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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A particular gem over the 150 years that Purdue University has been in existence, has been it’s College of Science.

“A central part of our land-grant mission has been economic development for the state of Indiana,” said the Dean of Purdue’s College of Sciences, Patrick Wolfe. “That also means building the most talented work force we can here within the state.”

Wolfe said his college is playing a pivotal role in the school’s homecoming celebration this weekend. The Purdue All-American Band will be performing a half time show dedicated to the College of Science and they will also be honoring Purdue-alum and Nobel Prize winning chemist Ei-ichi Negishi.

“Professor Negishi will be on the field before the game to received a special game ball,” Wolfe said. “Myself and President Mitch Daniels will present it to him.”

Prof. Negishi was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2010 for his ground breaking research in organic molecules that has helped improve medicine and save lives. 

Prof. Wolfe said Prof. Negishi’s accomplishments in the field of chemistry are some of many that have helped build Purdue University over the last 150 years into what it is today. He says the school’s future is bright.

“This year we’ve got our biggest ever, and strongest ever, incoming class,” Wolfe explained. “That’s not only true for the College of Sciences, but also for the entire university.”

Wolfe also noted how the Wall Street Journal recently ranked Purdue as the 5th best valued college in the United States. 

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