Destination Purdue

Volume 22, Number 1, Spring 2017​ – Archive

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Senior dives deep into wildlife researchBy dawn on a chilly October Saturday, Paige Weldy and her teammates were wide awake, navigating southern Indiana’s Blue River. The team carefully peered underneath the rock, discovering a sight few people have ever seen. Read more.​     Food science major a role model for youthOne rainy day, Megan Paul…

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Travel inspires sophomore to pursue international development career

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Alivia Roberts Erica Timmons wants to make a difference in the world. She has a passion for learning about the systemic issues of poverty in developing countries, and she is pursuing a career to find solutions to help address agricultural concerns in those countries. “The effects of systematic poverty are affecting real people’s lives…

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Biochemistry serves strong options for tennis player

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Mikaela Wieland Early every morning, before the sun ever comes up, Andjela Djokovic’s alarm clock blares. “How did that happen so fast?” she often wonders. “It seems like I just went to bed.” And while the senior biochemistry major from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, shakes off sleep, she knows that the long workout and even…

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Owl research allows junior to soar

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Regan Holtsclaw Like a lot of travelers, Ashley Higdon fell in love during a trip. She fell for tropical birds while studying in Costa Rica. She was so smitten, she decided to get involved with songbird research. But that love was fleeting, and she soon fell for another bird: owls. “Owls are really cool,”…

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Job involves reaching out with a lot of exotic insects

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Kevin Miller Catherine Terrell has thought a lot about the dream job she has at Purdue. Sometimes, her work involves managing a terrarium full of Madagascar hissing cockroaches and showing someone the proper way to handle a tarantula. “It’s thrilling for me when I see the look on a child’s face as they interact…

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Junior tuned in to radio experiences

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Cheyenne Hoffa With his friends standing beside him, Jacob Klaybor stood back and took in the hillside covered with students who were enjoying the band playing on a warm spring night. More than 1,500 students enjoyed the annual Rock the Quad. And Klaybor was at the center of it all. “I barely remember the…

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Senior builds on international adventures

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Abigail Bender Jordan Paine has been on many adventures, but one of her most memorable was in 2013. That was the year she traveled to Haiti and helped build houses. Emotions were high when a woman prepared to enter her new home. “We had a translator there, but it didn’t take a translator to…

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Alum driven to help developing farmers

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Cameron Mann David Wilson once watched an Ethiopian farmer thresh his barley harvest using three oxen. Wilson was amazed at the hard work the farmer poured into working on his crop that hot August day. “It was so eye-opening seeing this farmer and talking to him about the struggles he faces,” Wilson said. “Seeing…

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Biochemistry major mixes science with outreach

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Mikaela Wieland Most days, Austin Dixon can be found in the dimly lit basement of the Biochemistry Building, surrounded by expensive, high-tech equipment studying proteins for his undergraduate research project. On other days, he can be found in a bright classroom, demonstrating how to make a rudimentary lava lamp out of Alka-Seltzer tablets to…

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Rebekah Lumkes

Senior goes wild over otter research

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Regan Holtsclaw Every weekend for two years Rebekah Lumkes has been getting ready for research by putting on a pair of muck boots. Sometimes she sweated through 90-degree heat in hip waders, other times she bundled up against 10-below-zero blasts. Whatever the weather, Lumkes brought her boots, a keen eye, and a positive attitude….

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