ENE Memo: March 23, 2015

From the Head: 3/23

A Busy Time Ahead

After Spring Break it is always a mad dash to the end of the spring semester with many things happening; all squeezed into these final days of March plus April. Each year we seem to find more and more things to do.

In early April we are hosting the Dean’s Engineering Advisory Council for their dinner in Wang Hall. The following week is our own Industrial Advisory Council.

The awards season continues with various faculty and staff awards plus the student service and teaching awards. In addition, I am anticipating some more excellent news on the awards front very soon.

We are in the midst of performance reviews for staff. Also, the Primary Committee meets in coming weeks to provide annual feedback to all Assistant and Associate Professors.

We are in the process of hiring two new FYE advisors. This necessitates some further space reallocation in ARMS. We will be rearranging the former graduate student office area into a project office for our undergraduate students (MDE and IDES), integrated with offices for Mary Pilotte and Chris Pekny.

Later in the semester we have student projects presentations.

So buckle yourself in for a crazy busy few weeks.

David

Calendar: 3/23

Spring 2015

  • March 23: Librarian Office Hours, Wang 3500, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • March 26: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • March 30: Librarian Office Hours, Wang 3500, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • March 31: INSPIRE Seminar, Wang 3501, 2-3pm
  • April 1: Faculty Meeting, Wang 3501, 9:30-11:20am
  • April 2: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 3: Staff Meeting, WANG 3501, 8:30-9:30am
  • April 6: Librarian Office Hours, ARMS 1314, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • April 8-14: Research WeekCelebrating the ENE Research Facility in Wang Hall
  • April 9: Research Seminar, Wang Hall/TBD, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 9: College of Engineering Advisory Council dinner, Wang Hall, TBD
  • April 13: Librarian Office Hours, Wang 3500, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • April 13/14:ENE Industrial Advisory Council meeting, Wang Hall, 8am-3:30pm
  • April 10: College of Engineering Faculty Awards of Excellence Dinner, TBD  
  • April 16: ENE GSA Town Hall, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 20: Librarian Office Hours, Wang 3500, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • April 22: Faculty Meeting, Wang 3501, 9:30-11:20am
  • April 23: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 27: Librarian Office Hours, Wang 3500, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • April 28: INSPIRE Seminar, Wang 3501, 2-3pm
  • April 30: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • May 1: ENE Best Teacher and McDowell Best Advisor Awards 2015, ARMS 1300, 11am  
  • May 1: Classes End
  • May 4: Librarian Office Hours, ARMS 1314, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • May 6: Faculty Meeting, Wang 3501, 9:30-11:20am
  • May 13-14: ENE Strategic Advance, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • May 16: ENE Graduation Celebration, Wang Hall, 11am (Commencement, Elliot Hall, 2pm)

News and Information: 3/23

ENE Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (replaces the Best Teacher Award)

Purpose: To recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching in ENE.

Eligibility: All faculty and instructional staff members who have taught semester-length ENE undergraduate courses (ENGR 131, 132, 133, 141, 142, 195; all IDE and MDE courses) at least two times. No person may receive this award more than once in a five-year period. Graduate students who teach ENE courses are not eligible for this award, because they are eligible for the Magoon Awards sponsored by the College of Engineering.

Award: One annual award of $500. Name engraved on permanently displayed plaque provided by the College of Engineering.

Criteria:

  • Instructional effectiveness
  • Course improvement and innovation
  • Impact on students
  • Other contributions, which may include some of the following: advising individual undergraduates and student organizations, mentoring undergraduate student research, committee service and professional activities related to undergraduate teaching, creation and publication of instructional materials, contributions to instructional development of others

Format: A two-page, single-spaced narrative; the narrative may include results of student evaluations. Two pages of supporting comments from students or alumni who previously took the nominee’s course(s) but are not currently enrolled in a course taught by the nominee. Comments may also come from students who have worked with the nominee as peer teachers or as graduate teaching assistants.

Schedule:

Nominations due Friday, March 27, 2015

Decisions by Friday, April 10, 2015

Note: A winner of this award may be eligible for nomination for the College of Engineering’s A. A. Potter Best Teacher Award and the campus’s Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in subsequent academic years.


ENE Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching

Purpose: To recognize excellence in graduate teaching in ENE.

Eligibility: All faculty and instructional staff members who have taught semester-length ENE graduate courses at least two times. No person may receive this award more than once in a five-year period.

Award: One annual award of $500. Name engraved on permanently displayed plaque.

Criteria:

  • Instructional effectiveness
  • Course improvement and innovation
  • Impact on students
  • Other contributions, which may include some of the following: committee service and professional activities related to graduate teaching, creation and publication of instructional materials, contributions to the development of graduate teaching assistants

Format: A two-page, single-spaced narrative. Two pages of supporting comments from students or alumni who previously took the nominee’s course(s) but are not currently enrolled in a course taught by the nominee.

Schedule:

Nominations due Friday, March 27, 2015

Decisions by Friday, April 10, 2015

Funding Opportunities: 3/23

Selected Funding Opportunities:

DOD-DARPA Brandeis DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of data privacy. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in privacy science or systems. The Brandeis Program aims to enable individuals, enterprises, and U.S. government agencies to keep private and/or proprietary information private. Its purpose is to understand how to build information systems that can ensure private data can only be used for its intended purpose and no other. Deadline: April 29

DOD-CDMRP Joint En Route Care Training System of Systems Initiative: Hand-Offs, Patient Transfers, and Systems Interoperability The program focuses on multiple issues including, but not limited to, advancing the entire continuum of care for combat casualty training through research and development. Pre-application due April 28; Invited application due July 21.

ED-IES Evaluation of State Education  For the FY15 competition, the State Evaluation program supports evaluations of major state programs and policies intended to improve the education outcomes of students in grades K–12. The types of state programs and policies that may be evaluated include those related to the following: 1) College- and Career-Ready Standards and Assessments; 2) Identification and Improvement of the Lowest-Performing Schools, and/or Schools with the Greatest Achievement Gaps; and 3) Teacher and Principal Evaluation and Support Systems.  Letter of Intent due April 16; Application due June 10.

Google Faculty Research Awards  The intent of the Google Research Awards is to support cutting-edge research in Computer Science, Engineering, and related fields.  The following research areas are supported in 2015: Computational neuroscience; Geo/maps; Human-computer interaction; Information retrieval, extraction, and organization (including semantic graphs); Machine learning and data mining; Machine perception; Machine translation; Mobile; Natural language processing; Networking; Physical Interfaces and Immersive Experiences; Privacy; Security; Software engineering and programming languages; Speech; Structured data and database management; and Systems (hardware and software). Deadline: April 15.

Lumina Foundation Lumina’s overarching goal is to increase the higher education attainment rate of the United States to 60 percent by 2025. Their portfolio focuses on: increasing awareness of the benefits of higher education; improving student access to and preparedness for college; improving student success in college; and productivity across the higher education system.  Unsolicited Letters of Inquiry on these topics are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Limited Submissions:

Preproposals and rankings to the EVPRP should be e-mailed to EVPRPlimited@purdue.edu. Purdue’s open limited submission competitions, limited submission policy, and templates for preproposals may be found at http://www.purdue.edu/research/vpr/rschdev/lsid1.php.  For any case in which the number of preproposals received is no more than the number of proposals allowed by the sponsor, the EVPRP will notify the PI(s) that an internal competition will be unnecessary.

Limited Submission: NIH Summer Institute for Research Education in Biostatistics (R25)  The over-arching goal of this NHLBI program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research. To this end, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skills Development. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application.

  • Internal deadline: Contact EVPRPlimited@purdue.edu by March 30.
  • Sponsor deadlines: May 1 – Optional LOI; Application – June 1

Limited Submission: USDA-NIFA Children, Youth, and Families At-Risk (CYFAR) Sustainable Community Projects NIFA requests applications for the CYFAR SCP for FY15 to marshal resources of the Land-grant and Cooperative Extension Systems so that, in collaboration with other organizations, they can develop and deliver educational programs that equip youth who are at risk for not meeting basic human needs with the skills they need to lead positive, productive, and contributing lives. For this opportunity, Purdue can submit only one application as lead organization.

Anticipated Funding Opportunities:

These solicitations are anticipated to be released soon based on the timing of previous solicitations for the program or notices of intent to publish. We are posting this information to help with proposal planning efforts but please keep in mind that the release dates and/or scope of a solicitation can change from year-to-year so be sure to read the solicitation carefully once it is released.

DOE RFI – Solar Big Data and Informatics The purpose of this Request for Information is to gather feedback from stakeholders prior to DOE potentially issuing a FOA. Responses must be received no later than April 10.

USAID Higher Education Partnerships for Innovation and Impact (HEPII) Public Comment Notice  USAID is seeking comments from interested parties regarding a draft program description.  Comments must be received no later than March 25.

DOD-CDMRP releases pre-announcements for the following programs: Autism, Lung Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurofibromatosis, Tuberous Sclerosis, and Peer Reviewed Medical Research Programs.

Other:

ORNL Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) Call for Proposals CNMS is soliciting proposals for user-initiated nanoscience research that will make effective use of CNMS facilities and staff expertise. The CNMS nanoscience research program provides users with access to a broad range of capabilities for nanomaterials design, synthesis, characterization, and theory/modeling/simulation in order to carry out studies that will significantly advance our understanding of nanoscale phenomena and develop functional nanomaterials systems. Deadline: April 29

NIH Use of Updated Inclusion Enrollment Format Now Required for Successful Submission of RPPR

March issue of Research Development and Grantwriting News now available

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