Honors Network News
Tuesday, September 12
In this issue:

HC Students in the Running for Homecoming Court
Honors College Seeking Student Worker for ODK/PKP Event Planning
Study Away Callout: Berlin
Study Away Callout: Kenya
Meet Your PSG Senators

Honors College Students Taking Happiness Research to Austria

Tim Elmore: Developing Grit and Grace for Life
Explore Diversity Issues With "The Defamation Experience"
$100,000 to be Awarded in Business Model Competition
Cook with a PBS Chef
Big Ten Graduate School Expo
Purdue's  Research Center for Open Digital Innovation Seeking Undergrad Researchers
Y-lab Looking for Undergraduate Researchers
Explore Diversity Issues With "The Defamation Experience"

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it." 
  -Maya Angelou

Tuesday, September 12
Torch Tuesday
Windsor Dining Court

Study Away Callout (Berlin: Modernity & the Metropolitan Muse)
5:00-6:00 p.m.
HCRS 1054

Wednesday, September 13
Study Away Callout (Kenya: Food Security)
5:00-6:00 p.m.
HCRS Reading Room

Study Away Callout (NOLA & London's East End)
4:30-6:00 p.m.
HCRN 1143

September 18-22 (NISO Week)

Claire Lee
Honors College students in the running for Purdue Homecoming King and Queen

With homecoming just around the corner, it is time to vote for Homecoming King and Queen!

Deklin Veenhuizen and Claire Lee, two of our Honors Leadership Council Executive Board Members, are on Homecoming Court and in the running for King and Queen. 

Deklin Veenhuizen
Claire and Deklin have enjoyed their four years in the Honors College living and studying with this great community of scholars. From the Harry Potter Culture Study Abroad to many nights around the fire pit, Claire and Deklin have cherished their time in the Honors College. 

Homecoming is sponsored by PSUB and voting runs until September 20th on boilerlink.purdue.edu. Please be sure to cast your vote by clicking!  You sign in to vote by using your Purdue credentials. Cast your ballots for #7 Deklin V. and #2 Claire Lee!  


Honors College seeking student worker to organize ODK/PKP nomination process and events

The Honors College is seeking an undergraduate student employee to organize and plan the nomination processes and induction ceremonies of Purdue's chapters of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) and Phi Kappa Phi (PKP).

Qualifications: Must have strong communication and organizational skills. Ability to work with various stakeholders is necessary. Friendly with positive attitude. Proficient in Microsoft Office software such as Excel and Word. Previous event planning experience is preferred.

  • This position is 10 hours/week, September through April, with some flexibility. Pay is $10/hour.
Study Away Callout
Berlin: Modernity and the Metropolitan Muse 

Come learn more about this Honors College Study Away trip led by Dr. Peter Moore.

Berlin is the quintessential modern city, capital of the twentieth century, center of ideological conflict, cultural migration and political revolution. It is a city of borders and border crossings, where remnants of the famous wall, dividing East from West, still dot the landscape in the form of hulking slabs, sprayed over with tributes to nonconformity. Its streets tell the story of European urbanization, of Adolf Hitler and the rise of the Nazi Party, of systematic genocide, of World War, and of mass migration. 

This course will explore these issues through examining mythic depictions of the city in literature and film. Our nine-day excursion will feature a six-day thematic tour of the city, focusing on topics including: The Modern City, The Rise of the Wall, The Influence of American Culture on Berlin, The Fall of the Wall, Turkish Guest-workers and Russian Immigration. 

We will address these topics in morning seminars, where we will discuss assigned readings from notable works of literature written in and about Berlin, translated into English. We will then move out into the city for guided tours of sites related to assigned readings, from museums and markets to historical neighborhoods and trendy clubs.

5:00-6:00 pm
HCRS 1054
Study Away Callout
Food Security Abroad: Kenya

Come explore this Honors College Study Away offering. In this course, you will join World Food Prize winner Dr. Gebisa Ejeta and program leaders Dr. Elizabeth Brite (Honors College) and Gary Burniske (Center for Food Security) in a learning experience centered on the operation, future directions, and limitations of food security initiatives in Africa. 

You will have the chance to visit major aid organizations in Nairobi, Kenya to learn about these organizations' missions and practices, dialogue with representatives and engage Dr. Ejeta in class discussions. The group will then fly to the western city of Eldoret, Kenya, where we will lodge at the "IU House" AMPATH-Kenya for several days of learning about research partnerships and farming practices in the area. In Eldoret, you will learn about the critical role of food security in local livelihoods and its centrality to ongoing initiatives by Purdue University, Indiana University and others to improve outcomes in the region. 

All are welcome to apply, but preference will be given to students enrolled or previously enrolled in HONR 199: Food Security.

Wednesday, September 13
5:00-6:00 pm
HCRS Reading Room
Meet your Honors College PSG senators

Serving as the primary representative organization of the undergraduate student body, Purdue Student Government seeks to act as a liaison between Purdue University administration, governmental authorities and the student body.  It exists to serve the needs of Purdue students and enhance their experience. 

This year the Honors College has three representatives. Please reach out to them with your concerns, questions and comments.

Keeton Bartol
Facebook: @SenatorBartol
Nicholas Finan
Noah Franks
You can learn more about Purdue Student Government  HERE

What makes West Lafayette smile? Students taking happiness research to Austria

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - How happy is West Lafayette? What can the city do to make residents happier? Are happy citizens healthier citizens? Student researchers and faculty from Purdue Honors College are helping West Lafayette dig into those questions and preparing to take that work to an international conference.

The small team will share ideas with top researchers Sept. 28-30 at the  International Society for Quality-Of-Life Studies conference in Innsbruck, Austria, while laying out a plan to use West Lafayette as a case study for gauging happiness. The Honors College is assisting city leaders in launching the second phase of the "Happy West Lafayette" project.  It asks West Lafayette residents, including Purdue students and staff, to track their daily satisfaction levels by downloading a free app.  Available on the  Google Play Storeand  Apple App Store, the application will also gather feedback on city amenities like living environment, medical service and air quality.  The data may eventually be used to inform public policy and guide development.

"We've never had such a direct way to take the temperature of the city, to gauge how large numbers of people feel about this community and what elements make them happy or unhappy," West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis said. "Unless someone sends an email or shows up to a community meeting, it can be a challenge to know what they're thinking and how to respond."

Honors College student and research team member Megan Conklin says "Happy West Lafayette" gives the Purdue campus a voice, while also highlighting the link between happiness and physical well-being. Research suggests happy people tend to be healthier and more engaged in their communities, the pharmacy major added.

"As we see mental health diagnoses skyrocket, happiness and quality-of-life are taking more of a front seat in wellness discussions," Conklin said.  "This project is a chance to be a catalyst for change, whether it be adding more green spaces or guiding local development."

Tim Elmore: Developing Grit and Grace for Life

During this free event with "Growing Leaders" founder and president Tim Elmore, you will learn two traits effective leaders need:
  • Grit - perseverance of effort that promotes the overcoming of obstacles or challenges 
  • Grace - being filled with kindness and charm
Elmore is a best-selling author and international speaker, who uses his expertise on Generations Y and Z to impart practical life and leadership skills that will help you navigate through life. 

In this interactive forum,  Elmore will discuss ways to take on the real-life challenges and opportunies faced in life on campus and how to use them to prepare for life beyond the classroom.

Tuesday, Sept. 19
7:00-8:00 pm
Loeb Playhouse
$100,000 in prizes to be awarded in Purdue 'Business Model Competition'
Take advantage of this fabulous opportunity to launch your unique new product or service idea. This competition is open to all Purdue students and offers three tracks:
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Big Idea
  • Small business

There will be free trainings, workshops and seminars for all participants. QUESTIONS? visit purdue.edu/dp/bdmce or email bmc@purdue.edu.

Attend one of the following callouts to learn more:

Tuesday, Sept 12
6:00 pm
RAWLS 1086

Wednesday, Sept 13
6:00 pm
HCRS 1054

Thursday, Sept 14
6:00 pm
WALC 1132
Cook with PBS chef Kevin Belton

The Black Cultural Center invites you to register for a cooking class with PBS Chef Kevin Belton.  

Belton has led more than 7.000 cooking lessons at the New Orleans School of Cooking and will prepare a variety of delicacies utilizing the "holy trinity" of cooking:
  • chopped green peppers
  • onions
  • celery 
At the same time, Belton will weave together stories of the unique Cajun and Creole culture.  You must pre-register to attend.  Registration is limited to 95 participants and the BCC is filling up quickly.

Big Ten Graduate School Expo

Registration is now open for the Big Ten+ Graduate School Expo to be held on September 24th & 25th, 2017.
This two day mini-conference is especially designed for students interested in graduate education in:
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Other science-related disciplines.
Students will:
  • Get an inside look at graduate school and the application process
  • Receive advice about funding opportunities
  • Network with representatives from more than 75 of the nation's top graduate institutions, including UC Berkeley, Cornell, Harvard, Michigan, Purdue, USC, Texas, Northwestern, and Maryland. Visit the Attending Institutions website for a complete list.
  • Attend a premier graduate school fair
Purdue students have two options for registering. Participate in all Grad School Expo activities, and pay the regular registration fee of $40. Or, attend only the Graduate School Fair for FREE. A Purdue ID is required for this option. For more information, visit the special Purdue student registration site . All students, including women and members of underrepresented groups, are encouraged to attend.

Y-lab Seeking Honors College Student Researchers

Y-lab at the College of Pharmacy, led by Dr. Yang Yang, studies human neurological diseases including chronic pain, epilepsy and autism, using stem cells and transgenic rodent models. 

It is looking for highly motivated students in Purdue Honors College to work in the lab and contribute to the research mission of the Y-lab.  Y-lab is particularly interested in two types of students:
  • Students with good coding and programming skills who feel comfortable with dealing with big data. Big biological data sets (e.g., gene expression profiles) will be provided and students are expected to write codes to process the complex data and generate insights. Training will be provided to help students understand the biological meaning of the data sets. Students are also expected to work with lab staff to assist with tasks including daily lab activities, creating and maintaining lab website, ordering reagents, etc. Students who are majors in computer science or related fields and interested in biological questions are encouraged to apply.
  • Students interested in neuroscience who feel comfortable working with rodents (mice and rats). Tasks include tail snipping to obtain DNA for genotyping to determine the genetic background of transgenic rodents, and performing molecular biology work, including polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay. Training will be provided for handling rodents and performing molecular biology work. Students are also expected to work with lab staff to assist with tasks including daily lab activities, animal behavior experiments, animal surgery, etc. Students who are majors in Biological Sciences or related fields and interested in Pharmacy are encouraged to apply.
For both positions, preferences will be given to students who are willing to spend at least 6 hours per week in the lab and work for at least two semesters. Students who have strong curiosity and motivation, and who plan to work in the lab after graduation for a period of time before going to graduate or professional schools are especially welcomed.

Researchers may join the lab for an hourly wage or may arrange for independent course credit with Dr. Yang. Research credit hours may also be eligible for honors credit.  Y-lab is located at Robert E. Heine Pharmacy Building (RHPH) Room 340. 

To apply, please send inquires to Dr. Yang Yang ( yangyang@purdue.edu ). Interviews will be conducted starting from the end of September.
More information about Dr. Yang Yang's research can be found on the following webpage:  https://www.mcmp.purdue.edu/faculty/yang1497  

Research opportunity: Interactive visualization for home energy interactions at Purdue's Research Center for Open Digital Innovation

Do you want work experience with an innovative research project that might change people's life? Do you want to work with a dedicated research team at running perceptual experiments on visualizations build with 3D.js? Are you a dedicated problem-solver who is passionate about visualizations, coding and developing novel and aesthetically
pleasing web applications?

If yes, join this research project as an Interactive Web Visualization Programmer at the
Research Center for Open Digital Innovation (RCODI)! 

Project Description: A team of researchers is exploring how to best design information to help private home residents learn and understand their energy usage. The team is planning a series of user centered studies (in the lab, with eyetrackers) and experiments (in-lab and online via Amazon Turk) on information visualization graphs on desktop, tablet and mobile devices.

Objective: Your role is to support the research team with designing and developing the aforementioned energy data visualizations (using D3 and other web based libraries) for the three different devices for research purposes. Some of the prototypes will be static visualizations, while others will require interactive functionalities so that researchers can capture clickstream data from participants. 

To get involved, submit a résumé, link to github account (if available but not a must), and other  evidence of prior coding and data science experience to opendigital@purdue.edu .
Explore diversity issues at 'The Defamation Experience' 

Purdue Diversity and Inclusion will be co-sponsoring its first event of the semester, a play by Todd Logan.

"The Defamation Experience" provides the opportunity for audience members to interact in court proceedings surrounding the issues of race, religion, gender, class and the law.  

Monday, Sept. 18
Doors open at 6:30 pm, play begins at 7:00 pm
Free admission