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April 8, 2002

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

Bug Bowl, Spring Fest Satellite Coordinates

Highlights from Purdue University's beloved Bug Bowl and Spring Fest will be available Saturday (4/13) via satellite between 5:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. Central Time. The satellite uplink will include footage of:

  • Bug Bowl, which features cockroach races, cricket spitting, a human caterpillar cantor and insect eating.

  • Search and rescue dogs demonstration performed by the dogs that assisted with rescue efforts at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

  • Science Bound students interacting in Spring Fest activities (middle school students participating in a program that will offer them full scholarships to Purdue).

     

    Satellite uplink Saturday from 5:30 - 5:45 p.m. Central time.

    SBS-6 Transponder 8
    U/L: 14196.500 Mhz Horizontal
    D/L: 11896.500 Mhz Vertical
    Allocated Bandwidth (Mhz):36.000

     

    Trouble reports: call PanAmSat (404) 381-2600 or (800) 321-3959, or page Jesica Webb at (765) 423-7326.

    CONTACT: Jesica Webb, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-2079 (office), or (765) 423-7326 (pager).

    For more information on Spring Fest activities, visit these Web sites:

    http://news.uns.purdue.edu/uns/html3month/020329.Peterson.vethouse.html

    http://news.uns.purdue.edu/uns/html4ever/020403.T.Neary.springfest.html

    Former local artist unveils portrait at Steven C. Beering Hall of Liberal Arts dedication

    Journalists may want to do advance stories and/or cover an event at 2 p.m. Friday (4/12), during which Purdue's liberal arts and education building will be dedicated and renamed the Steven C. Beering Hall of Liberal Arts and Education in honor of past university President Emeritus Steven C. Beering.

    Beering stepped down as president in August 2000 after serving 17 years as the university's top administrator. Beering was instrumental in establishing both the School of Liberal Arts and the School of Education in 1989 when he oversaw the reorganization of programs in the former School of Humanities, Social Science and Education.

    Information about his career is available on line.

    As part of the ceremony, internationally recognized painter (and former Lafayette resident) Richard Halstead will unveil his original rendering of Beering at Founders Park, on the West Lafayette campus.

    Halstead can discuss his artistic influences, why he was chosen by the Beerings to commission this work, as well as his extensive line of work displayed and recognized throughout the world.

    The Purdue News Service is attempting to photograph the portrait to make it available to news media in advance of the unveiling.

    CONTACTS: Steven C. Beering, (765) 496-7555, scb@purdue.edu; Henry Rosenthal, to arrange for an interview with Halstead before the dedication, (239) 263-1936, henry@henryrosenthal.com; Jesica Webb, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-2079.

    IPS students bound for science at Spring Fest
    Satellite uplink provided

    Indianapolis Public School students who have been selected to participate in the Science Bound program will be taking a field trip to Purdue's annual Spring Fest – a fun-filled weekend this Saturday and Sunday (4/13-14) where they will participate in a variety of interactive science-related events and activities.

    During the kickoff event, students will register for summer camps, which will be held in June and July. Science Bound is a new partnership between Purdue and IPS, in which 50 seventh-grade students are chosen to enter in a five-year program in order to attract them to careers in engineering, science, math and technology. After completing the program, students will be offered a full scholarship to Purdue, where they can choose to study one of these majors.

    A satellite uplink will be provided Saturday (4/13) that includes footage of:

  • Bug Bowl, which features cockroach races, cricket spitting, a human caterpillar cantor and insect eating.

  • Search and Rescue Dogs demonstration performed by the dogs that assisted with rescue efforts at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

  • IPS Science Bound students interacting in Spring Fest activities (including those listed above).

    Satellite Uplink Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Central time.

    SBS-6 Transponder 8
    U/L: 14196.500 Mhz Horizontal
    D/L: 11896.500 Mhz Vertical
    Allocated Bandwidth (Mhz):36.000

    Trouble reports: call PanAmSat (404) 381-2600 or (800) 321-3959, or page Jesica Webb at (765) 423-7326.

    CONTACT: Jesica Webb, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-2079 (office), or (765) 423-7326 (pager).

    For more information on Spring Fest activities, call 1-888-EXT-INFO (398-4636) or visit these Web sites:

    Search and rescue dogs to appear at veterinary school open house
    Spring Fest celebrates bugs, bricks and more

    Rescue dogs to demonstrate at vet school open house

    The 39th annual open house at the Purdue School of Medicine will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (4/13). Top attractions include search and rescue dogs that assisted with recovery efforts at the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Wildlife veterinarian P.J. Deitschel, who is featured on the TV channel "Animal Planet" also will make a presentation at 11 a.m. Veterinary school staff also will perform "surgery" on stuffed animals children bring in for treatment.

    CONTACT: Jill Peterson, event co-chair, (765) 464-1561, peterson@vet.purdue.edu.

    Purdue goes buggy over Spring Fest

    Purdue's Spring Fest will offer nearly 100 activities for kids of all ages Saturday and Sunday (4/13-14). Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Top attractions include the Bug Bowl, which features cockroach races, a petting zoo and honey tasting, among other activities. Bug Bowl events will take place in Smith Hall and other areas around the Agricultural Administration Building. Other events will be sponsored by the schools of Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine, Science, Engineering, and Consumer and Family Sciences. For complete information, visit the Spring Fest Web.

    CONTACT: Dana Neary, special events coordinator for the School of Agriculture, (765) 494-9133, dn@aes.purdue.edu.

    Cancer Awareness Month brings school children to Purdue's Cancer Center

    Seventh- and eighth-grade students from Hasten Hebrew Academy in Indianapolis will tour Purdue's Cancer Center April 16 as part of the National Cancer Awareness Month. During the tour, students will see how cells are prepared for tissue cultures and will have hands-on opportunities to view cells in three-dimensions using state-of-the-art microscopy methods. Students also will have opportunities to use interactive computer programs developed at Purdue to enhance science education.

    CONTACT: Barbara Coury, director of development, Purdue Cancer Center, (765) 496-6374, bcoury@purdue.edu.

    April 15-19: Indiana Information Security Week

    Do you know the top 10 things to do for safer home computing?

    April 15-19 is Indiana Information Security Week, and the experts at Purdue's Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) have developed a series of Web sites aimed at educators, students, business and industrial leaders, and home computer users. The site includes lists of the Top 10 security concerns for each group. The lists can be viewed on line.

    During the week the experts at CERIAS will launch a series of workshops, lectures, informational Web sites and giveaways to help Hoosiers and state businesses better secure the information stored on their computers and electronic networks.

    CONTACT: Teresa A. Bennett, (765) 494-7806, tkbennet@cerias.purdue.edu.

    40-foot sculpture to 'transform' campus

    Internationally acclaimed Spanish artist Faustino Aizkorbe's sculpture "Transformation" will be will be dedicated during a ceremony at 9:30 a.m. April 20 at Agricultural Mall. "Transformation," a gift from the class of 1952, will mark Aizkorbe's artistic debut in the United States.

    Stretching nearly 40 feet high, 'Transformation' will be mounted on a 16-by-16 footing buried underground so the sculpture will appear to be coming out of the earth. Shipped separately in 6 crates, the sculpture will arrive unassembled after traveling from Madrid Spain, through Iberia, France, to O'Hare Airport in Chicago. In Chicago, it will be lifted and strapped to three flat bed trucks for the trip to West Lafayette. Aizkorbe is internationally known for his works in wood, marble and bronze.

    There will be photo and video opportunities as the sculpture is assembled on campus. Journalists are asked to make reservations to attend the dedication ceremony.

    CONTACT: Jesica Webb, Purdue News Service, (765)494-2079 or (765)423-7326, pager.

    Events

    • Monday, April 8. 3:30-5 p.m. Purdue Memorial Union West Faculty Lounge. Arden Bement, former head of Purdue's School of Nuclear Engineering, who was selected by President Bush to become director of the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology, will speak during a colloquium. The title of his talk will be "Where 'Close Enough to Government Work' Doesn't Mean What You Think It Does.'" A dinner banquet will be held in Bement's honor at 7 p.m. in the Union's South Ballroom. He will be available to speak with journalists after his talk. He also will be available before and after the banquet. Bement was sworn in as director of NIST on Dec. 7 after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate. CONTACT: Judy Haan, (765) 494-5741, jhaan1@purdue.edu.

    • Wednesday, April 10. 8 p.m. Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. Purdue's Lecture Series on Science and Religious Faith. George R. Ellis, a distinguished professor of applied mathematics and theoretical physics at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, will speak "On the Nature of Existence: Indications from Science and Religion." Ellis will be available to the media immediately following his presentation. CONTACT: Roberto Colella, (765) 494-3029, colella@physics.purdue.edu.

    • Friday, April 12. 9:30 a.m. Stewart Center, Room 326. Board of Trustees meeting. Room 326, Stewart Center.

    • Friday, April 12. 7:30 p.m. Elliott Hall of Music. Annual awards ceremony honoring outstanding faculty members and honors students from the spring and fall semesters. The media are welcome to cover the event, during which many prestigious awards will be presented. CONTACT: Jim Vruggink, director of special projects, (765) 494-2086, jvruggink@purdue.edu.

    Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


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