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This Is Purdue, the official podcast for Purdue University, highlights stories about Boilermakers from across all disciplines, who through research, innovation and determination, have persistently pursued their next giant leap. Hosted by Purdue University alum, Brian Lamb School of Communication graduate, and Indiana native Kate Young, This is Purdue aims to examine all of the incredible accomplishments of Boilermakers and their contributions to the world. Join us every other Thursday as we interview students, faculty, and alumni taking small steps toward their giant leaps, and inspiring others to do the same.
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Entrepreneur Beth Bostwick Discusses Her Passion for Purdue Innovates and Her Hopes for Boilermakers in Startup Culture

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Beth Bostwick, serial entrepreneur and author.  As a prominent entrepreneur and mentor within Purdue Innovates, Beth (MS human resources ’89) provides passionate insights into the world of startups and details how young entrepreneurs can set themselves up for success. In this episode you will:  Get to know Beth’s personal story of persistence as she fought through her multiple sclerosis diagnosis while earning her master’s at Purdue.   Learn the importance of staying true to yourself and your “outside the box” ideas.  Discover how Beth realized she was better suited to start her own company, ReadyTouch, in Silicon Valley rather than continue working for a corporation.  Find out how a powerful thinking process has helped her overcome her biggest challenges, and how you can use it, too.  Learn more about the success of Purdue Innovates, and why Beth is focused on encouraging more young women to become entrepreneurs.  Whether you’re an entrepreneur wondering how you can further develop your startup or looking for a way to use your innovative spirit, don’t miss this episode full of advice and insights from this successful Boilermaker trailblazer. 
7/11/202459 minutes, 38 seconds
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Dan Hasler and David Umulis Discuss Purdue’s New Indianapolis Campus

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Dan Hasler, chief operating officer, and David Umulis, senior vice provost and chief academic officer, of Purdue University in Indianapolis.  As Purdue’s first comprehensive urban campus, Purdue in Indianapolis will bring exciting opportunities for students, faculty and the whole Boilermaker community.   In this second episode of our Boilermaker Bites series, Dan and David discuss the importance of Purdue coming to downtown Indy, all while enjoying a delicious meal at the iconic Harry & Izzy’s, which is only four short minutes from campus. Here’s what you’ll get from this episode:  Discover the advantages of being part of an urban campus, like increased internship, partnership and research opportunities with Indianapolis companies and industries.   Find out how seamless transferability between campuses enhances the academic experience for both Indianapolis and West Lafayette students and faculty.  Learn about first-year students’ opportunities to start working with companies through impressive programs like EPICS and Vertically Integrated Projects.  Explore the ways Purdue Indy students and faculty will impact the world in fields like sports, pharmaceuticals, engineering and technology.   Find out more about how the urban campus will foster collaboration, vision and innovation.  Don’t miss this episode that dishes out all the benefits and excitement for the future of our new urban campus — Purdue University in Indianapolis. 
6/27/202447 minutes, 37 seconds
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Dean, Mentor, Boilermaker: Celebrating Willie Reed and His Lasting Legacy on the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Willie Reed, dean of Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.   Join us as we celebrate Reed’s legacy as he prepares to step down after 17 years as dean. When you listen to this episode, you can expect to:  Learn more about Dean Reed’s incredible journey of persistence — from being taught first grade by his grandmother in southern Alabama to becoming dean of one of the top veterinary schools in the country.   Discover what led Dean Reed to pursue a career as a veterinarian as he discusses his love for animals and current pathology research happening at Purdue.  Explore Purdue’s research on the human-animal bond and how animals have a positive effect on human mental and physical health.  Take a closer look at how Dean Reed’s efforts have met the increasing demand for veterinary professionals by expanding and adapting the College of Veterinary Medicine’s world-class facilities.   Find out about Dean Reed’s future endeavors, including mentoring students in underrepresented communities to teach them the path to becoming a veterinarian.   “There’s something about the Purdue spirit that is unique,” Dean Reed says. “When you come here, this is a place where dreams can come true.”  Don’t miss this episode celebrating the legacy of a Purdue icon who has dedicated his career to positively impacting the lives of animals, students and the entire Boilermaker community.  
6/13/202435 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Future of Purdue Airport’s Commercial Flight Service and the History Behind Purdue Aviation

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re discussing the return of commercial flights to the Purdue University Airport and highlighting the university’s renowned history in aviation.   Listen as Adam Baxmeyer (BS aviation administration ’02; MPA ’22, Purdue Global), director of the Purdue University Airport, and Rob Wynkoop, vice president of Auxiliary Services, share the importance of the Purdue Airport building upon the university’s nearly 100-year legacy in aviation excellence.   After 20 years commercial flights are returning to the Purdue University Airport, connecting West Lafayette and Chicago. Find out how the Purdue University Airport offers more convenient and cost-effective travel options for the Greater Lafayette community.  Plus, you’ll learn more about the largest classroom on campus — the Purdue Airport — as Tom Carney (AAS general aviation ’70; BS professional flight technology ’71; MS aviation climatology ’77; PhD atmospheric sciences and meteorology ’84), professor emeritus and former head of the Department of Aviation Technology, delves into the history of why Purdue has one of the strongest aviation programs in the country.   “There's no other place I could have flown the former president, Jimmy Carter, or the Dalai Lama or the first and last astronauts to walk on the moon than at Purdue University,” Tom says.  We also take you behind the scenes with Tom in Purdue’s Hawker 900XP full-motion simulator. This level D flight simulator — the highest level available — imitates all the aircraft systems that are accessible in the cockpit. You don’t want to miss this special episode! 
5/30/20241 hour, 1 minute, 43 seconds
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The Making of the Indy 500: Meet the Boilermakers Behind the Scenes of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing’

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to three Boilermakers who work behind the scenes at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to execute “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” — the Indianapolis 500.  Listen as David Letherman (BS management ’15), senior manager of event personnel; Meredith Walker (BS management, marketing ’11), senior manager of VIP and talent experience; and Louis Kissinger (BS chemical engineering ’17), senior manager of events and administration, share how the problem-solving skills they learned during their time at Purdue prepared them to host hundreds of thousands of people at the iconic IMS.  Plus, you’ll hear behind-the-scenes stories on the infectious buzz surrounding the month of May in Indianapolis, can’t-miss Indy 500 events and the best spots to watch the race. They also look ahead to the future and discuss why Indy 500 attendance numbers are rising with new partnerships and explain more about the events intended to attract new audiences and enhance existing fans’ experience.  The IMS hosts more than 200 events each year, and David, Meredith and Louis have dedicated their careers to making sure every guest — race fan or not — has an unforgettable experience at this legendary venue.   Don’t miss this episode as these three Boilermakers go in-depth on what it takes — and how it feels — to pull off the largest single-day sporting event in the world.  
5/23/202444 minutes, 53 seconds
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Astronaut Panel from the Total Solar Eclipse Event at IMS, Presented by Purdue University

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to five members of Purdue’s Cradle of Astronauts: Sirisha Bandla (BS aeronautical and astronautical engineering ’11), Drew Feustel (BS solid earth sciences ’89, MS geophysics ’91), Beth Moses (BS aeronautical and astronautical engineering ’92, MS aeronautics and astronautics ’94), Mark Polansky (BS aeronautical and astronautical engineering ’78, MS aeronautics and astronautics ’78) and Audrey Powers (BS aeronautical and astronautical engineering ’99).  These five Purdue astronauts came together for the first time at the live “This Is Purdue” podcast panel during the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Event, presented by Purdue University.   Listen as this panel of astronauts, which includes Boilermakers with both NASA and commercial spaceflight backgrounds at Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin and Barrios Technology, share what they found most surprising about their personal experiences in space, the specialness behind viewing a total solar eclipse with more than 50,000 people at the iconic IMS and their perspectives on where the future of spaceflight is heading.  Plus, you’ll hear how the journeys and legacies of past Boilermaker astronauts brought them to Purdue, how their passion for space exploration deepened as students and what it means to them to inspire the next generation to take the leap into space as future members of Purdue’s Cradle of Astronauts.  Check out this memorable episode — it’s only on “This Is Purdue,” the official Purdue University podcast! 
5/2/202433 minutes, 18 seconds
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Kokomo Winery Owner Erik Miller on His Entrepreneurship Journey and How He Honors His Boilermaker Roots in Sonoma County

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Erik Miller, owner and winemaker of Kokomo Winery and Breaking Bread Winery.   Listen as Erik (BS organizational leadership ’99) shares the journey of working his way up from a wine harvest intern to conceptualizing and later founding his own winery in Healdsburg, California, in the heart of Sonoma County. Erik’s entrepreneurial spirit has helped make Kokomo Winery an award-winning winery in California, where becoming a household name is increasingly difficult. He dives into the story behind the name, which highlights his appreciation for his Indiana roots and instills a warm, Midwestern atmosphere inside the winery. And he encourages all Midwesterners, especially Boilermakers, to come say hi if they ever find themselves near Kokomo Winery!  You’ll also learn more about the winemaking process as Erik delves into his latest entrepreneurial endeavor, Breaking Bread Winery, a line of natural wines best enjoyed with a meal. Plus, he discusses his collaboration with the Purdue for Life Foundation to create special edition Boilermaker wines — which sell out every year.  Erik recently returned to campus for the 2023 Purdue Entrepreneurial Alumni Reunion, which celebrated the legacy of Boilermaker entrepreneurs, and you’ll hear how his experiences at Purdue equipped him to exhibit the entrepreneurial mindset that the university is working to cultivate through its new Purdue Innovates initiative.   Don’t miss the story of this Boilermaker who used his persistence and innovation to turn his passion for winemaking into his own successful business more than 2,000 miles away from his hometown roots. 
4/18/202445 minutes, 44 seconds
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PGA Tour Player Adam Schenk Reflects on Purdue Golf Career, Playing Professionally and His First Invite to the Masters

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to PGA Tour golfer Adam Schenk.  Adam is a Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business alum and former first-team All-Big Ten Purdue men’s golfer, who has spent nearly a decade dedicated to his full-time career on the golf course. During this time, he secured his PGA Tour card and rapidly ascended the leaderboard, often competing alongside some of the world's top-ranked golfers. The 2023 season took him to new heights pursuing his first PGA Tour win and, in 2024, he continues that chase while preparing to play his first Masters.   Listen as he takes us back to his time playing for the Purdue men’s golf team, recounting his first collegiate tournament and what it felt like winning for a team, not just himself. Frequently returning to the Purdue golf courses, he loves mentoring and playing with current Boilermaker golfers, while practicing his own swing and preparing for major tournaments like the U.S. Open.  With his golden retriever, Bunker, at his side during practice, Adam discusses how he prepares to play with pro golf legends like Rory McIlroy on some of the most famous courses across the country. Adam says he loves seeing plenty of spectators in Purdue clothing and often hears a distant “Boiler Up!” from the bustling crowds at PGA tournaments.  Plus, Adam reflects on his unique friendship with his mentor, Purdue men’s golf coach Rob Bradley, who joins the podcast to discuss this duo’s journey from Purdue to the PGA Tour.  You don’t want to miss this conversation with a Boilermaker who is taking giant leaps in the world of professional golf. 
4/4/202434 minutes, 3 seconds
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Cummins Chair and CEO Jennifer Rumsey on Her Boilermaker Journey and Leading a 105-Year-Old Company Toward a Greener Future

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Jennifer Rumsey, Chair and CEO of Cummins Inc.  Jennifer discusses her experience as a Purdue mechanical engineering student and how that led her to four internships with Cummins during her Boilermaker journey. Her story is unique because not many people can say they interned for a company and later served in the most senior role — CEO — of that same company.  Hear her share the importance of leading a 105-year-old company into the future and the long-lasting legacy she hopes to leave at Cummins. This includes Cummins’ Destination Zero strategy to go further, faster to reduce the greenhouse gas and air quality impacts of its products. You’ll also hear her biggest lessons and advice for fellow women in STEM and why she believes inclusivity and representation are necessary for shaping our society for the better. Plus, Jennifer shares what it means to see her own two daughters follow in her footsteps and pursue degrees in mechanical engineering at Purdue.  Don’t miss Jennifer’s incredible story of how she climbed the ladder from intern to CEO and the role Purdue has played in her life. 
3/21/202422 minutes, 45 seconds
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March Madness: Carolyn Peck, Stephanie White and Ukari Figgs Reflect on the 25th Anniversary of Purdue Winning the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to former head coach Carolyn Peck and co-captains Stephanie White and Ukari Figgs as they reflect on the Purdue women’s basketball team’s 1999 NCAA National Championship.   Celebrate the 25th anniversary of this legendary win and listen as Coach Peck, Stephanie and Ukari share more about this historic season and the real story behind what happened when they arrived in San Jose for the Final Four of March Madness.  From starting the season beating No. 1-ranked Tennessee and selling out Mackey Arena for the first time ever to finally hoisting the championship trophy and cutting down the net after beating Duke in that championship game, you’ll hear behind-the-scenes stories from these three women who experienced it all. And you certainly don’t want to miss Ukari’s story about taking a mechanical engineering exam during the Final Four.  Plus, Stephanie, head coach of the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun, and Ukari, a mechanical engineer at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, discuss balancing Purdue’s academics while fighting for a national championship. They also share how Purdue helped set them up for success within the WNBA and, later, their careers outside of playing professional basketball. The friendship, commitment, determination and, of course, Boilermaker spirit that led this legendary women’s team to a national championship will forever be celebrated in the Purdue community.   Relive all the heart-wrenching, jaw-dropping and emotional moments in this special episode of “This Is Purdue.”  
3/7/20241 hour, 13 minutes, 54 seconds
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Purdue for Life’s Matt Folk on the Boilermaker Spirit and Community

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Matt Folk, president and CEO of the Purdue for Life Foundation.  In this new “Boilermaker Bites” series, Matt joins podcast host Kate Young at 8Eleven Modern Bistro in the Purdue Memorial Union. Over a delicious meal of pasta with grilled scallops, Matt digs into Purdue for Life’s goal of helping everyone who is part of the Purdue community stay connected, get involved and give back.   Matt explains that by bringing together the Purdue Alumni Association, President’s Council and John Purdue Club, Purdue for Life provides opportunities for Boilermaker family, friends and fans to engage with Purdue and with one another.  He also shares stories from his time as a Boilermaker student in the Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering to owning his own company to now leading Purdue for Life. The foundation’s initiatives include the annual, ever-growing Purdue Day of Giving, the incredibly popular Grandparents University and the President’s Council yearly trip to Naples, Florida.  From frozen tuition to the establishment of new campus buildings to creating life-changing scholarships and more, the funds raised by Purdue for Life help keep the Purdue community we love thriving.   As a Boilermaker himself, Matt knows how deep the Purdue spirit runs — and that it doesn’t end after graduation. It lasts a lifetime. 
2/22/202431 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ford Motor Co. HR Director Rochelle Dorn-Hayes on the Importance of Bringing Your Whole Self to Work

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Rochelle Dorn-Hayes, human resources director at Ford Motor Co.   Tune in as Rochelle shares more about her time at Purdue, where she earned her MBA from the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business. She carries with her the lessons learned from her beloved mentor, Dr. Cornell A. Bell, and the importance of providing guidance to the next generation of Boilermakers through her involvement in the Business Opportunity Program (BOP).  Rochelle also dives into her 25-plus-year career at Ford, including her work creating an award-winning diversity, equity and inclusion training program and her transition from finance to human resources.  You don’t want to miss Rochelle’s helpful insights, such as seeking out mentors and utilizing the buddy system when it comes to networking and exploring new career opportunities. 
2/8/202454 minutes, 34 seconds
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All Hail to 100 Episodes

In this special 100th episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re celebrating and reflecting on our past episodes, which highlight Boilermakers who, through research, innovation and determination, have persistently pursued their next giant leap.   Over the last three years, our podcast team has featured more than 160 Boilermaker guests, produced over 50 hours of audio and created over 200 video clips. We’re celebrating these incredible milestones by answering questions from our loyal “This Is Purdue” fans.  Tune in to hear behind-the-scenes stories of our listeners’ favorite episodes, from athletics to engineering to space discoveries. You’ll also hear a few burning questions for several of our previous guests.   Join us for this look behind the microphone as we reflect on our stories with NASA engineers, two legendary men’s basketball head coaches, a 9/11 heroine, a mechanical engineering alumna who made IndyCar history and more.   Plus, several of our “This Is Purdue” team members step up to the mic themselves as they share what it takes to bring these incredible Boilermaker stories to life on the podcast.   Ever grateful, ever true. All hail “This Is Purdue”! 
1/25/202450 minutes, 38 seconds
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A New Dean for a New Era: Getting To Know Purdue’s Daniels School of Business Dean Jim Bullard

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Jim Bullard, the Dr. Samuel R. Allen Dean of the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business.  Listen as Dean Bullard discusses his career journey from his time navigating obstacles like the Great Recession and COVID-19 pandemic as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to accepting his new role with the Daniels School of Business — an opportunity he calls “irresistible.”  Dean Bullard shares his excitement for the future and how he plans to use his robust real-world business and economics experience to innovate the Daniels School of Business.  “We want to really reimagine the Daniels School of Business … to make DSB parallel with the engineering prowess of Purdue University,” Dean Bullard says.   Plus, as technology continues to intersect with the business world, Dean Bullard explains the position Purdue is in to become a leader in STEM-based business and the importance of business and STEM working together.   Also, we get to know Dean Bullard on a more personal level as he discusses his enthusiasm to be part of a Big Ten university, what he likes to do in his free time in West Lafayette and his favorite movie. (Hint: This blockbuster movie features another “This Is Purdue” podcast guest and proud Purdue alum.)  Celebrate this new era of the Daniels School of Business by getting to know its new dean on “This Is Purdue.” 
1/11/202434 minutes, 59 seconds
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Greatest Hits of 2023: Celebrating Purdue Research Solving the World's Toughest Challenges

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re celebrating Boilermakers who provide practical solutions to the world’s toughest challenges.  Part 2 of our “Greatest Hits of 2023” shines a light on the incredible research advancements from Purdue Boilermakers as we reflect on all four of our 2023 Research Series episodes.  Listen as we highlight special moments from episodes with Purdue’s chief semiconductor officer Mark Lundstrom, food science professors Amanda Deering and Haley Oliver, associate professor of physics and astronomy and principal investigator of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope program Danny Milisavljevic, and bioarcheologist and professor of anthropology Michele Buzon.  From semiconductors to food science to astronomy to bioarcheology, these researchers share more about the impact Purdue has had on their monumental developments in their respective fields.  
12/21/202339 minutes, 45 seconds
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Greatest Hits of 2023: Celebrating Boilermaker Persistence

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re starting to ring in the new year with some of our most popular episodes from 2023.  Part 1 of our two-part “Greatest Hits of 2023” episode shines a light on the incredible stories and achievements of Boilermakers from across different disciplines.   Tune in as we share highlights from episodes featuring Purdue President Mung Chiang, fighter pilot Heather Penney, Pizza Hut U.S. President David Graves, Purdue deputy athletics director Tiffini Grimes, Team Penske IndyCar engineers Matt Kuebel and Mike Koenigs, and Purdue’s “Piano Man” Bruce Barker.  Celebrate the past year by listening to these Boilermakers who persistently pursue their next giant leaps. You don’t want to miss this one!  
12/7/202345 minutes, 34 seconds
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Sangtae Kim on Leading the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering and the Importance of Purdue’s ‘Excellence at Scale’

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Sangtae Kim, the Jay and Cynthia Ihlenfeld Head of Chemical Engineering and Distinguished Professor.  Sangtae dives into his family background — including what it was like growing up in a family of educators, his career at Eli Lilly and what brought him back to academia to lead Purdue University’s Davidson School of Chemical Engineering.  Listen as Sangtae discusses the significance of the growing number of women majoring in engineering and Purdue’s culture of solution-oriented students.   “Be part of the solution, not the problem, right?” Sangtae says. “It’s advice that I don’t have to give because that’s the nature of Purdue students and graduates.”    Plus, he shares what it means to him to be guiding and mentoring those walking in the same shoes he once did and his admiration for Purdue’s “excellence at scale.” 
11/20/202330 minutes, 56 seconds
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Football Legend Leroy Keyes’ Wife, Monica, on Earning Her Master’s Degree at Purdue, Raising Their Family in the Boilermaker Community and Her Husband’s Legacy

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Monica Keyes, wife of the late Purdue icon and former Boilermaker football player and coach Leroy Keyes.  Turns out, the couple met in a church bowling league in Philadelphia, Monica’s hometown, when Leroy was an NFL player for the Eagles. Week after week they happened to keep showing up in the same-colored shirts.   “I was learning how to bowl … and he and I began to have little wagers,” Monica reflects. “You know, ‘I’ll bet you a Coke.’ And that’s how our relationship grew.”  Monica’s introduction to Purdue came from a sweatshirt Leroy was wearing one day.   “I’m like, ‘Purdue, what is that? Is it an Ivy League school?’” Soon enough she would get to experience the Purdue community for herself. Leroy, who was a two-time All-American and Heisman Trophy candidate, took a job as a running backs coach with Purdue in 1995 under then-head football coach Jim Colletto.   At the time, Monica wouldn’t have guessed it. But soon enough, Purdue started to feel like home. By the early 2000s, Monica became a Boilermaker herself as she enrolled in a nurse practitioner master's program at Purdue.  Tune in to hear Monica share what it was like relocating to the Midwest, raising kids in the Boilermaker community and how Leroy’s legacy lives on. 
11/9/202336 minutes, 14 seconds
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‘Piano Man’ Bruce Barker on His Purdue Experience, Playing in Front of Millions and Retirement

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Purdue’s “Piano Man,” Bruce Barker.  Despite growing up in Lafayette, Bruce didn’t see himself attending Purdue. He wasn’t the best student while in school, and he didn’t peg himself as someone who would succeed in college.   But after high school, he struggled to find meaningful work without a college degree. On a whim, he applied to Purdue. Pretty soon, Bruce was auditioning for the Varsity Glee Club, teaching himself to play piano and reinventing himself as the person we’ve come to know and love for decades — Purdue’s “Piano Man.”  In Bruce’s nearly three decades on the stage, he has become a beloved fixture in the Boilermaker community, attracting thousands to his weekly shows and even inspiring alumni to return from as far away as Georgia, Colorado, Florida and Texas.  Tune in to discover how Bruce got his job at the Neon Cactus, his favorite memories from performing in front of millions, the story of the night he met his wife during a performance, what it meant to give back to Purdue during the pandemic — and why he’s decided to hang up the mic at the end of the 2023 fall semester.  
10/26/202346 minutes, 42 seconds
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Former Purdue Quarterback Curtis Painter on Playing for Coach Tiller, His NFL Career and Returning Home to Indiana

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to former Purdue football quarterback Curtis Painter.   After Curtis’ time at Purdue, he stayed right here at home in Indiana, playing three seasons for the Indianapolis Colts before the Baltimore Ravens signed him, then closing out his professional career with the New York Giants.   Listen in as host Kate Young talks with Curtis about his time at Purdue. He reflects on highlights including a 62-10 blowout against Indiana University in the final game of Joe Tiller’s storied career, as well as breaking Drew Brees’ 1998 record for passing yards in a single season. Curtis also shares some of the biggest moments from his NFL career, including how he felt playing alongside football greats Eli and Peyton Manning.   Curtis takes us behind the scenes, from running onto the field at Ross-Ade for the first time in front of 60,000 fans and what it meant to play for the legendary Joe Tiller, to memories of the Colts playing in Super Bowl XLIV in 2010, as well as his family’s legacy in Purdue Athletics. 
10/12/202325 minutes, 59 seconds
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Dave and Donna Beering on Continuing Former Purdue President Dr. Steven Beering’s Legacy

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Dave and Donna Beering, proud alumni and son and daughter-in-law of Dr. Steven C. Beering, former Purdue president.    If you’re a Boilermaker, you’ve likely heard the name "Beering” or possibly taken a class or two inside Beering Hall. But in this special interview, you’ll get to know the Beering family on a more personal level, including stories about Dr. Beering’s time as a physician in the Air Force and how Dave, then a Purdue student, found out his dad was named the next university president. Dave (BS electrical engineering ’85, MS electrical engineering ’87) reminisces about his dad telling him, “The name ‘Beering’ will appear on your diploma twice.”  Plus, Dave’s wife, Donna (BS aviation technology ’86), reflects on meeting Dave at the Purdue University Airport, performing as a Purduette through Purdue Musical Organizations, flying iconic Boilermakers like Gene Keady to games as an aviation student, and serving as a captain for United Airlines for more than 20 years.  You don’t want to miss this episode full of Boilermaker spirit and nostalgia! 
9/28/202342 minutes, 35 seconds
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Purdue Research Series | A Look Into Bioarchaeology and the Ancient Nile River Valley With Michele Buzon

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Michele Buzon, professor of anthropology in Purdue University’s College of Liberal Arts.  This marks the final episode in our 2023 Purdue Research Series, which shares how Purdue provides practical solutions to the world’s toughest challenges.   As a bioarchaeologist, Michele’s examination of skeletal remains can help us better understand the lives of everyday people who lived thousands of years ago. She and her team conduct research along the banks of the Nile River Valley in Tombos, Sudan, exploring what life was like in ancient Nubia — and why that still matters today.  Although Michele’s work explores the past, collaboration with researchers like Dr. Randall Loder at IU Health is helping her better understand present-day medical conditions like CAM lesions, an injury on the femur that has been found in young athletes. Previously thought to be a modern issue exclusive to athletes, Michele discusses how she and Dr. Loder found evidence of its existence in the ancient communities she studies.  Hear how Michele’s work brings many different people and disciplines together as she and her team look to better understand the past, from relationship-building with the local community in Sudan to analyzing finds.  
9/14/202331 minutes, 47 seconds
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Coach Ryan Walters and the New Era of Purdue Football

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to our new Purdue University head football coach, Ryan Walters.  Listen as Coach Walters describes how he felt when he got the call from Purdue Athletics Director Mike Bobinski and what it’s like to join the ranks of legendary Purdue football coaches like Jack Mollenkopf and Joe Tiller – and as one of the youngest collegiate head coaches in the entire country, no less!  But first, Coach Walters takes us back to where it all began, growing up in a family of football fanatics and demonstrating the persistence and tenacity he’s shown throughout his career that continues today as his family embraces life as Boilermakers.   He also shares some of the lessons learned along the way, including the importance of relationship-building when it comes to recruiting players like Hudson Card. As Coach Walters tells us, “The grass is green when you fertilize and water it, so I’m pouring into this job and into this community.”  What should Purdue football fans be excited about this season? How will Coach Walters feel as the new Tiller Tunnel, named after the late Coach Tiller, opens to a packed Ross-Ade Stadium during the home opener vs. Fresno State on Sept. 2? Tune in and find out.  As we head into a new era of Purdue football, you don’t want to miss this episode as “This Is Purdue” gets to know Coach Walters! 
8/30/202329 minutes, 33 seconds
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Purdue Research Series | A Look Into NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope and Boilermaker Ties to Space With Danny Milisavljevic

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Danny Milisavljevic, associate professor of physics and astronomy in Purdue University’s College of Science.  This marks the third episode in our Purdue Research Series, which shares how Purdue provides practical solutions to the world’s toughest challenges.  Danny’s love of space dates back to his days as a crayon-wielding kid writing up an elementary school report on the solar system. Combined with his research in school library encyclopedias, the illustrations he created gave him a sense of being able to touch and understand these far-off planets.   Fast-forward to today, and Danny is using the most powerful telescopes on the planet to better understand the universe. His work, which has been featured on “60 Minutes” and other national outlets, includes leading an international research team to explore a remnant of a supernova explosion in the Milky Way, Cassiopeia A, with NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.  As much as Danny loves understanding this vast and complex universe we inhabit, he takes equal joy in sharing its wonders with students – whether it’s rare discoveries like a star-destroying black hole nicknamed “Scary Barbie” or just looking up at the moon on a clear night through a telescope in his backyard.   Buckle in, because this episode is taking you for a ride across the Milky Way – and Danny’s enthusiasm alone is enough to power the whole trip! 
8/17/202345 minutes, 57 seconds
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‘Dune’ Star, Tony Nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson Reflects on Purdue Theatre Education

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Tony-nominated actor and “Dune” star Stephen McKinley Henderson (MA theatre ’77).  You may know Stephen from box-office hits and award-winning films like “Dune,” “Fences” and “Lincoln.” But did you know that he spent some of his formative years at Purdue?   Listen as Stephen discusses what led him to Purdue – and how his time on campus propelled him to an esteemed career both on Broadway and in film. Stephen shares the story of how he met his wife at Purdue and how theatre faculty members Jim O’Connor and Joe Stockdale, along with Tony Zamora, director of the Black Cultural Center, served as key mentors and shaped his acting career path.  You’ll hear more about what Purdue’s College of Liberal Arts means to Stephen, some of his favorite roles throughout the years and the unique challenges of performing in front of a camera instead of a live audience.   Plus, Stephen shares what it’s like working with renowned Oscar-nominated actors Timothée Chalamet and Austin Butler, and you’ll get a sneak peek of what’s in store for “Dune” fans in the upcoming “Dune: Part Two” blockbuster sci-fi movie.   *Note: This interview with Stephen was recorded before the SAG-AGTRA Strike.*
8/3/202329 minutes, 37 seconds
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Purdue Research Series | A Look Into Food Safety, Security and Sustainability With Amanda Deering and Haley Oliver

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Amanda Deering and Haley Oliver from Purdue University’s Department of Food Science.   This marks the second episode in our Purdue Research Series, which shares how Purdue provides practical solutions to the world’s toughest challenges.  Amanda, associate professor of fresh produce food safety in Purdue’s College of Agriculture, and Haley, the 150th Anniversary Professor of Food Science and director of the USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety, dive into a challenge facing the entire world: food safety, security and sustainability.  Contrary to what some may believe, their work in food science involves very little cooking. Amanda and Haley are addressing urgent questions about food production in a changing climate and a growing global population that hit 8 billion in November 2022.   On any given day, these two researchers may be working alongside researchers from Cornell University in the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety or partnering with women in Afghanistan or Indigenous communities in Peru. As a land-grant institution, Purdue is uniquely positioned to address questions of food production and safety by working hand in hand with farmers across Indiana — and the globe.  Tune in to learn more about their partnerships with organizations large and small, changing attitudes on sustainability, the importance of gender representation in food production and how research done in the heart of Indiana is helping feed the world. 
7/20/202354 minutes, 56 seconds
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Susan Edgell Discusses How Her Mother, Virginia Ferris, Became the First Woman Appointed to Purdue Agriculture Faculty

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Susan Edgell, the daughter of Purdue University trailblazer Virginia Ferris.   Virginia was the first woman appointed to the College of Agriculture faculty and had a significant influence on the department’s teaching, research and culture. She was also one of the world’s leading experts on the soybean cyst nematode.    Susan shares stories about growing up in the Boilermaker community from her time at the Purdue nursery school to the memories she has of traveling for her parents’ nematode research.  She reflects on her mother’s journey navigating higher education as a woman in the 1950s, a time when academics were centered around the success of men, plus discusses her mom’s self-taught DNA research and the joy she had for mentoring Purdue students.   Listen as Susan shares her mother’s advice for women in male-dominated fields and how Virginia’s legacy of persistence helped pave the way for a new generation of women and diversity in STEM.  
7/6/202318 minutes, 58 seconds
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Purdue Research Series | A Look Into Semiconductors With Mark Lundstrom

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re featuring the first guest in our Purdue Research Series, Mark Lundstrom, Purdue University’s chief semiconductor officer.  We’re sharing how Purdue provides practical solutions to the world’s toughest challenges in this new series.   As the United States strives to reclaim a leading role in the global semiconductor industry, Mark and other Boilermakers are acting to ensure our nation is prepared to meet the ever-growing demands for these essential components in virtually all of our electronic devices.  Mark dives into what semiconductors are, why they’re important and how Purdue is working hand in hand with semiconductor industry leaders to train the next generation of workers.  This isn’t a new role for the university. Mark explains Purdue’s storied history in semiconductor innovation, from alumnus Mohamed Atalla creating today’s most commonly used transistor back in 1959 to technology developed in Purdue’s Birck Nanotechnology Center that can be found in every Tesla car.  Tune in to learn about Purdue’s pivotal role in the development of semiconductor technology and why Mark describes this as a “Sputnik moment.” 
6/22/202329 minutes, 41 seconds
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Deputy Athletics Director Tiffini Grimes Discusses the Spirit of Purdue Athletics and Proud Return to Her Alma Mater

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Tiffini Grimes (BA political science '05), Purdue University’s deputy athletics director and senior woman administrator.  This Boilermaker alumna highlights her journey in collegiate athletics as she made her way from law school to the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) to working in the athletics departments for universities like Penn State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Alabama and, finally, back home to Purdue.  Tiffini, who was named in Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Class of 2022 and The Athletic’s College Sports 40 Under 40, shares her favorite memories from her time at Purdue, including cheering on the Boilermaker football team and interning for the John Purdue Club.   She also shares the deep pride she feels in pursuing her next giant leap at her alma mater and what it’s like helping Purdue’s talented student athletes have the best experience possible, both on and off the field.   Don’t miss this special episode with this Boilermaker alumna who exemplifies that special Purdue pride and spirit.  
6/8/202340 minutes, 58 seconds
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IndyCar Engineers, Purdue Alums Talk Team Penske Legacy and Indy 500

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Matt Kuebel and Mike Koenigs, Team Penske IndyCar engineers and Purdue University alums.   Listen as Matt (BS mechanical engineering ’22) and Mike (MS aeronautical and astronautical engineering ’03) discuss their Purdue College of Engineering journeys and what it’s like working for one of the most well-known, legendary teams in motorsports.   Matt, an IndyCar design engineer, and Mike, an IndyCar aerodynamicist, both work on all three Team Penske IndyCar entries – driven by Josef Newgarden, Will Power and Scott McLaughlin – that will be racing in the 2023 Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.    They discuss the persistence, grit and attention to detail required to be part of a winning Indy 500 team and how their Purdue education set them up for success in the professional motorsports world. As Matt tells us, “The race starts at noon on Sunday. If you’re not ready, the race still starts at noon on Sunday.”  Celebrate the month of May with these two proud Boilermaker alums. 
5/25/202352 minutes, 5 seconds
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Purdue Institute for Cancer Research Raises $100,000 in Annual Challenge 5K

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” the podcast team is taking our listeners behind the scenes during the Purdue Institute for Cancer Research’s 15th annual Challenge 5K run/walk. More than 900 runners and walkers participated in this year’s Challenge, raising more than $100,000 for lifesaving cancer research.  As one of only seven National Cancer Institute-designated Basic Laboratory Cancer Centers in the U.S., the Institute for Cancer Research generated more than 150 patents during the past decade, and its members have over 40 drugs in various stages of development. More than 110 researchers across Purdue University share ideas, insights and findings to drive cancer research, with a shared goal of creating a world without cancer.  Listen as we talk to The Challenge’s 2023 guests of honor, Tony and Kelly Trent, parents of the late Tyler Trent, a 20-year-old Purdue student from Carmel, Indiana, who passed away from a rare form of bone cancer in 2019.  Tony and Kelly share more about what the word “persistence” means to their family – and what it meant to Tyler – and why the research the Purdue Institute for Cancer Research conducts is so important in providing hope to cancer patients and survivors. 
5/11/202323 minutes, 14 seconds
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Spring Into Purdue Football With Legends Kevin Sumlin, Mark Herrmann and Pete Quinn, Plus Coach Ryan Walters

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re springing into football season with esteemed former Purdue football players Kevin Sumlin, Mark Herrmann and Pete Quinn, plus our new Purdue University head football coach, Ryan Walters.  We caught up with these four special guests at John Purdue Club’s annual Mollenkopf-Keyes Golf Classic during President’s Council Weekend in Naples, Florida.  Listen as Kevin, Mark and Pete share stories about being part of the historic teams through the 1970s and 1980s and express their gratitude for the Purdue lessons, memories and relationships that have become integral parts of their lives. You’ll also hear from Coach Walters on what it feels like as he and his family join this Boilermaker community and which games he is most looking forward to this upcoming season. This episode is a celebration of the Purdue community through the eyes of some incredible Boilermaker athletes. 
4/27/202332 minutes, 42 seconds
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Twin Sisters, Chemical Engineering Alums ‘Sugar and Spice’ Discuss the Power of the Purdue Community

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to twin sisters Almira “Sugar” Yllana (ChE '99) and Giovanna “Spice” Krozel (ChE '99).   Nicknamed by their maternal grandfather at birth, these two Purdue chemical engineering alums have taken the Boilermaker community by storm. From the Purdue for Life Foundation to the John Purdue Club to the Purdue Women’s Network Chicago Chapter, Sugar and Spice have a legacy of university involvement and think of their Purdue connections as one big family.   You’ll hear Sugar and Spice discuss the impact their Purdue education has had on their lives and why staying connected, being involved and giving back to the Boilermaker community is so important to them.   Listen as they share laughter and tears – and even finish one another's sentences – in this special, spirited episode. Sugar and Spice's twin bond, as well as their bond with the Purdue community, is the real deal! 
4/13/202335 minutes, 25 seconds
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From Purdue to President of Pizza Hut: In-Depth With David Graves

In this special episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to the president of Pizza Hut U.S., David Graves.  That’s right, the president of one of America’s largest pizza chains is a Boilermaker who graduated from Purdue University’s business school, newly named after President Emeritus Mitch Daniels.  Listen as David (BS management ’03) describes how Purdue prepared him with the persistence and perseverance needed to innovate global brands such as Pampers, Pantene and several Yum! Brands, including Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and Pizza Hut.  You’ll hear about some of David’s favorite advertising and marketing initiatives over the years, including working with actor Craig Robinson of “The Office” and using Pizza Hut’s brand nostalgia to bring its marketing into today’s modern age.  Plus, David shares some of his favorite memories at Purdue – including how he met his wife – and his love for Purdue Athletics. And you don’t want to miss hearing our podcast team go behind the scenes in a Pizza Hut kitchen to make his go-to pizza order.   This episode shares the success story of a Boilermaker who celebrates Purdue’s innovation, excellence and community.  
3/30/202338 minutes, 14 seconds
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Purdue Men’s Basketball Parents on Supporting Their Sons During This Historic Season

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re celebrating this historic Purdue men’s basketball season with Ginny Smith, freshman starting guard Braden Smith’s mom, and Gary and Lotus Furst, sophomore starting forward Caleb Furst’s parents.   Join us for this special kickoff-to-March Madness episode as Ginny, Gary and Lotus discuss when they first noticed their sons’ basketball talent, their favorite memories from the past season (hint: kicking off the season at the Phil Knight Invitational is on the list) and what coach Matt Painter’s leadership means to them.   Plus, we go behind the scenes with the person behind the tweets, news releases, statistics and more. Chris Forman, Purdue men’s basketball associate strategic communications director, discusses what it’s like leading communications efforts for a top-ranked, elite basketball program and how he grew the popular Boiler Ball social media channels over the past decade.   This team has persistence, grit and spirit. As we celebrate their achievements this season, don't miss this episode to get a taste of a day in the life of a Purdue basketball parent. 
3/16/202347 minutes, 17 seconds
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Fighter Pilot Heather Penney Reflects on Purdue Journey and 9/11 Mission

In this special episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Boilermaker and former D.C. Air National Guard fighter pilot Heather Penney.   Listen as Heather (BA English ’95, MA American studies ’97) shares her incredible story from 9/11, when she was prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice with her flight lead, Marc Sasseville. She reflects on the events of that historic day, from being selected to complete the mission to stop the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 to being grounded after hours of time in the air to how she feels about that day now, more than 20 years later.  Heather also expresses her gratitude for her time at Purdue, where her passion for flying blossomed further, and shares more about her experience training to become one of the nation’s first female fighter pilots.  Goosebumps. That's what you can expect from our episode featuring this brave and relentless Boilermaker. 
3/2/202345 minutes, 52 seconds
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FDA Authorizes Lung Cancer Imaging Agent Based on Research From Purdue

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re sharing a new update from our conversation with Boilermaker innovator Philip Low. Professor Low, Purdue University’s Presidential Scholar for Drug Discovery and the Ralph C. Corley Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, helped develop Cytalux, a fluorescent marker that allows cancer surgeons to quickly identify malignant cells and remove them during surgery. The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug in November 2021 for ovarian cancer, and in December 2022, the FDA approved Cytalux to help doctors during lung cancer surgery as well.  Based on foundational intellectual property developed at Purdue University and commercialized by On Target Laboratories, this newly authorized use of Cytalux has the potential to improve the outcomes of thousands of patients, helping surgeons to visualize otherwise undetected cancer tissue in 24% of lung cancer patients in a clinical trial.  In this episode, professor Low discusses how the drug works, why the team started using it for ovarian cancer patients first, and what attracted him to innovation at Purdue University. Listen as we share more details about one of the most popular “This Is Purdue” episodes to date. 
2/17/202340 minutes, 3 seconds
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Entrepreneur Kendra Bracken-Ferguson on Innovating Social Media Efforts for Ralph Lauren, AT&T and More

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to successful entrepreneur Kendra Bracken-Ferguson (BA communication ‘02), founder and CEO of BrainTrust. Listen as Kendra describes the early days of social media, blogging and influencing, and how she used platforms like Myspace to transform top-tier global brands. You’ll hear about Kendra’s journey as Ralph Lauren’s first director of digital media and why she eventually left to start her entrepreneurial career.   Kendra also dives into how her time at Purdue – between taking the field as part of the Purdue Golduster Dance Team to working at the Black Cultural Center to interning with the Indiana Pacers – shaped her into the woman she is today.   This Boilermaker uses her platform to support Black-owned beauty and wellness brands, and she’s partnered with superstar actress Halle Berry on her health and wellness company, rē•spin.  This dynamic interview highlights a Purdue alumna who is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion and innovating new ways to use technology.  
2/2/202350 minutes, 33 seconds
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President Mung Chiang on Becoming Purdue’s 13th President, Boilermaker Persistence and Family

In this special episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to the 13th president of Purdue University, Mung Chiang.  Listen in as President Chiang discusses the day he learned he would become president of what he calls “the most consequential public university in the U.S.” He also shares stories of Boilermaker persistence and humility and why the college experience should be both transformative and fun. Plus, he shares more about his family life (the Chiangs will be the first Purdue family to live in Westwood Manor with young children), hobbies, and the best spot in West Lafayette to grab his favorite sweet treat – ice cream. President Chiang, who officially became Purdue’s president on Jan. 1, 2023, is also the Roscoe H. George Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  You don’t want to miss this chance to get to know Purdue’s new president on a more personal level! 
1/12/202348 minutes, 22 seconds
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Greatest Hits of 2022: Celebrating Boilermaker Education and Innovation

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re celebrating even more popular episodes from 2022.  Part 2 of our “Greatest Hits of 2022” episode focuses on the academic side of Purdue University. Listen as these Boilermakers — from an IndyCar, Indy 500-winning engineer to a NASA flight director to a new Purdue Board of Trustees member — share their small steps and giant leaps.   You’ll hear from Purdue alums Rusty Rueff, Angela Ashmore, Ronak Dave, Shawn Taylor and Phil Cook as they share moments from their Purdue journeys and exciting career achievements.  Ring in the new year with this celebratory episode! 
12/22/202244 minutes, 52 seconds
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Greatest Hits of 2022: Celebrating Boilermaker Athletics 

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re ringing in the new year with some of our most popular episodes from 2022.   Part 1 of our two-part “Greatest Hits of 2022” episode focuses on the incredible Boilermaker athletics guests we’ve had on the podcast during the past year.  Listen in as we share highlights from episodes with women’s basketball coach Katie Gearlds; the iconic Gene Keady; Purdue athletics’ legacy family, the Anthrops; former Boilermaker quarterbacks and best friends Mike Phipps and Don Kiepert; and women’s volleyball coach Dave Shondell.  We’ll dig into the Purdue spirit, community and traditions and why each and every one of these guests are proud Boilermakers. You don’t want to miss this spirited episode!  
12/8/202235 minutes, 31 seconds
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A Graduation Celebration to be Thankful For: The Impact of Purdue Global

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to five members of the Purdue Global community as they celebrate the impact Purdue Global has had on their careers and lives.  The podcast team went behind the scenes at the Purdue Global Black and Gold Reception to hear from both alumni and faculty on why they chose Purdue Global and their advice to anyone considering furthering their education online.  Listen as recent Purdue Global graduates Kelvin Gumbs and Sherry McQueary and Purdue Global deans Melissa Burdi and Jeffery Buck discuss the impact Purdue Global makes on adult learners and the immense pride they feel celebrating this graduation with loved ones. Plus, you’ll hear special family stories from proud Boilermaker Viveca Stock on how her son got involved in the Purdue community through Purdue Global. Each of these special guests have their own perspective on the persistence it takes to succeed in higher education. You don’t want to miss this episode full of gratitude and pride for the Purdue Global community! 
11/21/202245 minutes, 37 seconds
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Former Quarterback Kyle Orton on Coach Tiller, His NFL Experience and Earning His Purdue Degree After Retirement

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to former Purdue University and NFL quarterback Kyle Orton. Listen as Kyle (BA history '14) discusses how former coach Joe Tiller and quarterback Drew Brees inspired him to choose Purdue, the anticipation and doubt he felt during the 2005 NFL draft, and how Purdue prepared him for life after football.  Plus, you don’t want to miss the story behind why this devoted husband, father and son was determined to finish his degree at Purdue after retiring from the NFL.   Kyle's persistence both on and off the field is a true example of what it means to be a Boilermaker.  
11/10/202221 minutes, 58 seconds
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Purdue Alum, TikTok Star Phil Cook Celebrates ‘Chem-o-ween’

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to chemistry teacher and TikTok superstar Phil Cook.  Listen as Phil (BS chemistry education '00, MS education '13) discusses his passion for education, his rise in Internet fame after just one TikTok video and why he believes Purdue is the best place for science and engineering.  Join the podcast team on a field trip to Culver Academies, where Phil teaches, for a firsthand look at his viral Halloween experiments, including an exploding pumpkin, liquid nitrogen marshmallows and flaming candy corn. Tune in (and be sure to watch our video content on Purdue’s YouTube channel) as Phil presents his special “Chem-o-ween" tricks and treats.  
10/27/202236 minutes, 30 seconds
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Boilermaker Alum Lesley Wiete’s Journey to Purdue Police Chief

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to the new Purdue University Police Department (PUPD) Chief Lesley Wiete. Listen as Chief Wiete discusses her transition from attending Purdue as an undergraduate student to working for the PUPD for the past 23 years and her experience as a female leader in a male-dominated field like law enforcement. Hear more about Chief Wiete’s goals and what it means to her to be a Boilermaker – and you don’t want to miss the story about how she met her husband, West Lafayette Police Department Lt. Stason Wiete. (It involves the beloved Purdue staple, Harry’s Chocolate Shop.) Plus, you’ll hear Chief’s full speech during her official swearing-in ceremony. This episode is full of appreciation for the Purdue community and encapsulates the spirit of Chief Wiete’s dedication to serving it. 
10/20/202230 minutes, 16 seconds
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Purdue Global Chancellor Frank Dooley: The Future is Fueled by Education

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Frank Dooley, chancellor of Purdue Global.   Purdue Global is Purdue’s accredited and affordable online solution designed for the working adult with life experience, and often some college credit – but no degree. Chancellor Dooley’s experiences have prepared him to lead Purdue Global and oversee academics for more than 36,000 students.   Listen as Chancellor Dooley shares impactful stories from graduates that fuel the enthusiasm for his work and inspire him to keep expanding opportunities for students of all backgrounds.  Plus, he explains Purdue Global’s mission and the ways it promotes Purdue University’s values and goals. If you’re interested in the remarkable rise of online learning, you don’t want to miss this episode! 
9/29/202234 minutes, 45 seconds
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Entrepreneur Shawn Taylor on Embracing Change and Developing Authentic Relationships

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Shawn Taylor (Management’82), a successful entrepreneur and the newest member of the Purdue University Board of Trustees.  Listen as Shawn describes his childhood growing up on the south side of Chicago, his experience as a first-generation college graduate and the impact Purdue’s very own Dr. Cornell A. Bell, the former director/chairman of the Business Opportunity Program, had on his life both pre- and post-college.   Plus, you’ll hear about Shawn’s next giant leap as a Purdue trustee and his advice for developing relationships with people who are authentic, real and honest – and why it’s key for your career.   This emotional and motivating episode showcases true Boilermaker persistence and spirit!  
9/15/202246 minutes, 30 seconds
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In-depth with Purdue Women's Volleyball Head Coach Dave Shondell

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Dave Shondell, Purdue University’s Art and Connie Euler Women’s Volleyball Head Coach.  From growing up immersed in volleyball with his dad and brothers, to leading teams at the high school and collegiate levels, Coach Shondell shares more about his passion for the sport and how it feels to coach athletes like Olympic gold medalist Annie Drews.   He also discusses Purdue Volleyball’s latest trip to the NCAA’s Elite Eight in 2021; what it’s like to work alongside his brother, associate head coach John Shondell; and what Boilermaker traits and training take his teams to victory again and again and again.  Listen as this two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year shares his hopes for the future, including more media coverage of women’s sports and, yes, more wins for the Purdue team! 
9/1/202245 minutes, 7 seconds
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Purdue Formula Society of Automotive Engineers Earns Podium Finishes in International Competition

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Boilermakers who are part of the Purdue Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) student organization.  Each year, Purdue students design and build custom race cars, then compete against hundreds of other universities from around the world, including teams from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil and Germany, as part of SAE’s Collegiate Design Series.  In June 2022, the Purdue Formula team finished second overall at Michigan International Speedway, their best finish in 30 years!  Listen as Purdue Formula team members Helen Rumsey (ME’24), Dominic Nocon (ME’22) and Arpit Agarwal (AAE’23) describe how this student organization provides hands-on experience to create innovative car designs and tests engineering skills with real-world problems.  Plus, as the podcast team goes behind the scenes, you'll hear the excitement surrounding the students' first live unveiling of their custom-built cars.   
8/18/202222 minutes, 22 seconds
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Dean Linda Mason on Boilermakers’ “Can-Do” Attitude and Graduate School Record Growth

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Linda Mason, the dean of Purdue’s Graduate School.  Since Dean Mason took over in 2018, the Graduate School has experienced immense growth, including record-high numbers both in overall and international student enrollment.  Listen as Dean Mason discusses how she and her team increased support and opportunities for Boilermaker graduate students, including adding more than 360 professional development workshops and the Graduate Parent Support Network.  Our graduate students are behind so much of the innovation and discovery coming out of a research-intensive land-grant institution like Purdue, from the battery in your phone to the things you eat to the paint in your home. Listen today!  Learn more about Purdue University’s Graduate School.  Learn more about Purdue Graduate School Dean Linda Mason. 
8/4/202238 minutes, 52 seconds
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Purdue Alum Ronak Dave's Next Giant Leap: NASA Flight Director

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Ronak Dave, a Purdue aeronautics and astronautics alum recently selected as a NASA flight director. Ronak will lead missions to the International Space Station and prepare for lunar missions for NASA’s Artemis program.  Why is this a particularly special giant leap? There have only been 108 NASA flight directors since Christopher C. Kraft Jr., the namesake of the Mission Control Center, became the agency’s first flight director in 1958.  Listen as Ronak discusses why Purdue’s close ties to NASA drew this New Jersey native to West Lafayette. He also dives into his persistent pursuit to achieve his dreams of becoming a flight director and shares what he thinks about the future of space exploration.   This Boilermaker is at the forefront of everything humans do in space. You don’t want to miss this episode!  
7/21/202224 minutes, 54 seconds
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Purdue's Angela Ashmore Makes History as First Woman IndyCar Crew Member to Win Indy 500

What’s it like to be a part of a winning Indianapolis 500 team? And even more, what’s it like to be the first woman IndyCar crew member to win this iconic race?  In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re getting an update from Purdue mechanical engineering alumna and IndyCar engineer Angela Ashmore. On May 29, 2022, Marcus Ericsson won the most famous race in motorsports in Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 8 Huski Chocolate Honda, and Angela was a big piece of that winning strategy!   Listen in as she describes her experience in Victory Lane, the Boilermaker support she encountered before and after the big race and how it feels to make history as the first woman IndyCar crew member to win the Indy 500.   Plus, in case you missed it, you can hear our original interview with Angela as she discussed her Purdue journey and what she hoped her next giant leap would be. (Spoiler alert: That giant leap was achieved!)  
7/7/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 5 seconds
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Former NFL Player Akin Ayodele on How a Purdue Scholarship Changed His Life

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we're talking to Akin Ayodele, former Purdue football defensive end, co-captain of the 2001 Rose Bowl team and NFL linebacker.   Akin, a Texas native, shares how former Purdue football head coach Joe Tiller’s tough love helped him develop the mental strength that shaped his success, both athletically and academically.  You’ll also hear Akin discuss his professional football career, his friendship with former Purdue quarterback Drew Brees and how his gratitude for the scholarship assistance he received at Purdue compelled him to establish Dreambuilders Foundation. This nonprofit works with athletes across America to help children in need receive the items, opportunities and support they need to achieve their dreams.  Akin’s inspiring story of perseverance exemplifies the Boilermaker spirit. 
6/23/202238 minutes, 44 seconds
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Rusty Rueff on How Purdue Community Impacted His Successful Career

In this episode of This Is Purdue, we’re talking to College of Liberal Arts alumnus Rusty Rueff, a philanthropist, investor and advisor.  Listen in as Rusty discusses art’s crucial relationship to humanity, leading the company Electronic Arts through the video game industry boom, his role in President Barack Obama’s second presidential campaign and how his mother’s mantra, “tomorrow will go a lot better if you lay your clothes out the night before,” guided his life and career.  Recognizing that many of his own life’s fortunes stem from relationships, experiences and opportunities born out of Purdue, Rusty also discusses why he feels compelled to give back to the University and what the Boilermaker community means to him.   You don’t want to miss this episode!  
6/9/202242 minutes, 52 seconds
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IndyCar Engineer Angela Ashmore Hopes Next Giant Leap is an Indy 500 Win

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to IndyCar engineer Angela Ashmore.   Angela, an engineer for Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 8 Huski Chocolate Honda, is a lifelong motorsports fan. Her giant leap into professional racing came after relentless persistence and perseverance.  Listen in as Angela discusses her experience with Purdue’s Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) student club, how the problem-solving techniques she learned at Purdue’s School of Mechanical Engineering helped propel her career and a shift from working in NASCAR to IndyCar.   Also, hear why Marcus Ericsson, IndyCar driver for CGR's No. 8 Huski Chocolate Honda, believes Angela serves as a role model for other women in STEM and the professional motorsports world.   As for Angela’s next giant leap? She’s aiming for an Indianapolis 500 win! 
5/26/202237 minutes, 56 seconds
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Boilermaker Bond: Celebrating 50+ Years of Purdue Friendship

In this episode of This Is Purdue, we’re talking to former Purdue football players Mike Phipps and Don Kiepert, who played on the iconic late 1960s team under Coach Jack Mollenkopf.    This quarterback duo friendship started at Purdue, and the two have been best friends for more than 50 years. After graduating, Mike went on to play quarterback in the NFL for 12 years for the Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears, while Don had a successful career running multiple pharmaceutical companies.   You’ll hear Mike and Don share stories about loyalty, persistence and the legacy behind Boilermaker football legend Leroy Keyes.   Come for the behind-the-scenes history of the 1967 Big Ten championship team, stay for stories only decades of Boilermaker friendship can provide. 
5/12/202239 minutes, 5 seconds
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Boilermakers for Life: The Anthrop Family Legacy

In this episode of This Is Purdue, we’re highlighting the story of the Anthrop family, a Purdue Athletics legacy from West Lafayette, Indiana.   If you’re a Purdue sports fan, you’ve probably heard the name Anthrop. Brothers Dru, Danny and Jackson Anthrop were all Boilermaker athletes, and their father, John, played both basketball and baseball for Purdue, and was on Purdue’s 1980 Final Four team.   Listen in as the family shares highlights of what it was like growing up with Purdue essentially in their backyard, traveling to away games and how they balanced academics and athletics.   Plus, hear from Jana Anthrop (also known as Mama Anthrop) on what the Purdue community and Boilermaker spirit has meant to their family throughout the years.   You don’t want to miss this special legacy episode! 
4/28/202230 minutes, 40 seconds
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Purdue Day of Giving Celebrates Boilermaker Spirit and Community

In this episode of "This Is Purdue,” we’re diving into Purdue Day of Giving, an annual event to support Purdue's giant leap as one of the world's leading academic institutions. Every year on Purdue Day of Giving, thousands of alumni, donors and friends pay it forward – and show just how much the university has meant to them.  Amber Turner, assistant vice president for broad-based campaigns and strategic engagement for the Purdue for Life Foundation, and Kate Pottschmidt, senior director of broad-based campaigns and digital engagement for the Purdue for Life Foundation, discuss how Day of Giving got started in 2014 and how it’s grown since then to raise a total of $241.5 million.  Plus, you’ll hear from Dick Buell, establisher of the L. Dick Buell Endowed Head Men’s Basketball Coaching position and President’s Council (part of the Purdue for Life Foundation) member, about why he focuses on giving back to his alma mater.   Mark your calendars – this year’s Purdue Day of Giving is Wednesday, April 27! 
4/14/202239 minutes, 18 seconds
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Boilermaker Bond: Celebrating 45+ Years of Marriage

In this episode of "This Is Purdue," two couples share their love stories that began during their time at Purdue University.  Randy and Linda Shields, co-chairs of President’s Council (part of the Purdue for Life Foundation), and Norm and Karen Blake, President’s Council members, are celebrating 45 and 56 years of marriage, respectively, after meeting at Purdue.  You’ll hear why both couples continue to foster relationships and volunteer within the Boilermaker community and their generational stories of traditions, friendships and family.  Do you have your own Boilermaker Bond love story? We want to hear from you! Tag us on social media @LifeAtPurdue with the hashtag #ThisIsPurdue. 
3/31/202244 minutes, 30 seconds
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In-depth with Purdue Basketball Icon Coach Gene Keady

In this episode of This Is Purdue, we’re talking to Purdue basketball icon Coach Gene Keady.   It’s prime time for college basketball season and March Madness is officially here. What better way to celebrate than to listen to our episode with Coach Keady?  You’ll hear the 25-year head coach of the Boilermakers men’s basketball team discuss Purdue’s balance of academics and athletics and why he loves watching his protégé, Matt Painter, coach.  Plus, listen in to hear Coach Keady’s thoughts on the NCAA March Madness tournament, why Mackey Arena is such a special place and his game day traditions. You don’t want to miss this episode with a true Boilermaker legend! 
3/17/202217 minutes, 38 seconds
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Aviation Alum, Philanthropist Scott Niswonger on Purdue's Lifelong Impact

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Scott Niswonger, founder and chair of the Niswonger Foundation, which was established to make a positive and sustainable difference in education in Northeast Tennessee.  After graduating from Purdue, Scott founded both Landair Transport, Inc. and Forward Air Corporation, and is the lead benefactor for the Niswonger Children’s Hospital, which is home to one of only eight St. Jude affiliate clinics in the world.  Scott embodies Boilermaker spirit and innovation — whether it's creating jobs and employing more than 9,000 people in a rural area of Tennessee or changing high school students’ lives with the Niswonger Foundation.  Listen in to hear how Purdue’s unique flight curriculum propelled Scott to where he is now. Plus, you don’t want to miss his stories on why giving back and investing in his community has been rewarding beyond measure. 
3/3/202237 minutes, 35 seconds
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In-depth with Purdue Women's Basketball Head Coach Katie Gearlds

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Katie Gearlds, the first-year Purdue women’s basketball head coach.  As an Indiana native and former Purdue player, Coach Gearlds describes what it feels like to have her dream job and how she recruits the right fits for the Purdue culture while striving to empower and influence the young women on her team.  Coach Gearlds also discusses the incredible support system from the Purdue Athletics community and what it will take for the team to nab more Big Ten Championship titles in the coming seasons.  Plus, we have some fun talking about her extensive shoe collection, featuring — you guessed it — plenty of gold and black shoes. If you love Purdue, you’ll love this conversation! 
2/17/202226 minutes, 56 seconds
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Purdue Celebrates Black History Month

In this episode of This Is Purdue, we’re celebrating Black Boilermaker excellence with stories from three Purdue University alumni who have made significant giant leaps.  Amber Johnson (PhD computer science ’19), Sydney Simone (BA communication ’19), and Curtis Baylor (BSIE ’72) all have different backgrounds and different stories about why they chose Purdue. You’ll hear why this computer engineer, TV reporter and Army veteran value their experience on campus, and what they’re doing to continue to support and grow the Black community at Purdue.  Plus, these three alumni share what Black History Month means to them.  You’ll want to hear their guidance on getting involved with Purdue’s Black Cultural Center, the importance of volunteering, reaching out to the Black community and more. Listen in! 
2/3/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 29 seconds
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Purdue-Discovered Drug Strengthens Fight Against Cancer | Dr. Philip Low

In this episode of This Is Purdue, we’re featuring a Boilermaker whose innovations are changing and saving lives across the world.   Philip Low, Purdue University’s Presidential Scholar for Drug Discovery and the Ralph C. Corley Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, developed a recently FDA-approved drug called Cytalux, a fluorescent marker that allows cancer surgeons to quickly identify malignant cells and remove them during surgery.   Listen in as Professor Low discusses how the drug works, why the team started using this drug on ovarian cancer patients first, and what attracted him to innovation at Purdue University. (Hint: He’s been a Boilermaker since birth!) 
1/20/202237 minutes, 7 seconds
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NASA Space Suit Engineer Amy Ross Discusses Purdue's Impact on Her Career

On this episode of This Is Purdue, we’re talking to Amy Ross, NASA Space Suit Engineer and Purdue alumna.   Listen in as Amy discusses her first big design project at NASA, working with her father (NASA astronaut and fellow Purdue alum Jerry Ross), and where she thinks the future of space exploration is headed.  Plus, she touches on the importance of introducing students to STEM education early, women trailblazers in engineering and space, and the power of the Purdue community.  
1/6/202223 minutes, 19 seconds
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This Is Purdue’s Greatest Hits of 2021

On this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re celebrating some of our most popular episodes of 2021 to ring in the new year!  Listen in as we share clips from episodes with Purdue University President Mitch Daniels, men’s head basketball coach Matt Painter, the iconic Big Bass Drum crew and more.  Plus, host Kate Young interviews several members of the Purdue Marketing and Communications team to hear the behind-the-scenes details from the prep work involved to what pieces of these special interviews resonated most with them.   It’s a great episode to celebrate the podcast’s growth this year as we continue to tell the stories of Boilermakers taking giant leaps.  
12/22/20211 hour, 22 minutes, 3 seconds
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Hail Purdue: A Boilermaker Carol

We’re raising our song anew. Purdue University presents “A Boilermaker Carol.” We love the days we’ve spent with you, Boilermakers. Special thanks to the following partners for their contributions: the students of Purdue Musical Organizations; vocal soloist Addison Schreiber; Jacob Stensberg and Dr. Suki Wong of Purdue Musical Organizations; Professor Barry Funderburg; the College of Liberal Arts; the Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance; the Purdue University Sound for the Performing Arts program. Purdue wishes you a warm and happy holiday season. Boiler up! “A Boilermaker Carol” © 2021, Trustees of Purdue University
12/16/202159 seconds
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Purdue Super Fans Featuring Comedian Joey Mulinaro

In this episode of This Is Purdue, we’re highlighting Purdue super fans including comedian Joey Mulinaro, two young sisters who are aspiring to be part of Purdue’s All-American Twirling team one day, and even a Golden Retriever who is the canine embodiment of what it means to be a Boilermaker.   Plus, you’ll hear how our podcast team helped pull off a surprise proposal at the Bell Tower during Purdue’s Homecoming.   You don’t want to miss this spirited episode! 
12/9/202121 minutes, 31 seconds
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Purdue’s Whitest Paint Appears in 'Guinness World Records'

In this episode of This Is Purdue, we’re sharing a new update from our conversation with Xiulin Ruan, professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University.    In an effort to curb global warming, Xiulin and his team created the whitest white acrylic paint - and now, it has earned a Guinness World Records title.   The ultra-white paint, which reflects 98.1% of sunlight and deflects infrared heat, could dramatically reduce or even eliminate the need for air conditioning in some regions.  Listen in as we share more details about one of This Is Purdue’s most popular episodes to date! 
11/22/202126 minutes, 41 seconds
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Honoring Purdue University Veterans

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re talking to Jamie Richards (USN, retired) and Director of Purdue’s Veterans Success Center, Major General Theresa Carter (USAF, Retired) DBA, and Purdue University Trustee, and Ryann Laky, Deputy Joint Operations Center Officer in Charge, Indiana National Guard.   You’ll hear more about how Purdue’s ROTC program prepared both Ryann and Theresa for their military careers, the Veterans Success Center's programs and resources for military-connected students, and the Student Veteran Organization, which serves as a source of knowledge, support, representation and camaraderie.  Plus, these three Purdue veterans share what Veterans Day means to them.  
11/11/202159 minutes, 29 seconds
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In-depth with Purdue Men's Basketball Head Coach Matt Painter

In this episode of This Is Purdue, we’re talking to Purdue men’s basketball head coach Matt Painter.   Listen in as coach Painter discusses recruiting the right fits for the Purdue culture, his special relationship with former Purdue basketball coach Gene Keady, and that 2019 NCAA Elite Eight game. Plus, coach Painter shares his thoughts on why Purdue University is the perfect place for him.  With Purdue basketball ranked seventh nationally in the Associated Press preseason men’s basketball poll, the hype around this year’s team is strong. You don’t want to miss this episode! 
10/28/202139 minutes, 48 seconds
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Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams to Lead Health Equity Initiatives at Purdue

In this episode of “This Is Purdue,” we’re welcoming Dr. Jerome Adams, Purdue University’s first executive director of health equity initiatives and professor of practice in the departments of Pharmacy Practice and Public Health.  Dr. Adams, the former Indiana state health commissioner and the 20th U.S. surgeon general, discusses his background, how he felt when he got the call to serve as the nation’s doctor, and dives into what health equity means.  Listen in as he explains how he intends to help amplify the efforts of the Purdue Extension program to promote health equity throughout Indiana and particularly in rural communities, as well as work specifically with the business community to make the case for health equity as workforce and economic issues.  It’s only on Purdue’s official university podcast! 
10/14/202139 minutes, 21 seconds
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Former NFL Quarterback Jim Everett Reflects on His Time as a Boilermaker

In this episode of This Is Purdue, we’re talking to Jim Everett, former Purdue University and NFL quarterback, as he reflects on his football career.  Listen in as Jim discusses the 1984 trifecta win against Michigan, Ohio State, and Notre Dame in the same season while leading the Boilermakers. Plus, we dig into Jim’s experience as a first-round NFL draft pick, his life after playing professionally, and his recent induction into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame.  You don’t want to miss this conversation with a football legend about our Purdue community, his favorite campus memories, and the definition of Boilermaker spirit– found only on the official Purdue University podcast! 
9/30/202133 minutes, 49 seconds
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Celebrating 100 Years with The World's Largest Drum™

In this episode of This Is Purdue, we’re highlighting the legacy of Purdue University’s Big Bass Drum, also known as The World's Largest Drum™, part of the “All-American” Marching Band, for the past 100 years.   Pamela Nave, Purdue Bands' percussion instructor and Associate Professor of Bands and Orchestras, joins us on the episode to discuss the AAMB community, Neil Armstrong’s support, and the iconic symbol of The World's Largest Drum™.   You’ll also hear from the co-captains of the Big Bass Drum Crew, Brandon Bledsoe and Hannah Pike, on what it takes – both physically and intellectually – to become part of this prestigious crew at Purdue.   Plus, host Kate Young goes behind the scenes at Band Camp and even runs through a few tricks with the crew and the 565-pound drum! It’s only on This Is Purdue, the official university podcast.  
9/16/202127 minutes, 17 seconds
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Behind the Scenes: Purdue’s Boiler Gold Rush

In this episode of This Is Purdue, we’re going behind the scenes at Purdue’s largest Boiler Gold Rush event yet ahead of the start of the 2021 Fall Semester.  Listen in as we chat with Craig Johnson, Director of Orientation Programs at Purdue, about how BGR – formerly known as CORN Camp - originated, and how the team continues to evolve this massive event year after year.  Plus, we’re attending several events at BGR and talking to students experiencing BGR for the very first time.   If you’re a Purdue alumni, you’re sure to feel some nostalgia during this episode!  
9/2/202133 minutes, 10 seconds
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In-depth with Purdue Football Coach Jeff Brohm

In this episode of This Is Purdue, we sit down with Purdue University Head Football Coach Jeff Brohm.  Listen in as we get to know Coach Brohm on a personal level as he discusses why football truly is ‘all in the family’ for him, with both of his brothers as part of his staff, along with his son as a fixture on the sidelines.   Plus, we dig into the team’s goals for this season, their upcoming historic game at Wrigley Field, and what Coach Brohm finds most rewarding about leading these Boilermakers.  And what Purdue tradition is Coach’s favorite? (Hint: It involves snow!) All of this and more on This Is Purdue, the official university podcast. 
8/19/202131 minutes, 12 seconds
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Purdue's Old Golden Ticket Vaccination Drawing: Winners' Reactions

In this special edition of This Is Purdue, we’re featuring our journey to find and award the 10 Boilermakers who entered the Old Golden Ticket Vaccination Drawing.   Students who submitted valid proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by July 15 were randomly selected to win the ‘Golden Ticket’ - $9,992 - the equivalent of a year’s undergraduate tuition cost for an in-state Boilermaker since 2013.  Listen in as the Purdue University Marketing and Communications team highlights the behind-the-scenes details of pulling off these ultimate surprises from finding students on campus to crossing state lines to getting the parents in on the celebration. You don’t want to miss this episode!  
8/5/202134 minutes, 24 seconds
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Purdue’s Diving Dynasty at the Olympics | David Boudia

In this episode of This Is Purdue, David Boudia, the most decorated Purdue University Diving Olympian, joins us. David shares his gold medal-winning journey, and how adversity has helped shape him into the athlete and person he is today. He also discusses his role in the HBO Sports documentary The Weight of Gold, which explores the mental health challenges that Olympic athletes often face. Hear why David says depression doesn’t discriminate, and why it was important for elite athletes to help shine a light on this. Plus, two Boilermakers will be representing Purdue and USA Diving in Tokyo, and we talk to Brandon Loschiavo, Purdue alum and first-time Olympian, about how he feels to represent the university on this worldwide stage. And what is the next step in David’s career? Find out on This Is Purdue, the official podcast for Purdue University.
7/22/202127 minutes, 11 seconds
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Purdue Professor Creates Whitest Paint to Combat Global Warming | Xiulin Ruan

In this episode of This Is Purdue, professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University, Xiulin Ruan, discusses his newest invention – ultra-white paint.  In an effort to curb global warming, Xiulin and his team created the whitest white acrylic paint, which reflects 98.1 percent of sunlight and deflects infrared heat, allowing buildings to cool below the surrounding air temperature.  Listen in as Xiulin shares his surprise at the amount of attention the invention received, not only in the science and engineering world, but also in the art space. Plus, he breaks down how this paint can help people save money on their electric bills.  
7/8/202125 minutes, 4 seconds
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Creating a New Commencement Experience + Purdue President Mitch Daniels' Speech

In this episode of This Is Purdue, two of Purdue University’s commencement leaders join us to discuss Purdue’s first outdoor commencement ceremony at Ross-Ade Stadium.   Purdue has been hosting commencement at the iconic Elliott Hall of Music since the 1940s. But – like a lot of things in 2020 – COVID-19 changed that.    Lesa Beals, senior associate registrar, and Chris Pass, senior assistant registrar, share highlights from the 2021 Spring commencement, Purdue’s first in-person ceremony since the pandemic.  Hear how they teamed up with other Big Ten universities to pull off a ceremony five times larger than what they normally did at Elliott, and how they prepared for things out of their control (AKA Indiana weather)!  Plus, listen in to hear Purdue University President Mitch Daniels’ full 2021 Spring commencement speech.  
6/24/202126 minutes, 16 seconds
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President Mitch Daniels on Leading Purdue Through a Pandemic

In this episode of Purdue University’s official podcast, This is Purdue, we’re joined by a very special guest.    Listen in as Purdue University President Mitch Daniels discusses his decision to fully open the University amidst a pandemic and communicate this to the world back in 2020. Plus, President Daniels talks about what he missed most during the past school year, what he’s looking forward to this Fall (Hint: It involves Purdue Athletics), and his favorite IndyCar driver.   You don't want to miss this episode!  
6/10/202132 minutes, 54 seconds
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Purdue Polytechnic High School Celebrates First Class of Graduating Seniors | Shatoya Ward

In this episode of This is Purdue, Shatoya Ward, founding principal at Purdue Polytechnic High School (PPHS) Englewood in Indianapolis, discusses how PPHS is reinventing the traditional high school experience, and her excitement for the school’s first graduating class of seniors.   PPHS – now with three locations – was created to build new K-12 pathways that lead to Purdue, especially for Indiana students who are underserved by traditional high schools and underrepresented in higher education.   You'll also hear from Kayla Owens, senior at PPHS and future Boilermaker. Listen in! 
5/27/202137 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Data Mine: A Living and Learning Community | Mark Daniel Ward

Data touches everything. But unlocking its full potential requires a data-fluent generation. Enter The Data Mine, a living-learning community uniting students, faculty, researchers and industry leaders to take the next giant leap in data science at Purdue University.  In this episode of This is Purdue, Mark Daniel Ward, director of The Data Mine and a professor of statistics, explains how this initiative was created, the importance of it being a learning-by-doing model, and how the team plans to bring data science to every corner of the state with the Indiana Data Mine.
5/13/202125 minutes, 3 seconds
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Purdue Scientist Discusses Role in NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover | Briony Horgan

An Associate Professor of Planetary Science at Purdue University, Briony Horgan is also one of the tactical science leads for NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover. She is examining the Mars landscape through a rover camera called Mastcam-Z - which she helped design for this mission.  Talk about a Boilermaker who is taking Giant Leaps! Listen in as Briony discusses what the team of scientists on this mission is looking for on the Red Planet, and what being a part of Purdue’s community means to her.
4/29/202118 minutes, 15 seconds
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Protect Purdue | Dr. Esteban Ramirez

In this episode of This is Purdue, we’re talking to Dr. Esteban Ramirez, Chief Medical Officer for the Protect Purdue Health Center - the 24/7 virtual health center dedicated to all things COVID-19-related for the Purdue community.  Listen in as we discuss how the Protect Purdue initiative assisted in getting 50,000 students, faculty and staff to return to campus safely, and why student culture has played a crucial role in Purdue’s success this year. 
4/15/202124 minutes, 31 seconds
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Trailer - This is Purdue

This is Purdue, the official podcast for Purdue University, highlights stories about Boilermakers from across all disciplines, who through research, innovation and determination, have persistently pursued their next giant leap. Hosted by Purdue University alum, Brian Lamb School of Communication graduate, and Indiana native Kate Young, This is Purdue aims to examine all of the incredible accomplishments of Boilermakers and their contributions to the world.  Join us every other Thursday as we interview students, faculty, and alumni taking small steps toward their giant leaps, and inspiring others to do the same.  Subscribe on your favorite podcast app to never miss an episode and be sure to visit our website at to learn more.   
4/8/20211 minute, 25 seconds
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Purdue Polytechnic High School

In this episode, we discover more about Purdue Polytechnic High School and how it is providing a pathway to Purdue for underrepresented minority students.
3/15/20219 minutes, 22 seconds
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Engineering Opportunities

A cutting-edge, student-run organization, Purdue University’s Solar Racing Club has been building solar cars for 30 years. In time, the group has grown into a thriving, innovative collegiate solar car team, building multiple vehicles and competing in national and international events. Let’s meet some of the group’s standout students who help promote the possibilities of sustainable transportation. The Women in Engineering Program at Purdue University helps girls and women discover their inner engineer. Among its numerous services, the program encourages future engineering students through engaging initiatives like Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. We spoke with several participants about the importance of this annual gathering that promotes interest in engineering among early high school students.
3/1/20216 minutes, 2 seconds
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Puck, Yeah!

Active on campus since the early 1960s, Purdue University’s Hockey Club enjoys the enthusiastic support of students, alumni and sponsors. As a Division 3, ACHA collegiate-level organization, the Boilermakers compete within the Indiana Collegiate Hockey Conference. Skilled competitors on the ice, the club’s dedicated members play their home games at either the Fuel Tank in Fishers or Pop Weaver Ice Arena in Indianapolis. They share their passion for the sport with us here. Representing Purdue University both on and off the field of play, student-athletes across all intercollegiate sports rely on student athletic trainers to help prevent and recover from injuries. The athletic training program at Purdue provides only the best in academic coursework and hands-on clinical education, allowing students to acquire exceptional skills that in turn keep Purdue’s teams competing in peak condition.
1/28/20216 minutes, 27 seconds
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Motoring Along

Purdue University students continue to put their design expertise to groundbreaking use. In this installment of “This Is Purdue,” we talk with Professor John Sullivan from Aeronautics and Astronautics, along with some talented engineering students who recount their travels to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. While there, they set out to break a speed record using a cutting-edge vehicle they designed and built as a team. Through more than 1,000 student organizations covering diverse interests, Purdue University provides countless ways for students to find their fit on campus. Established in 1982, the Purdue Cycling Club attracts both undergraduate and graduate students who have a passion for cycling. From group rides to racing opportunities, riders at all skill levels enjoy activities connecting them with other cyclists on campus.
1/18/20218 minutes, 54 seconds
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Purdue Gets Medieval

Dedicated in 2008, the 8-foot-tall “Unfinished Block P” sculpture on Purdue University’s campus serves as a permanent reminder that one’s educational journey never ends – that learning, in essence, is a lifelong process. The bronze sculpture, cast to appear as if it were carved out of stone, was a collaborative effort between artists Rita and Rick Hadley, University officials and members of the Iron Key honorary that works anonymously each year on a service project benefiting Purdue. We take a closer look at this beloved work of art here. By taking a journey back in time, Purdue University’s Medieval Society helps the campus community explore both the society and culture of the Middle Ages — all accomplished through festive activities that are both fun and enlightening. We spoke with some of the group’s members to discover more about the Medieval Society’s timeless appeal for Purdue and its students.
1/4/20217 minutes, 58 seconds
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Hidden Gems

The Purdue University campus is home to a diverse collection of sculptures — one that includes statues of individuals who have inspired students to commissioned pieces by internationally renowned artists. In this edition of “This Is Purdue,” we turn the spotlight on several of these noteworthy landmarks — from the Bell Tower and Continuum to a student-favorite fountain, a statue honoring a legendary astronaut, and the beloved bronze Boilermaker that greets loyal fans to Purdue athletic competitions. In 2016 Purdue University unveiled the final sculpture designed by the late Nina Hole. The internationally acclaimed artist was known for her outdoor firing technique, which allowed her to transform raw clay into a finished piece of art entirely on site. The finished, life-size clay structure housed at Purdue was modeled to look like a church in the Danish artist’s hometown — a stunning piece introduced to the campus community through performative elements.
12/21/202012 minutes, 15 seconds
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A Virtual Happy Holidays

A grand tradition at Purdue University, the PMO Christmas Show ushers in each holiday season through the gift of song. Due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, this year’s 87th annual show, aptly titled “A Different Kind of Christmas,” takes place virtually December 19th and will showcase your favorite PMO musical ensembles. William Griffel, the Albert P. Stewart Director of Purdue Musical Organizations, joins us for a behind-the-scenes look at this free virtual event. No holiday season would be complete without a telling of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Thanks to Chicago’s world-renowned interdisciplinary performance collective Manual Cinema, the Purdue family can purchase tickets for a live virtual adaptation running December 4th through 13th. We asked Todd Wetzel, executive director of Purdue Convocations, about this festive, visually inventive event for all ages.
12/7/20207 minutes, 58 seconds
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Reimagined Campus Buildings

This is not your parents’ Purdue. When it comes to the way people learn, Purdue continues to push the boundaries and define the standard. Purdue’s 164-thousand-square-foot Wilmeth Active Learning Center is much more than another beautiful red-brick building on campus. A decade in the planning, its 2017 opening represented a transformation in the way Purdue students learn. Another massive structure that has upped the Boilermakers’ game — literally — is Purdue’s state-of-the-art Football Performance Complex. This sprawling, three-story structure also opened in 2017, amazing and delighting Boilermaker football recruits, players and coaches.
11/11/202012 minutes, 51 seconds
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Purdue Celebrations

The latest edition of “This Is Purdue” highlights two University celebrations. We begin our podcast with details regarding the various festivities surrounding Giant Leaps at Home – Purdue’s virtual 2020 Homecoming. We then spotlight the 25th birthday of our beloved Purdue Bell Tower with on-campus events that took place this fall. Please note: Bruce Baker will unfortunately not be able to perform during the Virtual Homecoming. We apologize for any inconvenience.
11/3/20209 minutes, 36 seconds
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Hurling and Twirling

Discover more about the Purdue Hurling Club and the Purdue Twirling Team.
10/22/20209 minutes, 59 seconds
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On the Move

In this episode, we discover more about the Purdue All-American Marching Band and the Reamer Club. Listen in!
10/8/202010 minutes, 9 seconds
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Purdue Recreation and Sports Nutrition

In this episode, you'll hear about the Purdue CoRec and Sports Nutrition.
9/23/202012 minutes, 15 seconds
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Faculty Discoveries

In this episode we will learn more about Purdue Professors Michele Buzon and Randy Roberts. These stories originally aired as part of the Boiler Bytes series.
9/9/202016 minutes, 20 seconds
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Purdue Traditions

In this episode we will learn more about the Founding of Purdue and the Wooden Jersey. These stories originally aired as part of the Boiler Bytes series.
8/28/202017 minutes, 17 seconds
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Sounds of Purdue

In this episode, we will discover more about the Purdue Varsity Glee Club and Purdue’s Center for Global Soundscapes.
8/14/202015 minutes, 54 seconds
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Purdue Legends

On this episode of This is Purdue​, you will hear about two aviation legends from the Purdue family, Neil Armstrong and Amelia Earhart.
7/20/202027 minutes, 39 seconds
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School Spirit

Today on This is Purdue you will hear about two nostalgic parts of Purdue’s history. First you will learn about Purdue’s most famous celebrity. This honor goes to Purdue’s “unofficial mascot”, Purdue Pete! This segment reveals some memories of multiple alumni that wore the Purdue Pete costume over the years. Dr. John Note was one of the first people to wear the Purdue Pete costume and is the first guest on today’s episode. The host explains how “Arthur Evans’ design is a powerful homage to Boilermaker craftsmen. Sporting a muscular physique, hard hat, and a mallet for hammering steel- this iconic logo was intended to signify strength and determination.”
7/6/202021 minutes, 5 seconds
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Summer Vacation

Jonathon Day, associate professor of hospitality and tourism management, is studying how to strike a balance for making tourism sustainable for future generations. Day says that sustainable tourism is about looking after economics, culture and environment to benefit communities.
6/22/202012 minutes, 56 seconds
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Your Work and Your Necessities During COVID-19

Today on ​This is Purdue,​ Olivea McCollins talks to ​Ananth Iyer​ and ​Ellen Kossek​ about situations that are facing many of us today. Anath Iyer is the Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair in Operations Management at the Krannert School of Management​ and Ellen Kossek is the Basil S. Turner Professor at Purdue University's Krannert School of Management.
6/1/202022 minutes, 35 seconds
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Agriculture + Public Health

A Purdue entomologist talks about why we need mosquitoes even though most of us would prefer they go away ... and how to keep them from biting us during the summer months. And, a food science expert answers questions about whether we can trust the fresh fruits and vegetables in our produce section during the COVID-19 pandemic.
5/18/202016 minutes, 28 seconds
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Line Drives and Data Drives

In this episode, we talk data science. A first-year student explains how he’s sharing baseball statistics online and connecting with other sports-starved fans while the COVID-19 pandemic puts organized sports on hold. We also highlight the Integrative Data Science Initiative.
5/4/202015 minutes, 12 seconds
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It's in Our DNA

We highlight a Purdue alumnus who has received national recognition for his impact as a science teacher. Also, a Purdue alumna shares how she moved science research forward on national and global scales.
4/20/202020 minutes, 3 seconds
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Science at Work

We highlight a Purdue biochemistry professor and his team's work to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, a father and son team share how their startup can help elderly patients suffering from hip fractures.
4/6/202019 minutes, 12 seconds
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Soaring High

A Purdue staff member passionately champions women’s contributions to engineering and we highlight a Purdue alumnus who co-created a flight communication training app.
3/23/202018 minutes, 52 seconds
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With Your Health In Mind

Can FDA-approved drugs treat antibiotic-resistant infections? We talk with a Purdue professor whose work is aimed at answering that question, and we learn about the important cancer-fighting work of the Purdue Center for Cancer Research from the center's director.
3/9/202019 minutes, 12 seconds
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Innovation & Inclusion

A Purdue professor shares his fascination with technology in sports, and we celebrate the Purdue Black Cultural Center, which marked its 50th anniversary in 2019.
2/24/202022 minutes, 36 seconds
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Leading By Example

Student athletes are becoming servant leaders thanks to a Purdue leadership advisor, and a PhD student in agronomy is determined to focus on her passions for agronomy and basketball instead of her disability.
2/9/202026 minutes, 27 seconds
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Hope Times Two

A Purdue professor's invention is helping Parkinson's patients communicate, and a therapy in development in a Purdue lab could be a breakthrough for children stricken with Niemann-Pick disease type C, a rare, fatal disease.
1/27/202025 minutes, 24 seconds