Professors receive NSF,
NASA CAREER Awards
Three Purdue faculty members have
received Faculty Early Career (CAREER)
Development awards from the National
Science Foundation (NSF).
assistant professor of mechanical
being funded for
“Fluid Dynamics of
Bacterial Aggregation and Formation of Biofilm
education, has received support for
“Leveraging Contrasting Cases to
sor of biomedical
port for “Direct
and Gene Expres-
sion in Single Cells
Additionally, Rebecca Kramer, assis-
tant professor of mechanical engi-
neering, is among seven researchers
selected by NASA
for an Early Career
Faculty award to
pursue new tech-
nologies in robot-
ics, lasers and
other systems for
She is working
related to “soft
machines” made of elastic materials
for potential applications in robot-
ics, medical devices and consumer
Awards and Honors
Professor, Former Student Win Nobel Signature
Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry
R. Graham Cooks and his former graduate student Livia S. Eberlin have received the
2014 Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry.
The society recognized Cooks and Eberlin, who earned a doctoral degree in analytical chemistry from Purdue in 2012, for their work demonstrating the capabilities of
ambient ionization mass spectrometry in cancer diagnosis and surgery.
Cooks, the Henry Bohn Hass Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, developed
the ambient ionization technique of desorption electrospray ionization (DESI), which
eliminates the need for mass spectrometry
samples to be chemically manipulated and
contained in a vacuum chamber for analysis.
Eberlin led the design and testing of a tool
that uses the DESI technique to characterize
the type and grade of brain cancer and detect
boundaries between healthy and cancerous
Eberlin is now a postdoctoral research
associate with Stanford University.
R. Graham Cooks (third from left) and Livia S. Eberlin with Thomas J.
Barton (left), president of the American Chemical Society, and Nand-kumar V. Deorkar (right), Avantor vice president of research and
development. (Photo courtesy of the American Chemical Society)
Poet honored with Purdue’s 2014 Research
and Scholarship Distinction Award
English professor and award-winning poet Marianne Boruch, who developed and
directed the master of fine arts program from its inception until 2005, is the recipient of the 2014 Purdue University Research and Scholarship Distinction Award,
the most prestigious research honor
outside the natural sciences given by
The award recognizes Boruch for her
considerable contributions to American poetry, for bringing national and
international recognition to Purdue
through her work, and for advancing
poetry as an artistic, philosophical and
Boruch came to Purdue in 1987 as a
professor in the English department to teach and to develop the graduate program
in creative writing. Her work includes eight collections of poetry, two books of essays
on poetry and a memoir. She has been published in such places as The New Yorker,
Poetry, The Nation, Poetry London, The Paris Review, American Poetry Review and
Poetry 180. Her most recent book of poems, Cadaver, Speak, was released in April.
As the 2014 award recipient, Boruch will deliver the keynote address at the Purdue
Research and Scholarship Distinction Distinguished Lecture at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 19.
“I’m surprised and grateful to have been chosen for this award by my colleagues.
More importantly,” Boruch said. “I am pleased the University has honored liberal
arts on campus in this way — and poetry, in particular.”