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ENE Memo: January 11, 2016

From the Head: 01/11/2016

Safety First

As we begin the new semester, please do all you can to create a safe and welcoming environment for everyone; safe in every sense of the word. This includes;

  • being physically safe from accidents and injury (especially in the winter weather);
  • being able to go about our work without fear of verbal or physical assault;
  • being emotionally safe from malicious gossip, discrimination, or bullying; and
  • being free to express ideas in respectful ways without fear of ridicule or personal harm.  

Last week there was a fire alarm in Armstrong Hall. Fortunately it turned out to be a false alarm. It was very pleasing to see how we responded and assembled at the appropriate location. Even so I encourage everyone to review our safety procedures on the ENE Safety Committee webpage.   

If you ever have any safety concerns or questions please contact the Safety Committee or talk to me.  

Specifically in relation to adverse weather conditions, special procedures pertaining to classes, operations, parking, pay and/or attendance will become effective. Please revisit the memo circulated earlier.

Please take care and be considerate of others. 


Kudos: 01/11/2016

... to Muhsin Menekse on publication of a paper, "Computer science teacher professional development in the United States: a review of studies published between 2004 and 2014" in Computer Science Education  DOI: 10.1080/08993408.2015.1111645. 

... to David Radcliffe on having an essay, "A Tale of Two STEMs", published in the Dec 2015 edition of ASEE PRISM as the Last Word.  

News and Information: 01/11/2016

Opportunity to Serve on a Senate Committee (Deadline: January 25)

Faculty involvement on these committees is critical to develop, aid, and expedite university procedures and policies. Most of the work of the University Senate occurs at the committee level and it is vital that we have good representation from faculty across campus. The University Senate Nominating Committee will select committee members for faculty committees in January and February for AY 2012-2013 appointments. Volunteers who are chosen will be notified by the end of the semester. (You do not need to sign up for any faculty committees you are currently on, unless your term expires in May and you wish to be re-elected.)

  • You can get more information about a committee at the sign-up website by clicking on the committee name.
  • You can add information for the Nominations Committee about a particular interest or expertise you have for a committee.
  • The number of people from your college/school and department are given so you can assess where there is the most need. The Nominations Committee tries to populate each committee as broadly as possible but we need volunteers from each department to do this.
  • Senate Standing Committees must be populated by University Senate members who will be asked after the new members are selected for the next term
  • A list of the Senate Standing Committees is available at The Faculty Committees (populated by any faculty member) are linked under the various Standing Committees that they report to

Calendar: 01/11/2016

Spring 2016 

  • Jan 11: Classes begin
  • Jan 15: Staff Meeting, 8:30-9:30 am, ARMS 3115 (change of room)
  • Jan 14: ENE Research Seminar, 3:30-4:30pm, ARMS BO71 (Weekly)
  • 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

Fall 2016

  • Aug 15: Faculty return  
  • Aug 22: Classes begin

Funding Opportunities: 01/11/2016

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Petascale Computing Resource Allocations  The purpose of this solicitation is to invite research groups to submit requests for allocations of resources on the Blue Waters system. Proposers must show compelling science or engineering challenges that require petascale computing resources. Proposers must also be prepared to demonstrate that they have science or engineering research problems that require and can effectively exploit the petascale computing capabilities offered by Blue Waters. Proposals from or including junior researchers are encouraged, as one of the goals of this solicitation is to build a community capable of using petascale computing. Deadline:  April 4.

NSF STEM + Computing Partnerships (STEM+C) STEM+C invites creative and innovative proposals that address emerging challenges in the learning and teaching of STEM and computing. The program offers proposers two tracks: (1) Integration of Computing in STEM Education and (2) Computing Education Knowledge and Capacity Building. Deadline: March 28

NSF Science of Learning: Collaborative Networks (SL-CN) The goals of the Science of Learning (SL) Program are to: advance fundamental knowledge about learning through integrative research; connect the research to specific scientific, technological, educational, and workforce challenges; and enable research communities to capitalize on new opportunities and discoveries. Letters of Intent due March 1; Proposals due April 4.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Leveraging GLOBE to Increase Student Engagement and Diversity The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program is an international science and education program providing students, educators, and the public with the opportunity to participate in protocol-driven data collection and the scientific process, while also contributing meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. In 2016, NSF is initiating an activity to broaden participation in the sciences: INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science). As an INCLUDES pilot activity, NSF invites submission of funding requests that will increase the capacity for using, as well as use of, the extensive resources of the GLOBE program. Deadlines vary by program activity.

ED Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities: Captioned and Described Educational Media  The purpose of this priority is to fund a cooperative agreement to support the establishment and operation of an Accessible Learning Center that will oversee the selection, acquisition, captioning, video description, and distribution of educational media through a free loan service for eligible users. Deadline: February 22

ORAU Higher Education Research Experiences  Higher Education Research Experiences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (HERE at ORNL) 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 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, encourage careers in science and technology, and improve scientific literacy, while at the same time contributing to the Laboratory mission.  Appointments can be summer, sabbatical or academic semester-based. Deadline:  Applications accepted year round, but current window ends February 1.

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.

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.

NIST Notice of Intent to Issue a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) Institute Awards Competition (PDF download) The competition for two new NIST-funded NNMI Institutes is expected to be announced on in January 2016. NIST is open to receiving proposals in any topic of interest to industry, particularly those relevant to manufacturing robotics and biopharmaceutical manufacturing. This competition will allow only one application for each institute from Purdue so look for further internal instructions following the announcement.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Master Teaching Fellowship track  Due to a significant change in the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program's Master Teaching Fellowships (MTF) track, NSF anticipates issuing a new solicitation for the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program in 2016.


EVPRP Workshop: How to Use NIH Data for Your Strategic Advantage  The event will take place on Monday, February 1, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM in STEW 202. This workshop is designed to cover strategies for analyzing and utilizing NIH award data and advisory council information.  This information can be useful in understanding how to position future proposals, research collaborations, and upcoming (not-yet-released) calls for proposal.  As lunch is provided, registration is required.  Please click the link above to register. Registration will close on Wednesday, January 27.

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 Teresa Morris or David Radcliffe by midday Friday for the following week's issue.