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ENE Memo: April 4, 2016

From the Head: 04/04/2016

Future Plans

At the respective faculty and staff meetings last week I announced that Vicki and I plan to return to Australia by early in the fall. This has not been an easy decision.

I will continue to serve as head into the summer, perhaps to the end of July. 

At this stage I do not have firm plans for what I will be doing in Australia. There are a couple of opportunities which I am exploring or I may simply take a break for a few months or even semi-retire. As my future plans become clearer I will let everyone know. Whatever it turns out to be I hope to be able to maintain some active collaborations at Purdue.

On April 14 I will reflect on my seven years as head in a talk entitled Accidental Head: Learning by Leading an Emergent Academic Department. Should be fun.


Kudos: 04/04/2016

... to Senary Purzer on being selected for Favorite Faculty of University Residences. 

... to Michael Loui on being selected to served as one of three senior resource faculty for the Teaching for Tomorrow Awards Program.

... to Tamara Moore on receiving a 2016 Purdue Faculty Engagement Scholar Award.

... to Dina Verdin on being awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, First in the Family: Fostering First-Generation College Students' Critical Engineering Agency through their Social and Cultural Funds of Knowledge.

News and Information: 04/04/2016

Staff-inspired Transformation - Reminder

As the College of Engineering has expanded over the past few years, one important goal was to not only grow but also to transform. Many staff members have been active participants in discussions on transformation. The Dean and the whole College Leadership Team are eager to have staff members as full participants in the transformation process. Staff insights and efforts can make our operations and services more efficient, transparent, and inclusive.

Accordingly, all staff are encouraged to be part of this transformation process by submitting ideas on how we can improve one or more of our operations or services. The list of ideas will be consolidated, and each staff member will then be able to join a team to create a proposal to implement the idea. Finally, teams will be invited to present their proposals to a group of staff and faculty who will recommend the proposals to be implemented.

Staff members are invited to propose ideas for changes staff members can implement (with the support of their supervisors and resources, as needed, from the College).  The changes should lead to the College having one or more of the characteristics identified as being important to our future success.  Some of these characteristics were identified in a survey administered last year.  They include: striving for excellence and being creative, dynamic, transparent, inclusive, innovative, open to change, collaborative, and efficient.  Ideas can be big or small; resources for teams will be available as they create their proposals for presentation.

A webpage has been created to give an overview of the process.

Campus Construction

Starting the week of April 4, Russell Street will be restricted to one lane (the center lane) between Third and Fourth Streets due to construction work for Honors College and Residences and Bechtel Innovation Design Center. This restriction is expected to remain in place into the summer. Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes and should exercise caution in the area.

Calendar: 04/04/2016

Spring 2016 

  • April 4: ENE Primary Committee (Associate cases), 2:00-5:00pm, WANG 3501
  • April 7: ENE Research Seminar, 3:30-4:30pm, ARMS BO71 (Weekly)
  • April 8: ENE Friday Noon-Thirty Lunch, 12:30-1:30 pm, WANG Kitchen
  • April 11/12: ENE Industrial Advisory Council  
  • April 14: Faculty Career Colloquium (Dr. Radcliffe), 3:30-4:20pm, ARMS BO71
  • April 15: ENE Friday Noon-Thirty Lunch, 12:30-1:30 pm, WANG Kitchen
  • April 20: ENE Outstanding Alumni Awards  
  • April 21: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • April 22: ENE Friday Noon-Thirty Lunch, 12:30-1:30 pm, WANG Kitchen
  • April 27: Purdue Day of Giving
  • April 29: ENE Friday Noon-Thirty Lunch, 12:30-1:30 pm, WANG Kitchen
  • April 30: Classes end
  • May 5: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • May 10: Grades Due
  • May 11/12: ENE Strategic Advance
  • May 13: Engineering Commencement, 8pm, Elliot Hall of Music
  • May 25: Spring Fling, 11:30am-4pm, Memorial Mall 

Summer 2016

  • June 26-29: ASEE 2016, New Orleans
  • Aug 13-15: 3rd P-12 Engineering and Design Education Research Summit, Chicago

Fall 2016

  • Aug 14: End-of-Summer Potluck, 5-8pm, Happy Hollow Park
  • Aug 15: Faculty return  
  • Aug 17: ENE Advance (TBD)
  • Aug 22: Classes begin

Funding Opportunities: 04/04/2016

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Developing New Data to Illuminate Science and Innovation Policy NSF’s Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) Program seeks to encourage projects that develop data resources to support research that advances the scientific basis of science and innovation policy. The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter is to invite EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals for projects that use, augment, improve or create data on the U.S. science and innovation enterprise. Deadline: June 9

NSF Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE) In FY16, aligned with NSF-wide INCLUDES, BPE is interested in funding projects that bring together multiple groups (e.g., school districts, community colleges, engineering schools, industry, philanthropy, government, etc.) and offer the greatest return on investment by producing outcomes that are scalable, sustainable, and applicable to various contexts, settings, and demographics within the engineering enterprise. Deadline: June 16

NSF Structural and Architectural Engineering and Materials (SAEM) The overall goal of the SAEM program is to enable sustainable buildings and other structures that can be continuously occupied and/or operated during the structure’s useful life. The SAEM program supports fundamental research for advancing knowledge and innovation in structural and architectural engineering and materials that promotes a holistic approach to analysis and design, construction, operation, maintenance, retrofit, and repair of structures. Deadline: September 15

NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grant (Parent T35) The NIH will award NRSA Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grants to develop and/or enhance research training opportunities for predoctoral students interested in careers in biomedical, behavioral or clinical research. Many NIH Institutes and Centers use this NRSA program exclusively to support intensive, short-term research training experiences for health professional students (medical students, veterinary students, and/or students in other health-professional programs) during the summer.  This program is also intended to encourage training of graduate students in the physical or quantitative sciences to pursue research careers by short-term exposure to, and involvement in, the health-related sciences. The training should be of sufficient depth to enable the trainees, upon completion of the program, to have a thorough exposure to the principles underlying the conduct of biomedical research. Deadline: May 25

HHS-AHRQ Announces Interest in Research that Uses Shared Decision Making as a Tool to Improve the Quality of Care for Low Income and Racial and Ethnic Minority Patients This Special Emphasis Notice informs the research community that AHRQ intends to support research on  models of shared decision making (SDM) that are tailored  to the needs of low income and racial and ethnic minority patients.  While models of SDM in the general population are available, models of SDM for racial and ethnic minority populations are lacking. AHRQ welcomes proposals related to this topic under their standing R01, R03, and R18 programs.

HHS-ORI Announcement of the Availability of Funds for Phase I Research on Research Integrity  This notice solicits applications for projects to conduct innovative research related to the prevention of research misconduct, protection of whistleblowers, and the furtherance of research integrity in this country and internationally.  The objective for Phase I is to establish project merit and feasibility and to generate preliminary data.  Deadline: April 15

DOD-DARPA Next Generation Social Science (NGS2) DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals to build a new capability (methods, models, tools, and a community of researchers) to perform rigorous, reproducible experimental research at scales necessary to understand emergent properties of human social systems. DARPA anticipates that the NGS2 program may require a fundamental reimagining of the social science research cycle and encourages participation from a wide and diverse combination of disciplines and skill sets – to include social sciences, but also physics, computer science, biology, game design, mathematics, and others. Deadline: May 18

USDA-NIFA Rural Health and Safety Education Grants Program  NIFA requests applications for the Rural Health and Safety Education (RHSE) Competitive Grant Program for FY16 to address the needs of rural Americans by providing individual and family health education programs. The RHSE program supports quality of life in rural communities across the United States by addressing the relationship between rural prosperity and rural health and safety in the context of food, agriculture, natural resources and human sciences. Deadline: June 1

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.

Limited Submission: HHS-HRSA FY16 International AIDS Education and Training Center The purpose of this program is to provide new approaches to effective and efficient HIV service delivery; strengthen evidence-based comprehensive prevention approaches targeting key populations; and improve diagnosis, linkage, treatment, retention and viral suppression through training, consultation, and technical assistance to countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and other countries with significant or increasing HIV and other infectious disease incidence rates. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application.

Limited Submission: HHS-HRSA Maternal and Child Health Measurement Research Network (MCH-MRN) The MCH-MRN will provide national leadership in enhancing and developing a set of culturally competent health measures for: MCH programmatic planning, screening, service provision, interventions that promote physical and psychosocial health and well-being, and clinical decision-making for primary and secondary prevention of disease, injury, and behavioral issues among at-risk mothers, children (including children with special healthcare needs), adolescents, and families. The MCH-MRN will specifically address health measurement research for at-risk mothers, children (including children with special health care needs), adolescents, and families, with a focus on programmatic applications. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application.

Limited Submission: DOJ-NIC Veterans Trauma Informed Training The goal of this cooperative agreement will be to develop curriculum for a training program to train local jurisdictions on the responsivity issues of veterans and core skills training for those staff that supervise, conduct case management/case planning activities for justice-involved veterans. The successful applicant must be an expert in curriculum design who will work with a subject matter expert(s) identified by NIC on military culture, service-related trauma, and the difficulties for military service members transitioning from military to civilian life. The successful applicant will also work with an expert identified by NIC in core skills training, peer-to-peer training and technical assistance in local jurisdictions.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application.


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