Three Faculty Members
Receive Morrill Awards
Three Purdue faculty members received
Morrill Awards in 2014 for demonstrated
excellence in teaching, research and
engagement. They are:
E. Stone Distinguished Professor
of Chemical Engineering, who has
energy harvesting, including its
transformation and use. An acclaimed
teacher, he has established a world-class solar research lab at Purdue, and
his research group has attained the
world’s second-highest power conversion efficiencies, among other accomplishments.
Edward Delp, the
Harrison Distinguished Professor
of Electrical and
Computer Engineering and professor
of biomedical engineering, who has
acclaim for his work on image and video
processing. One of the first researchers
to investigate multimedia security, he
has developed 12 courses and received
numerous teaching awards.
Philip Low, the
Ralph C. Corley
Center for Drug
has more than 340
publications and 50
active patents to his
name, and more than 70 of his laboratory students have received Ph.D.s from
Purdue. He also has pioneered novel,
tumor-targeting technologies and folate-targeting, radio-imaging agents that
reveal the presence, size and distribution
of malignant lesions in ovarian cancer
Crater Expert Selected as Purdue’s
2014 McCoy Award Winner
Jay Melosh, a distinguished professor known internationally for his work on impact
cratering, planetary tectonics, and the physics of earthquakes and landslides, is the
2014 recipient of the Herbert Newby McCoy Award, the most prestigious research
honor in the natural sciences given
by Purdue University.
Melosh, a distinguished professor in
the College of Science’s Department
of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary
Sciences, will be formally recognized this fall during the McCoy
Distinguished Lecture at 3:30 p.m.
on Nov. 19.
Melosh, who also has professorship
appointments with the Department
of Physics and Astronomy and the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, focuses
on numerical modeling of the physics and chemistry of impacts at scales rang-
ing from the Deep Impact event on comet Tempel 1 to the Mars-size object that
impacted the Earth 4.5 billion years ago and created our moon. He also studies the
exchange of microorganisms between the planets and the origin of life. His recent
research includes studies of the K/T impact that extinguished the dinosaurs and
the ejection of rocks from their parent bodies.
“I’m certainly honored and humbled to join the fraternity of past McCoy Award
winners at Purdue University who share a love of research and celebrate those days
in the laboratory with our students when we realize we might be onto something
that will provide a deeper understanding of our universe,” Melosh said.
Purdue Professor and Nobel Laureate Elected to
National Academy of Sciences
Purdue University Nobel laureate Ei-ichi Negishi has been elected into the National Academy
of Sciences, one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States.
Negishi, the Herbert C. Brown Distinguished Professor and Teijin Limited Director of the
Negishi-Brown Institute, was elected to the academy as a foreign associate in recognition
of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. He will be inducted
into the academy at its next annual meeting.
Negishi, a citizen of Japan, won the 2010 Nobel
Prize in chemistry for his palladium-catalyzed
cross coupling to link carbon atoms and synthesize
molecules. It is used for synthesizing a wide variety
of chemicals including medicinal compounds;
it is estimated that Negishi and other related
cross-coupling reactions are used in more than
one-quarter of all chemical reactions in the pharmaceutical industry. The technique also has been
used in fluorescent marking essential for DNA
sequencing and in the creation of materials for
thin LED displays.