Purdue College of Science 150th Anniversary Calendar

We invite Purdue Science students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends — and the community — to join us for Purdue Ideas Festival and other 150th Anniversary events, and for other special events throughout the Purdue 150th Anniversary celebration.

See how our groundbreaking footprints in science lead to giant leaps in discovery — explore 150 Years of Giant Leaps in Science.

Kick off Purdue’s 150th Anniversary at Homecoming

SEPTEMBER 21–22

Image of football field with a 150 yard line

The yearlong Purdue Sesquicentennial celebration kicks off during Homecoming. The College of Science is the Purdue vs. Boston College Homecoming football game sponsor and a featured unit in September for the 150th Anniversary. Join us for the game and for special alumni Homecoming weekend events, such as the College of Science 150th Tailgate Celebration and the 150th Ideas Festival event — the Biden Cancer Community Summit.
More information is available in the calendar events below.

2018–2019 EVENTS

SEPTEMBER 2018

SEPTEMBER 7
Dean’s Executive Science Forum
10:30 to 11:20 a.m.
Stanley Coulter, Room 239

The dean’s forum is open to the Purdue community. Special guest: College of Science alumna Janice Zdankus, vice president of quality, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Customer Experience and Quality.


SEPTEMBER 14
Dean’s Executive Science Forum
10:30 to 11:20 a.m.
Stanley Coulter, Room 239

The dean’s forum is open to the Purdue community. Special guest: College of Science alumnus Bob Beideman, director of retirement plans, Southern Company.


HOMECOMING WEEKEND: FRIDAY

SEPTEMBER 21
Dean’s Executive Science Forum
10:30 to 11:20 a.m.
Stanley Coulter, Room 239

The dean’s forum is open to the Purdue community. Special guest: College of Science alumnus John Roudebush, chief executive officer, Ecolink Inc.


HOMECOMING WEEKEND: FRIDAY

150th ANNIVERSARY
IDEAS FESTIVAL EVENT

SEPTEMBER 21
Biden Cancer Community Summit: Purdue’s Legacy in Cancer Research
2:30 to 5 p.m.
Hiler Theater, Wilmeth Active Learning Center

Ideas Festival: Biden Cancer Community Summit

What if we cure cancer in 10 years? Biden Cancer Community Summits in Washington, D.C., and across the country will focus national attention on the urgency to build momentum through community-driven action, ideas, and cancer solutions. The Purdue Center for Cancer Research and the College of Science are co-sponsors for this Purdue 150th Ideas Festival event. Join us as we learn how some of Purdue's most prominent leading experts in cancer research are challenging one of the most nuanced health problems of our time.

PRESENTERS

  • Graham Cooks, the Henry B. Hass Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Purdue University
  • Andrea Kasinski, assistant professor of biological sciences and 2017 American Cancer Society Research Scholar awardee, Purdue University
  • Steve Konieczny, professor and interim head, Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University
  • Phil S. Low, the Ralph C. Corley Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Purdue University

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

HOMECOMING WEEKEND: FRIDAY

SEPTEMBER 21
Purdue Science 150th Celebration Tailgate and Purdue Homecoming Parade
6 to 8 p.m.
Tent on Memorial Mall

Kick off the Purdue Homecoming celebration with the College of Science! Come for the food, fun, and friends, and stay for the annual Homecoming parade, which starts at Memorial Mall.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

HOMECOMING WEEKEND: SATURDAY

SEPTEMBER 22
Pre-Game Activities
9 to 11 a.m.
Various locations

The College of Science will host pre-game activities in three locations. Be sure to visit us on Homecoming Row on Stadium Mall, at Boilermaker Crossing next to Mackey Arena, and inside the stadium on the Ross-Ade concourse. Meet Purdue Science students, who will be sharing fun activities for all ages. Pick up your alumni pin at any of these locations!

HOMECOMING WEEKEND: SATURDAY

SEPTEMBER 22
Homecoming Football Game: Purdue vs. Boston College
Noon
Ross-Ade Stadium

The College of Science is sponsoring the Homecoming football game, which is the official kickoff event of Purdue’s sesquicentennial celebration. A special half-time show by Purdue’s All-American Marching Band will celebrate Purdue Science.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 800-497-7678. For more information about Homecoming activities around campus, visit the Purdue Homecoming website.

SEPTEMBER 26
INDY BIG DATA: A Technology Conference
JW Marriott, Downtown Indianapolis

Big Data: A Maze of Opportunity is the theme of the 5th annual Indy Big Data conference. Three College of Science faculty members are speakers: Professor of Computer Science Christopher W. Clifton, Assistant Professor of Computer Science Aniket Kate, and Professor of Computer Science David Ebert.

Learn more about and register for the conference.

SEPTEMBER 28
Dean’s Executive Science Forum
10:30 to 11:20 a.m.
Stanley Coulter, Room 239

The dean’s forum is open to the Purdue community. Special guest: College of Science alumna Carolyne Gatesy, entrepreneur and owner, Main Street Office Center.

SEPTEMBER 28
Dialog with Alumni: Diversity and Educational Excellence in Science
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Lilly Hall and Lawson Commons

The Department of Biological Sciences is hosting this daylong event, which features four outstanding Purdue alumni who will visit and meet with various student and faculty groups for panel discussions. Drs. Carla Little, Debra Murray, Tracie Gibson, and James Simples, all African American, received their PhDs from the Department of Biological Sciences and have gone on to outstanding careers. They bring a unique perspective concerning the challenges our students face as undergraduate and graduate students. During the panel discussions, they will provide key insights that can help all our students succeed in college and in their professional journeys.

Info about specific discussion panel groups and times to come.

ALUMNI GUEST PANELISTS

  • Carla Little, PhD, Illinois Health Department
  • Debra Murray, PhD, Director, Education and Minority Diversity Program, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Tracie Gibson, PhD, Director, Student Success and Diversity, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • James Simples, PhD, Principal Medical Science Liaison, Janssen Scientific Affairs (Johnson & Johnson)

SEPTEMBER 29–30
Approximation Theory and Machine Learning Conference
Lawson, Room 1142

Machine learning has made a tremendous impact on the world, in applications that include automatic face- and object-recognition in computer vision, self-driving cars, and automatic language translation. This conference will highlight the importance of approximation theory as it is used in mathematics in existing and future machine-learning and data science problems.

Visit the conference event page for more information.

OCTOBER 2018

OCTOBER 5
Dean’s Executive Science Forum
10:30 to 11:20 a.m.
Stanley Coulter, Room 239

The dean’s forum is open to the Purdue community. Special guest: College of Science alumna Barbara Alving, MD, research professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland.

OCTOBER 12
Dean’s Executive Science Forum
10:30 to 11:20 a.m.
Stanley Coulter, Room 239

The dean’s forum is open to the Purdue community. Special guest: College of Science alumnus John Sninsky, chief scientific officer of CareDx, Inc.

150th ANNIVERSARY
IDEAS FESTIVAL EVENT

OCTOBER 18
The Detection of Gravitational Waves from Colliding Black Holes
Barry Barish, Nobel Laureate in Physics
7 p.m.
Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center

What if we could hear gravity? Barry Barish won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for being the first to detect gravitational waves produced by colliding black holes — a feat believed by scientists to be the first step toward explaining how the universe was born.

The Hubert James Lecture and Purdue 150th Anniversary Ideas Festival event is sponsored by the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Science. The event is free and open to the public.

OCTOBER 19
Dean’s Executive Science Forum
10:30 to 11:20 a.m.
Stanley Coulter, Room 239

The dean’s forum is open to the Purdue community. Special guest: College of Science alumnus Alan Levy, president and CEO of Northstar Neuroscience.

OCTOBER 26
Dean’s Executive Science Forum
10:30 to 11:20 a.m.
Stanley Coulter, Room 239

The dean’s forum is open to the Purdue community. Special guest: College of Science alumnus Ed McGavin, senior process engineering manager, Amazon.

NOVEMBER 2018

NOVEMBER 2–4
Parents and Family Weekend

NOVEMBER 5–6
Dawn or Doom 2018
Emerging Technology — Risks and Rewards
Purdue University

Celebrating its fifth year, Dawn or Doom explores the effects of rapidly emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence and genetic engineering, by bringing together leading national experts and stars from Purdue’s large constellation of researchers to kick-start conversations about potential risks and rewards.

Learn more about the 2018 Purdue Dawn or Doom conference, which is free and open to the public.

NOVEMBER 6
Dean’s Executive Science Forum
10:30 to 11:20 a.m.
Stanley Coulter, Room 239

The dean’s forum is open to the Purdue community.

150th ANNIVERSARY
CONFERENCE

NOVEMBER 6–8
2018 Purdue Cryo-EM Symposium
Shively Club, Ross-Ade Stadium

Purdue will host several speakers from around the globe to discuss recent advances in cryo-electron microscopy. The keynote speaker is Dr. Richard Henderson, 2017 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry. The College of Science, the Department of Biological Sciences, and the Department of Chemistry are among the symposium sponsors.

For the list of speakers and the event flyer, visit the 2018 Purdue Cryo-EM Symposium website. Registration is $120/person. Space is limited, so we encourage you to pre-register online before August 31.

NOVEMBER 9
Dean’s Executive Science Forum
10:30 to 11:20 a.m.
Stanley Coulter, Room 239

The dean’s forum is open to the Purdue community.

NOVEMBER 16
Dean’s Executive Science Forum
10:30 to 11:20 a.m.
Stanley Coulter, Room 239

The dean’s forum is open to the Purdue community.

NOVEMBER 30
Dean’s Executive Science Forum
10:30 to 11:20 a.m.
Stanley Coulter, Room 239

The dean’s forum is open to the Purdue community.

DECEMBER 2018

DECEMBER 7
Dean’s Executive Science Forum
10:30 to 11:20 a.m.
Stanley Coulter, Room 239

The dean’s forum is open to the Purdue community. Special guest: College of Science Career Specialist Danielle Sheese.

DECEMBER 16
College of Science Commencement

APRIL 2019

150th ANNIVERSARY
CONFERENCE

APRIL 11–13
Algorithmic, Mathematical and Statistical Foundations of Data Science and Applications

Please save the date — details to come.

APRIL 24
Purdue Day of Giving

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