Virtually visiting Japan

Virtual reality

Walking through his hometown of Tokyo, you might see some of Kazumi Hatasa’s old haunts. A restaurant with carefully crafted dishes, welcoming neighborhoods he explored with friends, the beautiful nature he enjoyed. But then you slip off your headset and remember that you never left West Lafayette. For Hatasa, chair of East Asian languages and […]

Archaeology by drone


Imagine you are an archaeologist studying an island that has been uninhabited for centuries. You are able to identify locations where houses and churches once stood, but the vegetation on the island is so overgrown that it is nearly impossible to tell where one crumbled building ends and another begins. What do you do? This […]

Human touch

Machu Picchu

Not so long ago, Joe Tort recalls taking regular calls from distraught students who were struggling to adapt to the cultural differences they experienced while studying or working abroad. The director of Purdue’s Global Engineering Alliance for Research and Education (GEARE) program, Tort hardly ever takes those calls anymore – a change he attributes to […]