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ENE Memo: August 26, 2013

From the Head: 8/26

Power of Vulnerability

Over recent times I have been intrigued by the research of Brene Brown, from the University of Houston, on vulnerability. Her "coming out" TED talk went viral. More recently she has spoken on "scarcity" and shame.  Her research has been encapsulated in her book, Daring Greatly.

This book provided the inspiration for the lens through which I am viewing the coming year and indeed the second decade of ENE. It is not another ten-point self-help manual but an evidence-based exploration of being honest with ourselves and being ourselves in the world. Being vulnerable is about dropping our masks and stepping out from behind our protective shields as a basis for building trust in our workplaces and our family life. Brene Brown has her detractors, and she has become something of a one-person industry, but I find her insights quite penetrating. With chapter titles including "Mind the gap: cultivating change and closing the disengagement divide" and "Disruptive engagement: daring to re-humanize education and work," her research has much to say about transformational change in relation to our aspirational values as espoused in the ENE Strategic Plan. The following truncated extracts give a sense of the issues:

"Disengagement is the issue underlying the majority of problems ... in families. schools, communities and organizations and it takes many forms... we disengage to protect ourselves from vulnerability, shame and feeling lost and without purpose. .. the space between our practiced values (what we're actually doing, thinking and feeling) and our aspirational values (what we want to do, think and feel) is the value gap or...the "disengagement divide."

 "A daring greatly culture is a culture of honest, constructive and engaged feedback. ..Without feedback there is no transformational change  ..vulnerability is at the heart of the feedback process." 

Other quotes from the book can be found at the TED blog

You may also find the Daring Greatly Leadership Manifest and Engaged Feedback Checklist interesting and maybe challenging. 

It seems that, somewhat paradoxically, being vulnerable may be a powerfully effective strategy for navigating in a work environment during times of uncertainty and change!


Calendar: 8/26

Fall 2013

  • Aug 28: Meeting of ENE faculty and staff involved with FYE with the Foundations of Excellent team, ARMS BO98 B Innovation Studio 9:30-11:30am
  • Sept 4: Faculty Meeting, ARMS 1021 9:30-10:20am
  • Sept 4: Assistant Professors meet with head, ARMS 1314 10:30-11:20am
  • Sept 5: First Round Pitch Day, Preeminent Teams 
  • Sep 25: Faculty meet to discuss Mentoring Philosophy, ARMS 1021, 9:30-11:30am 
  • Sept 28: Homecoming & Family Weekend Celebrating 60 Years of FYE at Purdue
  • Oct 2: Faculty Meeting, ARMS 1021 9:30-10:20am
  • Oct 2: Associate Professor meet with Head, ARMS 1314, 10:30-11:20am
  • Oct 7-8: Fall Break
  • Oct 18: Staff Meeting, 8:30-9:20am
  • Oct 20-22: ABET Site Visit
  • Oct 21-25: Green Week at Purdue (Think! No Impact)
  • Oct 30:  Faculty Meeting, ARMS 1021 9:30-10:20am
  • Nov 8: Engineering Education Industrial Advisory Council (E2IAC) 
  • Nov 9: ENE Friends at the Football
  • Nov 13: Faculty Discussion: FYE Research, ARMS BO98B Innovation Studio 9:30-12:30 
  • Nov 14: Interdisciplinary Engineering Colloquium Celebrating 50 Years of Interdisciplinary Scholarship in Engineering Education at Purdue
  • Nov 20: Advisor-PhD Student matching, ARMS BO98B Innovation Studio 9:30-12:30 
  • Nov 28-29: Thanksgiving
  • Dec 4: Faculty Meeting, ARMS 1021 9:30-10:20am

Spring 2014

  • Feb 19: ENE Outstanding Alumni Awards Celebrating 45 Years of  Interdisciplinary Engineering Education
  • April 9: ENE Turns 10: Celebrating a Decade of ENE / Open House and Research Exhibition

Summer 2014

  • June 14: ENE Alums & Friends Reception, Indianapolis Interdisciplinary Engineering Education
  • June 15-18: ASEE Conference, Indianapolis Engineering Education Futures

Kudos: 8/26 Sadia Nawaz (PhD student), Muhammad Usman, and Johannes Strobel on a new publication: (2013) An Analysis of the Influence of the International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education on Electrical Engineering and Electrical Engineering Education. International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education (IJEEE) ("Gold” edition: 50 years anniversary), 50, 3, 316-340. DeLean Tolbert (PhD student) and Shanna Daly (PhD alumna) on a new publication: (201X) First-Year Engineering Student Perceptions of Creative Opportunities in Design. International Journal of Engineering Education (IJEE), 29, 4, 879-890. Alejandra Magana (PhD alumna and assistant professor in the College of Technology) on receiving the NSF grant Computational Worked Examples for Scaffolding Student Representational Fluency and the Purdue Category I Incentive Grant Learning Quantum Mechanics through Modeling-Based Instruction: Advancing STEM Education across Scale and Disciplines.

News and Information: 8/26

Librarian-in-Residence Office Hours

Amy Van Epps, an ENE PhD student and engineering librarian with Purdue Libraries, is our “librarian in residence.” During the fall semester, she’ll be in ARMS 1314 on Thursday afternoons from 1-3 pm as a resource for ENE faculty, students, and staff.

Librarians’ roles are changing and expanding into areas with which many people don’t expect the library to be involved, including data services, such as data management plan consultations and the Purdue Research Repository (PURR) ( Amy can help with these subjects as well as more traditional ones, including navigating the Libraries’ process for depositing published materials in the Purdue ePubs collection, which is our local open-access institutional repository (

She still does all the ‘regular’ stuff too, such as help with…

    Citation management programs
    Assessing fair use for materials
    Understanding open access and author rights
    Finding Impact factors for journals and calculating H-index
    Speaking with a class on literature research techniques, resources available

... and much more. Be sure to take advantage of Amy's valuable (and greatly appreciated) service and expertise.

Funding Opportunities: 8/26

Selected Funding Opportunities

Internal Coordination: Beckman Young Investigators Program  This program provides grants for young, tenure-track faculty in the chemical and life sciences “particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.”  Although this program is not a limited submission, applications do require the signature of both the dean and the president or provost. The Office of the Vice President for Research is assisting the Offices of the President and Provost by reviewing the submissions, editing as needed, and then securing the president’s/provost’s signature on the letter of intent form.  See the attached instructions for more details on this process.  Internal deadline: September 16

NSF Dear Colleague Letter – US Ignite: Seeking Next-Generation Public Sector Applications for Ultra-Fast, Programmable Networks NSF intends to accept additional EAGER proposals or requests for supplemental funding that extend existing CISE projects to include demonstrations with direct relevance to the US Ignite initiative. NSF is currently emphasizing the development of public sector gigabit applications in areas of national priority: advanced manufacturing, clean energy and transportation, cyber learning, health IT, and public safety/emergency preparedness. The expectation is that applications supported under this DCL would showcase new, near-term possibilities for gigabit networks in support of these priority areas.

NSF Innovation Corps Teams Program (I-Corps Teams)  The program’s purpose is to identify NSF-funded researchers who will receive additional support - in the form of mentoring and funding - to accelerate innovation that can attract subsequent third-party funding. The purpose of the grant is to give the project team access to resources to help determine the readiness to transition technology developed by NSF-funded projects. The outcomes of I-Corps Teams projects will be threefold: 1) a clear go or no go decision regarding viability, 2) a transition plan for those projects that will move forward, and 3) a technology demonstration for potential partners.  Deadline: September 16

NIH Audacious Goals Initiative High Priority Research Area: Intersection of Aging and Biological Mechanisms of Eye Disease (R01)  The purpose of this FOA is to encourage submission of innovative projects directed to exploring this area through:  1) understanding how the biology of aging contributes to disease; 2) evaluating how the failure of homeostatic processes causes or allows the transition from aging to early disease; 3) defining the biological staging of disease to understand pathophysiology, identify biomarkers, and explore therapy; and 4) distinguishing normal ocular changes associated with aging from pathophysiologic changes. Deadline: February 5

NIH Development of Mathematical Cognition and Reasoning and the Prevention of Math Learning Disabilities (R01)  This FOA is intended to stimulate innovative, multidisciplinary research on the cognitive, neuroplasticity, genetic and environmental factors involved in math learning and learning disabilities. This research will advance our knowledge of the factors that contribute to the development, advancement, and impairment of mathematical cognition, including the ability to apprehend and reason about magnitude, number, temporal and spatial relationships, and concomitantly provide the evidence base to inform the design of effective interventions for the remediation and/or prevention of mathematical learning disabilities.  Deadline: October 5

DOD FY14 Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI)  The MURI program supports basic research in science and engineering at U.S. universities.  The program is focused on multidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional discipline interacts to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD.  It includes all scientific study and experimentation directed toward increasing fundamental knowledge and understanding in those fields of the physical, engineering, environmental, and life sciences related to long-term national security needs.  White papers due October 15; Full proposals due December 16

DOD-DARPA Microsystems Technology Office-Wide BAA This announcement seeks revolutionary research ideas for topics not being addressed by ongoing MTO programs or other published BAA solicitations. This BAA is primarily, but not solely, intended for early stage research that may lead to larger, focused, MTO programs in the future.  White papers and proposals accepted on a rolling basis until September 1, 2014

DOD-AFRL Science and Technology for Warfighter Training and Aiding BAA  The objective of this BAA is to research, demonstrate, evaluate, and transition human performance methods and technology to enable warfighters to have the right skills, knowledge, experience and capabilities at the right time to make the right decisions.  This objective shall be met through the following three science and technology areas: Cognitive Modeling, Immersive Environments, and Continuous Learning.   White papers accepted until September 30, 2014.

NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI)  NASA anticipates making launch opportunities for a limited number of CubeSats available on launches currently planned for 2014-17. To participate in the CSLI program, CubeSat investigations should be consistent with NASA's Strategic Plan and the Education Strategic Coordination Framework. The research should address aspects of science, exploration, technology development, education or operations.  Deadline: November 26

NEA FY14 Research: Art Works  The NEA will make awards to support research that investigates the value and/or impact of the arts, either as individual components within the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other and/or with other domains of American life.  Priority will be given to applications that present theory-driven research questions and methodologies that will yield important information about the value and/or impact of the arts.  Deadline: November 5

EPA National Pesticide Information Center The intent of the NPIC program is to respond to inquiries regarding pesticide related issues such as pesticide product usage, pest identification, health effects, and enforcement contacts. As a secondary activity, the program will also provide a route for veterinarians, clinicians, state environmental, agricultural and public health offices, consumers, parents, researchers and members of the public to report suspected pesticide incidents to a national database.  Deadline: September 30

DOC-NOAA-NWS Collaborative Science, Technology, and Applied Research (CSTAR) Program The CSTAR Program represents an NOAA/NWS effort to create a cost-effective transition from basic and applied research to operations and services through collaborative research between operational forecasters and academic institutions which have expertise in the environmental sciences. The objective of the program is to improve the overall forecast and warning capabilities by addressing the following themes: Warn on Forecast for High Impact Events, Next Generation Forecast System, Integrated Observing and Analysis System, Decision Support Information Systems, and Integrating Social Science into Weather and Water Research and Operations. Deadline: October 31

DOC-NOAA FY14 Marine Sensor and Other Advanced Observing Technologies Transition Project The program intends to advance new or existing marine sensors and other observing technologies that address long standing and emerging coastal observing challenges. The projects will be focused on those sensors and other observing technologies for which there are demonstrated operational end-users who commit to integrated, long term use of those technologies and open data sharing.  Letters of Intent due November 1; Invited proposals due February 21

DOC-NOAA Climate Program Office for FY14  The nine competitions covered by this announcement are as follows: 1) COM - Data Sets and Indicators; 2) COM - Paleoclimate Proxy/Multi-proxy Reconstructions and Analyses; 3) ESS – Climate Variability and Predictability (CVP): Improved Understanding of Tropical Pacific Processes, Biases, and Climatology; 4) ESS - Atmospheric Chemistry, Carbon Cycle, and Climate: Observational Constraints on Sources and Sinks of Aerosols and Greenhouse Gases; 5) MAPP – Research to Advance Understanding, Monitoring, and Prediction of Drought; 6) MAPP – Climate Test Bed: Research to Advance NOAA's Operational Systems for Climate Prediction; 7) CSI- SARP: Climate Extreme Event Preparedness, Planning, and Adaptation; 8) CSI- SARP: Coping with Drought Initiative in support of the National Integrated Drought Information System; and 9) CSI- COCA: Ecosystem Services for a Resilient Coast. Letters of Intent due September 10; Full proposals due November 14

Ceres Trust Organic Research Initiative Priorities of the Ceres Trust are basic and applied research on: 1) soil microbial life; 2) systems that build and maintain high-quality soil tilth and maximize the recycling of nutrients; 3) system-wide water conservation; and 4) other factors that enhance the ability of organic growers to evaluate and improve soil health, choose input strategies that match crop needs while reducing nutrient losses, and choose fertility strategies that manage microbial communities and nutrients effectively.  Deadline: September 25

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.

Limited Submission: NIH Bridges to Baccalaureate Program (R25)  This announcement encourages applications that propose research education programs intended to enhance the pool of community college students from diverse backgrounds nationally underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences who go on to research careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, and will be available to participate in NIH-funded research. Key strategies are to increase transfer and increase retention to BA/BS graduation in biomedical and behavioral sciences. This initiative promotes partnerships/consortia between community colleges or other two-year post-secondary educational institutions granting the associate degree with colleges or universities that offer the baccalaureate degree. For this opportunity, Purdue is limited to one application.

  • Internal deadline: Contact by September 9
  • Sponsor deadline: October 18

Limited Submission:  NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5)  This program supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or clinical residency, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period.  At the time of application, the individual either:  1) within the preceding twelve months must have received a terminal doctoral degree or completed medical residency or 2) within the following twelve months must complete all the requirements for a doctoral degree or complete a medical residency. For this competition, Purdue is limited to two applications. 

Internal deadlines:

  • Monday, September 9 – Letters of Intent due to the OVPR.
  • Monday, September 30 – Preproposals due to the OVPR.
  • Thursday, October 3 – Rankings due to the OVPR.

Sponsor deadlines:  December 31 – LOI;  January 31 – Application.

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.  UDO lists funding opportunities here.


NSF Grants Conference  The first National Science Foundation Grants Conference of fiscal year 2014, will be hosted by Colorado State University on October 21-22.  See the link for details and registration.

NIH Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for “Cancer Detection, Diagnostic and Treatment Technologies for Global Health (UH2/UH3)


DOE Request for Information: Manufacturing Renewable Carbon Fibers  The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback to assist DOE with the development of a strategic program in renewable carbon fibers and possibly issue a FOA.  Response due September 6

As always, we appreciate your sharing this information with your faculty.  Please contact Sue Grimes (, Kristyn Jewell (, or Perry Kirkham ( with any questions.

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