February 14, 2019

Faculty proposals selected in 2019-20 conference competition

Four proposals were funded in the second Committee on Reputational Stewardship Conference Competition sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships. The conferences are part of the University’s broader Ideas Festival, the centerpiece of Purdue’s 150th anniversary celebration.

The Committee on Reputational Stewardship, an initiative by the Office of the Provost that works to enhance the reputation of Purdue, developed the conference competition to support new scholarly conferences that highlight faculty research, teaching and engagement and bring to campus top-level scholars, researchers and lecturers. The winning proposals this year are highly interdisciplinary with advisory and executive committees that, in compilation across the proposals, represent seven academic colleges.

Leaders of the cross-disciplinary faculty teams and their proposals are:

* Catherine Hill, professor of entomology and vector biology: Proposal for an International Symposium on Revolutionary, Sustainable Approaches to Control of Vector-borne Diseases.

* Thomas Hertel, Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics: Managing the Global Commons: Sustainable Agriculture and Use of the World’s Land and Water Resources in the 21st Century. 

* Yaohua Feng, assistant professor of food science, and Arun Bhunia, professor of food science: The Purdue University “Big Data, Safe Food” Conference.

* Bryan Boudouris, the Robert and Sally Weist Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering: The Mi-Bio summit on Flexible and Stretchable Bioelectronics.

More on the winning  proposals is available online.

The winning teams will each receive grants of up to $25,000 to support planning and delivering their proposed conferences. The conferences will be scheduled on campus beginning summer 2019 and will take place throughout the 2019-20 academic year.


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