ENE Memo: February 24, 2014

From the Head: 2/24

All Hazards Awareness Training 

As part of its response to the shooting on campus in January, Purdue has developed a new All Hazards Awareness Training program. Linked to this, our safety team has come up with a number of improvements in how we prepare for and operate during emergencies in ARMS, most particularly in the i2i Learning Laboratory.

Over the coming weeks this training will be made available to staff and faculty and students in ENE. This will likely be done in stages with sessions for different groups on different occasions; so a session for staff (maybe during spring break), a session for faculty at a forth coming faculty meeting, sessions for TAs associated with the FYE courses and a session for graduate students. In addition new information will be posted in laboratories and teaching facilities. Subsequently this type of training will become part of our annual preparations at the start of each new academic year. 

Please stay tuned for details of when and where these training session will take place.

Safety is job ONE. Please make this training your TOP priority to attend. 


Calendar: 2/24

  • Feb 26: Faculty Meeting, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • Feb 26: CoE Celebration of Faculty Careers Colloquium, HAMP G212, 3:30pm presentation, 4:30pm reception
  • Feb 27: ENE Research Seminar, Farshid Marbouti, ENE - “You May be Able to Teach Early Classes, but Students May Not be Awake Yet!”, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm..
  • Mar 3: TULIP (Teaching Undergraduates for Learning), ARMS 3001, 2:30-4:00pm. 
  • Mar 6: Graduate Students meet with Head, TBD, 1:30-2:30pm.
  • Mar 6: ENE Research Seminar, Anna Douglas, INSPIRE - “Examination of Factors Associated with Engineering Identity Development Among Elementary Students,” ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • Mar 12: Faculty Meeting, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am
  • Mar 13: ENE Research Seminar, David Radcliffe, ENE - “What Do We Want for Our 10th Birthday?”, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • Mar 13: Science on Tap, Lafayette Brewing Company (upstairs), 6:00-7:00pm.
  • Mar 17-21: Spring Break
  • Mar 27: ENE Research Seminar, Norman Fortenberry, ASEE Executive Director - “Engineering Faculty for the 21st Century – Innovations with Impact,” ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • Mar 28: Staff Meeting, ARMS 1109 8:30-9:20am. 
  • Mar 31: TULIP (Teaching Undergraduates for Learning), ARMS 3001, 2:30-4:00pm. 
  • April 2: Faculty Meeting, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • April 3: ENE GSA Town Hall, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm. 
  • April 4: 12th Annual Engineering Faculty Awards of Excellence banquet, Four Points by Sheraton, 6:30pm.
  • April 8: Engineering Education Industrial Advisory Board meeting.
  • April 9: ENE Turns 10: Celebrating a Decade of ENE/ Open House and Research Exhibition
  • April 10: ENE Research Seminar, Gina Svarovsky, Science Museum of Minnesota, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • April 14: TULIP (Teaching Undergraduates for Learning), ARMS 3001, 2:30-4:00pm. 
  • April 16: Faculty FYE Research Conversation, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • April 17: ENE Research Seminar, Senay Purzer's ELO Research Group, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • April 23: Faculty Meeting, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • April 24: ENE Research Seminar, ENE 595 Class - "Analyzing Video Data for Research Without Being Overwhelmed," ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm
  • May 1: ENE 590 Presentations
  • May 2: Classes End
  • May 7: Faculty Meeting, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • May 14-15: ENE Advance, ARMS BO98, Ideas to Innovation Learning Laboratory, 9:30am-3:30pm.
  • May 17-18 Commencement

Summer 2014

  • June 13: Global Perspectives on Engineering Education, ARMS BO98 
  • June 13-14: Q3 Workshop, ARMS BO98 
  • June 14: ENE Alums & Friends Reception, Indianapolis Interdisciplinary Engineering Education
  • June 15-18: ASEE Conference, Indianapolis Engineering Education Futures
  • June 19-20: PEER Workshop, ARMS BO98.

Kudos: 2/24

Matt Ohland on publication of a paper "Assessing teamwork skills for assurance of learning using CATME Team Tools" in the Journal of Marketing Education.

Rui (Celia) Pan on her new job as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at University of Oklahoma's Research Institute for STEM Education (RISE) and successfully depositing her dissertation.

ENE Undergraduate Achievement Award Winners:

Robert Colcord (Engineering Management) for winning the Outstanding MDE/IDES Senior Award.

Rebecca Kartheiser (Entertainment Engineering) for winning the Outstanding MDE/IDES Junior Award.

Nicole Gantz (Pre-law Engineering) for winning the Outstanding Service Award.

News and Information: 2/24

Purdue STEM Careers for Girls on WRTV6 

WRTV6 in Indianapolis (The Indy Channel) aired a special report Feb 18 on getting more girls interested in STEM careers. Reporter Beth Vaughn interviewed First-Year Engineering student Hannah Cook and spoke with Women in Engineering Program director Beth Holloway. You can see the story HERE.

ENE Research Seminar

This week's Research Seminar features Farshid Marbouti, ENE graduate student, presenting: “You May be Able to Teach Early Classes, but Students May Not be Awake Yet!” The weekly seminar series is held Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:20pm in ARMS B071.

Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy for Faculty 

The Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy is a professional development program aimed at mid-career or senior faculty who have entrepreneurial interests.  These interests may include understanding the commercialization possibilities for some aspect of their research program including development of a nonprofit entity, exploring opportunities to involve graduate students in entrepreneurial activities, identifying strategies to introduce undergraduate students to entrepreneurial projects, or considering the synergies among large interdisciplinary research centers and entrepreneurial activities.  The program also introduces faculty to the leadership skills required of entrepreneurs.  The Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy provides faculty with networking opportunities and resources for understanding how to incorporate entrepreneurial concepts into high impact university programs and realize the potential for commercial opportunities emerging from these programs.  Participants meet with distinguished administrators and leaders to discuss topics critical to the development and support of leadership and entrepreneurial skills.

The intended audience for the Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy is strongly motivated, tenured or soon to be tenured, faculty with interest in: leading project centers; leading large interdisciplinary research teams; leading innovation in discovery and learning; developing and commercializing new technology; developing new strategies for Purdue University to influence and impact the state, nation, and world; and/or, honing their leadership and entrepreneurial skills to pursue administrative leadership positions.   While commercialization interests are encouraged, faculty do not need to have a technology to commercialize to participate in this program.  Past projects include the development of computer tools for interdisciplinary research sites, the creation of strategic business plans for core research facilities at Purdue, the development of a business plan that can facilitate the submission of large-scale research proposals, the expansion of interdisciplinary centers, the creation of student courses and projects, creation of a sustainable not-for-profit entity, as well as progress on the licensing of a technology or starting a company. Project descriptions for prior and present year participants can be viewed at: http://www.purdue.edu/dp/entrepreneurship/ela809.php

To extend the impact of this program, Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy faculty fellows each receive a development award of $5000.00 and the opportunity to utilize Discovery Park, the Purdue Foundry, and Office of Technology Commercialization staff and capabilities.  Faculty in this program may be assigned a Krannert M.B.A. student to assist them with some aspect of their project.  Faculty are encouraged to use the monetary award to develop high impact projects, and to foster entrepreneurial leadership in their students.  Additionally, two Academy participants from the previous year will be selected as an Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholar based on their year of Entrepreneurship Leadership Academy activities.  The Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholars are provided with $15,000 of support to continue work on his or her project.  

Nominations must come from the Head. To nominate faculty from your college or school, please submit: (1) a three-page bio of the faculty member (use the National Science Foundation style as a standard); (2) a 1-2 page statement written by the faculty member regarding interest in this opportunity and expected impact of participation; and (3) a signature of endorsement from the department head and dean. These materials should be submitted by April 18.  Faculty will be selected to begin participation in the Leadership Academy for fall 2014, beginning August 2014.  Approximately ten faculty will be chosen to participate in the program. 

For additional information, please contact Dr. Candiss Vibbert, Associate Director for Discovery Park Engagement at vibbert@purdue.edu or 49404. 

Funding Opportunities: 2/24

Selected Funding Opportunities

NASA Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2014 This ROSES Research Announcement solicits proposals for investigations using aircraft, scientific balloons, suborbital-class platforms, and all kinds of ground-based supporting research and technology investigations that seek to understand naturally occurring space and Earth phenomena, human-induced changes in the Earth system, and Earth and space science-related technologies and to support the national goals for further robotic and human exploration of space.  Deadlines vary by program but Notices of Intent have due dates starting on March 14.

DOD-DARPA Big Mechanism  Big Mechanisms are causal, explanatory models of complicated systems in which interactions have important causal effects. The collection of Big Data is increasingly automated, but the creation of Big Mechanisms remains a human endeavor made increasingly difficult by the fragmentation and distribution of knowledge. The Big Mechanism program will develop technology to read research abstracts and papers to extract fragments of causal mechanisms, assemble these fragments into more complete causal models, and reason over these models to produce explanations. The domain of the program will be cancer biology with an emphasis on signaling pathways. Deadline: March 18

DOD-NPS Research Initiatives at the Naval Postgraduate School  The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) is interested in receiving proposals for research initiatives that offer potential for advancement and improvement in the NPS core mission of graduate education and research. This will provide funding for research initiatives across a spectrum of science and engineering, business, politics and public/foreign policy, operational and informational sciences, and interdisciplinary disciplines that support the NPS’ graduate education and research mission. Deadline: May 31

DOJ Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women: Teen Dating Violence, Sexual Violence, and Intimate Partner Violence FY14  NIJ seeks applications for funding of research and evaluation related to violence against women in the areas of teen dating violence, sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and child custody.  DOJ is also interested in an environmental scan of Family Justice Centers in the U.S. addressing their effectiveness. Deadline: April 25

DOJ Research and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes  The intent of this program is to direct the findings of basic scientific research, research and development in broader scientific fields applicable to forensic science, and ongoing forensic science research toward the development of highly discriminating, accurate, reliable, cost-effective, and rapid methods for the identification, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence for criminal justice purposes.  Deadline: April 21

DOJ Testing Geospatial Predictive Policing Strategies NIJ is seeking applications for funding for research that links theory (e.g., criminological, behavioral, economic, sociological) to geospatial predictive policing strategies. This research should focus on three main elements: (1) it should be geospatial in nature, (2) use theory, and (3) pertain to predictive policing strategies. Proposals must test geospatial predictive policing strategies and explore how theory may help to explain and advance practice based on findings.  Deadline: April 25

DOS US-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program  This program provides grants to support unique projects centered on Russian-American, peer-to-peer collaboration, including an exchange of best practices on a topic of mutual interest.  Proposals may focus on any theme including, but not limited to higher education, cultural exchange, journalism, environment, or civil society. Projects should be original, creative, dynamic, and interesting and focus on sharing innovative practices, which are unique to each country.  The purpose of the program is to foster greater contact between Americans and Russians. Statements of Interest due March 12; Invited proposals due April 30.

U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation The foundation has issued two new calls for proposals:

  • Transformative Science a special program for ground breaking ideas in scientific research.  Pre-proposals due March 2; Invited proposals due September 15
  • Prof. R. Rahamimoff Travel Grants for Young Scientists a special program supporting short, research related, trips of young American scientists to Israel, and young Israeli scientists to the U.S. Deadline: April 10

Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Psychosocial Research Grants  The overall goal for the Neilsen PSR initiative is to lead to better outcomes for people living with spinal cord injury. Proposed projects and activities should address one, or more, of the following seven key research topic areas: 1) Psychosocial Consequences of Aging; 2) Caregiving (Formal and Informal Networks); 3) Employment; 4) Health Behaviors and Fitness; 5) Independent Living; 6) Self-Management; and 7) Technology Access to Enhance Quality of Life.  Three funding opportunities are available through this program: postdoctoral fellowship grants, pilot grants, and proof of concept grants.  Letters of intent due March 14; Invited proposals due July 2.

Limited Submissions:

Letters of intent, preproposals, and rankings to the OVPR should be e-mailed to OVPRlimited@purdue.edu. Purdue's open limited submission competitions, limited submission policy, and template for letters of intent may be found at http://www.purdue.edu/research/vpr/rschdev/lsid1.php. 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: NSF High Performance Computing System Acquisition:  Continuing the Building of a More Inclusive Computing Environment for Science and Engineering The goal of this program is to complement previous NSF investments in advanced computational infrastructure by exploring new and creative approaches to delivering innovative computational resources to an increasingly diverse community and portfolio of scientific research and education.  The resources supported under this solicitation will be incorporated into and allocated as part of the XD tier of national shared resources. Competitive proposals must address one or more of the following: Complementing existing XD capabilities with new types of computational resources attuned to less traditional computational science communities; Incorporating innovative and reliable services within the HPC environment to deal with complex and dynamic workflows that contribute significantly to the advancement of science and are difficult to achieve within XD; Introducing new, flexible, and highly usable capabilities such as cloud computing into XD to meet national-scale requirements for new modes of computationally intensive scientific research; Introducing new capabilities and/or reaching new communities by establishing novel, highly usable connections to other non-XD parts of the national cyberinfrastructure; Exploring new effective modes of engagement with campus cyberinfrastructure; Expanding the range of computationally challenging science and engineering applications that can be tackled with current XD resources; and Providing reliable approaches to scientific communities needing a flexible and user friendly environment.  For this competition, Purdue may submit one proposal as lead institution.

Internal deadlines:

  • Monday, March 3:  Letters of Intent due to the OVPR.
  • Wednesday, March 26:  Preproposals due to the OVPR.
  • Monday, March 31:  Preproposal rankings due to the OVPR.

Sponsor deadline:  May 14

Limited Submission: DOS-ECA FY14 Professional Fellows Program The Professional Fellows Program is a two-way, global exchange program designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, and build lasting and sustainable partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders from foreign countries and the United States. The program invites proposal submissions in the regions of Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, and the Western Hemisphere. The defining element of the program for foreign participants is a substantive five- to six-week fellowship placement in a U.S. workplace complemented by a collaborative project in their home country.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one proposal.

Internal deadline:  Contact OVPRlimited@purdue.edu by February 26.

Sponsor deadline:  April 8

Limited Submission: HHS-HRSA Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health The purpose of this grant program is to improve perinatal health outcomes and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in perinatal health outcomes by using community-based approaches to service delivery, and to facilitate access to comprehensive health and social services for women, infants, and their families. In this announcement, there are three related FOAs/program levels: Level 1) Community-based Healthy Start Program; Level 2) Enhanced Services Healthy Start Program; and Level 3) Leadership and Mentoring Healthy Start Program.  For this opportunity, Purdue may only submit one application for one of the Healthy Start program levels.

Internal deadline:  Contact OVPRlimited@purdue.edu by February 24.

Sponsor deadline:  March 31

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: http://www.purdue.edu/research/vpr/rschdev/external.php.

Another resource for corporate and foundation funding opportunities is the University Development Office. 


NIH Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for an Oncology Models Forum (U24) The FOA announced by this Notice will be open to all qualified applicants with the appropriate expertise to establish, evolve, and maintain an Internet-based open research resource with appropriate tools for scientific collaborations and education.  The purpose for the forum resource is to engage the cancer research community in mutual exploration of the practical issues that pertain to effective and reliable use of mouse models in translational, clinical, prevention, and population cancer research.  The FOA is expected to be published in Spring 2014 with an expected application due date in Fall 2014.

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

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