April 9, 2007

Reporters' Calendar

Purdue Events for Journalists

JOURNALISTS: Here is a list of upcoming events at Purdue that reporters may want to consider covering.

 PURDUE EVENTS

*  April 9 - U.S. Army honors Purdue ROTC cadet for his sacrifice in Vietnam

*   April 11 - Professors to demonstrate chemistry video game at workshop

*   April 11 - Department celebrates 40 years with creation of endowment

*   April 12-13 ? Energy Center symposium to advocate alternative energies

*   April 12 - Students to cook up creativity in Sara Lee Innovation Award competition

*   April 13 - Purdue board of trustees to meet

*   April 13 - Terex Corp. executive to speak at Krannert

*   April 14-15 - Food, fun highlight Spring Fest weekend

*   April 14 - Purdue ROTC Hall of Fame to induct 6 alumni

*   April 14 - Purdue Idol to provide showcase for high school singers

*   April 16 - Nobel physics laureate to deliver keynote for Discovery Lecture Series

*   April 17 - Jischke to speak at President's Roundtable Breakfast in Lafayette

*   April 18 - Diversity forum to focus on issues, celebrate differences

*   April 19 - Award-winning Native American author to speak at Literary Awards

*   April 20 - Golf event to raise money for youth sports program

*   April 20 - La-Z-Boy director of consumer research to speak at Krannert

*   April 21 - Purdue's 50th Grand Prix race revved up for April 21

*  April 23 - Regenstrief Center host for Discovery Lecture Series event

U.S. Army honors Purdue ROTC cadet for his sacrifice in Vietnam

April 9. 10 a.m. Fort Bragg, N.C. The 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne) will honor 1st Lt. Michal Merkel by dedicating its new media production facility in his memory. Merkel, an ROTC cadet who graduated from Purdue with a degree in electrical engineering in 1965, was killed in action when the PSYOP radio station he established in Pleiku, Vietnam, was attacked on March 24, 1968. Merkel received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal for his service. Several former residents of Purdue's Wiley Hall, where Merkel lived when he was a student, are scheduled to attend the ceremony that concludes with a tour of the facility.

CONTACT: Jim Schenke, Purdue News Service,  (765) 494-6998, jschenke@purdue.edu

 

Department of Labor official to give keynote for Technology Week

April 10. 3-4:15 p.m. Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. Emily Stover DeRocco, assistant secretary of the Employment and Training Administration in the U.S. Department of Labor, will give the keynote address for the College of Technology's Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series. The title of her talk is "Maintaining America's Competitiveness in the 21st Century Global Economy: WIRED (Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development)." There will be a brief question-and-answer session after her speech, which is part of the Purdue's inaugural Technology Week. A related news release is available at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/x/2007a/070326DepewDeRocco.html

CONTACT: Kim Medaris, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-6998, kmedaris@purdue.edu

 

Professors to demonstrate chemistry video game at workshop

April 11. 1-2 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 214B. "Can Video Games Be Educational?" Carlos Morales, an associate professor of computer graphics technology, and Gabriela Weaver, an associate professor of chemical education and physical chemistry, will give a demonstration of the chemistry video game they created, as well as examine how video games can serve to engage students and supplement classroom materials. A related news release is available at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/x/2007a/070403MoralesGames.html

CONTACT: Kim Medaris, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-6998, kmedaris@purdue.edu

 

Department celebrates 40 years with creation of endowment

April 11. 6 p.m. Ross-Ade Pavilion's Buchanan Club. The Department of Building Construction Management in the College of Technology is celebrating its 40-year anniversary with the creation of an endowment named after its founder, D. Dorsey Moss, a 1949 Purdue graduate. The announcement of the creation of the Dorsey Moss Future of Building Construction Management Technology Fund, which will support student scholarships and other needs in the department, will be made during a reception and dinner. In addition, faculty and alumni will honor his career and give an overview of the evolution of the department through the years. The event is part of the college's inaugural Technology Week. A related news release is available at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/x/2007a/070326CoxBCM40.html

CONTACT: Kim Medaris, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-6998, kmedaris@purdue.edu

 

Energy Center symposium to advocate alternative energies

April 12, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and April 13, 8 a.m. to noon. Stewart Center. The Purdue Energy Center's Hydrogen Initiative Symposium will highlight promising research to support the federal government's $1.2 billion hydrogen fuel initiative. The event includes lectures, presentations and poster sessions on hydrogen generation, storage, and utilization for alternative energies. Topics range from nanotechnology to environmental sciences and societal implications. Speakers are available for interviews. More information is available online at http://www.purdue.edu/dp/echi/index.html

CONTACT: Cynthia Sequin, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-4192, csequin@purdue.edu

 

Students to cook up creativity in Sara Lee Innovation Award Competition

April 12. 1-4:30 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 202. Three teams of Purdue students will vie for a $10,000 top prize in the Sara Lee Innovation Award competition. The qualifying teams have been working on their food inventions since late November, when Sara Lee Food and Beverage announced a partnership with Purdue in what it hopes will be an annual contest. Each team will have 45 minutes to present its invention to a panel of judges composed of Sara Lee executives and Purdue professors. Students will be available for interviews at 1 p.m. prior to the start of the contest at 1:30 p.m. A related news release is available at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/x/2007a/070321WeaverSaraLee.html

CONTACT: Tanya Brown, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-2079,  tanyabrown@purdue.edu

 

Purdue board of trustees to meet

April 13. 8:30 a.m. Stewart Center, Room 326. A meeting agenda is available online at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/x/2007a/070413BOTAgenda.pdf

CONTACT: Brian Zink, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-2080, bzink@purdue.edu

 

Terex Corp. executive to speak at Krannert

April 13. 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Rawls Hall, Room 1086. Thomas Riordan, president and chief operating officer of Terex Corp., will speak on "Being Flexible + Adding Value = Very Valuable." Riordan's talk is part of the Krannert Executive Forum, which brings in business professionals to talk about their careers to undergraduates. Since the primary purpose of the lecture is educational, journalists are requested to not ask questions during the presentation. Videotaping and photography are not permitted during the formal part of the lecture but are allowed during the student question-and-answer sessions. Interviews with speakers can be prearranged.

CONTACT: Tim Newton, director of external relations, Krannert School of Management, (765) 496-7271, tnewton@purdue.edu

 

Food, fun highlight Spring Fest weekend

April 14-15. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Various campus locations. In its ninth year as a campuswide event, Spring Fest seeks to draw attention to the lighter side of higher education with hands-on games, experiments and programs. Returning favorites this year include exhibits and activities from more than 25 Purdue colleges and departments. A related news release is available at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/x/2007a/070312KirkpatrickSfest.html

CONTACT: Tanya Brown, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-2079, tanyabrown@purdue.edu

 

Purdue ROTC Hall of Fame to induct 6 alumni

April 14. 2 p.m. Purdue Armory. Six Purdue ROTC graduates who have distinguished themselves both in their military and civilian careers will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

CONTACT: Dave Tate, ROTC Hall of Fame chairman, (765) 494-1392, dgtate@purdue.edu

 

Purdue Idol to provide showcase for high school singers

April 14. 6:30 p.m. Slayter Center of Performing Arts. Prior to the annual University Sing competition sponsored by Purdue Musical Organizations, high school students will have a chance to compete for a Purdue scholarship and "fast track" though auditions for a PMO ensemble.

CONTACT: Christy Jones, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-1089, christyjones@purdue.edu

 

Nobel physics laureate to deliver keynote for Discovery Lecture Series

April 16. 3:30-5 p.m. Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse. Purdue's Discovery Park, in collaboration with Lilly Endowment, Honeywell Corp. and Nobel Media AB, is holding a Discovery Lecture Series event with keynote speaker John L. Hall, who shared the Nobel Prize for physics in 2005. His talk is titled "Making a Big Deal out of the Small Decimal Digits: The Remarkable Utility of Precision Measurement." A media availability session will precede Hall's lecture at 2:30 p.m. in Stewart Center's Envision Center. After the keynote lecture, Purdue President Martin C. Jischke will join Hall onstage for an armchair conversation titled "What's Next for Science?" Hall shared the Nobel Prize for his role in developing laser-based precision spectroscopy, which allows scientists to measure frequencies with an accuracy of 15 digits. This technique helps researchers develop extremely accurate clocks and improved global positioning satellite technology. More information is available online at http://www.purdue.edu/dp/dls/hall/ . A related news release is available at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/x/2007a/070405HoneywellNobel.html

CONTACT: Phillip Fiorini, Purdue News Service, (765) 496-3133, pfiorini@purdue.edu

 

Jischke to speak at President's Roundtable Breakfast in Lafayette

April 17. 8-9:30 a.m. Second-floor ballroom of the Holiday Inn Select, 515 South St., Lafayette. Purdue President Martin C. Jischke will present "Transforming Purdue - Transforming Indiana" at this quarterly breakfast with leaders in the Greater Lafayette community. Please RSVP to Lila White at (765) 494-2728, whitel@purdue.edu.

CONTACT: Tanya Brown, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-2079, tanyabrown@purdue.edu

 

Diversity forum to focus on issues, celebrate differences

April 18. 2-3:30 p.m. Burton Morgan Center. The annual CFS Diversity Forum is presented by the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality and the Multicultural Society for Excellence. The forum provides a means to celebrate diversity and increase awareness of diversity issues. There will be student performances, people dressed in ethnic clothing and global decorations. Refreshments will be served.

CONTACT: Jeffery T. Badders, 2006-2007 Purdue chapter vice president, National Society of Minorities in Hospitality, jbadders@purdue.edu

 

Award-winning Native American author to speak at Literary Awards

April 19. 8 p.m. in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. Poet, fiction writer and performer Sherman Alexie will be reading and discussing his work as part of the 76th annual Purdue Literary Awards. Alexie, who wrote the screenplay "Smoke Signals," is the author of 17 books, including the PEN/Hemingway-award winning short collection "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven." He also will speak about the writing process during the Literary Awards Banquet from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Purdue Memorial Union's North Ballroom. Alexie, a Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian, grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington. He also is a champion performance poet in addition to his work as a stand-up comedian and screenwriter. A related news release is available at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/x/2007a/070319NguyenAwards.html

CONTACT: Amy Patterson Neubert, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

 

Golf event to raise money for youth sports program

April 20. 1 p.m. The Leroy Keyes NYSP Scramble will take place at Kampen Course on the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex. Former Purdue football player Leroy Keyes and other former athletes are taking part in a celebrity golf event to raise funds for the university's National Youth Sports Program, which is no longer receiving federal funding. All proceeds benefit Purdue's award-winning youth sports camp for underprivileged children, ages 10-16. This year's camp is scheduled for June 13 through July 13. In addition to Keyes, other athletes and coaches participating include Bob DeMoss, Travis Dorsch, Bob Ford, Gene Keady, Frank Kendrick, Tim Stratton and Edwin Watson. Purdue's youth program has served more than 1,000 children since it began in 2002. About 400 children, who are selected based on referrals from Tippecanoe County schools each summer, learn about sports, nutrition, computer skills, writing, dangers of substance abuse and career opportunities during the five-week program. A related release is available at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/x/2007a/070406HarperGolf.html

CONTACT: Amy Patterson Neubert, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

 

La-Z-Boy director of consumer research  to speak at Krannert

April 20. 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Rawls Hall, Room 1086. Tom Zwolan, director of consumer research for La-Z-Boy will speak on "Making the La-Z-Boy Brand Relevant in the 21st Century." Zwolan's talk is part of the Krannert Executive Forum, which brings in business professionals to talk about their careers to undergraduates. Since the primary purpose of the lecture is educational, journalists are requested to not ask questions during the presentation. Videotaping and photography are not permitted during the formal part of the lecture but are allowed during the student question-and-answer sessions. Interviews with speakers can be prearranged.

CONTACT: Tim Newton, Krannert School director of external relations, (765) 496-7271, tnewton@purdue.edu

 

Purdue's 50th Grand Prix race revved up for April 21

April 21. 2:45 p.m. Track north of Ross-Ade Stadium. The annual Grand Prix kart race will mark its 50th year with events that will reunite alumni racers of the past, leading up to the main race event. This year two alumni races, featuring drivers who raced from 1958-2002, will precede the main race. The event's grand marshal is David Wolf, a NASA astronaut and a 1978 Purdue graduate. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the gate. A related news release is available at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/x/2007a/070404GrandPrix.html

CONTACT: Kim Medaris, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-6998, kmedaris@purdue.edu

 

Regenstrief Center host for Discovery Lecture Series event

April 23. 1:30-4 p.m. Purdue Memorial Union. Two national leaders in the health-care field will deliver talks at a Discovery Lecture Series event organized by the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering in Purdue's Discovery Park. Stephen Shortell, dean of the School of Public Health at the University of California-Berkeley, will begin the lecture series with his 1:30 p.m. talk titled "Marriage of Medicine and Management: Sustaining Improvements in Delivery, Quality, Cost and Outcomes." That will be followed by a 3 p.m. lecture by Karen Davis, president of the Boston-based Commonwealth Fund. Her talk is titled "Achieving the Best: The Road to Improving National Performance of Healthcare Delivery." A media availability session for both speakers is planned at 4 p.m. in the Purdue Memorial Union's Ringel Gallery. The Discovery Lecture Series event will kick off the Regenstrief Center's annual conference, titled Advancing the Future of Healthcare Delivery: Access, Quality and Responsibility. More information is available online at http://www.purdue.edu/dp/dls/rche/

CONTACT: Phillip Fiorini, Purdue News Service, (765) 496-3133, (765) 427-3009 (cell), pfiorini@purdue.edu

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