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An American legacy with Boilermaker roots

During the early stages of the American civil rights movement and well before the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, sisters Winifred and Frieda Parker were leading the effort to integrate student housing on Purdue’s campus and across Indiana. “Like Neil Armstrong or Amelia Earhart, Winifred and Frieda Parker are heroic Purdue icons, and it’s my hope that these facilities and the exhibits within them will help amplify their role in the American story,” says Renee Thomas, Purdue’s associate vice provost for diversity and inclusion.

What goes up should come down: Spacecraft deorbiting device developed at Purdue ready for upcoming test launch

A drag sail developed at Purdue University to pull launch vehicles in space back to Earth is scheduled to undergo a test launch on Thursday (Sept. 2). The mission, set to take off from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, will evaluate how well the prototype helps its vehicle deorbit from space after mission completion. A livestream of the launch will be available through Everyday Astronaut.

From chalkboards to the silver screen: Purdue professor's teaching extends beyond the classroom

Randy Roberts, professor of history at Purdue, has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching. Author of more than 20 nonfiction books, consultant or on-screen expert for more than 50 documentaries and professor for more than 30 years, it would be difficult to underestimate the number of people who have learned something from Randy Roberts.

Overlooking her shot: Women’s sports need an assist as coverage remains the same as 30 years ago

“Over the past 30 years, we have not seen meaningful change in the amount of coverage women athletes receive,” said Cheryl Cooky, a professor of interdisciplinary studies at Purdue University. When women's sports, which receive the same amount of news coverage as they did in the 1980s, are given airtime, the coverage is lower in technical quality and production value when compared with coverage of men’s sports, the study finds. Even when social and digital media are taken into account, women athletes remain at the periphery of sports reporting.

'Leaky' noble gas behavior could provide missing link in predicting climate change

An early-career scientist from Purdue University has developed a novel method of measuring the temperature history of continental surfaces, a critical innovation considering that most information on past climate comes from ocean data. As overall global temperatures in 2020 reached record highs, data collected through this new method could help scientists working diligently to discover innovative ways of understanding and addressing climate change.

For Jennifer Liu, Leadership is Founded in Passion and Confidence

Originally from a small town outside of Louisville, Jennifer Liu is a third-year professional student in the PharmD program. She plans to pursue a career specializing in infectious disease, an interest she’s held since she was young and has been heightened by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Her experiences on campus have also fostered an interest in health policy that will influence her values as a professional and which she hopes to incorporate into her career.
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