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BTN LiveBIG: Purdue professor explores uncharted historical territory

To most people, a small bead and fragment of metal found in Alaska just south of the Arctic Circle wouldn’t qualify as particularly significant. But for H. Kory Cooper, associate professor at Purdue, they reveal a world of historical possibility. Cooper, who’s part of Purdue’s Department of Anthropology and School of Materials Engineering, recently examined the metallurgical characteristics of these objects, with funding from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Polar Programs Arctic Social Sciences. They were originally discovered a few years ago by Owen K. Mason and John F. Hoffecker from the University of Colorado, in an area along

BTN LiveBIG: Indiana professor restores the glory of Rome

Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither, for that matter, was “Rome Reborn.” This initiative to create a realistic virtual replication of Ancient Rome is the brainchild of Bernard Frischer, a professor at Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing. And the impressive result is due to innovative ideas and hard work carried out through his career. Frischer came up with the idea back in 1974 shortly after he’d arrived in “The Eternal City” as an academic fellow at the American Academy of Rome. With his classics academic background, Frischer was fascinated by the monuments of antiquity he saw during