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February 25, 2002

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

Get the scoop on advanced manufacturing

Indiana has a larger percentage of its population engaged in manufacturing than any other state, and industry, higher education and government must work together to take the state from a high-wage, low-skill economy to a high-wage, high-skill economy. Purdue, in association with the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, is hosting the Advanced Manufacturing Summit March 19 and 20 on campus. Advanced manufacturing connotes progress in virtually every aspect of manufacturing: design methods, process technology, worker skills, organizational structures, and management practices. This progress must take place in large and small businesses in all of Indiana's industries – automotive, food processing, electronics, steel and all the others – to keep state manufacturers competitive in the global economy.

CONTACT: John Schneider, Purdue assistant vice president for industry research/outreach, (765) 494-5532; Lee Lewellen, vice president of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, (317) 638-2440,

Weapons expert to speak Tuesday

Milton Blackwood, a national expert on chemical and biological weapons, will speak at Purdue at 7 p.m. Tuesday (2/26) in Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry, Room 172. 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 followed by an informal reception, during which Blackwood will be available for interviews.

The Federation of American Scientists is an organization based in 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. 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. 25. 7 p.m. Elliott Hall of Music. Mohammed Bilal from MTV's "The Real World" will kick off a Celebrating EveryBODY" campaign 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.

* Tuesday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Jane Elliott, a n expert on diversity training and discrimination , will lecture. Elliott initiated the "blue eyed, brown eyed" exercise to gauge the impact of discrimination. Her lecture is one of a series of events scheduled during Project Respect: Eye on Diversity Awareness Week.

° 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. The winner will participate in June's Miss Indiana Pageant in Terre Haute, Ind. CONTACT: Lee Ann Happ, (765) 496-2665,

* Saturday, March 9. 1:30 p.m., Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. The Countdown Round of the state finals for MATHCOUNTS, a national math competition program for middle school and junior high school students. The Countdown Round features groups of six students shouting out answers to math questions flashed on a screen. It is a fast-paced competition which will provide good opportunities for audio, photos and video footage. The Countdown Round will be immediately followed by an awards presentation. Both events are free and open to the public. CONTACT: Vincent P. Drnevich, (765) 494-5029,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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