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ENE Memo: April 14, 2014

From the Head: 4/14

Big Thank You

I want to thank everyone who helped in any way to make the 10th anniversary Open House last week such a success. Those who visited were impressed both at the display we put on and the body of achievements that it represented.

The final phase of our year of celebration will be linked to the annual American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) meeting and exhibition in Indianapolis in mid-June. ENE will have a major presence at this meeting and in the exhibition hall where we coordinate the Engineering Education Research exhibit featuring our sister academic units and programs who are heavily engaged in engineering education. Immediately prior to and following the ASEE meeting a number of international visitors and other groups will be visiting Purdue to check out ENE and/or to hold workshops.

ENE has certainly come of age.


Calendar: 4/14

  • April 14: TULIP (Teaching Undergraduates for Learning), ARMS 3001, 2:30-4:00pm. 
  • April 16: Faculty FYE Research Conversation, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • April 17: ENE Research Seminar, Senay Purzer's ELO Research Group, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • April 23: Faculty Meeting, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • April 24: ENE Research Seminar, ENE 595 Class - "Analyzing Video Data for Research Without Being Overwhelmed," ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm
  • May 1: ENE 590 Presentations
  • May 2: Classes End
  • May 7: Faculty Meeting, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • May 14-15: ENE Advance, ARMS BO98, Ideas to Innovation Learning Laboratory, 9:30am-3:30pm.
  • May 17-18 Commencement

Summer 2014

  • June 13: Global Perspectives on Engineering Education, ARMS BO98 
  • June 13-14: Q3 Workshop, ARMS BO98 
  • June 14: ENE Alums & Friends Reception, Indianapolis Interdisciplinary Engineering Education
  • June 15-18: ASEE Conference, Indianapolis Engineering Education Futures
  • June 16 – ENGR 132 begins its 8-week summer session
  • June 19-20: PEER Workshop, ARMS BO98
  • August 8 – ENGR 132 ends its 8-week summer session

News and Information: 4/14

ENE on Twitter

The ENE Twitter account is @PurdueENE. Please "follow" us if you have a personal and/or professional Twitter account and help spread the word about this new avenue for communication. Not only are we trying to do a better job of telling the story of ENE, its faculty and students, but we need to expand how we broadcast these stories.

Safety Committee

Read the most recent meeting minutes of the Safety Committe. One of the Departmental Action Items from the 2014 REM Recertification is for everyone to review the biweekly meeting minutes.

Provost finalists to make on-campus presentations

Three finalists for Purdue University provost will be on campus for two-day interviews this month. Finalists will meet with various groups and make public presentations to the university community (dates and times below). As part of the process, finalists will make a 30-minute public presentation and then take questions from those in attendance. Feedback on the candidates is requested, and an online tool will be provided on the provost candidate website.

Christine M. Maziar, University of Notre Dame, is vice president and senior associate provost and professor of electrical and computer engineering. She also has served as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost and vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School at University of Minnesota, and vice provost and professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Maziar is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the American Society for Engineering Education and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Maziar will present at 9:30 a.m. April 14 in Fowler Hall, Stewart Center.

Debasish Dutta, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is associate provost and dean of the graduate college, the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, and a professor of industrial and enterprise systems engineering. He also is the chancellor's advisor on diversity and cultural understanding, is scholar-in-residence for the National Academy of Engineering, a member of the Illinois Arts Education Advisory Committee and the American Society for Engineering Education representative to the Lifelong Learning in Engineering Working Group. Dutta will present at 9:30 a.m. April 16 in Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center.

Cato T. Laurencin, University of Connecticut, is the chief executive officer of the Connecticut institute for Clinical and Translational Science; director of the Institute for Regenerative Engineering; director of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center for Biomedical, Biological, Physical and Engineering Sciences; University Professor; professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering; professor of materials engineering; and professor of biomedical engineering. In addition, he is the Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Chair Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in the School of Medicine. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. From 2008 – 2011, he served as vice president for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Connecticut. Laurencin will present at 9:30 a.m. April 21 in Fowler Hall, Stewart Center.

Kudos: 4/14 the ENE graduate students who have received awards for their research and service:

Outstanding Research

ENE representative for the College of Engineering Outstanding Research Award – Benjamin Ahn, who will receive his award on at College of Engineering Awards banquet on April 16.

ENE Outstanding Research Award – Xin Chen - Awarded at Open House on April 9.

ENE Outstanding Research Award, Honorable Mention – James Huff, Jeremi London, Noah Salzman - Awarded at Open House on April 9.

Outstanding Service

ENE representative for the College of Engineering Outstanding Service Award – Justin Hess, who will receive his award on at College of Engineering Awards banquet on April 16.

ENE Outstanding Service Award – Velvet Fitzpatrick, Tamecia Jones, Jaqi McNeil - Awarded at Open House on April 9. Xin “Cindy” Chen (Advisor: Prof. Krishna Madhavan) for accepting a summer internship with the Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) project. DSSG is funded by the Eric (CEO, Google) and Wendy Schmidt Foundation. It is run by Prof. Rahid Gahni (Chief Scientist for 2012 Obama Presidential Campaign, Computation Institute and Harris School UIC, Fellow). Xin had opportunities with Siemens and Facebook. But - she selected this fellowship as it is closely aligned with her curricular and future goals.

Funding Opportunities: 4/14

Selected Funding Opportunities: 

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Supplemental Funding The NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering invites its grantees who do not already have REU supplemental funding to submit requests for such.  Grantees are encouraged to submit these requests by April 30.

NIH Avenir Award Program for Genetics or Epigenetics of Substance Abuse (DP2)  The Genetic Avenir Award program supports early stage investigators proposing highly innovative studies that open new areas of research for the genetics or epigenetics of addiction.   The award will support those in an early stage of their career who may lack the preliminary data required for an R01 grant, but who propose high impact research and who show promise of being tomorrow's leaders in the field of genetics or epigenetics of substance abuse.  Deadline: August 18

NIH Biology of Manual Therapies  This FOA encourages applications from institutions that propose to investigate the basic science and mechanisms of action underlying the neurophysiological (especially the central nervous system responses), immunological, endocrinological and/or biomechanical consequences of manual therapies, such as spinal manipulation, mobilization and massage therapy.

  • R21  Deadline: June 16
  • R01  Deadline: June 5

NIH High Impact Neuroscience Research Resource Grants (R24)  This FOA supports high impact efforts to make resources available to neuroscience researchers.  Projects should engage in one or more of the following activities: propagation of cutting edge reagents or techniques, dissemination of resources to new user groups, or innovative approaches to increase the scale/efficiency of resource production and delivery.  Projects should address compelling needs of broad communities of neuroscience researchers or should offer unique services that otherwise would be unavailable.  Deadline: June 23

HHS-FDA Dissolution Methods for Suspension and Emulsion Ocular Drug Products (U01)  The purpose of this study is to investigate dissolution methods for an ocular suspension or emulsion and to analyze their capability of detecting manufacturing differences, predicting in vivo performance, and evaluate method robustness.  The results from this study will help the FDA in developing recommendations to determine bioequivalence of generic ocular suspension and emulsion drug products.  Deadline: May 7

DOT-FHWA Program Support The Federal Highway Administration Office of Bridges and Structures develops regulations, policies, and guidelines to assure the successful delivery of the national bridge and tunnel program.  The staff supports research of state-of-the-art technologies and provides leadership in the deployment of emerging technologies to improve the condition and durability of the Nation’s bridges, tunnels, and other highway structures. 

Structures and Structural Engineering Team This ID/IQ supports the Structural Engineering Team and the Inspection, Preservation, and Management Team.  Deadline: April 25

Geotechnical Engineering Team  This ID/IQ supports the Geotechnical Engineering Team.  Deadline: April 21

DOT Pipeline Safety Research Competitive Academic Agreement Program (CAAP) The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration requests applications from non-profit institutions of higher education to obtain funding for researching innovative solutions to pipeline corrosion and other known pipeline integrity challenges.  Deadline: May 9

DOE Research, Development and Training in Isotope Production The Office of Nuclear Physics welcomes applications for R&D on new or improved methods to produce radioactive and enriched stable isotopes needed for a wide variety of research and applications. Applications proposing novel and effective ways to train and develop personnel with knowledge and skills related to the production, processing, purification, and distribution of enriched stable and radioactive isotopes are encouraged also.  Deadline: May 23

PhRMA Foundation Assessing the Benefits of Treating Cancer Research Starter Grant The grant will be awarded to candidates who establish a sound and innovative research project focused on developing a novel way of quantifying or describing the social, patient-centered, and economic benefits of innovation in cancer treatment.   Relevant research goals may include developing new methods to define and measure the societal benefits from cancer care innovation.  Deadline: May 16

L’Oréal For Women In Science Fellowship Program The fellowship program specifically recognizes women post-doctoral scientists for their contributions in STEM fields and for their commitment to serving as role models for younger generations.  Applicants are welcome from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics.  Deadline: May 19

The Gerber Foundation Pediatric Research Grants  The primary focus of grant making is on health and nutritional issues affecting infants and young children. Research projects aimed at finding solutions to children's health and nutritional problems are sought. Of particular interest are applied research projects focused on reducing the incidence of serious neonatal and early childhood illnesses, or improving cognitive, social, and emotional aspects of development. Funding is available in the following topics: Pediatric Health; Pediatric Nutrition; and Environmental Hazards.  Concept paper deadline: June 1; Invited full application due: August 15 

American Heart Association  The following programs are being offered for the Summer 2014 deadlines: Innovative Research Grants, Pre-doctoral & Post-doctoral Fellowships, Scientist Development Grants, Established Investigator Awards, along with a few other targeted programs.  Deadlines vary by program.

Limited Submissions:

Letters of intent, preproposals, and rankings to the OVPR should be e-mailed to Purdue's open limited submission competitions, limited submission policy, and template for letters of intent may be found at For any case in which the number of internal letters of intent received is no more than the number of proposals allowed by the sponsor, the OVPR will notify the PI that an internal preproposal will be unnecessary.

Funding Resources:

The OVPR website includes a link entitled Funding Resources. This link includes sections containing Internal and External Funding Resources.  Additionally, there is a link for Search Tools and Alerts. Those who would like assistance in setting up their Pivot E-mail funding alerts may want to take advantage of our tutorial, which may be found on the Search Tools and Alerts link.

The newest issues of Research Development and Grantwriting News are available at:

Another resource for corporate and foundation funding opportunities is the University Development Office. 


FAA Notice of Intent to Establish an Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) A draft solicitation will be available on or before April 18th, which will allow for a period of public comment and discussion of COE and UAS technical requirements at a public meeting that will be conducted in the Washington, DC area in May.

DOE Notice of Intent to Issue FOA: Marine and Hydrokinetic (MHK) Research and Development University Consortium DOE  plans to issue the FOA in the first half of calendar year 2014.

NIH Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in Basic Biology of Aging (P30) The FOA is expected to be published in July 2014 with an expected application due date in November 2014.

NIH Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for Centers of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (U54)  The FOA is expected to be published in Summer 2014 with an expected application due date in Fall 2014.

NIH Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for Cancer Nanotechnology Research Platforms (U01)  The FOA is expected to be published in Spring 2014 with an expected application due date in Fall 2014.

NIH Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for the Physical Sciences-Oncology Network: Physical Sciences-Oncology Projects (PS-OP)(U01)  The FOA is expected to be published in Fall 2014 with an expected application due date in February 2015.

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