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The following articles highlight the recent mentions of IPFW research, people, programs, and events in the media. 

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Purdue Fort Wayne in the News for September 17, 2018

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September 17

Education Notebook: Grants and Scholarships
The Journal Gazette
Questa Education Foundation announced the Allen County recipients of the Gregory Hosler Wilson Scholarship are as follows: Benjamin Bailey, attending Purdue Fort Wayne, Blackhawk Christian graduate; Leia Edmondson, attending Rose-Hulman, Horizon Christian Academy graduate; Andrew Mauch, attending Purdue Fort Wayne, Bishop Luers graduate; Creanna Johnson, attending Purdue University, Canterbury graduate.

September 16

Projects to Spice Up Mayor’s Race: Each Candidate to Run on Economic Development Issue
The Journal Gazette
But just how important is economic development to voters choosing a mayor? It's an interesting question, because Fort Wayne hasn't had a large number of projects in or near election years, said Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue University Fort Wayne.

OPINION: Every Number Tells A Story: City Lagging on Health Measures but Individual, Structural Changes Could Bring Improvement
The Journal Gazette
Rachel Blakeman, director of the Community Research Institute at Purdue Fort Wayne - What is health? Is it measurable metrics such as cholesterol and blood sugar? Not smoking? The amount of fruits and vegetables eaten? Exercise? Or what about safe neighborhoods, access to clinical care or emotional well-being? It's all of this and more.

September 15

Young Entrepreneur of the Month: Jordan Page
Each month, ABC 21 partners with Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana to showcase 'Young Entrepreneurs' in our area. Jordan is also a student at Purdue University Fort Wayne. He is studying to become an engineer.

September 14

3rd District Debate Scheduled
WFYI Indianapolis
Third District Rep. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) and his Democratic challenger Courtney Tritch, of Fort Wayne, have scheduled a debate, four days before the Nov. 6 midterm election. According to professor Mike Wolf, chair of the Purdue University-Fort Wayne Department of Political Science, it’s not unusual for incumbents to be reluctant.

3rd District Debate Scheduled
WVIK 90.3 FM
Third District Rep. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) and his Democratic challenger Courtney Tritch, of Fort Wayne, have scheduled a debate, four days before the Nov. 6 midterm election. According to professor Mike Wolf, chair of the Purdue University-Fort Wayne Department of Political Science, it’s not unusual for incumbents to be reluctant.

Con Man Playing it Straight Now: Subject of 2002 Film Talks About Lessons at PFW
The Journal Gazette
It's not a life he's ready to live again, Abagnale told reporters Thursday afternoon before giving a public lecture at Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Music Listings: Brass
The Journal Gazette
THURSDAY – Harmonic Brass – 7:30 p.m.; Rhinehart Recital Hall, Purdue Fort Wayne, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd.; $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 non-PFW students, free for PFW students; 481-6555 or

Con Man to Security Expert: Frank Abagnale Shares His Story
WANE TV NewsChannel 15
As a speaker for Purdue Fort Wayne's Omnibus lecture series, Abagnale wanted to send a message of redemption.

September 13

Frank Abagnale Speaks as PFW’s Omnibus Lecture Series Speaker
WANE TV NewsChannel 15
After years of forgery and running from authorities, Frank Abagnale is now one of the world's most respected authorities on forgery and cyber security. He was the first speaker in this season's Omnibus Lecture Series at Purdue Fort Wayne.

Detailed Study of Allen County Needs Unveiled
WBOI 89.1 Northeast Indiana Public Radio
Enlisting the help of Purdue University-Fort Wayne’s Community Research Institute, the St. Joe Community Health Foundation wanted to know who made what, whether they had access to food, and what languages were spoken where in Allen County.

Study Maps County Residents’ Struggles
The Journal Gazette
The Community Research Institute at Purdue University Fort Wayne gathered data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2016 American Community Survey and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Access Research Atlas to identify the ZIP Code Tabulation Areas where Allen County residents struggle the most.

Milestone Update: 1000 Kills, 1000 Digs Through Week 3
Volley Mob
Purdue Fort Wayne’s Nicole Rightnowar became the seventh member of the 1,000 kill/1,000 dig club with a 13-kill, 20-dig effort against Eastern Michigan.

OPINION: By the Numbers: New Studies Help Guide Area’s Anti-Poverty Efforts
The Journal Gazette
Put together by the Purdue Fort Wayne Community Research Institute, the study breaks down U.S. Census data on employment, income, education and a host of other measurements into ZIP Code Tabulation Areas, which generally correspond to postal ZIPs.

September 12

Study Reveals At-Risk Residents
The Journal Gazette
The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation commissioned the Community Research Institute at Purdue University Fort Wayne to compile data that look at which Allen County areas are home to the most at-risk residents.

Study Reveals Allen County Continues to  Struggle with Food Deserts
WANE TV NewsChannel 15
The Community Research Institute at Purdue University Fort Wayne used data collected over the last 5 years to conduct a study about how low income households compare to other issues in the area.

College Quick Shots: Allyson Hayner Sparks Mastodon Shutout
Rockford Register Star
Allyson Hayner (Freeport) hauled in the first Summit League Defensive Player of the Week honor for Purdue Fort Wayne since 2015 after a pair matches against Horizon League teams.

PFW Events Aim to Educate, Prevent Student Suicide
WANE TV NewsChannel 15
There are more than 1,000 suicides on college campuses every year. It is now the second leading cause of death among college students. That's why Purdue Fort Wayne is stepping in to help change that trend.

September 11

Mom Helping Others Cope with Suicide: After Losing Her Son, She Wants Others to See They Aren’t Alone
The Journal Gazette
A  person dies by suicide every eight hours in Indiana and 1,034 people died by suicide last year, according to Alice Jordan-Miles, director of Purdue University Fort Wayne's Behavioral Health and Family Studies Institute and director of the Indiana Suicide Prevention Coalition.

OPINION: Curbing A County Crisis: You Can Help to Lower Our Area’s Suicide Rate
The Journal Gazette
Bring someone you know who has had a loss from suicide to the annual Candlelight Ceremony for Survivors of Suicide Loss to honor those lost to suicide at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Venderly Bridge on Purdue Fort Wayne's campus; attend Purdue Fort Wayne's Suicide Prevention Week activities; or attend the Out of Darkness walk on Sept. 30 at Headwaters Park.

Second Annual Shoes for Hope Kicks Off at Purdue University Fort Wayne
The Star - KPC News
Purdue University Fort Wayne is collecting shoes now through Sept. 24 as part of the second annual Shoes for Hope campaign to raise awareness for suicide prevention. The event will run through and in conjunction with Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 9–15.

September 10

Constitution 101 is Positively Fort Wayne
WANE TV NewsChannel 15
It is organized by the Allen County Bar Foundation, the League of Women Voters' Fort Wayne Chapter, and the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue Fort Wayne.

EDITORIAL: Pay Grade: Lawmakers Must Prioritize Educational Salaries
WANE TV NewsChannel 15
Purdue Fort Wayne just announced an encouraging 11.4 percent increase in enrollment in its School of Education. While increases there and at other area universities might fill teaching positions in three or four years, retaining those new hires as they juggle college loans with house payments and other expenses will be a challenge if teacher salaries remain stagnant.

Indiana Schools Among Best in National Rankings
Inside Indiana Business
The Indiana Schools listed in the Regional Universities Midwest category are: 128-165. IPFW (prior to the separation of Purdue University – Fort Wayne and Indiana University Fort Wayne)*