October 2018

In This Issue…
Personal Papers from “First Man” Neil Armstrong | Purdue’s First Man | Faculty Publications, Presentations | OUR Now Part of Libraries | Library Scholars Grant Deadline Nov. 9 | Purdue Press Fall/Winter Books | JPUR Fall 2018 Issue | LCSSAC Corner: Check It Out! | Recap: Addressing Algorithms of Oppression | Don’t Miss It! Native Voices Program, “Indigenous Food Sovereignty and a Holistic Approach to Health and Well-Being”

Personal Papers from “First Man” Neil Armstrong’s Giant Leap into History Have Landing Spot at PurduePreview Changes (opens in a new window)

by Abbey Nickel, Purdue News Service

While the excitement builds around the new Neil Armstrong biopic, much of the “First Man” on the moon’s life story is preserved and treasured at his alma mater.

Student design sketch for Purdue University course project: “Preliminary Design Analysis Executive Transport report” by Neil Armstrong for the course A.E. 420, January 1955. (Neil A. Armstrong papers, Courtesy of Purdue University Archives) Purdue University is home to hundreds of thousands of personal documents, working papers, memorabilia and photos from the 1955 graduate’s life. The collection includes approximately 70,000 pages of fan mail, which Armstrong continued to receive from around the world for years after he landed on the moon; his Purdue student notebooks and project reports; speech manuscripts; and NASA missions training, execution and results documents. These materials are available for scholarship and learning at Purdue Libraries’ Division of Archives and Special Collections. Read more…

Images in Purdue Archives & Special Collections Help Tell Story of Neil Armstrong in Purdue’s First Man

Purdue's First Man

Photo from collection of Purdue University photographs. Courtesy of Purdue Archives and Special Collections.

The buzz about Universal’s biopic about Neil Armstrong, First Man, has been growing as the “launch” date for the feature film nears. The staff who work at Purdue News took the opportunity to tell Armstrong’s story from the Purdue perspective in its online slideshow, “Purdue’s First Man.”

Many of the images and photographs that appear in the online image gallery came from Purdue Archives and Special Collections, a division of Purdue Libraries. Check out at the full slideshow here.

First Man is scheduled to be released in the U.S. Friday, Oct. 12.


Faculty Publications, Presentations, Awards, and Accomplishments

Assistant Professor Margaret Phillips (right) was highlighted by IEEE Standards University in “Practical Ideas from Professors: Introducing Engineering Technology Students to Technical Standards.”

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Office of Undergraduate Research Now Part of Purdue University Libraries

Office of Undergraduate Research at Purdue UniversityInnovative Partnership Enhances Resources for Undergraduates’ Research Needs
The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) at Purdue University is now part of the Purdue Libraries, creating a partnership between two vital resource areas for undergraduate students, faculty, and staff at Purdue.

Now located in the Hicks Undergraduate Library, the OUR is easily accessible and continues to serve as a central resource to promote and expand experiential learning for undergraduate students through research experiences, creative endeavors, and scholarship with skilled mentors. Read more…

LCCSAC-CornerLCSSAC Corner: Check It Out!

by Sandy Galloway

Welcome to LCSSAC Corner in VOLUMe! This monthly feature will cover what is happening with Purdue Libraries staff, including activities, accomplishments, upcoming events, etc. Read more…


Recap: Addressing Negative Biases in Search Engine Algorithms

Safiya Noble

Dr. Safiya Noble. Photo by Rebecca Wilcox, Purdue Marketing and Media

Safiya Noble first encountered racism in search nine years ago. In her 2018 book, Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism, and in a piece she wrote for Time this past spring, she begins by sharing her story about being “stunned” at the returned Google search results on the phrase “black girls” in 2009.

Dr. Noble, an assistant professor at the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communications, also began the inaugural Purdue Libraries Critical Data Studies Distinguished Lecture (Oct. 3, Fowler Hall) with her story about this thought-provoking experiment. Read more…

Don’t Miss It!

Indigenous Food Sovereignty and a Holistic Approach to Health and Well-Being

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