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OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH » Summer 2012, Vol. 3 Issue 4 Sophie A. Lelièvre S. Laurel Weldon Klein Ileleji Betty Bugusu Leigh S. Raymond Daniel P. Aldrich Thomas W. Hertel Abdelfattah M. Nour James Lowenberg-Deboer Paul V. Preckel For information about the Global Policy Research Institute Research Incentive Awards, go to www.purdue.edu/research/gpri/research/index.php. 2010 and 2011 GPRI Grant Recipients Tackling Grand Challenge Issues Sonak Pastakia Welcome "Face new challenges, seize new opportunities, test your resources against the unknown and in the process, discover your own unique potential." — John Amatt Challenges, opportunities and resources: break down the process of discovery, and it's really a formula of these three elements. In this issue, learn about two faculty members tackling issues in sustainability, new incentive grants to support emerging research at Purdue, and a Windows- based supercomputer cluster that compresses processing time from months to hours. Matthew Huber Faculty Discuss Their Work in Diabetes, Cancer, Sustainability at Conference Research related to diabetes management, breast cancer prevention, improvement of food security in East Africa and the role social networks play in natural disasters was presented during the Grand Challenge conference in April at Purdue University. "One of the key missions of the Global Policy Research Institute is to support scientific research that addresses grand challenges, whether they are local, state or national, and this event highlighted a variety of these projects," says Arden L. Bement, the institute's director. During the last two years, the Global Policy Research Institute has awarded more than $400,000 in seed money to support research and the work of around 20 graduate students. Purdue's Global Policy Research Institute focuses on the university's strengths in sci- ence, information technology, data management and systems engineering in collabora- tion with economics and the social sciences to inform policymakers about critical is- sues such as food security and health. These incentive award grants also allow graduate students to work on interdisciplinary teams addressing problems with broad impact. Summer 2012 1

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