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ENE Memo: December 22, 2014

From the Head: 12/22

Tuva or Bust!

Richard Feynman, Nobel Laureate in physics, bongo player and sometime Tuvan scholar, observed that "the whole idea is to have adventure .... it is not to ride on the freeway and stop at the Holiday Inn!"  This quote comes from a quirky Nova program broadcast in 1988, the Last Journey of a Genius. It is about not taking yourself too seriously (even if your work is serious). It is about being endlessly curious and having fun exploring the world to discover new things. This story of academic life impacted me deeply when I first watched it 25 years ago. It still speaks to me today, so I thought I would share it. Maybe it is the West Coast vibe that appeals.

Remember that this all took place in a time before the Internet changed forever the way we search for information. Back then, gratification was delayed due to the random latency of snail mail and the obstacles in getting your hands on hard-to-locate books.

I hope you enjoy Ralph and Richard's excellent adventure trying to reach Tannu Tuva. It is a journey with many twists and turns and a poignant ending.

Happy holiday viewing.


Calendar: 12/22

Spring 2015

  • Jan. 5: Faculty return
  • Jan. 12: Classes commence
  • Jan 15: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm   
  • Jan 16: Staff Meeting, ARMS 1028, 8:30-9:30am   
  • Jan. 19: Martin Luther King Day
  • Jan. 21: Faculty Meeting, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am
  • Jan 22: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm 
  • Jan. 28: Assistant Professors meet with Head, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am
  • Jan 29: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm 
  • Feb. 4: Faculty Meeting, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am
  • Feb. 9-10: Move to Wang Hall
  • Feb. 11: Associate Professors meet with Head, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am
  • Feb. 18: Faculty Meeting, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • Feb 19: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm 
  • Feb. 25: Faculty Meeting, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • Feb. 25: ENE Outstanding Alumni Awards Dinner, PMU, 6pm
  • March 4: Graduate Students meet Head, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • Mar 5: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm 
  • March 11: Faculty Meeting, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • Mar 12: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • March 16-20: Spring Break
  • Mar 26: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • March 27: Staff Meeting, ARMS 1028, 9:30-11:20am
  • April 1: Faculty Meeting, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • April 8-14: Research WeekCelebrating the ENE Research Facility in Wang Hall
  • April 9: College of Engineering Advisory Council dinner, Wang Hall, TBD
  • April 13/14:ENE Industrial Advisory Council meeting, Wang Hall, 8am-3:30pm   
  • April 10: College of Engineering Faculty Awards of Excellence Dinner, TBD  
  • April 16: ENE GSA Town Hall, B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 22: Faculty Meeting, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • April 23: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 30: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • May 1: ENE Best Teacher and McDowell Best Advisor Awards 2015, ARMS 1300, 11am  
  • May 1: Classes End
  • May 6: Faculty Meeting, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • May 13-14: ENE Strategic Advance, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • May 16: ENE Graduation Celebration, Wang Hall, 11am (Commencement, Elliot Hall, 2pm)

News and Information: 12/22

History Made

During the December 2014 Commencement, Dr. Monica Cox became the first Black woman engineering faculty member to hood a Black woman engineering Ph.D. graduate, Jeremi London, at Purdue University.

Events Spring 2015: Please note

The major events for Spring 2015, including faculty and staff meetings, are published in the Calendar section of the Memo today.

Please mark your Outlook calendars as appropriate.

Call for Nominations: 2015 Eleanor O. Kaplan Award

Do you know an outstanding staff member in the Business Management organization who deserves recognition?  If so, please take a few minutes to nominate that person for the Eleanor Kaplan Award for Exceptional Customer Service! More information is HERE.

Kudos: 12/22

... to our December graduates: Xingyu Chen, Farrah Fayyaz, Jeremi London, Jacqueline McNeil, Marisol Mercado Santiago, Oguz Hanoglu, Zachary Hart, Andrew King, Paul Rolley, and Rahul Sarma. Congratulations!

Engineering Education PhD group shot

MDE studentd discussing during the graduation ceremony

Cake at the ceremony

... to Michele Strutz on receiving the "Best Teacher Award" for 2013 and 2014.

Michele Strutz and her two new awards

Funding Opportunities: 12/22

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Integrative Paleoanthropology Grants (IPG) The goal of the competition is to further innovative, integrative research to elucidate hominin biological and behavioral evolution. The particular focus is on long term processes within hominin evolution and how they relate to major questions of paleoanthropological significance. While the intellectual scope of the competition is thus constrained, the potential methodologies and disciplines are not. Fields such as (but not limited to) cognitive science, genetics, and spatial or mathematical modeling may be directly relevant to such an endeavor. Deadline: April

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: U.S.-South Korea Collaborative Research in Advanced Manufacturing The NSF Engineering Directorate and the National Research Foundation of Korea Division of Engineering are partnering to encourage joint research by U.S. — Korean teams collaborating on fundamental research in advanced manufacturing in the following areas:

  1. Robotics for manufacturing,
  2. Materials Processing,
  3. Manufacturing Mathematics and Smart Manufacturing,
  4. Micro/nano Manufacturing, and
  5. Additive Manufacturing.

Deadline: February 1

NIH Academic-Industrial Partnerships for Translation of Technologies for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment (R01) This FOA encourages applications from research partnerships formed by academic and industrial investigators, to accelerate the translation of technologies, methods, assays or devices, and/or systems for preclinical or clinical molecular diagnosis or in vitro imaging that are designed to solve a targeted cancer problem. The partnership on each application should establish an inter-disciplinary, multi-institutional research team to work in strategic alliance to implement a coherent strategy to develop and translate their system to solve their chosen cancer problem. Deadline: March 6

DOD-DARPA Edge-Directed Cyber Technologies for Reliable Mission Communication (EDICT) DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of resilient, mission-aware computer networking. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Deadline: January 27

DOD-ARL/U.K. DSTL International Technology Alliance (ITA) The purpose of this U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and U.K. Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) International Technology Alliance Program Announcement (PA) is to solicit offers for a consortium that will help to fulfill the research and development goals of the U.S. Department of Army and UK Ministry of Defence. This PA announces a new and innovative opportunity for cooperation between the U.S. and the UK in the area of Distributed Analytics and Information Science (DAIS). The DAIS ITA Program is comprised of two components: (1) the Basic Research Component and (2) the Technology Transition Component. Whitepapers due April 14; Invited proposals due August 31.

NASA Small, Innovative Missions for Planetary Exploration This solicitation supports the formulation and development of science investigations that require a spaceflight mission that can be accomplished using small spacecraft. In order to advance the objectives outlined in the Science Plan, proposed investigations may target any body in the Solar System except for the Earth and Sun. Step-1 Proposals due January 13; Step-2 Proposals due March 13.

DOE FY15 Continuation Solicitation for the Office of Science The Office of Science of the DOE announces its continuing interest in receiving grant applications for support of work in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics. Pre-applications accepted at any time through 9/30/15.

EPA Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Grants  This notice solicits proposals to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field, with a focus on solid and hazardous waste remediation, environmental health and safety, and wastewater-related training. Deadline: February 3

Spencer Foundation New Civics Small Grant Program The foundation aims to support research that deepens the understanding of educational and other influences on civic action, that attends to social inequalities in civic education and civic action, and that has the potential to shape future research and practice in these fields. Deadline: February 5

DOE-ORNL Higher Education Research Experience – Faculty The program provides research opportunities and associated activities for teaching and non-teaching faculty. The program is designed to complement academic programs by utilizing the unique resources of ORNL to enhance STEM education, encourage careers in science and technology, and improve scientific literacy, while at the same time contributing to the Laboratory mission. Deadline: February 1 for a summer fellowship.

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: NSF Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) This solicitation seeks novel research approaches to the formation of STEM researchers who are committed to ethical academic and research practices and to the cultivation of institutional cultures that value, expect, and reward academic and research integrity.  It is directed towards research that addresses the formation of ethical STEM students, faculty, and researchers at all levels, through a variety of means beyond conventional classroom instruction. CCE STEM research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes responsible or irresponsible, just or unjust scientific practices and sociotechnical systems, and how to best instill students with this knowledge.

CCE STEM solicits proposals for research that explores the following:

  • What constitutes ethical STEM research and practice?
  • Which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?

Factors to consider include: honor codes, professional ethics codes and licensing requirements, ethic of service and/or service learning, life-long learning requirements, curricula and memberships in organizations that stress social responsibilities and humanitarian goals, institutions that serve under-represented groups, institutions where academic and research integrity are cultivated at multiple levels, institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum, or programs that promote group work.  Proposals can be submitted as either Standard Research Grants or Institutional Transformation Research Grants.  Institutional Transformation Research Grants must have a senior member of the administration (Provost, VP, and/or President) serve as a PI. For this competition, Purdue may submit one proposal as lead organization.

Internal deadlines:

  • Monday, January 12: Preproposals due to the EVPRP.
  • Monday, January 19: Review committee rankings due to the EVPRP.

Sponsor deadline: March 12

Limited Submission: NEA Art Works "Art Works" refers to three things: the works of art themselves, the ways art works on audiences, and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field. NEA wants to achieve the following four outcomes through the projects supported: Creation – the  creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence; Engagement – public engagement with diverse and excellent art; Learning – lifelong learning in the arts; and Livability – the strengthening of communities through the arts.  Purdue may only submit one Art Works or Challenge America Fast-Track (see below) proposal.

  • Internal Deadline: by December 29 stating to which program you would like to apply.
  • Sponsor Deadline: February 19 or July 23 based on track

Limited Submission: NEA Challenge America Fast-Track The Challenge America Fast-Track category offers support for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations, those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. This category encourages and supports the following two objectives: Engagement – engaging the public with diverse and excellent art; and Livability – the strengthening of communities through the arts. Purdue may only submit one Art Works (see above) or Challenge America Fast-Track proposal.

  • Internal Deadline: Contact by December 29 stating to which program you would like to apply.
  • Sponsor Deadline: April 16

Funding Resources:

The EVPRP 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. 


DOE Notice of Intent to Issue FOA Entitled “Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute on Smart Manufacturing: Advanced Sensors, Controls, Platforms, and Modeling for Manufacturing   EERE plans to issue the FOA early in calendar year 2015 via the EERE Exchange website.

DOE Notice of Intent to Issue FOA for SunShot Incubator 10, SolarMat 3, and SUNPATH 2  EERE plans to issue the FOA on or after January 5, 2015 via the EERE Exchange website.

NIH Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for the BRAIN Initiative: New Concepts and Early-Stage Research for Large-Scale Recording and Modulation in the Nervous System (R21) The FOA is expected to be published in Winter of 2015 with an expected application due date in Spring 2015.

NIH Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for BRAIN: Research Opportunities Using Invasive Neural Recording and Stimulating Technologies in the Human Brain (U01) The FOA is expected to be published in January 2015 with an expected application due date in Spring 2015.

NIH Request for Information: FY16-20 Strategic Plan for the National Institute on Drug Abuse

The December issue of Research Development and Grantwriting News is available here now.

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