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Purdue president wants stronger NASA link

March 11, 2008
Purdue University has hired a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm that specializes in aerospace, aviation and defense to recreate strong ties the school had in the past with NASA, reports the Journal & Courier of Lafayette.

As former chief scientist at NASA, Purdue President France C?rdova has ties with the firm, The National Group. Cordova believes the university should find new areas of research in order to expand and move the school up in the ranks among research universities.

Thousands of Purdue graduates have gone on to careers at NASA and aerospace firms. Twenty-two Purdue graduates have gone into space, including Neil Armstrong and Gene Cernan.

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