4/18/14 Nobel laureate Ei-ichi Negishi and his wife, Sumire

Nobel laureate Ei-ichi Negishi and his wife, Sumire, stand with a bronze bust unveiled at Purdue on April 18, 2014. The bust of Negishi will join that of the late Herbert C. Brown, Negishi's mentor and Purdue's first Nobel Prize winner, on permanent display inside the Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry.

The entrance and foyer in the to-be-completed STEM lab will be named the "Dr. Ei-Ichi Negishi Atrium" in honor of Ei-Ichi Negishi, the winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, the Board of Trustees announced Thursday.

Negishi is a former Purdue professor and received the Nobel for discovering the Negishi Coupling, a process that condenses organic zinc compounds and organic halides under a palladium or nickel catalyst to obtain a C-C bonded product, according to a press release. 

The trustees also announced a new third-party administrator for the University's disability insurance plans and Purdue Global's long-term disability plans.

Guardian Life Insurance's contract with Purdue is expected to save the University $675,000 on long-term premiums, with employees receiving half of those savings through decreased premium rates, according to a press release.

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