ENE Memo: August 10, 2015
From the Head: 8/10
Vale Paul Birkhimer
Last week we lost a dear colleague and highly valued community member, Paul Birkhimer. Paul succumbed to cancer after a valiant fight over the past two months.
Paul was a gentle man in every sense of the word. Ever upbeat and easy going, he loved advising our first-year students. A true team player, Paul was always willing to lend a helping hand where it was needed. As schedule deputy he assisted ENE at large in helping us find places to hold all our classes, graduate and undergraduate. His broad smile and cheery personality were infectious. We were all blessed to have known and worked with Paul.
We cannot imagine the impact of his unexpected illness and sudden passing on his wife Suzy and his sons Nick and Jack. To quote Paul, "Cancer Sucks".
Paul and his family were extraordinarily courageous in how they faced his cancer diagnosis. They were very open about it all from the outset. Paul helped all of us by creating the Coolbeans support network. We know that our weekly photos of the team taken around campus in our purple Coolbeans t-shirts were a source of strength for him and his family as they faced a very uncertain time. Thank you to all who participated over the past few weeks.
Paul's untimely passing is a reminder to us that life is precious. Life is fragile and unpredictable. As we approach this new academic year and remember the many ways that Paul enriched our working lives, we would do well to reflect on the things that really matter.
In memory of Paul; Go Steelers!
- Aug 15: ENE End-of-Summer Potluck, Happy Hollow Park, Shelter #1, 5-9pm
- Aug 19: ENE Faculty Advance (incl. visit by Provost) , WANG 3501, 9:00am-3:30pm
- Aug 24: Classes commence
- Aug 27: ENE Research Seminar ARMS BO71 3:30pm (Weekly)
- Aug 28: ENE Staff Meeting, 8:30-9:30, TBD
- Sept 2: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-10:30am, WANG 3501
- Sept 2: Assistant Professor meet with Head, 10:30-11:30am, WANG 3501
- Sept 7: Labor Day
- Sept 9: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:30am, WANG 3501
- Sept 16: ENE Advance Follow-Up, 9:30-11:30am, WANG 3501
- Sept 19: Family Day
- Sept 30: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-10:30am, WANG 3501
- Sept 30: Associate Professors meet with Head, 10:30-11:30, WANG 3501
- Oct 4/5: Big Ten + Grad Expo
- Oct 12/13: Fall Break
- Oct 16: ENE Staff Meeting, 8:30-9:30am, TBD
- Oct 28: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:30am, WANG 3501
- Oct 28/29: ENE Grad Program Open House
- Nov 4: ENE Advance Follow-Up, 9:30-11:30, WANG 3501
- Nov 7: Homecoming
- Nov 13: ENE Industrial Advisory Council, 8:00am-3pm, WANG 3501
- Nov 18: Faculty-PhD Student Matching, 9:30-11:30, WANG 3501
- Nov 26/27: Thanksgiving
- Dec 2: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:30am, WANG 3501
News and Information: 8/10
2nd Annual ENE End-of-Summer Potluck
Everyone associated with ENE is invited, including families (although the park asks you please leave dogs at home). This includes advisors, all staff, undergrads who work for ENE, grad students old and new, research staff and postdocs, courtesy and regular faculty, and anyone else who feels affiliated! (It seemed to be a mostly grad student and faculty affair last time, and I would like us to be more open and welcoming this time. If you didn’t come last year, we hope you consider coming this year!) Photos from last year are posted here:
This year, we will be gathering in Shelter #1 (next to the playground) on August 15, 2015 in Happy Hollow Park, rain or shine, starting at 5 pm, and going until dusk or everyone has left, whichever comes first. It will be potluck, so please bring a dish to share.
Last time, it helped for people to sign up if they were coming to help everyone figure out how much food to bring. Can you please sign up to tell us what you plan to bring? Here's the link:
We also need help with grilling, if that is your forte - if you grill, that can be your potluck contribution! Sign up on the spreadsheet.
Here's how to find Happy Hollow Park:
Please note that there is no alcohol allowed in the park - sorry to those folks who will be disappointed by this.
Reminder - Preeminent Team Competition Proposals due Aug 28
The final College of Engineering Preeminent Teams competition will take place this fall.
In each of the past two years, four teams have been selected for investments of faculty lines, resources, and space (2013 winners; 2014 winners). As we enter the final years of the five-year plan to expand Engineering, it is expected that fewer teams will be selected in the 2015 competition than in previous years.
The deadline for registering your team to pitch is Friday, August 28, 2015. This year’s Round 1 pitches will take place on Thursday, September 10, 2015; Round 2 will take place on Wednesday, October 7, 2015. Pitches will be open to the Purdue Engineering public, so plan to come, pitch, participate, and learn.
Details about registering your team, criteria, guidelines, and FAQs for pitches are on the Preeminent Teams intranet site.
We can include a discussion of prospective Preeminent Team proposals at the ENE Faculty Advance on August 19.
... to Lynn Hegewald of the Instructional Support Team on completion of her M.S. in Education on Learning Design and Technology. Congratulations Lynn!
Funding Opportunities: 8/10
Selected Funding Opportunities:
NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) The AISL program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; and advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments. The AISL program supports seven types of projects: (1) Collaborative Planning, (2) Exploratory Pathways, (3) Research in Service to Practice, (4) Innovations in Development, (5) Broad Implementation, (6) Conferences, and (7) Informal STEM Learning Resource Center (FY16 only). Deadline: November 4