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Parasite infections with multiple strains are more harmful to vertebrate hosts
The incredible amount of genetic diversity in parasites means humans are often infected with multiple strains, which could make infections worse and increase the prevalence of the parasite over time, according to research by Professor of Biological Sciences Dennis Minchella.

Reconstruction of past climate provides clues about future climate change
“Our results support the idea that polar amplification saturates out at some point in warm climates and does not continue to increase with further warming,” said Matthew Huber, a professor of earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences at Purdue University.

Largest ice sheet on Earth was stable throughout last warm period
New research published in Nature shows that land-based sectors of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet were mostly stable throughout the Pliocene period, when carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere were close to what they are today.

Most accurate picture of Zika yet creates potential for therapeutics
“This is the most accurate picture we have of the virus so far,” said Michael Rossmann, the Hanley Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences at Purdue.

Oysters: One animal, two glues
Jonathan Wilker, professor of chemistry in the College of Science, has discovered that oysters secrete two very different adhesives.

Purdue team receives NIH grant to create virtual reality training solutions for cryo-EM
Wen Jiang, professor of biological sciences and director of the Purdue Cryo-EM Facility is collaborating with other Purdue researchers to build an educational virtual reality environment for cryo-electron microscopy.

Astronaut Feustel speaks live from International Space Station as he receives honorary doctorate from Purdue
Purdue University connected live to the International Space Station to award NASA astronaut and College of Science alumnus Andrew J. “Drew” Feustel an honorary doctorate during its spring 2018 commencement ceremonies.

Astronaut Feustel to receive honorary degree, speak live from International Space Station during Purdue commencement
Purdue University will connect live to the International Space Station to award NASA astronaut and EAPS alumnus “Drew” Feustel an honorary doctorate during the College of Science spring commencement ceremonies at 7:20 p.m., Friday, May 11.

College of Science Raises $791,000 on Purdue Day of Giving
The College of Science is thankful for and grateful to its donors for a remarkable Purdue Day of Giving, which brought in 450 gifts totalling $791,000.

Purdue University launches robust, collaborative ‘Integrative Data Science Initiative’
Sunil Prabhakar, professor and head of the computer science department, has been appointed director of the IDSI, a “data science for all” initiative that will make data science education part of every student’s learning experience on campus.

William Mbongo named Fulbright Scholar
William Mbongo, a biology senior who studies biochemistry in Chemistry Professor Angeline Lyon’s research group, has been named a 2018-2019 Fulbright Scholar.


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