October 25, 2002
Faculty and staff honors
Kathleen Howell, a professor in Purdue University's School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, has been included in a list of Discover magazine's "50 most important women in science." The listing is published in the November issue of the magazine. Howell has worked with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to create an "interplanetary superhighway," a method that enables spacecraft to travel through the solar system by taking advantage of the gravitational attractions of the sun and planets. The technique provides pathways that can slash the amount of fuel used by spacecraft. Howell and one of her graduate students designed such a pathway for NASA's low-fuel Genesis probe, launched in 2001. The probe is designed to collect samples of solar wind and return them to Earth.
John Greene, a professor in Purdue University's Department of Communication, has been named the Cecil and Ida Green Honors Chair in the Department of Speech Communication at Texas Christian University for the 2002-03 academic year. Greene spent a week at the Texas Christian University campus in Ft. Worth visiting with students and faculty, as well as delivering his honors address, "Three Things You Already Know About Communication Skills." Greene, who has been at Purdue since 1985, is currently researching message production, social skill and the effects of aging on communication behavior. His primary interests are in interpersonal communication, nonverbal communication and communication theory, with an emphasis on cognitive approaches to these areas of study.
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