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ENE Memo: February 3, 2014

From the Head: 2/3

Help Sought to Plan a Party

On Wednesday, April 9, we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the establishment of ENE with an Open House.

I seek your ideas for what we might do at the Open House, your energy in preparing for the event and your active participation as we host visitors on the day.

The goal is to share what we do with fellow staff, faculty and students across Purdue but especially with our colleagues in the College of Engineering. We also will be inviting former faculty and staff from ENE and its predecessor entities, Freshman Engineering and Interdisciplinary Engineering.

The Open House will run from around 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The basic plan is to have a series of activities happening at particular times and to take visitors on guided tours that engage them with these activities. For instance we might have a place where we show various videos related to ENE including the “What is Engineering Education?” videos from the History and Philosophy course with a schedule of viewing times. We will have tours of the i2i including the Ops Center and the AFL – relatively few staff and faculty in the College have actually seen these in action. How might we actively engage visitors in our educational research (something other than posters), in FYE advising, in the MDE/IDES program or in our graduate program?

While I want drop-in visitors to have a coherent, whole of ENE experience, I am also encouraging particular constituencies within ENE to reach out to their colleagues across the campus and invite them to have a particular experience of their shared area of professional interest. For example, the FYE advisors might not only have activities of general interest ready for drop-in visitors on a tour across the day but also invite their advising peers at Purdue to a more focused and interactive event at a particular time. How might we use this day to make more students aware of our programs? How might we actively engage current and prospective research collaborators? Should we host a session on (say) "flipping the lecture" for faculty in engineering who might want to work with us on teaching innovations or who might be interested in teaching in FYE?  

The Open House is a unique opportunity to display our pride in what we do and have achieved over our first decade and thereby increase awareness across the campus of all the things we do in ENE. My hope is that this event will strengthen our working relationships with Purdue colleagues and foster future collaborations for mutual benefit.

This event is part of a year of celebration which will continues into the ASEE meeting in June, at which time we will be hosting a reception for many of our friends and colleagues from outside Purdue.

Please share your ideas for the Open House as soon as possible so we can be prepared for a BIG day.


Calendar: 2/3

Spring 2014

  • Feb 4: Faculty Candidate Research Seminar, ARMS 1028, 9:30-10:20am. 
  • Feb 5: Faculty Meeting, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • Feb 6:  Faculty Candidate Research Seminar, ARMS 1028, 9:30-10:20am. 
  • Feb 6: Basics of Argumentation in Academic Writing Seminar (Part 2), ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • Feb 10: TULIP (Teaching Undergraduates for Learning), ARMS 3001, 2:30-4:00pm. 
  • Feb 11:  Faculty Candidate Research Seminar, ARMS 1028, 9:30-10:20am.
  • Feb 12: Associate Professors meet with Head, Innovation Studio, 9:30-10:20am
  • Feb 13: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm. 
  • Feb 19: Faculty Mentoring Conversation, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • Feb 19: ENE Outstanding Alumni Awards Celebrating 45 Years of  Interdisciplinary Engineering Education.
  • Feb 20: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • Feb 26: Faculty Meeting, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am
  • Feb 27: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • Mar 3: Graduate Students meet with Head, TBD, 9:30-10:20am.
  • Mar 3: TULIP (Teaching Undergraduates for Learning), ARMS 3001, 2:30-4:00pm. 
  • Mar 6: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • Mar 12: Faculty Meeting, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am
  • Mar 13: ENE Research Seminar, 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, 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 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, 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, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • April 23: Faculty Meeting, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • April 24: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • 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 12-13: Purdue, Engineering Education Futures: Hearing Global Perspectives
  • June 14: ENE Alums & Friends Reception, Indianapolis Interdisciplinary Engineering Education
  • June 15-18: ASEE Conference, Indianapolis Engineering Education Futures

Kudos: 2/3

Monica Cox was part of a panel discussion on "Best Practices: Minority Faculty Recruitment and Retention" at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges & Universities (Jan. 23).

An opinion piece by Monica Cox was published (Jan. 28) in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education entitled "Prepared to Be a Professor, Not a Pioneer."

The new book "Integrating Information into the Engineering Design Process" edited by Michael Fosmire and David Radcliffe, with chapter contributions by Monica Cardella, Amy Van Epps, Senay Purzer, Ruth Wertz, and various friends of ENE hit the bookshelves last week..  

News and Information: 2/3

Interviews for ENE Faculty Positions

Over the next month a series of individuals will be visiting campus to interview for one of the open faculty positions.

Each candidate will arrive on the first date indicated (e.g. Jan 20), be shown around campus with a faculty host then have dinner with a small group of faculty and graduate students. The second date indicated (e.g. Jan 21) is the main interview day. Candidates will have breakfast, tour our facilities, present a seminar at 9:30am (see Calendar), have meetings with various faculty and staff, visit a FYE and graduate class and then have a formal interview with the search committee late in the afternoon. Candidates will be staying in town on the evening of the second day. 

Safety Committee

The most recent meeting minutes of the Safety Committe are available HERE. One of the Departmental Action Items from the 2014 REM Recertification is for everyone to review the biweekly meeting minutes.

Counseling Assistance

The University is supplementing existing resources to ensure that the many and varied needs of the people who have been shaken by this tragedy – including faculty, staff and students – can be met. For more information see the following CAPS website, that includes tip sheets (links are on the left hand side) and resources for all members of the Purdue community:

Library Office Hours: Every Monday 1:30-3:30pm in ARMS 1314 

As most of you know we have “librarian office hours” once a week to help you with ALL your information needs related to research or whatever. You can just drop in. With Amy van Epps away this semester, we have the services of Megan Sapp Nelson from the Engineering Library. 

If your research group needs to get up to speed on current tools and best approaches for planning, gathering, curating and generally managing your information she can help or even set up a workshop as part of the office hours.

Please be proactive in making the very best use of this partnership with the library.

Funding Opportunities: 2/3

Selected Funding Opportunities: 

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Cyberlearning Opportunities in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) The purpose of this DCL is to invite proposals that support the goals of the Cyberlearning program and do so in the context of EHR programs.  Deadlines vary by program.

NIH Research Centers for Pharmacogenomics in Precision Medicine (P50)  The purpose of this FOA is to stimulate the formation of centers that will conduct cutting-edge research studies designed to push the boundaries for understanding and predicting therapeutic drug responses. The FOA describes research centers that examine drug actions within the context of precision medicine, or data-driven prescribing.  Deadline: September 25

NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA-2014)  This program solicits foundational research in support of the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate.  The announcement covers a variety of topics in aeronautics fundamental research that are being pursued by NASA personnel. Specific research thrusts are outlined in the Appendices.  At this time, only two programs are being solicited: NextGen – Concepts and Technology Development CTD1 and CTD2.  Deadline: February 28.

ASA Early Career Faculty (ECF) Award  ECF is focused on supporting outstanding faculty researchers early in their careers as they conduct space technology research of high priority to NASA’s Mission Directorates. The program seeks proposals on specific space technologies that are currently at low Technology Readiness Levels. Notice of Intent due February 14; Proposals due March 14

DOD-U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center (ERDC) BAA Pre-proposals will be accepted on a wide variety of topics associated with the ERDC, such as: hydraulics, dredging, coastal engineering, instrumentation, oceanography, remote sensing, geotechnical engineering, earthquake engineering, soil effects, vehicle mobility, self-contained munitions, military engineering, geophysics, pavements, protective structures, aquatic plants, water quality, dredged material, treatment of hazardous waste, wetlands, physical/mechanical/ chemical properties of snow and other frozen precipitation, infrastructure and environmental issues for installations, computer science, telecommunications management, energy, facilities maintenance, materials and structures, engineering processes, environmental processes, land and heritage conservation, and ecological processes.  Pre-proposals accepted on a continual basis.

USDA-NIFA AFRI Foundational Program Competitive grants for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension to address food and agricultural sciences are made in six priority areas. The six priority areas include:

  1. Plant health and production and plant products;
  2. Animal health and production and animal products;
  3. Food safety, nutrition, and health;
  4. Renewable energy, natural resources, and environment;
  5. Agriculture systems and technology; and
  6. Agriculture economics and rural communities.

Deadlines vary by program area.

USDA-NIFA AFRI Food Security The Food Security Challenge Area focuses on the societal challenge to keep American agriculture competitive and end world hunger by ensuring the availability and accessibility of safe and nutritious food. In FY 2014, the Food Security Challenge Area addresses the following priorities: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products – Plant Systems; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products – Animal Systems; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities.  Letters of Intent due March 14; Applications due June 12

USDA-NIFA Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program All HEC-funded projects shall focus on improving the quality of academic instruction within the postsecondary system in order to recruit and retain a greater number of qualified and diverse graduates who are: (a) capable of entering the agricultural sciences workforce with occupational competencies expected by employers, and (b) encouraged to pursue a baccalaureate or advanced degree in disciplines supporting the food, agricultural and human sciences. Deadline: April 10

USDA-NIFA Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program (SPECA) SPECA will award grants to: (a) promote and strengthen secondary and 2-year postsecondary agriscience and agribusiness education and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom in order to help ensure a qualified workforce to serve the U.S. food, agricultural and human sciences system; and (b) promote complementary and synergistic linkages among secondary, 2-year postsecondary, and higher education programs in the food, agricultural and human sciences in order to attain excellence in education and to encourage more young Americans to pursue and complete a baccalaureate or higher degree in these fields.  Deadline: April 3

McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience Memory and Cognitive Disorders Awards These awards support innovative efforts to solve the problems of neurological and psychiatric diseases, especially those related to memory and cognition. They encourage research aimed at translating laboratory discoveries about the brain and nervous system into diagnoses and therapies to improve human health.  Deadline: March 24

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Fellowship Award The Foundation funds early scientists and encourages all theoretical and experimental research relevant to the study of cancer and the search for cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies and prevention.  Deadline March 17

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: Indiana State Dept. of Agriculture Development of a Feasibility Study for Food Hubs (Link must be opened in Internet Explorer) The purpose of this RFP is to select a partner that can complete a feasibility study to assess the needs of growers and consumers regarding the potential of regional food hubs operating as part of a statewide network to facilitate the marketing and purchase of specialty crops.  In addition, the study will look at the management, logistics, and e-commerce elements required to operate the network at a statewide level.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application.

Limited Submission: DOS Promoting Transitional Justice and Accountability in the Western Hemisphere The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) announces a RFP addressed to organizations interested in submitting proposals for projects that promote democracy, human rights, and accountability in the Western Hemisphere.  DRL invites proposals outlining program concepts and capacity to manage projects targeting the following issues: Forensic assistance to address legacies of gross human rights violations, or Projects to address transitional justice processes and lack of accountability for gross human rights violations.  For this opportunity, Purdue is limited to two applications.

Limited Submission: NIH Post baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) (R25)  The goal of this program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce.  To this end, this announcement encourages the development of creative educational activities with a primary focus on Research Experiences and Courses for Skills Development.  Applications are encouraged from research-intensive institutions that propose to develop recent baccalaureate science graduates from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences so that they have the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue PhD or MD-PhD degrees in these fields.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one 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. 


NIH Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for Physical Sciences-Oncology Centers Program (U54) The purpose of PS-OC program is to integrate the physical sciences with cancer research to address fundamental questions in cancer that advance our current understanding of the disease. The FOA is expected to be published in March 2014 with an expected application due date in May/June 2014.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Preparing Applications to Participate in Phase I Ideas Labs on Undergraduate STEM Education

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

To suggest content for future issues of ENE Memo, contact Mike Loizzo or David Radcliffe by midday Friday for the following week's issue.