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Session One // 9:10–10:10 am

Innovations in Teacher Education: Building Resilience for an Evolving Educational Landscape

Kathryn Obenchain, Professor and Associate Dean for Learning, Engagement, and Global Initiatives ǀ College of Education

Indiana has 2,200 unfilled teaching positions. In an effort to address these needs, the president and Board of Trustees have asked Purdue’s College of Education to transform its approach to teacher education. Grounded in research evidence, the Innovation Initiative seeks to do just that through capacity building and increased retention.
Indiana has 2,200 unfilled teaching positions. In an effort to address these needs, the president and Board of Trustees have asked Purdue’s College of Education to transform its approach to teacher education. Grounded in research evidence, the Innovation Initiative seeks to do just that through capacity building and increased retention.

Cancer-Immune Therapies: Why They Work and Why They Don’t

Michael Wendt, Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology ǀ College of Pharmacy

Recent advances in science and medicine allow us to harness the power of the immune system to fight cancer. These therapies work well in some, but not all, patients. This course will highlight cutting-edge research in the Purdue Center for Cancer Research aimed at understanding and improving responses to cancer-immune therapies.
Recent advances in science and medicine allow us to harness the power of the immune system to fight cancer. These therapies work well in some, but not all, patients. This course will highlight cutting-edge research in the Purdue Center for Cancer Research aimed at understanding and improving responses to cancer-immune therapies.

Will Drinking Water Improve My Vocal Health?

Preeti Sivasankar, Professor and Department Head of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences ǀ College of Health and Human Sciences

The recommendation to drink at least eight glasses of water per day remains a cornerstone of wellness treatments, and is applied to vocal health frequently. Who hasn’t reached for a glass of water when their voice gets tired or hoarse? But does drinking water really help our voice? Does ingested water even reach the voice box? What does the science show? This class will highlight the most recent findings on hydration and its role in supporting a healthy voice.
The recommendation to drink at least eight glasses of water per day remains a cornerstone of wellness treatments, and is applied to vocal health frequently. Who hasn’t reached for a glass of water when their voice gets tired or hoarse? But does drinking water really help our voice? Does ingested water even reach the voice box? What does the science show? This class will highlight the most recent findings on hydration and its role in supporting a healthy voice.
Session Two // 10:20–11:20 am

Tissue Stem Cells: The Holy Grail for Rejuvenation and Disease Treatment

Shihuan Kuang, Professor and Cancer Center Chair in Stem Cell Biology, Interdisciplinary Life Science─PULSe

Learn more about stem cells, which reside in adult tissues and can repair injuries and even regrow body parts. Emerging technologies have not only led to the identification, isolation, and cultivation of stem cells; they have allowed for the growing of stem cells into mini organs in a petri dish. These advances have paved the way to reverse aging and treatment for diseases like Alzheimer’s, blindness, and cancer.
Learn more about stem cells, which reside in adult tissues and can repair injuries and even regrow body parts. Emerging technologies have not only led to the identification, isolation, and cultivation of stem cells; they have allowed for the growing of stem cells into mini organs in a petri dish. These advances have paved the way to reverse aging and treatment for diseases like Alzheimer’s, blindness, and cancer.

Wind Energy

Luciano Castillo, Kenninger Professor of Renewable Energy and Power Systems in Mechanical Engineering ǀ College of Engineering

This course will focus on the impact of wind energy on climate change and water preservation. More importantly, attendees will learn the significance of wind energy on water, economic opportunities, and the potential use of wind energy for Co2 capture.
This course will focus on the impact of wind energy on climate change and water preservation. More importantly, attendees will learn the significance of wind energy on water, economic opportunities, and the potential use of wind energy for Co2 capture.

Telling Your Boilermaker Story

Emily Allen, Director of the Blue Sky Teaching and Learning Laboratory ǀ John Martinson Honors College
Kristina Bross, Associate Dean for Research and Creative Endeavors ǀ John Martinson Honors College

Tell your Boilermaker story in this interactive session. The faculty team behind the 10th-anniversary history of the John Martinson Honors College will offer a workshop on creating oral histories and invite President’s Council members to craft their own stories about the ways they have shaped Purdue University—and how it has shaped them. Participants will have the option of publishing their story in a digital collection.
Tell your Boilermaker story in this interactive session. The faculty team behind the 10th-anniversary history of the John Martinson Honors College will offer a workshop on creating oral histories and invite President’s Council members to craft their own stories about the ways they have shaped Purdue University—and how it has shaped them. Participants will have the option of publishing their story in a digital collection.
Session Three // 11:30 am–12:30 pm

Leading Hypersonics and Defense for the Nation

Scott Meyer, Managing Director for Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories ǀ College of Engineering

Explore the history of Zucrow Labs and the recently approved HARF (Hypersonics and Applied Research Facility) and ZL9 (High-Speed Propulsion Laboratory). This class will highlight the new facility capabilities enabling increased Purdue contributions to our national security and defense.
Explore the history of Zucrow Labs and the recently approved HARF (Hypersonics and Applied Research Facility) and ZL9 (High-Speed Propulsion Laboratory). This class will highlight the new facility capabilities enabling increased Purdue contributions to our national security and defense.

Fusion Studio

Mary Pilotte, Director of Engineering Education Undergraduate Degree Programs and Co-Director of Fusion Studio | College of Engineering
Rich Dionne, Chair of the Department of Theatre and Co-Director of the Fusion Studio | College of Liberal Arts

The Fusion Studio for Entertainment and Engineering was launched in the spring of 2020, creating a new interdisciplinary, cross-unit, collaborative university center. Its leadership structure emphasizes the center’s interdisciplinary nature, with co-directors from the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts. The Fusion Studio for Entertainment and Engineering connects industry leaders with scholars and practitioners, provides space for development and exploration, and inspires pedagogical innovation at the nexus of engineering and live entertainment. Come learn about this new, exciting, and innovative space at the convergence of the engineering and entertainment industries. It’s showtime!
The Fusion Studio for Entertainment and Engineering was launched in the spring of 2020, creating a new interdisciplinary, cross-unit, collaborative university center. Its leadership structure emphasizes the center’s interdisciplinary nature, with co-directors from the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts. The Fusion Studio for Entertainment and Engineering connects industry leaders with scholars and practitioners, provides space for development and exploration, and inspires pedagogical innovation at the nexus of engineering and live entertainment. Come learn about this new, exciting, and innovative space at the convergence of the engineering and entertainment industries. It’s showtime!

“Mi casa es su casa”—No, Really, Take My House!

Marcus Knotts, Senior Associate Vice President for Planned Giving, University Development Office | Purdue for Life Foundation

Whether it’s a rental property no one wants to monitor any longer, a vacation home you haven’t visited in years, or an unexpected inheritance you’re not sure what to do with, real estate can be a fantastic gift! While real estate is not as easy to give away as cash or publicly traded securities, the benefits to you and Purdue (or your other favorite charities) can be tremendous. This session will explore how to create a successful real estate gift to meet your charitable goals.
Whether it’s a rental property no one wants to monitor any longer, a vacation home you haven’t visited in years, or an unexpected inheritance you’re not sure what to do with, real estate can be a fantastic gift! While real estate is not as easy to give away as cash or publicly traded securities, the benefits to you and Purdue (or your other favorite charities) can be tremendous. This session will explore how to create a successful real estate gift to meet your charitable goals.