April 23, 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 23 - New Purdue lab to expand research on electrical power

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

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

*  April 25 - Boiler Book Brigade; students, faculty form chain to move books

*  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'

*  April 27 - Purdue Cancer Center celebration

*  April 27-28 - Concrete canoe race featured in regional civil engineering competition

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

*  May 11 - Seniors from ROTC programs to be commissioned during ceremony

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

New Purdue lab to expand research on electrical power

April 23. 9:30 a.m. Michael Golden Labs, Room 1230. Purdue University will dedicate a new laboratory focused on improving electrical energy efficiency. The International Rectifier Power Electronics Demonstrations and Application Lab, known as IR-PEDAL, was made possible thanks to a $100,000 gift from International Rectifier, a global power management technology company. Two officials from International Rectifier will attend the dedication, as well as Dennis R. Depew, dean of Purdue's College of Technology. A related news release is available at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/x/2007a/070420KulatungaLab.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/. 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

 

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

 

Boiler Book Brigade; students, faculty form chain to move books

April 25. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Psychological Sciences Library. A human chain of students and faculty will move books from the Psychological Sciences Library to the nearby Humanities, Social Science and Education Library. The Psychological Sciences and Consumer and Family Science libraries will close at the end of the semester and their materials will be moved to the HSSE and Management and Economics libraries in an effort to consolidate resources. Lunch will be provided to participants in the chain. A related news release is available at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/x/2007a/070420NixonLibrary.html

CONTACT: Jim Bush, Purdue News Service,  (765) 494-2077, jsbush@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

 

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 Cancer Center celebration

April 27. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Outside Hansen Life Sciences Building. The Purdue Cancer Center will unveil a new sign as part of a celebration with presentations from Provost Sally Mason, the current Cancer Center director and new Cancer Center director.

CONTACT: Elizabeth Gardner, Purdue News Service, (765) 494-2081, ekgardner@purdue.edu

 

Concrete canoe race featured in regional civil engineering competition

April 27-28. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Canoe pond near U.S. 52. Approximately 500 civil engineering students from more than a dozen colleges and universities throughout the Midwest will race concrete canoes April 27-28 during a competition sponsored by the Purdue chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The Great Lakes regional conference also will include a concrete Frisbee toss, steel bridge contest and balsa wood tower assembly. All events are free and open to the public. A complete itinerary and directions to the canoe race are available by contacting Marydell Forbes of the Purdue News Service.

CONTACT: Marydell Forbes, Purdue News Service, (765) 496-7704, mforbes@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

 

Seniors from ROTC to be commissioned during ceremony

May 11. 11 a.m. Purdue Memorial Union South Ballroom. Maj. Gen. Richard B. Moorhead, commanding general of the 38th Infantry Division of the Indiana Army National Guard, will commission approximately 50 graduating seniors from Purdue's Army, Naval and Air Force ROTC programs as second lieutenants and ensigns.

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