy. Much of its work has been in the areas of nuclear arms control and disarmament. Purdue Student Pugwash is part of a global network of student groups committed to promoting the socially responsible application of science and technology. It is affiliated with the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, an organization concerned with reducing the danger of armed conflict and seeking cooperative solutions to global problems. More information about the event is available on the web.

CONTACTS: Ashwin Kumar,, (765) 495-6851; Roger Hoover,, (765) 743-3206; and Professor Normand Laurendeau, (765) 494-2713,


° Monday, Feb. 18. 2:30 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 302. University Senate meeting.

° 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,

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