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June 17, 2002

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

Student pilots compete in cross-country race

Three Purdue student pilots are competing in the 26th annual Air Race Classic, an all women's cross-country event that begins Tuesday (6/18). This year's race starts in Silver City, N.M., and covers 2,000 miles through 10 states on its way to the finish Friday (6/21) in Portsmouth, Va.

Pilot Ashley Cavert of Warsaw, Ind., co-pilot Keri Wiznerowicz of Richmond, Ill., and passenger Heidi Moore of Columbus, Ind., are the only all-student team entered in this year's race. Journalists can follow their progress on the Web. Team members also will be available for phone interviews each evening during the race at (765) 714-2689. Journalists also will be able to meet team members when they return to the Purdue Airport on June 24.

Reception to honor first Schleman Scholars

Journalists are invited to a "birthday party" Friday (6/21) in remembrance of the late Helen B. Schleman, Purdue's dean of women from 1947 to 1968, director of the first women's residence hall and founder of a scholarship for non-traditional students.

Six recipients of the first Schleman Scholarships will be present for media interviews at a reception from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the lobby of the West Lafayette campus building that bears the former dean's name. This initial group of Schleman Scholars are older students who will receive financial assistance to further their undergraduate education.

Schleman would have turned 100 on June 21.

A committee of Schleman's colleagues, staff and friends established the scholarship in her name.

Dean of Students Emerita Barbara Ivy Cook will speak about Schleman's role in furthering educational opportunities for non-traditional age students through the scholarships.

The names and hometowns of the first class of Schleman Scholars are:

Brenda S. Allie, West Lafayette, Ind.; Tammi Rene Peters, Monticello, Ind.; Kathryn J. Redd, Lafayette, Ind.; Alison Akey Reynolds, West Lafayette, Ind.; Melanie Kay Wagner, West Lafayette, Ind.; and Kathy L. Walker, Veedersburg, Ind.

CONTACT: Betsy Smithka, associate dean of students, (765) 494-8698,

Purdue will train Indiana teachers in the science of crime investigations

This summer Indiana educators will take science out of the classroom and onto the street to solve a crime. Thirty fifth through ninth grade science teachers will gather at Purdue from July 8-12 for an intensive course in the science behind crime investigation, which they can then pass along to their own students.

The course will challenge teachers to solve a fictitious crime using forensic science techniques. Participating teachers will examine bones and do extensive fieldwork at a local quarry. They also will analyze their evidence in science labs on the Purdue campus.

Modern crime fighting would be impossible without such techniques as DNA separation and soil analysis, and the course aims to introduce teachers – and a whole generation of students – to the rigorous science behind these investigations, while having fun along the way.

For more information including photo opportunities, contact Wilella (Willie) Burgess, School of Science outreach coordinator, at (765) 494-0668,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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