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Gov. Pence Names Rep. Suzanne Crouch State Auditor

16 Dec

Gazette Staff


INDIANAPOLIS—Governor Mike Pence today announced Representative Suzanne Crouch as Auditor of State for Indiana.  She will complete the term held by Dwayne Sawyer which runs through 2014.

“Suzanne Crouch has a lifetime of experience and a heart for public service,” said Governor Pence.  “Suzanne’s fiscal leadership in the Indiana General Assembly, her distinguished public career in local government, and financial background will be valuable assets to our state.”

Crouch served two terms as the Auditor of Vanderburgh County, and was president of the Vanderburgh County Board of Commissioners. She was elected to the Indiana General Assembly in 2005 and serves as Vice Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

The Auditor of the State has four primary duties: accounting for all of the state’s funds; overseeing and disbursing county, city, town and school tax distributions; paying the state’s bills; and paying the state’s employees.

Crouch received her degree from Purdue University.  She is married to Larry Downs, and they have one daughter.

Erin Sheridan, the Chief of Staff for the Office of the Auditor, is serving as Auditor on an interim basis until  January 2, 2014.

Trustees approve several changes at Purdue Calumet

20 Jul


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University’s Board of Trustees on Friday (July 19) approved several academic changes at Purdue University Calumet.

The board approved changing the name and moving the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Members also voted to merge the Department of Information Systems and the Department of Finance and Economics and to change the name of all academic units from schools to colleges.

The name of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management will be changed to the White Lodging School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and move to the College of Business. Purdue Calumet Chancellor Thomas Keon said the department’s faculty unanimously voted to approve the changes earlier this year.

The new Department of Information Systems, Finance and Business Analytics will combine relevant disciplines into one department in the College of Business, Keon said.

“The reorganization allows more opportunities for collaboration and program updates consistent with university goals and with industry needs,” Keon said. “This is especially relevant as employers of our students are calling for database management and business analysis skills.”

Keon said changing the names of schools to colleges is to be consistent with other Purdue system campuses. The name changes include:

* School of Management to College of Business

* School of Education to College of Education

* School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science to College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science

* School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences to College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

* School of Nursing to College of Nursing

* School of Technology to College of Technology


Purdue Board of Trustees elects officers, welcomes member

20 Jul

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University’s Board of Trustees on Friday (July 19) elected Thomas Spurgeon as chairman and Michael Berghoff as vice chairman and welcomed a new member.

Spurgeon is an entrepreneur who has built companies throughout the United States. Most recently, he was president and CEO of Lincoln Office in Peoria, Ill., one of the country’s largest distributors of Steelcase furniture. He sold the company in 2001 and remained with Lincoln as a consultant. Spurgeon, who has served on the Board of Trustees since 2005, received a bachelor’s degree in industrial management from Purdue in 1961. Following military service, he earned an MBA from Indiana University.

Berghoff, of Indianapolis, is founder and president of the Lenex Steel Corp., which designs, fabricates and installs structural steel throughout the Midwest. A 1985 graduate of Purdue with a bachelor’s degree in industrial management, Berghoff was appointed to the Board of Trustees on July 11, 2009. While a Purdue student, he served as chairman of the Purdue Student Publishing Foundation and president of Theta Chi fraternity, and he also is a former president of the Purdue Theta Chi alumni corporation.

The board also welcomed Kelsey Quin, who was appointed by Gov. Mike Pence, as a new student trustee.

Quin, who will serve a two-year term, is from Peru, Ind., and is majoring in health sciences with minors in organizational leadership and supervision, biology, and psychology. She will be entering into her junior year in the fall. She has participated in the President’s Leadership Class as both a class member and an adviser and also is a member of Purdue Student Government and Purdue Caduceus Club. In 2011 Quin was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana.

Lawrence “Sonny” Beck, president of Beck’s Superior Hybrids in Atlanta, Ind., also has been appointed by Pence to a three-year term as trustee, which will begin at the conclusion of the board’s July meeting. Beck will replace Keith Krach, of San Francisco, who announced his retirement from the board after serving two full terms and as the board’s most recent chair.

Beck graduated from Purdue with a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and a master’s degree in agricultural economics. During his undergraduate career, he received the G.A. Ross Award as the university’s top male student. Under his direction, Beck’s Superior Hybrids has grown to become the largest family owned seed company in the United States. Beck also has held a variety of leadership positions within the agriculture industry.

The trustees also elected the following:

* Corporate secretary – Janice A. Indrutz.

* Treasurer – Al Diaz, Purdue executive vice president for business and finance, treasurer.

* Assistant treasurer and assistant secretary – James S. Almond, Purdue senior vice president for business services and assistant treasurer.

* Legal counsel – Steven R. Schultz, Purdue legal counsel.

* Assistant legal counsel – Tom Parent, a partner at the firm of Stuart & Branigin.

Researchers to study Lake Michigan currents with scientific vessel

20 Jul


Lake Michigan research vessel

Purdue researchers are spending a week near the middle of Lake Michigan, about 50 miles southeast of Milwaukee, aboard the Blue Heron research vessel, seen here. They will be tracking a fluorescent plume of dyed water to study how currents transport contaminants and aquatic life. (University of Minnesota-Duluth, Large Lakes Observatory photo/Brett Groehler) 
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Researchers from Purdue University are spending a week aboard a scientific vessel in Lake Michigan, tracking a fluorescent plume of dyed water to study how currents transport contaminants and aquatic life.

The five-member team, which includes four students, will conduct research aboard the Blue Heron for seven days beginning Sunday (July 14). The experiment is being conducted in the middle of the lake, about 50 miles southeast of Milwaukee.

“The goal is to do a dye-release experiment and to track the dye patch over time to see where it diffuses and where it moves and to relate that to the information we have about the lake currents and waves,” said Cary Troy, an assistant professor in Purdue’s School of Civil Engineering. “One obvious application is for something like an oil spill or any sort of contaminant spill in the Great Lakes. If you have a spill, you need to predict where it’s going to go and how quickly it’s going to dissipate.”

Findings also could help to better understand movement of organisms such as plankton and fish larvae.

“Data will be used to improve computer models of how these things are circulated and transported in the Great Lakes,” said Troy, who is working with doctoral student Jun Choi, undergraduate David Cannon and two other students.

The research vessel is operated with funding from the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System, a group of academic institutions and national laboratories involved in oceanographic research. The vessel is part of a fleet associated with the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences, and the research is funded by NSF’s Physical Oceanography Program.

Research findings could apply to any of the Great Lakes and other large bodies of water, including oceans

The non-toxic dye, called Rhodamine WT, is initially bright pink and later is not detectable by the naked eye. The researchers will track it using equipment called a fluorometer, which detects dye fluorescence. The fluorometer is mounted to an instrument package that is towed behind the ship and controlled so that it undulates up and down, a technique called Tow-Yo. The up-and-down movement enables researchers to create a two-dimensional scan of the dye patch.

“Then, we will go back and forth in sort of a grid pattern while we are Tow-Yoing, providing a three-dimensional view of the dye patch,” Troy said.

The research is needed in part because, unlike oceans, the Great Lakes lack the predictable regularity of tides. Instead, Lake Michigan currents are determined by a combination of factors including winds and water temperatures that vary according to depth. These factors combine to cause a complex, spiraling water flow, producing a type of wave called an inertial wave.

“You can get currents as strong as a half-meter per second in the middle of Lake Michigan,” Troy said. “The effect is strongest in the middle of each of the Great Lakes, so that’s why we are doing the research there. We don’t have tides in Lake Michigan, but we do have inertial waves, and these waves can often cause tidal-like behavior in the lake’s interior in terms of their strength and regularity.”

The researchers hypothesize that the waves govern dispersion of particles in the interior of the Great Lakes.

In addition to the fluorometer, researchers will use devices called drifters to track the dye. The buoy-like drifters flow with currents using underwater sails. They are equipped with GPS systems and beam their location to a satellite every hour. The real-time positions provided by the drifters will help guide the researchers as they attempt to follow the drifting dye patch over the seven-day cruise. The NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Mich. is providing real-time forecasts of the dye-patch location.