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April 23, 2007

Reporters' Calendar

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

 

PURDUE EVENTS

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

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

*  May 10 - Becky Skillman, John Engler to speak at Advanced Manufacturing Summit

*  May 11-13 - Purdue graduates to take part in commencement ceremonies

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/. A related news release is available at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/hp/RebarDLS.html

CONTACT: Phillip Fiorini, Purdue News Service, (765) 496-3133, (765) 427-3009 (cell), pfiorini@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. A related news release is available at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/x/2007a/070418PeinePatients.html

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

 

Becky Skillman, John Engler to speak at Advanced Manufacturing Summit

May 10. 9:15 a.m. Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and John Engler, ex-governor of Michigan and president of the National Association of Manufacturing, will speak at Advancing Manufacturing VI: Manufacturing Competitiveness: Firm, Industry and Regional Imperatives for Success. The conference will examine improving a firm's supply chain competitiveness. A related news release is available at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/x/2007a/070412SullivanSummit.html

CONTACT: Maggie Morris, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-2432, maggiemorris@purdue.edu

 

Purdue graduates to take part in commencement ceremonies

May 11-13. Elliott Hall of Music. Purdue will award degrees during four commencement ceremonies. Division I will be 8 p.m. May 11 with the College of Technology and the School of Management; Division II will be at 9:30 a.m. May 12 with the College of Education, College of Engineering and School of Veterinary Medicine; Division III will be at 2:30 p.m. May 12 with the colleges of Liberal Arts and Science; and Division IV will be at 9:30 a.m. May 13 with the colleges of Agriculture; Consumer and Family Sciences; and Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences. Journalists must have media passes to attend.

CONTACT: Christy Jones, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-1089, christyjones@purdue.edu; Mike Willis, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-0371, jmwillis@purdue.edu

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

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