January 2018 ABeNotes
2017 ABE Indiana Blood Center Drives
Over the course of five mobile drives last year, we were able to collect 91 units of whole blood and 28 units of double red cells. Each unit helps up to three people, and there is no substitute for human blood. Only 5% of the eligible population donates blood - have you rolled up your sleeve? We have a bunch of All-Stars, though - we had 35 donors who gave more than once. We had 9 donors who gave at least 3 times. We even had one Mega Rock Star who gave four out of five drives!
We have several drives scheduled for 2018 and the first one is today. If you didn't get a chance to make an appointment, feel free to do so now or just stop by the bus. It is parked in the circle drive north of the Medical School. Particularly between 10 and 11 :-)
Faculty News - January 2018
Purbrew wins best poster at inaugural brewing competion of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
“Purbrew”, or ABE’s Dr. Engleberth, Dr. Mosier, Dr. Okos, Dr. Solomon and Nate Engelberth and Studie RedCorn, brewed a true American Brown Ale for AIChE’s inaugural Beer Brewing Competition in Minneapolis (https://www.aiche.org/community/awards/aiche-beer-brewing-competition). Competition was tight with more than two dozen entries. While our beer did not place (come judge for yourself at a date TBD!), we did win best poster!
Graduate Student News - January 2018
Purdue iGEM earns Silver Medal in 2017 Jamboree!
Congratulations to the Purdue International Genetically Engineered Machines Teams who received a Silver Medal at the annual Jamboree in Boston in November. The competition attracts more than 300 teams from across the world to solve real-world problems with biology. This year, the team tackled the challenge of reducing exposure to inhaled carcinogens with re-engineered lung microbes. The team was advised by Drs. Rickus and Solomon and included BE students Katie Atherton (’19) and Kevin Fitzgerald (’20).
Indiana AgrAbility/National AgrAbility Project
The National AgrAbility Project and the Purdue Health and Safety Program collaborated with a display at the 2017 National Association of Extension 4-H Agents in Indianapolis, Indiana at the JW Marriott hotel. Over 1,100 4-H extension educators from across the United States attended and visited the exhibit area. The display included NAP brochures, videos, arthritis publications, and Tool Box Assistive Technology Database products. The health and safety information featured the Youth Farm Safety and Certification Program and the Stop, Think & Live grain bin safety video.
Indiana AgrAbility staffed an exhibit at the Indiana-Illinois Power Equipment Show in Indianapolis on December 12-14, 2017. Staff and consultants visited with attendees and provided information about AgrAbility and assistive technology for the farm. Life Essentials provided a John Deere tractor with a Pilot lift and an Action Track Stander power wheelchair as examples of assistive technology for the farm. Publications about AgrAbility, Farmer Veteran Collation, Beginning/Veteran Farmers, and the Farm Service Agency were available for distribution.
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