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ENE Memo: January 12, 2015

From the Head: 1/12

Spring 2015

As we kick off classes in this new semester, please do all you can to ensure we have a safe environment for everyone; safe in every sense of the word. This includes being physically safe from accidents and injury (especially in the harsh winter weather); being able to go about our work without fear of physical assault; being emotionally safe from harassment and bullying; and being free to express ideas in respectful ways without fear of personal harm.  

This promises to be an exciting semester with the consolidation of all our research activities into the brand new facilities on level 3 of Wang Hall. This will be the first, purpose designed, integrated engineering education research facility of its type anywhere. The bulk of the funding has come from the College of Engineering. Many people have worked extremely hard over the past 18 months to envision these new laboratories and to see this vision realized. Many in the College, the university and the engineering education community nationally and globally will be watching very closely to see how this bold initiative plays out. We are enormously fortunate and privileged to have this facility. We must make the most of it and never lose sight of the time, hard work, persistence and dollars that have gone into creating it. I ask that each of us treat the new facility with a respect that reflects the efforts of those who brought it about.

We are going to be extremely busy this semester. To accommodate the strong demand for places in the first-year program, last week we opened an additional (unplanned for) section of ENGR 131 for CODO students. We have the largest ever Multidisciplinary Engineering capstone design class. Over the coming months we will have four or five prospective faculty candidates interviewing. Please support Cindey as she organizes the various activities around each of these visits. In early February we make the move to the new facilities in Wang Hall. The physical move should be relatively straightforward. In contrast, there will be numerous operational issues we will need to work through as a community before and after the physical move. And there is lots more happening!

Please welcome Anna Douglas as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering Education commencing this semester. Anna has been working amongst us as a Postdoctoral Researcher for a number of years. Her new role will mean she is involved in teaching and developing new research projects in collaboration with others in ENE and beyond as well as working on projects with which she was previously engaged.

Make this a safe 2015!


Calendar: 1/12

Spring 2015

  • 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. 20: ENE Faculty Candidate Interview 
  • 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: ENE Faculty Candidate Interview 
  • Jan 29: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm 
  • Feb 3: ENE Faculty Candidate Interview 
  • Feb. 4: Faculty Meeting, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am
  • Feb 5: ENE Faculty Candidate Interview 
  • Feb. 9-10: Move to Wang Hall
  • Feb 10: ENE Faculty Candidate Interview
  • 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
  • Feb. 26: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • 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 2: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 8-14: Research WeekCelebrating the ENE Research Facility in Wang Hall
  • April 9: Research Seminar, Wang Hall/TBD, 3:30-4:20pm
  • 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: 1/12

Safety Committee

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

Safe Operating Procedures for Programs Involving Minors

As part of efforts to provide a safe and secure environment for faculty, staff, students and visitors, Purdue University has been examining its policies and practices related to minors on campus. As a result, Operating Procedures for Programs Involving Minors will supplement the policies on Anti-Harassment (III.C.1), Equal Opportunity, Equal Access and Affirmative Action (III.C.2) and Use and Assignment of University Facilities (IV.B.1). These procedures are effective January 1, 2015, for programs that take place on or after May 1, 2015. 

The steps, as outlined in the procedures, require sponsors of programs that include minors as participants to register their program with the University. As part of the registration, sponsors must certify that the program staff has undergone background checks and received training and that minimum safety provisions have been met. This process of registration and certification serves a twofold purpose. First, it affords the University the opportunity to better communicate to sponsors of programs that involve minors what is expected of them, and second, it provides the University with a better understanding of the programming offered to minors by the University and by sponsors who use its facilities.

All colleges, schools, departments, offices and other units of the University are required to follow the procedures. Third parties who host a program on University-owned property also are required to follow the procedures. Exclusions to the procedures are as follows:

  1. Performances or events open to the general public and not targeted to minors (e.g., varsity athletic events, concerts, plays, etc.)
  2. Regularly scheduled classes, including dual-credit courses, or activities designed primarily for enrolled students of the University
  3. Student recruitment activities, including open houses and admissions visits and tours, that are scheduled to last no longer than one day and do not include an overnight stay
  4. National tests offered by a University testing center
  5. Programs for which a Recognized Student Organization is the sponsor
  6. University research involving minors as human subjects

Please take a moment to review the Operating Procedures. Your feedback on the process and associated registration form is welcome and encouraged. Comments may be sent to

I appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we endeavor to maintain a safe environment for our University community.

Streamlined Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Purdue

CAPS will begin a streamlined process for entry to our services, effective today Monday, January 12th.  All students seeking services will come in to speak in person with a clinician.  This will be the case for any type of student concern, be it an emergency or otherwise.  The goals of this walk-in interaction is:

  1. for us to make that initial connection with the student and introduce them to our agency and our services,
  2. to assess the student’s situation (both via our conversation/clinical interview and through results of an assessment measure we give all students at initial contact),
  3. to make recommendations for services and a plan of action, either at CAPS or via accessing relevant helpful resources (on or off campus). 

In this walk-in contact, a therapist will essentially conduct an extended triage, expanding this as needed for more urgent situations and/or situations of an emergency nature.  As always, if it is an emergency situation, all necessary measures will be taken to address the needs of the student immediately, of course.  In general, if any of the variety of CAPS’ available services are recommended, the student will either be placed directly into that service or, if individual therapy is the service indicated, will go through the process of being matched with a therapist. 

CAPS is staffing this service trying to match the demand that we’ve seen in the past two semesters, meaning that there will be more than one therapist available for walk-ins during what have historically been busiest times of day.  Walk-ins will be served on a first come, first served basis, and students may come in for these conversations at their convenience, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., daily Monday through Friday.  CAPS asks that, if at all possible, students come in or be referred/brought to us by 4:00 p.m., which will allow for sufficient time to conduct this process with the student, beginning by 4:00 p.m. or shortly thereafter. As always, CAPS is open until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

CAPS has added two additional Staff Therapists for this spring semester. Jason Schwenker, Psy. D., was a Psychology Resident with CAPS last year, and re-joins for this coming semester.  David Olges, Ph.D., LMHC, is new to CAPS and to the Purdue community, coming to us from the Indianapolis area.  He has had extensive experience in private practice and as a clinician.  Please do join me in welcoming them to our campus.  As you might imagine, I am delighted at the additional resources, which will go a long way toward our being able to assist more students.

Funding Opportunities: 1/12

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) National Communications Office NSF invites proposals for a LTER National Communications Office. This office will coordinate research, education, and outreach programs across the current 25 LTER projects, communicate these activities to diverse audiences, and provide centralized representation of the LTER network to the broad scientific community and the public.  Deadline: May 6

HHS-FDA Grants to Enhance Food Safety: National Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program (U18) FDA requests applications for FY15 to address the needs of small and medium-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers, especially as they relate to the implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  Projects will help increase their understanding and adoption of established food safety standards, guidance, and protocols. Projects will also facilitate the integration of food safety standards and guidance with a variety of agricultural production systems, encompassing conventional, sustainable, organic, and conservation and environmental practices. Deadline: March 16

DOE-ARPA-E OPEN 2015 The objective of this FOA is simple, yet comprehensive: to support the development of potentially disruptive new technologies across the full spectrum of energy applications. ARPA-E seeks to support transformational research in all areas of energy R&D, covering transportation and stationary applications. Areas of research responsive to this FOA include (but are not limited to) electricity generation by both renewable and non-renewable means; electricity transmission, storage, and distribution; energy efficiency for buildings, manufacturing and commerce, and personal use; and all aspects of transportation, including the production and distribution of both renewable and non-renewable fuels, electrification, and energy efficiency in transportation.  Notice of Intent due February 20; Concept paper due February 27; Full application due upon request.

NEA Creative Writing Fellowships in Prose  The NEA Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Deadline: March 11

National Park Service Alaskan Research Fellowships  Two research fellowships are available: Discover Denali (for studies in or near Denali) and Alaska Geographic (for studies in one or more of 8 arctic/subarctic parks) Research Fellowships.  Both fellowship programs are designed primarily to provide funding for graduate students, but may also be appropriate for college faculty and undergraduates.  Deadline: February 16

James S. McDonnell Foundation Studying Complex Systems Program Scholar Award The program's emphasis is furthering the science of complex systems via the continued development of the theory and tools used in the study of complex research questions and not on particular fields of research per se.   JSMF is particularly interested in projects attempting to apply complex systems approaches to coherently articulated questions.  Deadline: March 11

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Postdoctoral 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 16

Morris Animal Foundation Small Companion Animal Studies Proposals on research topics relevant to small companion (dogs and cats) animal health and welfare are due March 18.

SIA Foundation Grant The SIA Foundation is committed to making gifts to qualifying organizations, institutions or entities within Indiana that will improve the quality of life and help to meet the needs of the residents of the State of Indiana. The SIA Foundation achieves this mission through grants, which are used to support the funding of specific capital projects in the areas of Arts and Culture, Education, and Health and Welfare. Deadline: March 31

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: American Honda Foundation The American Honda Foundation engages in grant making that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. They support youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment. They typically focus on engagement and outreach programs that accomplish this mission.  If interested in applying, it is suggested to review the previously funded programs at the above link to see if your program would fit the model. The grant range is from $20,000 to $75,000 over a one-year period.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application per year. 

Limited Submission: USDA-NIFA AFRI – Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative (AFRI-ELI) This program was formerly known as AFRI NIFA Fellowships Grant Program. The program provides fellowships to undergraduate, predoctoral, and postdoctoral students in the agricultural sciences.  The Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships programs are not limited.  However, the Undergraduate Research and Extension Experiential Learning Fellowships program limits Purdue to three applications.

  • Internal deadline: Contact by January 12.  Please state which of the AFRI Challenge Areas or Foundational Areas you are interested in targeting.
  • Sponsor deadlines: Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowship applications due February 11.  Undergraduate Research & Extension Experiential Learning Fellowships LOI due February 18; Application due May 6.

Limited Submission: HHS-CDC U.S. Platform to Measure Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness against Laboratory-confirmed Influenza-associated Hospitalizations  The goal of this funding announcement is to establish a sustainable network of US institutions that can obtain hospitalization data and provide accurate estimates of annual influenza vaccine effectiveness (VE) to prevent influenza-associated hospitalizations in US adult populations. Participating institutions will coordinate enrollment of adult hospitalized patients with acute respiratory illness (ARI), confirm influenza infection using sensitive laboratory-based molecular assays, and estimate VE using a test-negative study design. Annual VE estimates will be used to inform and assess the public health impact of influenza vaccination programs to prevent health-related complications of influenza infection, especially in older adults.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application.

Internal deadline: Contact by January 19. 

Sponsor deadlines: Optional LOI due February 3; Application due March 3.

Limited Submission: HHS-CDC Capacity Building to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Emerging Infectious Disease Threats and Strengthen Global Health Security in Uganda The overall purpose of this FOA is to have the grantee work with partners within Uganda on specific objectives to build their capacity to prevent, detect and effectively respond to emerging infectious disease threats and to build Global Health Security in line with President Obama’s announcement of the Global Health Security Agenda. The three key themes are: preventing and reducing the likelihood of outbreaks - natural, accidental, or intentional; detecting threats early to save lives; and rapid, effective response. 

  • Internal deadline: Contact by January 19. 
  • Sponsor deadlines: Optional LOI due February 10; Application due March 10.

Limited Submission: HHS-HRSA AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC) Program The mission of the AETC program is to increase the number of health care providers who are effectively educated and motivated to counsel, diagnose, treat, and medically manage people with HIV disease, and to help prevent high-risk behaviors that lead to HIV transmission. This mission is obtained through implementation of multidisciplinary education and training programs for health care providers in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. HRSA is currently soliciting applications for the two AETC programs linked below. For these opportunities, Purdue may submit only one application to each program.   

AETC National Coordinating Resource Center

Regional AIDS Education and Training Centers

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.


EVPRP Workshop: How to Use NIH Data for Your Strategic Advantage  The event will take place Tuesday, January 20th from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM in STEW 310. 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 Thursday, January 15th.

Changes in DOE Funding Opportunity: PREDICTS 2 In early December 2014, SunShot released a funding opportunity for R&D projects that will advance the reliability and durability of solar photovoltaic systems titled, “Physics of Reliability: Evaluating Design Insights for Component Technologies in Solar 2 (PREDICTS 2)." SunShot has made two important changes to the FOA: 1) required cost share for universities and non-profit applicants is reduced from 20 percent to 10 percent; and 2) the deadline for submitting a concept paper is extended to Wednesday, January 14, 2015 by 5:00 p.m. ET.

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

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