April 16, 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 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 - Student-produced films to be shown at theater

* 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 site for Discovery Lecture Series event

* April 24 - Lafayette Rotary talk: Defining what makes an American

* April 25 - Engineering students to display patient-moving prototypes

* April 26 - Two professors to be named winners of Violet Haas Award

* April 26 - Purdue student group holding a 'computer smash'

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. 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, 2006-07 Purdue chapter vice president, National Society of Minorities in Hospitality, jbadders@purdue.edu

 

Student-produced films to be shown at theater

April 19. 7 p.m. Wabash Landing 9 Theater, 300 E. State St. Purdue students will compete for cash and other prizes at the fifth annual Digital Cinema Contest premiere night. Film categories include alternative, animation, documentary and narrative. Each film last no less than 30 seconds and no longer than seven minutes. Doors open at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m. the winners will be announced and shown, followed by the screenings. A related news release is available at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/x/2007a/070413EisertCinema.html

CONTACT: Jim Bush, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-2077, jsbush@purdue.edu; David Eisert, educational technologist at the Digital Learning Collaboratory, (765) 494-4209, eisertd@purdue.edu

 

Award-winning Native American author to speak at Literary Awards

April 19. 8 p.m. 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 a 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. Kampen Course at 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. 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. 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 site 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

 

Lafayette Rotary talk: Defining what makes an American

April 24. Noon. University Inn, 3001 Northwestern Ave. Jeremy Straughn, assistant professor of sociology, will speak on "How Would You Define an American?" Reporters are welcome to join Rotary for lunch, which is served from 11:30 a.m. to noon. The program begins at noon and the speaker begins about 12:30 p.m.

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

 

Engineering students to display patient-moving prototypes

April 25. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Helen R. Johnson Hall of Nursing, Room 108. Mechanical engineering students will demonstrate prototypes they designed and built to help nurses move and transport patients. Twenty-three students in the mechanical engineering senior design class were divided into four teams, which each designed and built prototypes during the semester. The engineering students met with nursing students to learn about challenges related to moving patients. Each engineering team designed and built a functional prototype: An airbed that helps adjust patient positions; a special wheelchair with a hydraulic lift that enables nurses to slide a patient off the bed without lifting the patient; a turntable-like bed that converts into a configuration resembling a wheelchair to enable patients to sit up in the bed without the need to slide or push them; and a stroke-rehabilitation device that goes on a wheelchair. The course was taught by William Peine, an assistant professor mechanical engineering, and George Chiu, an associate professor of mechanical engineering.

CONTACT: Emil Venere, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-4709, venere@purdue.edu

 

Two professors to be named winners of Violet Haas Award

April 26. 4 p.m. Lawson Computer Science Building lobby. Klod Kokini, a professor of mechanical engineering and associate dean of engineering for academic affairs, and Sally Thompson, professor and head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, will be awarded the Violet Haas Award. The award recognizes individuals, programs or departments at Purdue that have effectively facilitated the advancement of women or enhanced a positive professional climate for women at the university.

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

 

Purdue student group holding a 'computer smash'

April 26. Noon to 4 p.m. Engineering Mall. The Purdue student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques will hold "Anger Management 101" to provide a healthy way to work off frustration with technology. Participants can pay $1 per 15 seconds to take swings with a sledgehammer at computer equipment provided from Purdue salvage. Event proceeds will go toward the student organization.

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

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

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