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

December 9, 2002


1. Boilers let off steam for Duel in the Dome
2. Expert says focus on diet, not carcinogens in fried, starchy foods


Dec. 13 – Purdue President Jischke to visit Indianapolis
Dec. 14 – Trustees to meet Saturday
Dec. 15 – Purdue plans winter commencement


Boilers let off steam for Duel in the Dome

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Boilermakers are heading to Indianapolis Saturday (12/14) as both the women's and men's basketball teams face state rival, the Indiana University Hoosiers, at the Duel in the Dome.

The doubleheader will take place in the RCA Dome, with the women tipping off at 5:30 p.m., followed at 8 p.m. by the men's game.

Purdue displays and a pep rally are planned for the afternoon in the Indiana Convention Center, adjacent to the RCA Dome. Activities will begin at 3 p.m. in the Serpentine Lobby and Sagamore Ballroom 2 on the second floor of the Convention Center.

Journalists will have the opportunity to interview and photograph fans at the Indiana Convention Center, before 4 p.m. when the pep rally ends.

The program is a Discover Purdue event, jointly sponsored by Intercollegiate Athletics, Purdue Alumni Association and the University Advancement Office.

At the Convention Center, guests can visit displays offered by various schools and departments, as well as the Purdue Alumni Association, John Purdue Club, President's Council, Purdue Musical Organizations and Intercollegiate Athletics.

Appearances planned for the pep rally include Gene Keady, men's basketball coach; Purdue cheerleaders, President Martin C. Jischke; Purdue Pete (mascot), Morgan Burke, director of intercollegiate athletics and Larry Preo, executive director of the alumni association.

Both the Discover Purdue event and pep rally are free. Tickets for the basketball games are $40, $30 and $15 and are available from the Athletic Ticket Office, (765) 494-3194 or at the RCA Dome ticket office on game day.

More information about the event will be available on the web.

Expert says focus on diet, not carcinogens, in fried, starchy foods

Charles Santerre, professor of foods and nutrition at Purdue University, joined other experts from the Institute of Food Technologists in recommending consumers follow a balanced diet and consume starchy, fried foods in moderation.

In October, Santerre joined other experts from the Institute of Food Technologists to discuss the discovery of acrylamide, a potential carcinogen, in starchy, fried foods.

Six months ago the Swedish Food Authority reported that some favorite foods, such as potato chips and french fries, may contain acrylamide. At high levels, acrylamide has been shown to cause cancer in animals. The implications of the Swedish findings motivated the World Health Organization to rapidly convene international experts to discuss the impact of this discovery.

"Until conclusions can be properly formulated, IFT recommends following nutritional guidelines with a balanced diet that can include these foods in moderation," Santerre said.

Santerre said the IFT recognizes the important areas for further study including dietary exposure levels, toxicological and metabolic consequences and learning how acrylamide is formed from natural components.

A related news release is available on the Web.

CONTACT: Santerre, (765) 496-3443,



Purdue President Jischke to visit Indianapolis
Friday, Dec. 13.
Purdue University leaders are continuing a series of Purdue Days in Indiana with a visit to Marion County on Friday (12/13) beginning at 9 a.m. at the Indianapolis Engagement Office/Extension Office, located at INTECH Park on 71st Street, just off I-465. President Martin C. Jischke will be joined by Purdue faculty and administrators as he talks and listens to area residents who have a variety of ties to Purdue. During the day, the group will visit Shortridge Middle School, the Center for Inquiry, White River Gardens, the Indianapolis Zoo, Goodwill Industries and Rolls-Royce. One of the highlights of the visit will be shortly after 10 a.m., when Jischke visits Shortridge Middle School to review the Science Bound program. Science Bound, initiated a year ago by Jischke, gives underrepresented Indianapolis Public School students an opportunity to earn a full scholarship to Purdue to study for careers in engineering, science, math, technology and math/science education. CONTACT: Don K. Gentry, vice provost for engagement, (765) 494-9095,

Trustees to meet Saturday
Saturday, Dec. 14. 10:30 a.m.
Purdue Board of Trustees meeting. Stewart Center, Room 326.

Purdue plans winter commencement
Sunday, Dec. 15.
Purdue University will award approximately 3,000 degrees at its West Lafayette campus during winter commencement ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the Edward C. Elliott Hall of Music. Purdue President Martin C. Jischke and Phillip A. Waid, president of the Purdue Alumni Association, will address graduates at each ceremony. Journalists who want to cover commencement at the West Lafayette campus will need tickets and should reserve space for camera equipment. Arrangements can be made by calling Jesica Webb at the Purdue News Service at (765) 494-2079. CONTACT: Melinda Gardner, assistant registrar for commencement, (765) 494-8219,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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