Sustainability is a crucial word in the College of Science mission. In our
research, we look to enhance human health. We work to ensure energy and
water resources. We seek new ways to better understand extreme weather.
We also are working on potential, future sustainability issues like feeding a
growing world population.
In this issue of Insights, you will learn who is working on these
sustainability concerns and how they’ve dedicated their lives to solving
these problems. The work has implications near West Lafayette as well as
far beyond the borders of Indiana.
I’m thrilled for the college’s involvement in Purdue’s life sciences push.
Millions of dollars are being invested in programs like the Pillars of
Excellence in the Life Sciences. Two leaders of the Department of Biological
Sciences are pioneering new University life sciences centers. Donna Fekete
has taken initial charge of the Integrative Neuroscience Center, and Richard
Kuhn has been named the director of the Institute for Inflammation,
Immunology and Infectious Diseases. Both programs will be hubs for
discovery, and they will push/move the University and the College of Science
forward to new heights.
I’m also proud to announce that a unique and crucial national
organization now calls the Department of Mathematics home. The National
Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences has worked for
years to help place underrepresented minority undergraduates in math and
statistics PhD programs across the nation. The National Alliance has helped
many of our students. Purdue Mathematics will help grow the already great
Two years ago, the college added “and Astronomy” to the Department of
Physics’ official name. It is only fitting that our astronomy classes get some
spotlight. PhD student Andy Hesselbrock leads students through finding
planets and galaxies using telescopes at the West Lafayette Observatory as
well as with Chilean Skynet’s scopes. Viewed on the students’ laptop
computers, the South American equipment can find nebulas and other
objects that can’t currently be seen in the Northern Hemisphere.
Sustaining excellence at the College of Science takes work but is made
easier with our tremendous students, faculty, friends and alumni. Thank
you, as always, for your support and interest in the college, and please have
a wonderful summer.
JEFFREY T. ROBERTS
Frederick L. Hovde Dean of the College of Science