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OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH ยป Spring 2012, Vol. 3 Issue 3 A Decade of Discovery Welcome "Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit." โ€” Frank Borman, Apollo 8 commander and engineer From the Aerospace Science Laboratory to Whistler Hall of Agricultural Research, Purdue researchers around the West Lafayette campus explore, probe and investigate, making discoveries that enhance the world around us. In this issue of Dimensions, we celebrate both their accomplishments and the infrastructure that help make their discoveries possible: the 10th anniversary of Purdue's interdisciplinary Discovery Park; the debut of a globally ranked computer clus- ter; and new books, grants and initiatives. Ten years. Half a billion dollars in funding. Since its launch a decade ago, Discovery Park โ€” now consisting of eight interdisciplinary core centers housed primarily in five facilities on the west edge of campus โ€” has generated more than $650 million in sponsored research and more than $100 million in gifts from donors, foundations and other supporters. Today, the complex leads large-scale interdisciplinary efforts at Purdue. "Discovery Park's collaborative environment has helped to create more integrated research at Purdue by providing spaces and programs where researchers from different disciplines around campus can come together, says Alan Rebar, executive director of Discovery Park and senior associate vice president for research at Purdue. He adds, "Discovery Park has changed how Purdue collaborates regionally, nationally and globally with industry, agencies, foundations and other universities in our endeavors to help make the world a better place. " " For a timeline of Discovery Park's first decade of accomplishments, see pages 8-9. To read about a commemorative event featuring best-selling author Frans Johansson, see the event listings on page 15. Spring 2012 1

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