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Video showcases interdisciplinary research successes at Purdue's Discovery Park

March 27, 2009


The 10-minute video highlights Purdue's interdisciplinary projects in nanotechnology, cancer, alternative energy, entrepreneurship, health-care engineering, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, the environment, cyberinfrastructure, innovative learning and homeland security.


Used for tour groups, marketing materials and promotional events, the video also shows how $200 million worth of new facilities, laboratories and equipment is transforming how Purdue researchers are addressing some of the world's biggest problems.

To view the video, go to the Purdue News Service Web site at, to Purdue's YouTube channel at or to Discovery Park's Web site at

"Discovery Park's primary role is really to facilitate the development of complex projects that address real-world problems," Alan Rebar, Discovery Park's executive director, says in the video's opening. "We focus on things like climate change. We focus on the energy crisis. We look at providing solutions to cancer. We look at the health-care delivery system. These are very broad-based problems that no individual academic unit or college could address by itself."

Several Purdue students such as Michelle Becker, a sophomore in Purdue's College of Liberal Arts, appear in the video to discuss how Discovery Park helps prepare them for careers in a competitive global marketplace.

"Learning how to patent things, how intellectual property ties in and how to do business overseas in different countries gave me a lot of insight for further research and opportunities I'll have in the future," Becker says.

The video showcases scientists working closely with doctors and technologists at the Oncological Sciences Center and with researchers at the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering to help develop ideas for the marketplace.

Projects that explore Purdue's efforts to seek alternative energy sources to fossil fuels through research in hydrogen, wild grasses and other crops also are highlighted.

Along with campus researchers, Discovery Park is working to accelerate the time it takes to commercialize the university's intellectual property and give rise to new companies and jobs for Indiana and the region. Since its launch, Discovery Park has aided the launch of 24 companies, most of which are located at the Purdue Research Park. Discovery Park also has formed partnerships with more than 20 corporations and is collaborating on global projects with researchers in South Korea, China, Australia, India and other countries.

"The universities that are going to succeed and succeed well into the future are those that have torn down the silos and allow faculty across disciplines to work together," says Joseph B. Hornett, senior vice president and treasurer of the Purdue Research Foundation. "And, of course, because of Discovery Park, that's happening right now here at Purdue University."

The Discovery Park Engagement Office, the broadcast services unit of the Office of University Relations and Indianapolis-based video production company Innovative Inc. worked together to produce the video.


Writer: Phillip Fiorini, (765) 496-3133, (765) 427-3009,


Sources:   Alan Rebar, (765) 496-6625,

Joseph B. Hornett, (765) 496-1658,

Candiss Vibbert, (765) 494-9404,


Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;


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