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ENE Memo: December 14, 2015

From the Head: 12/14/2015

Seven Principles of Learning

As we enter finals week and prepare to celebrate commencement this weekend, it is helpful to reflect on the nature of teaching and learning; the reason we are all here. Back in the mid-1990s the former Institute for Research on Learning in Palo Alto assembled the following list of seven principles of learning. They are worth repeating. 

  1. Learning is fundamentally social
  2. Knowledge is integrated in the life of communities
  3. Learning is an act of membership
  4. Knowing depends on engagement in practice
  5. Engagement is inseparable from empowerment
  6. "Failure" to learn is the result of exclusion from participation
  7. We already have a society of lifelong learners

Kudos: 12/14/2015

... to Trina Fletcher on successfully passing her Preliminary Exam for her dissertation proposal entitled: "Instructor Perceptions’ of Professional Development Experiences within an Out-of-School STEM Program." 

News and Information: 12/14/2015

Emergency Preparedness

Faculty and staff are reminded that information about Purdue emergency preparedness, including the Purdue Alert warning notification system, shelter in place procedures and building emergency plans, is available at

Several other resources are available on the emergency preparedness website:

  • "Run, Hide, Fight," a video providing critical options for consideration to survive an active shooter event.
  • "Shots Fired on Campus: When Lightning Strikes," a video providing active shooter awareness training.
  • "Campus Safety with Purdue Pete," YouTube videos featuring pedestrian safety, property security, fire safety, Purdue's Safe Walk program and alcohol awareness among other safety areas.
  • Extreme weather tips.

To register for the facilitated sessions held at the Purdue Police Department Conference Room (Terry Building), go to the Emergency Preparedness website.

The one-hour All-Hazards Awareness Training sessions are designed to help people know how to react in potentially dangerous events that threaten campus safety.

For more information, contact Carol Shelby, senior director of environmental health and public safety, at 765-494-7504 or

IRB in the Internet Age

The Purdue Human Research Protection Program (known as the IRB) announces that beginning January 4, 2016 all requests for and exempt determination or an expedited or full committee IRB review needs to be submitted online through our Coeus-Lite grant submission system, the url is:

No paper nor email submissions will be accepted starting on January 4.

You will need to log in with your career account credentials. Expedited and Full committee protocols are required to upload a narrative file, in addition to filling out the on-line questionnaire.  General questions about the on-line process should be directed to  .  Technical questions need to use the help function within the Coeus environment.  Also please visit the IRB website ( ) where additional information will be posted.

Any specific feedback should be sent to

Calendar: 12/14/2015

Fall 2015

  • Dec 16: Farewell for Monica Cox, 2:00-3:00pm, ARMS BO98-1 (Demonstration Studio) 
  • Dec 20: Commencement, 9:30am, Elliot Hall of Music
  • Dec 22: Grades Due
  • Dec 24-Jan 3, Purdue Recess

Spring 2016 

  • Jan 4: Faculty return
  • Jan 11: Classes begin
  • Jan 15: Staff Meeting, 8:30-9:30 am, WANG 3501
  • Jan 18: Martin Luther King Day
  • Jan 21: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • Jan 28: Assistant Professors meet with Head, 9:30-10:30 am, WANG 3501
  • Feb 4: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • Feb 11: Associate Professors meet with Head, 9:30-10:30 am, WANG 3501
  • Feb 18: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • Feb 25: Faculty Meeting 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • March 10: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • March 14/19: Spring Break
  • March 25: Staff Meeting, 8:30-9:30am, Wang 3501  
  • March 31: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • April 11/12: ENE Industrial Advisory Council  
  • April 14: Faculty Career Colloquium (Dr. Radcliffe), 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 20: ENE Outstanding Alumni Awards (note change of date)
  • April 21: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • 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

Summer 2016

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

Funding Opportunities: 12/14/2015

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF GEO Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity (GOLD): An Ideas Lab Activity This solicitation describes an Ideas Lab on “GEO Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity.” Ideas Labs are intensive workshops focused on finding innovative solutions to grand challenge problems. The ultimate aim of this Ideas Lab, organized by the NSF Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), is to facilitate the design, pilot implementation, and evaluation of innovative professional development curricula that can unleash the potential of geoscientists with interests in broadening participation to become impactful leaders within the community.  Preliminary proposal due February 1; Full proposal due June 2.

NSF Algorithms in the Field (AitF) AitF encourages closer collaboration between two groups of researchers: (i) theoretical computer science researchers, who focus on the design and analysis of provably efficient and provably accurate algorithms for various computational models; and (ii) other computing and information researchers including a combination of systems and domain who focus on the particular design constraints of applications and/or computing devices. Each proposal must have at least one co-PI interested in theoretical computer science and one interested in any of the other areas typically supported by CISE. Deadline: March 3

NSF Earthcube: Developing a Community-Driven Data and Knowledge Environment for the Geosciences  EarthCube aims to create a well-connected and facile environment to share data and knowledge in an open, transparent, and inclusive manner, thus accelerating our ability to understand and predict the Earth system. The objective of Amendment V is to solicit proposals in three focus areas to further advance EarthCube 1) EarthCube Prototypes, 2) EarthCube Capabilities and 3) EarthCube Research Coordination Networks (RCNs).  Deadlines vary by focus area.

DOS U.S. Mission Mexico Annual Program Statement This initiative was developed to provide support for projects proposed by Mexican or U.S. Non-Governmental Organizations and cultural/educational organizations that aim to support shared policy priorities between the U.S. and Mexico. The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Mission in Mexico is particularly interested in projects that support academic mobility between our two countries; the development of civil society; the empowerment of youth in realizing their potential through education, innovation, and entrepreneurship; the democratic ideals of freedom of expression, freedom of the press, and intellectual freedom; teaching of the English language; empowerment and security of women and girls; and in general promoting greater exchange between Mexico and the U.S. The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Mission in Mexico is looking for innovative and sustainable proposals with outstanding educational and exchange merit. Deadline: February 29

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Systems for Action (S4A): Systems and Services Research to Build a Culture of Health  This program aims to produce, synthesize and translate new knowledge about ways of aligning the delivery and financing systems that support a Culture of Health. Studies funded through the Systems for Action CFP will use rigorous research designs that go beyond descriptive and exploratory investigations to support causal inferences about the implementation and impact of strategies to align the multiple delivery and financing systems supporting a Culture of Health. Letter of Intent due January 12; Invited proposals due March 11.

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.

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