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March 9, 2007

Purdue Notebook

 Appointments and promotions:

*  Valerie Lawless has been named engagement operations manager for Purdue University's Discovery Park. Lawless will assist in managing tours, meetings, workshops, lectures and other events at Discovery Park. She started in the position on March 5.

 Faculty and staff honors:

*  Linda Bergmann, associate professor of English, will be a speaker at the Conference on College Composition and Communication's annual convention March 24 in New York. Bergmann's presentation is titled "Outcomes-Based Research: Rethinking the Identities of Peers and Experts" and will be presented during the session "Interrogating Research Methodologies: Toward a New Paradigm of Writing Center Research." The Conference on College Composition and Communication's annual convention draws college faculty members from around the world. They gather to hear award-winning keynote speakers, attend presentations by colleagues on the latest innovations in education and network to gain knowledge of best practices in the field.

*  Alok Chaturvedi, professor in the Krannert School of Management, was selected as one of this year's Federal 100 by Federal Computer Week magazine and will be featured in the March 26 issue. The Federal 100 includes the top executives from government, industry and academia who had the greatest impact on the government information systems community in 2006. Each year, an independent panel of judges decide the winners. They selected Chaturvedi because of the difference he made in the way agencies and companies develop, acquire, manage and use information technology.

*  Timothy Folta, associate professor of management, was one of the authors who won the best paper award from the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The title of the paper is "A Real Options Model of Stepwise Entry into Self-Employment," and the co-authors on this entrepreneurship paper are Frederic Delmar from EM-Lyon business school and Karl Wennberg from the Stockholm School of Economics. The award will be presented at the Babson Entrepreneurial Research conference in Madrid, Spain, in June.

*  Sally Hastings, an associate professor of history, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar for the spring semester of 2008. Hastings, who studies Japanese history and is the chair of the Asian Studies Program at Purdue, will travel to Tokyo, Japan, to research "Gender and Japanese Politics: Women Legislators 1946-1974." For her project, she will examine how the women who held leadership positions during this time were chosen, how they were treated while in office and what political goals they pursued.

  Student honors:

*  Two MBA teams from Purdue have made the final round of an innovation competition and will present their cases at the Thunderbird School of Global Management's first Sustainable Innovation Summit to be held March 21-24 in Thunderbird, Ariz. The Boilermakers are Steve Creel, Jonathan Gortat, Susan Campbell, Mary Albrecht, Jess O'Leary and Charles Jischke. The winning team will receive $20,000. The summit will showcase real-world innovative business solutions that reflect a commitment to economically, environmentally and socially sound business practices.

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