History of the Space Age

Michael G. Smith’s “History of the Space Age” course has always had a local flavor thanks to Purdue’s many ties to space exploration. That will be especially true over the next academic year because of its special connection to Purdue’s most famous alumnus, Boilermaker astronaut Neil Armstrong, whose words inspired the “Giant Leaps” theme the […]

Preserving Neil Armstrong’s legacy

Few Purdue alumni have an image, or a footprint, as iconic as that of Neil Armstrong. To preserve his memory, and the integrity of his likeness, if somebody wants to use Armstrong for marketing purposes, they first have to go through Marcus Knotts. Knotts, senior associate vice president for planned giving with the Purdue Research […]

Pesticides’ effects on sustainability

The story of toxic pesticides in America did not end with the Environmental Protection Agency’s ban on dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, better known as DDT. Fritz Davis makes that important point — and addresses the consequences of thinking otherwise — in his environmental history courses and in his book, Banned: A History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology (Yale […]