Global reach

TJ Boisseau

In 1945, Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas introduced legislation to use funds from surplus war materials to support a new international educational exchange program dedicated to supporting peaceful relationships between the United States and other countries. More than 380,000 scholars – approximately 8,000 per year – and 155 nations have participated in the Fulbright […]

Space walking

Voss Model

A student project to highlight Purdue’s distinguished history in space exploration includes little-known facts that hold an element of surprise for everyone – even members of one of the University’s most prominent NASA families. Amy Ross (BSME 1994, MSME 1996) – a NASA spacesuit designer and daughter of Purdue astronaut alumnus Jerry Ross (BSME 1970, […]

Creating new languages

Daenerys Targaryen

When Daenerys Targaryen speaks Valyrian or Dothraki on “Game of Thrones,” she might be a made-up character in a fantasy world, but she’s speaking languages that are very real. Such created languages are both fictional and functional, following a longstanding trend in the entertainment industry where linguists develop actual languages that add authenticity to the […]