July 18, 2007

Indiana State Fair will highlight Purdue Extension exhibits

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Waste Into Watts, Indiana Invaders and Genomics eXplorer are just a few of the exhibits that Purdue University's Cooperative Extension Service will display at the 2007 Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis.

Located primarily in the Our Land Pavilion at the state fairgrounds, the educational exhibits will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily Aug. 8-19.

"The goal is to give state fair attendees a deeper understanding of what Purdue means to the people of Indiana," said Danica Kirkpatrick, events coordinator for Purdue Agriculture.

A new exhibit this year will be Genomics eXplorer. The exhibit invites visitors to explore the importance of plants and plant cells. Along the way, the exhibit links genomics to important developments in human health, agriculture and the environment.

The following are other Purdue Extension exhibits:

* In Weather Central, visitors of all ages can experience advances in weather forecasting and learn about what makes weather. Participants also have the chance to create their own weather broadcast live at the fair.

* Waste Into Watts will take a closer look at how Purdue Agriculture researchers are turning trash into electricity. Find out how the "tactical biorefinery" works, and learn more about Purdue Agriculture's role in developing biofuels.

* Indiana Invaders are here. Invasive species out-compete native plants, and animals and can permanently alter Indiana's ecosystems. The exhibit invites visitors to learn more about these invaders and what they can do to stop their spread.

* Purdue Food Science investigators are on the case and looking for ways to keep our food supply safe from dangerous microbes. In FSI: Food Science Investigations, learn how tiny "diving boards" can detect viruses, how lasers can "fingerprint" bacterial culprits and more.

* One in six Indiana residents will be the victim of identity theft. ID Theft Prevention in 3-D explains how anyone can avoid these thieves, detect suspicious activity and to defend themselves against ID theft.

* One Medicine at Purdue's School of Veterinary Medicine shows that medical discoveries that help treat animals can sometimes lead to breakthroughs in human treatment. See how Purdue researchers are finding new ways to battle paralysis, fight cancer, improve vaccines and stop harmful bacteria.

There also will be Purdue Master Gardner and the Indiana Wine Grape Council exhibits in the Ball State Ag/Hort Building.

Purdue Day at the fair is Aug. 15. Purdue Day activities include the Women in Agriculture Awards, educational programs on the Purdue Live Stage and the Farmer's Day Parade.

For more information about Purdue sponsored exhibits and activities, visit the Purdue State Fair Web site at https://www.ces.purdue.edu/statefair/

Writer: Elizabeth Fritz, (765) 494-8402, elfritz@purdue.edu

Source: Danica Kirkpatrick, (765) 494-9113, dkirkpat@purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Beth Forbes, forbes@purdue.edu
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