U.S. Department of Education acts on Purdue NewU plan to acquire Kaplan, operate as Indiana’s newest public institution

U.S. Department of Education acts on Purdue NewU plan to acquire Kaplan, operate as Indiana’s newest public institution

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The U.S. Department of Education has given its approval for Purdue University to move forward with its previously announced plan to acquire Kaplan University and operate Purdue NewU as Indiana’s newest public institution of higher education. This development follows the unanimous decision on Aug. 10 by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) that approved Purdue NewU as a public institution of higher education under Purdue’s control and authorized it to offer academic programs. The department’s determination, issued after a review of a “pre-acquisition application” submitted by the…

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PNW to lower tuition rates for future non-resident domestic students

PNW to lower tuition rates for future non-resident domestic students

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University Northwest will offer tuition that is 1.5 times the in-state rate, beginning in fall 2018, to non-resident domestic students who are first-time freshmen, new-to-campus transfer students, or new graduate students, under a new rate structure approved Friday (Oct. 13) by Purdue’s Board of Trustees. The new tuition and fee structure will apply to qualifying students in all undergraduate programs and select graduate programs. “The Hammond campus is located only 3 miles from the Illinois state line, and the Westville campus less than 40 miles…

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Purdue begins plans for landmark new science teaching lab facility

Purdue begins plans for landmark new science teaching lab facility

A proposed new College of Science facility dedicated to STEM teaching labs would allow for integrated teaching of biological sciences and chemistry and provide state-of-the-art lab facilities for Purdue students. (Purdue University file photo) Download image WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Science education at Purdue is poised to take an important step forward with the announcement of plans to build what would be the first new facility dedicated to teaching labs constructed on campus in nearly 50 years. On the West Lafayette campus, roughly 60 percent of entering freshmen are pursuing…

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Akridge named Purdue provost, executive VP for academic affairs and diversity

Akridge named Purdue provost, executive VP for academic affairs and diversity

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue President Mitch Daniels on Tuesday (Nov. 7) announced that Jay Akridge has been named the university’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity, effective immediately. Akridge has served in the position in an interim capacity since July 1. “All of us at Purdue should be pleased and proud to have someone of Jay’s talents and character as our provost,” Daniels said. “He is a longtime Boilermaker who exemplifies the level of excellence to which we all aspire. “I also want to thank…

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University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service wins award to expand telemedicine project

University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service wins award to expand telemedicine project

Home> Published: 20 October 2017 The Auditory Implant Service’s telemedicine tool allows remote access to a range of services A team from University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service has been selected to be part of a £3.5 million improvement programme by independent charity the Health Foundation. The Scaling Up Improvement programme supports seven projects in the UK to take their proven health care interventions and approaches and make them work at larger scale to have a positive impact on patient outcomes.  The programme will run for two and a half years and each project…

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Peatland plants adapting well to climate change, suggests

Peatland plants adapting well to climate change, suggests

Home> Published: 27 October 2017 Dr Bjorn Robroek conducting his research in a European peat bog. They account for just three per cent of the Earth’s surface but play a major role in offsetting carbon dioxide emissions – and now a team of scientists led by the universities of Southampton and Utrecht has discovered that the plants that make up peat bogs adapt exceptionally well to climate change. In a study published today in the journal Nature Communications, experts show that, even though certain species in a peat bog’s plant ‘community’ might disappear…

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Southampton professor calls for global recognition of human rights and dignity for older people

Southampton professor calls for global recognition of human rights and dignity for older people

Home> Published: 27 October 2017 UNFPA report provides analysis of the lives of older people in Eastern Europe and Central Asia A University of Southampton professor is working with the United Nations to better understand the challenges and opportunities facing older people around the world. Asghar Zaidi, an expert in International Social Policy, has helped prepare a major United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) report, which aims to provide an in-depth analysis of the lives of older people in Eastern Europe and Central Asian countries and a plan of action on ageing for governments…

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Scientists penetrate mystery of raging black hole beams

Scientists penetrate mystery of raging black hole beams

Home> Published: 30 October 2017 Artist’s impression of the V404 Cygni black hole jet. Credit: G Pérez Díaz (IAC) They are nature’s very own Death Star beams – ultra-powerful jets of energy that shoot out from the vicinity of black holes like deadly rays from the Star Wars super-weapon. Now a team of scientists led by the University of Southampton has moved a step closer to understanding these mysterious cosmic phenomena – known as relativistic jets – by measuring how quickly they ‘switch on’ and start shining brightly once they are launched. How…

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English city gripped by dread of witchcraft for over a century

English city gripped by dread of witchcraft for over a century

A woodcut of witches from an 18th century book. The deep roots of witch-belief in the city are revealed in a new book by Professor Stoyle, Witchcraft in Exeter: 1558-1660. Sourced from centuries-old court records, manuscript chronicles and registers of births, marriages and deaths, it charts the progress of each case of alleged ‘witchcraft’ from accusation to ultimate sentence. Among the cases highlighted is one which occurred soon after a Parliamentary statute of 1563 first decreed that those convicted of using ‘conjurations, enchantments and witchcrafts’ should suffer the death penalty….

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The independent pulse of Jupiter’s X-ray auroras

The independent pulse of Jupiter’s X-ray auroras

Home> Published: 31 October 2017 Jupiter’s south pole. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Betsy Asher Hall/Gervasio Robles Jupiter’s intense northern and southern lights pulse independently of each other according to new research using the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton and NASA’s Chandra X-ray observatories. Dr Caitriona Jackman, Associate Professor of Space Physics at the University of Southampton, contributed to the study, published in Nature Astronomy. The study, led by William Dunn from University College London (UCL) used data from a Chandra Space Telescope campaign proposed by Dr Jackman. The study found that very high-energy X-ray emissions at Jupiter’s…

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