Alumni column: Missy Lewis

It is not unusual to hear me introduce myself as a fourth-generation Boilermaker. My grandfather’s uncle was a professor at Purdue in the early 20th century, so it wasn’t a complete surprise when my grandparents — both natives of Louisville — found themselves in West Lafayette in June 1946. They were newly married, and my […]

Current state of elections

In some ways, the American political system seems to be more chaotic as the 2018 midterm elections approach than it has been since the turbulent 1960s. That may feel unsettling to some voters, but that same uncertainty makes it ripe for analysis by political scientists. What better time for professor of political science Jay McCann […]

Just say no to straws

Did you know that the Purdue community blows through an average of 1.6 plastic drinking straws per person, per day? Extrapolate that average across a global population and it makes sense that trillions of discarded, non-biodegradable straws are having a negative effect on the environment as they collect in landfills and in the ocean. Aryan […]