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Clarian Arnett Health adds new OBGYN

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Meenu Goel, MD joined Clarian Arnett Health in early July to serve alongside the network’s three current OBGYN physicians. She is the first of three OBGYN physicians that will join Clarian Arnett this summer. Previously, Dr. Goel practiced at North West, University of Washington Hospital in Seattle as a fellow in Minimally Invasive/Robotic and Pelvic Floor Gynecology Surgery.

Dr. Goel received her medical degree from Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India. After attending Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in England, she completed a residency in OBGYN at Indiana University School of Medicine.

Having spent time practicing in India and England, Dr. Goel brings international experience to the Greater Lafayette community.

“This international training has allowed me to learn the best from each country,” Dr. Goel says. “I am dedicated to the service of women in the community. I am passionate about this specialty and love what I do.”

Dr. Goel has served as a mentor for several students pursuing degrees in OBGYN. In addition, she has published material in indexed medical journals.

For more information about Dr. Goel or the Clarian Arnett OBGYN services, or to make an appointment, call 765.474.MYMD or 866.377.MYMD.

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Simon Property Group schedules Q2 earnings release, conference call

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE: SPG) announced that financial and operational results for the quarter ended June 30, 2010, will be released before the market opens on July 30, 2010. The company will host its quarterly earnings conference call and an audio webcast on July 30th at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

The live webcast will be available in listen-only mode at (Investors tab), and For those who are unable to participate during the live webcast, an audio replay will be available beginning at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on July 30, 2010, and will be available until 5:00 p.m., August 13, 2010, by dialing 1-888-286-8010 and entering the passcode “75091316.” The call will also be archived on, and for approximately 90 days.

Simon Property Group, Inc. is an S&P 500 company and the largest real estate company in the U.S. The Company currently owns or has an interest in 380 properties comprising 259 million square feet of gross leasable area in North America, Europe and Asia. Simon Property Group is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and employs more than 5,000 people worldwide. The Company’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol SPG. For further information, visit the Simon Property Group website at

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New process for storing, generating hydrogen promising for fuel cell cars

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A new process for storing and generating hydrogen to run fuel cells in cars has been invented by chemical engineers at Purdue University.

The process, given the name hydrothermolysis, uses a powdered chemical called ammonia borane, which has one of the highest hydrogen contents of all solid materials, said Arvind Varma, R. Games Slayter Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and head of the School of Chemical Engineering.

Arvind Varma, Purdue Chemical Engineer, reviews data for new process.

Arvind Varma, from left, Purdue University's R. Games Slayter Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, postdoctoral researcher Hyun Tae Hwang and doctoral student Ahmad Al-Kukhun review data from a new process for storing and generating hydrogen to run fuel cells in cars and portable consumer electronics. The process, called hydrothermolysis, uses a powdered material called ammonia borane, which contains one of the highest hydrogen contents of all solid materials. (Purdue University photo/Andrew Hancock)

“This is the first process to provide exceptionally high hydrogen yield values at near the fuel-cell operating temperatures without using a catalyst, making it promising for hydrogen-powered vehicles,” he said. “We have a proof of concept.”

The new process combines hydrolysis and thermolysis, two hydrogen-generating processes that are not practical by themselves for vehicle applications.

Research findings were presented June 15 during the International Symposium on Chemical Reaction Engineering in Philadelphia. The research also is detailed in a paper appearing online in the AIChE Journal, published by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and will be published in an upcoming issue of the journal.

Ammonia borane contains 19.6 percent hydrogen, a high weight percentage that means a relatively small quantity and volume of the material are needed to store large amounts of hydrogen, Varma said.

“The key is how to efficiently release the hydrogen from this compound, and that is what we have discovered,” he said.

The paper was written by former Purdue doctoral student Moiz Diwan, now a senior research engineer at Abbott Laboratories in Chicago; Purdue postdoctoral researcher Hyun Tae Hwang; doctoral student Ahmad Al-Kukhun; and Varma. Purdue has filed a patent application on the technology.

In hydrolysis, water is combined with ammonia borane and the process requires a catalyst to generate hydrogen, while in thermolysis the material must be heated to more than 170 degrees Celsius, or more than 330 degrees Fahrenheit, to release sufficient quantities of hydrogen.

However, fuel cells that will be used in cars operate at about 85 degrees Celsius (185 degrees Fahrenheit). Hydrogen fuel cells generate electricity to run an electric motor.

The new process also promises to harness waste heat from fuel cells to operate the hydrogen generation reactor, Varma said.

The researchers conducted experiments using a reactor vessel operating at the same temperature as fuel cells. The process requires maintaining the reactor at a pressure of less than 200 pounds per square inch, far lower than the 5,000 psi required for current hydrogen-powered test vehicles that use compressed hydrogen gas stored in tanks.

In some experiments, the researchers used water containing a form of hydrogen called deuterium. Using water containing deuterium instead of hydrogen enabled the researchers to trace how much hydrogen is generated from the hydrolysis reaction and how much from the thermolysis reaction, details critical to understanding the process.

At the optimum conditions, hydrogen from the hydrothermolysis approach amounted to about 14 percent of the total weight of the ammonia borane and water used in the process. This is significantly higher than the hydrogen yields from other experimental systems reported in the scientific literature, Varma said.

“This is important because the U.S. Department of Energy has set a 2015 target of 5.5 weight percent hydrogen for hydrogen storage systems, meaning available hydrogen should be at least 5.5 percent of a system’s total weight,” he said. “If you’re only yielding, say, 7 percent hydrogen from the material, you’re not going to make this 5.5 percent requirement once you consider the combined weight of the entire system, which includes the reactor, tubing, the ammonia borane, water, valves and other required equipment.”

The researchers determined that a concentration of 77 percent ammonia borane is ideal for maximum hydrogen yield using the new process.

The research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy by a grant through the Energy Center in Purdue’s Discovery Park.

Future work on hydrothermolysis will explore scaling up the reactor to the size required for a vehicle to drive 350 miles before refueling. Additional research also is needed to develop recycling technologies for turning waste residues produced in the process back into ammonia borane.

The technology may also be used to produce hydrogen for fuel cells to recharge batteries in portable electronics, such as notebook computers, cell phones, personal digital assistants, digital cameras, handheld medical diagnostic devices and defibrillators.

“The recycling isn’t important for small-scale applications, such as portable electronics, but is needed before the process becomes practical for cars,” Varma said.

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Purdue Convocations announces 2010-2011 season, “Festival 25”

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue Convocations’ 2010-11 season, “Festival 25,” will feature 19 performances, including a variety of Broadway musicals, plays and concerts.

Highlights of the season include Broadway musicals such as “Legally Blonde,” Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” and “Blue Man Group,” as well as performances in Elliott Hall of Music such as contemporary Christian musicians Casting Crowns and comedian Bill Cosby.


Monty Python's 'Spamalot' comes to the Elliott Hall of Music on Sunday, March 27, 2011

The 2010-2011 season features a diverse range in programming including Oxford Playhouse’s “One Small Step,” which was originally created to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. Musical Portraits from Heber Springs: Bill Frisell’s Disfarmer Project provides a musical backdrop for Mike Disfarmer’s iconic portraits from the Great Depression. Legendary classic meets classic-in-the-making in “The Seasons Project” with the Venice Baroque Orchestra.

Festival 25 is a yearlong celebration honoring the 25th anniversary of the Friends of Convocations.

“Since 1985, the Friends of Convocations have transformed Purdue Convocations’ ability to bring performances, education, and outreach to our community — and for that, we salute the Friends,” said Todd Wetzel, director for Purdue Convocations.

“Convocations appreciates the support that we receive through tickets sales. However, ticket sales only provide 60 percent of the costs of presenting performances. Since 1985, the Friends of Convocations have donated more than 4.5 million dollars in support of our performances and our broad-reaching educational programs.”

To join the Friends of Convocations or learn more about membership benefits, contact Convocations at 765-494-9712.

In addition to scheduled public performances, thousands of students from preschool to high school also will be treated to a series of matinees and artist-in-residence activities that will be brought to schools during the 2010-2011 season. These events are open to all schools, and a complete list can be found at

Advance tickets are now on sale for all performances and may be purchased as single tickets or the flexible PICK 5 package. Discounted tickets also are available for groups of 10 or more.

Ticket order forms, complete ticket pricing information, and details on all performances are available online at, in the 2010-11 Convocations brochure or by calling 765-494-9712. Tickets can also be ordered at the campus box offices or by phone at (765) 494-3933.

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Blue Man Group will perform two shows at Elliott Hall of Music in March of 2011

The Purdue Convocations 2010-11 season schedule includes:

  • Casting Crowns with special guest Leeland. Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, 8 p.m., Elliott Hall of Music. Tickets: General public $15-50/ Students $15-50.
  • An Evening with Bill Cosby. Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, 8 p.m., Elliott Hall of Music.
    Tickets: General public $38-45/ Students $28-32.
  • “Legally Blonde The Musical.” Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, 7:30 p.m., Elliott Hall of Music. Tickets: General public $20-45/ Students $20-32.
  • “The Seasons Project” Robert McDuffie, Violin Soloist & Leader with the Venice Baroque Orchestra. Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, 8 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: General public $26/ Students $16.
  • “One Small Step” Oxford Playhouse. Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010 and Friday, Oct. 29, 2010, 7 p.m., and Saturday, Oct.30, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: General public $18/ Students $12.
  • “The Real Dr. Strangelove: Edward Teller and the Battle for the H-Bomb” L.A. Theatre Works. Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 and Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, 7:30 p.m., Loeb Playhouse.
    Tickets: General public $34/ Students $24.
  • Calmus. Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, 7:30 p.m., St. Thomas Aquinas Center. Tickets: $12
  • Musical Portraits from Heber Springs: Bill Frisell’s Disfarmer Project. Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, 7:30 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: General public $25/ Students $19.
  • “The Rainbow Fish” Artspower. Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010, 3 p.m., Loeb Playhouse.
    Tickets: General public $14/ Students $10.
  • Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, 8 p.m., Loeb Playhouse.
    Tickets: General public $30/ Students $22.
  • Rubberbandance Group, “Loan Sharking.” Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, 8 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: General public $26/ Students $19.
  • Cuarteto Casals. Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: General public $26/ Students $16.
  • “We the People” Theatreworks USA. Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, 3 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: General public $14/ Students $10.
  • “The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites.” Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, 3 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: General public $14/ Students $10.
  • Blue Man Group. Tuesday, March 1, 2011 and Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Elliott Hall of Music. Tickets: General public $20-48/ Students $20-35.
  • Monty Python’s “Spamalot.” Sunday, March 27, 2011, 3 p.m., Elliott Hall of Music, Tickets: General public $20-45/ Students $20-32.
  • Haochen Zhang, piano. Van Cliburn Gold Medalist. Thursday, March 31, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: $12.
  • Cyro Baptista’s “Banquet of the Spirits.” Thursday, April 7, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: General public $25/ Students $19.
  • “My Heart in a Suitcase” Artspower, Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 7 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: General public $14/ Students $10

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Indiana crop conditions better than expected

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Although wet weather across Indiana has hampered fieldwork and raised questions about crop conditions, things may not be quite as bad as they seem.

soybean field

Despite wet weather, 95 percent of intended soybean acres are planted, compared with the five-year average of 97 percent. Of those planted, 90 percent have emerged.

The “Indiana Crop and Weather Report,” issued June 28 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service, shows 65 percent of the state’s corn crop and 62 percent of soybeans are in good to excellent condition, and only 11 percent of corn and 12 percent of soybeans are poor to very poor.

“There are areas where fields were ponded, and in some areas of the state crops look better than others, but when we look at the overall average of the state, we’re seeing pretty good crop condition numbers,” said Greg Preston, USDA-NASS Indiana Field Office director. “We have to think of the entire state of Indiana as one big field. You can lose a few acres and still have a great crop.”

Despite wet weather, 95 percent of intended soybean acres are planted, compared with the five-year average of 97 percent. Of those planted, 90 percent have emerged.

In the last week, 8 percent of Indiana’s corn crop silked, or tassled, compared with none last year and a five-year average of 2 percent.

“Right now, for soybeans, we’re in between that switch-over stage from planting and emergence to plant development,” Preston said. “We’ve seen modest declines in the conditions from the heavy amounts of rain, but the crops, especially corn, got off to such a great start that conditions certainly haven’t dropped like a rock.”

When it comes to soil moisture, 96 percent of the topsoil and 98 percent of the subsoil in Indiana show adequate to surplus moisture levels – a reality that slowed fieldwork in recent weeks. For the week ending June 27, only three days had weather suitable for fieldwork, but soil conditions kept most farmers out of their fields.

“Over the next couple of weeks the reports will be very telling,” Preston said. “We should start to see how the crops are responding to the warm, dry weather we’re expecting.”

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Indiana wind power is focus of July conference

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Indiana’s only statewide wind power conference, taking place July 21 and 22, will concentrate on better integrating wind with the power grid and includes talks on topics ranging from big wind farms to wind power for individual homes or small communities.

WIndiana 2010 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis will bring together experts from industry and government to address key issues in wind power. The conference is organized by the Indiana Office of Energy Development and the Energy Center at Purdue University’s Discovery Park.

Fowler Ridge Wind Farm, Fowler Indiana

The Fowler Ridge wind farm, seen here, is evidence of Indiana's growing wind power industry, which is the focus of a statewide conference in July. The state has gone from no turbines to more than 1,100 in two and a half years and is ranked the third fastest-growing state for wind power in the country. (Purdue Office of Research Communications photo/Linda A. Howell)

The conference, which is in its third year, has expanded to include three tracks focusing on “big wind” – or utility-scale wind generation – small-scale wind generation for communities and individuals, and Indiana’s wind industry supply chain.

“Indiana’s wind industry continues to grow,” said Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, who will deliver a keynote address. “As more wind farms are built, as smaller wind facilities are installed, as more wind manufacturing supply chain jobs are created, we must understand how it all works together towards Indiana’s energy and economic future.”

Indiana has gone from no turbines to more than 1,100 in two and a half years and is ranked the third fastest-growing state for wind power in the country, according to the American Wind Energy Association. The association ranks Indiana 13th for most installed wind power capacity in the country.

“This conference keeps getting bigger and better and mirrors wind power expansion in the state,” said John Schneider, Purdue’s assistant vice president for industry research. “It’s the perfect opportunity to network. We’re expecting several hundred attendees representing local and state government, developers, manufacturers, landowners, and others. Officials will keep abreast of the latest technological and economic developments, and property owners will learn how to go about putting up wind turbines.”

Researchers also will discuss how their work has the potential to impact the wind-power industry.

“By bringing scientists, engineers, economists and wind companies together to address major issues, universities in the state can play an important role in advancing the field,” said Douglas Adams, Purdue’s Kenninger Professor of Renewable Energy and Power Systems in the School of Mechanical Engineering and director of Purdue’s Center for Systems Integrity.

Adams’ research at the center includes work to develop “smart” turbine blades that would use sensors and computational software to improve efficiency by adjusting for rapidly changing wind conditions.

Indiana has five privately developed wind farms that generate a total of more than 1,000 megawatts, compared to about 23,500 megawatts of generating capacity for utilities in Indiana, primarily from coal. Wind farms now online in Indiana can power the equivalent of more than 250,000 homes. A sixth wind farm facility is under construction, and several others are proposed.

“In addition to the farms themselves, 11 Hoosier companies manufacture wind turbine components,” said Brandon Seitz, director of the state Office of Energy Development. “These companies employ about 1,000 people.”

Conference registration will be 7-8 a.m. the first day and 7:30-8:30 a.m. on the second day. Those interested in registering early may do so at

Skillman will give the keynote address at noon on July 21. Also speaking at that time will be Keith Trent, vice president for renewables at Duke Energy, Indiana’s largest investor-owned utility.

Sessions are divided into three tracks running simultaneously. Events will include sessions on:

  • Integrating wind power into the daily grid; integrating property owners’ concerns into small and community-scale wind operations; and an overview on the wind-power supply chain, 10:30 a.m. to noon on July 21.
  • Transmission expansion and planning; using wind power in communities; and how the supply chain works, 1:45-3:15 p.m. on July 21.
  • Integrating the latest technology into industry; wind applications for small businesses and homes; wind turbine and component manufacturing, 3:15-5 p.m. on July 21.
  • Integrating research activities into industry; the state’s work force; and wind-power services and support in Indiana, 8:30-10:15 a.m. on July 22.
  • “Bumps in the Wind Power Road,” challenges and opportunities; and improving the wind power supply chain in Indiana, 10:30 a.m. to noon on July 22.

A round-table discussion on various wind power topics is scheduled for 12:15-3:30 p.m. on July 22.

The conference includes a tour of the Horizon Energy Meadow Lake I wind farm in White County. Because space for the tour is limited, attendees who want to take the tour are asked to indicate this in the registration process or on the registration form. Attendees more interested in small- and community-scale wind power may take a tour of wind and solar installations at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Registration for the conference is $100 per person before July 1 and $125 after. More information is available at

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Greater Lafayette Community Calendar

 May 2008