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From the Dean

Winter hasn’t slowed us down in the College of Liberal Arts, and our faculty, students, and alumni have been vigorously working to make Purdue’s profile even higher.

Faculty members are teaching and actively pursuing their research agendas. History professor Randy Roberts, for example, recently published A Team for America, a book about the Army-Navy football game that was played during a brief hiatus of World War II and that served as a rallying point for many in the nation. And Professor Ellen Gruenbaum, head of the Department of Anthropology, traveled to Africa last month to find ways to advance breast cancer research and awareness.

Our students continue to be energetic and innovative, as evidenced by recent graduate Aaron Trembath, who is pioneering a device that can detect electronic impulses through enzymes, and may someday be able to eliminate the finger prick test for diabetics.

In the interest of supporting our students, Purdue announced the Indiana Challenge Match scholarship program in the fall to match donor gifts dollar for dollar to establish new endowed scholarships for Indiana students. Already, seven College of Liberal Arts alumni and friends have responded to the challenge, establishing gifts to honor family members and support future generations of Purdue students.  Read more here.

And while you’re following links, please read and comment on articles in our online THiNK — and look forward to a new print version that will arrive in your mailboxes in April.

I hope you enjoy reading about the exciting events in the College of Liberal Arts and that you'll follow the links to additional stories.

With best regards,
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Irwin Weiser, Justin S. Morrill Dean of the College of Liberal Arts



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Purdue Difference Maker: Randy Roberts

Randy Roberts

Randy Roberts, Distinguished Professor of History, discusses the perception of athletes as role models in the latest edition of Purdue's "Difference Makers" website, which highlights the University's leading researchers and faculty members. More

CLA alumni and friends rise to the Indiana Challenge Match

EndowmentResponding to the need for increased student support, Purdue announced the Indiana Challenge Match program last fall. The program leverages private donations with matching funds to expand scholarships for Indiana students, and seven endowments have already been established by alumni and friends of the College of Liberal Arts. More

Communication expert: When health messages cause harm

Susan MorganStigmatizing people — intentionally or not — to inspire change is not a healthy approach to motivating people, says a Purdue health communication expert. "Health campaigns or advertisements that rely on fear appeals may convince people of the severity of a problem but they also can be harmful and ineffective," says Susan Morgan, professor of communication. More 

Course to help tourists, business leaders prepare for China travel

Chinese New YearThe Chinese New Year is a good time for American businesses to think about cultural business practices when working with representatives from China or anyone planning to travel to the country, says Wei Hong, professor of Chinese and director of the Confucius Institute at Purdue, which is offering a related course for the community this spring. More

Professors advance breast cancer research partnership through trip to Ghana

Purdue professors Ellen Gruenbaum and Sophie A. Lelièvre traveled to Africa in January to meet with officials of Peace and Love Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana, and outline ways to advance a partnership on breast cancer research and awareness. More 

Cooper's Copper: NSF grant shines light on ancient artifacts, innovation in Alaska

Most people probably picture a warm climate when they imagine archaeologists sifting and troweling for artifacts from past civilizations. But when H. Kory Cooper digs in the subarctic region of Alaska, that means breaking the ground just a few centimeters at a time so the dirt can thaw. More

University closes retention gap for underrepresented minority students

Purdue is closing the retention gap between underrepresented minority students and the general student population to less than 2.5 percent, demonstrating that the university's strategic investments in student success are working. More

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