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ENE Memo: April 20, 2015

From the Head: 4/20

Teaching Excellence Award

Continuing on the theme from last week of recognizing excellence, please join with me in congratulating Lee Rynearson for receiving a 2015 Graduate School’s Excellence in Teaching Award.  This is Purdue University’s highest award in recognition of graduate student teachers! Lee is a very enthusiastic and dedicated teacher. He has been the instructor of record for one of the ENGR 141 and 142 sections. This recognition is very well deserved. 

Lee will receive his award at the 17th Annual Celebration of Graduate Student Teaching Excellence on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at the Shively Club at Ross-Ade Pavilion. He gets a plaque and a tidy sum of cash.  


Calendar: 4/20


  • 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: 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, 9:30-4:30pm including McDowell Award for Advising at 10am
  • May 16: ENE Graduation Celebration, Wang Hall, 11am (Commencement, Elliot Hall, 2pm)
  • May 21: Spring Fling, CoRec, 11:30am-4pm



  • Aug 19: ENE Faculty Advance (incl. visit by Provost) , WANG 3501, 9:30am-3:30pm
  • Aug 24: Classes commence

News and Information: 4/20

ENEGSA Election

The members of the ENE Graduate Student Association elected a new leadership team for the 2015-2016 academic year.

ENEGSA Officers:

  • Cole Joslyn, President
  • Hector Rodriguez, Secretary
  • Avneet Hira, Treasurer

ENE Graduate Committee:

  • Molly Goldstein, Senior Chair
  • James Holly, Jr., Junior Chair, 1st chair
  • Qin Zhu, Junior Chair, 2nd chair

Purdue Graduate Student Government:

  • Todd Fernandez, Senior Senator
  • Dina Verdin, Junior Senator

Graduate Student Advisory Council:

  • Neha Choudhary, Representative
  • Matilde Sanchez-Pena, Representative Alternate

ASEE Liaison:

  • Lee Rynearson

EAC & IAC at Wang Hall

Thanks to the team effort of preparing the research space in Wang Hall for the College of Engineering Advisory Council and the ENE Industrial Advisory Council meetings, both events were tremendous successes! Congratulations to all who helped. The hard work paid off!

Congratulations, to our award winners!

Kudos: 4/20 Lee Rynearson on receiving the 2015 Graduate School’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Toni Cummings on receiving the College of Engineering's Summer Research Grant. Dean Leah Jamieson on receiving the Rochester Institute of Technology's first Kate Gleason Medal for Leadership in Engineering Education.

Funding Opportunities: 4/20

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Building Community and Capacity in Data Intensive Research in Education (BCC-EHR) As part of NSF's Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) activity, the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) seeks to enable research communities to develop visions, teams, and capabilities dedicated to creating new, large-scale, next-generation data resources and relevant analytic techniques to advance fundamental research for EHR areas of research. Investigators should think broadly and create a vision that extends intellectually across multiple disciplines and that includes—but is not necessarily limited to—EHR areas of research. Deadline: September 1

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Stimulating Research Related to the Science of Broadening Participation The Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE) and the Directorate for Education & Human Resources (EHR) announce their interest in stimulating research related to the Science of Broadening Participation (SBP). The Science of Broadening Participation will employ the theories, methods, and analytic techniques of the social, behavioral, economic, and learning sciences to better understand the barriers that hinder and factors that enhance our ability to broaden participation in STEM. Scholars with research proposals that contribute to the Science of Broadening Participation should submit proposals to the most relevant programs of the SBE and EHR Directorates. Deadlines vary by program.

NSF Cognitive Neuroscience  The Cognitive Neuroscience program seeks highly innovative proposals aimed at advancing a rigorous understanding of human cognition, including how the human brain mediates action, affect, creativity, decision making, intentionality, perception, social processes, and thought.  Topics may bear on core functions such as attention, emotion, empathy, executive processes, language, learning, memory, music, sensory processing, sleep, representation of self and other, reasoning and rhythm. Topics may also include how human cognition develops and changes in the brain across the lifespan.  The program is particularly interested in supporting the development of new techniques and technologies for recording, analyzing, and modeling complex brain activity and human brain mapping.  Deadline:  August 13.

NIH Interdisciplinary Training in Bioinformatics and Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolic Disease (T32) The purpose of this FOA is to promote the development of an interdisciplinary workforce for conducting bioinformatics research in diabetes, obesity and related metabolic diseases that are relevant to the research mission of NIDDK.  This FOA will support institutional training programs for predoctoral and postdoctoral level researchers with backgrounds in bioinformatics, mathematics and/or computational sciences with mentors from both computational and biological backgrounds. Deadline: November 17

HHS-CDC Improving Response to and Programming in Humanitarian Emergencies This FOA supports the implementation of programs and activities that focus on protecting and improving health in humanitarian and conflict settings. Its purpose is to develop, implement and strengthen public health, information management (including monitoring and evaluation), and the technical capacity of responders in humanitarian and conflict settings. It is intended to build capacities in reproductive health, nutrition, mental health and communicable diseases in humanitarian emergencies. Deadline: June 5

DOD National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Academic Research Program (NARP)  The NARP is focused on innovative, far-reaching basic and applied research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics having the potential to advance the geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) mission. The objective of the NARP is to support innovative, high-payoff research that provides the basis for revolutionary progress in areas of science and technology affecting the needs and mission of NGA. This research also supports the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG), which is the combination of technology, systems and organizations that gather, produce, distribute and consume geospatial data and information. This research is aimed at advancing GEOINT capabilities by improving analytical methods, enhancing and expanding systems capabilities, and leveraging resources for common NSG goals. The NARP also seeks to improve education in scientific, mathematics, and engineering skills necessary to advance GEOINT capabilities.  White papers accepted any time through 8/31/17; Proposals accepted until 9/30/17.

NASA Advanced Air Transport Technology Project (AATT1)  This solicitation seeks to stimulate innovation in specific areas to foster the pursuit of revolutionary aircraft concepts and technology development to TRL4-6 by 2025. More specifically, this solicitation is intended to identify and execute high payoff research in the following topic areas: 1) Ambient Temperature High Efficiency/High Specific Power Inverter for Aircraft Applications; and 2) Cryogenic High Efficiency/High Specific Power MW-Class Aircraft Inverter.  Notice of Intent due April 21; Proposal due May 26.

USDA-NIFA Rural Health and Safety Education  NIFA requests applications for the Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grant Program for FY15 to address the needs of rural Americans by providing individual and family health education programs.  Deadline: May 21

ED-IES Education Research, Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences, and Education Research and Development Center Program   The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) will conduct eight research competitions in FY 2016 through two of its centers: The Institute's National Center for Education Research (NCER) will hold six competitions: one competition for education research, one competition for education research training, one competition for education research and development centers, one competition for statistical and research methodology in education, one competition for partnerships and collaborations focused on problems of practice or policy, and one competition for research networks. The Institute's National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) will hold two competitions: one competition for special education research and one competition for special education research training.  Deadline:  August – exact day varies by opportunity.

NEH Digital Projects for the Public Digital Projects for the Public grants support projects that significantly contribute to the public’s engagement with the humanities. Digital platforms—such as websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments—can reach diverse audiences and bring the humanities to life for the American people. The program offers three levels of support for digital projects: grants for Discovery projects (early-stage planning work), Prototyping projects (proof-of-concept development work), and Production projects (end-stage production and distribution work). Deadline: June 10

Eurasia Foundation US-Russia University Partnership Program (UPP) Linkage Project Funding  UPP invites pairs of Russian and US higher education institutions to submit jointly-developed proposals for mutually-beneficial projects that build partnerships between institutions in both countries.  Applicants may request a combined total of up to US $41,000 to establish their partnership, with the partner institutions expected to contribute a combined total of at least $5,000 in additional cost-share themselves. Deadline: May 18

Horses & Humans Research Foundation Innovation Grant HHRF Innovation Research Grants will foster research focused on new ideas that have strong potential for a meaningful impact to bridge the gaps in our understanding of horse-human interactions. The goal of the program is to advance our scientific understanding of the relationship between horses and humans and their role in contributing to the wellness of people. The goal is to connect practice with scientific knowledge through supporting the development of innovative research with high-impact potential that might not be funded through traditional channels. Letter of Intent due May 15.

Limited Submissions:

Preproposals and rankings to the EVPRP should be e-mailed to Purdue’s open limited submission competitions, limited submission policy, and templates for preproposals may be found at 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.

NOTE: The website listing internal deadlines for limited submissions has changed.  Please bookmark the following:

Limited Submission:  NIH Jointly Sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (JSPTPN) (T32) The JSPTPN supports broad and fundamental research training in the neurosciences via institutional NRSA research training grants at domestic institutions of higher education. Trainees appointed to this training grant are financially supported for either one or two years, during the first 2 years of their graduate research training. The primary objective is to prepare individuals for careers in neuroscience that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation. For this opportunity, Purdue is limited to one application.

Limited Submission:  HHS-CDC Epicenters for the Prevention of Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) – Cycle II  The purpose of this FOA is to expand the number of CDC Prevention Epicenters to translate basic, epidemiologic and technologic discoveries into new strategies for preventing healthcare-associated transmission of Ebola and/or infectious pathogens (viral or bacterial) that can be spread by mechanisms similar to Ebola. This might include, but is not limited to, project proposals that focus on the effectiveness of personal protective equipment against such pathogens, healthcare worker self-contamination with pathogens, or the role of the healthcare environment in pathogen transmission. For this opportunity, Purdue is limited to one application.

Limited Submission: Feminist Review Trust  The Feminist Review Trust supports projects that help transform the lives of women. The primary focus areas for 2014 international applications include:  violence again women, disabled women and girls, and financial literacy and business skills.  For this call, Purdue is limited to one application.

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.

NIH Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for NIMHD Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers for Health Disparities Research Focused on Precision Medicine (U54) This new TCC FOA is expected to be published in the spring of 2015 with an expected application due date in late summer 2015.


Notice of Potential Delays to NIH Issuing Awards in May 2015  Submissions using eRA Commons and ASSIST will also be affected by this system upgrade.

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