Designing for seniors

Westminster Village kitchen

For Diane Smith, a home needs to be much more than just a visually attractive living space. A resident of Westminster Village, a West Lafayette senior living community, Smith considers all of the functionality and design elements that transform the place she lives into a home.   “It’s efficiency, use of storage, considering who is going to be […]

Printing with a purpose

Prosthetic Hand

The average traditional prosthetic can range from $5,000 to $50,000, and for many, taking on that financial burden isn’t an option. A group of Purdue students wants to provide them for free. Students taking COM 114 are required to propose a group project that could benefit the community. Mrigank Sharma inspired his group to propose creating […]

What bones can tell us

Forensic anthropology

From identifying dead bodies in East Africa to analyzing crime scenes like the forensic anthropologist featured in the TV show “Bones,” Melanie Beasley brings many unique experiences into the classroom. The assistant professor of anthropology specializes in stable isotopes, which can help identify unknown human remains and determine time of death, among other uses. This […]