The goals of the School’s Strategic Plan are to:
- Offer students high-quality education emphasizing experiential learning and cutting-edge research opportunities.
- Produce internationally recognized research that meets regional and national needs.
- Provide leadership through community, professional, and industrial outreach.
Accomplishing these requires financial support. The State of Indiana only provides a portion of the dollars that we need to maintain and grow programs that benefit our students, faculty, and the region. The rest of the funds come via grants and gifts from individuals, companies, and agencies. Private support is essential if these goals are to be achieved and the school is to continue to grow.
We greatly appreciate your contribution and invite you to look over the information on giving provided below; in particular, the “giving wish list” for the School:
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Spring Appeal 2014
“Coming from a background in the United States military, I began my college career with a firsthand
understanding that hard work and determination open up a world of possibilities.”
Dr. Louis Mansky
As an Illinois native, Dr. Louis Mansky was a young child during the Apollo moon landings. This was one of his first inspirations for how profound an impact that science and technology can have on society – by both inspiring childhood amazement as well as demonstrating the expansive, long-term benefits to society from large investments from the government in research and development.
As a student at Purdue, the promise of molecular biology – and its applications in genetic engineering, biotechnology, and disease research – was a major inspiration to pursue a major in biology and to ultimately pursue graduate study. Independent study research projects with Prof. Charles C. Tseng provided further encouragement.
Dr. Mansky pursued graduate studies in molecular virology at Iowa State University and then postdoctoral studies in molecular retrovirology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the guidance of Prof. Howard M. Temin.
As an independent investigator, Dr. Mansky and his research group are focused on HIV/AIDS and cancer virology, with particular studies of the mechanisms of HIV genetic variation and evolution, the discovery of novel antiviral drug targets, and the mechanisms of human leukemia virus replication. Dr. Mansky is presently Professor and Director of the Institute for Molecular Virology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Throughout his time as a student and faculty member, Dr. Mansky has remained enthusiastic about biological and biomedical research, and has maintained the patience and commitment needed to endure the trials and tribulations of being a scientist. He is a staunch advocate of basic research – particularly advocating the importance of innovation and in the serendipity of scientific discovery. He is also a strong advocate of virus research and its profound impact on modern biology and medicine.
His Purdue experience provided key building blocks in biology through timely and up-to-date coursework and research experiences with cutting-edge technologies that helped lay the foundation for a career as a scientist.
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