ENE Memo: January 16, 2012

From the Head: 1/16

Many Reasons to Be Proud

In November last year, many of us took part in the site visit phase of the review of ENE. The purpose of this review was to provide external peer input and advice on all elements of the School. We have now received the report of the External Review Committee.

The report is full of praise for what we have accomplished and for the national and international leadership role we can play in the future. They acknowledge our growing pains and point to our need for more senior faculty. As we would expect, there are also some areas for improvement, but nothing that we were not already aware of. We have begun to address a number of these issues. Over the next week or two, I will be meeting with faculty, staff and students to go over the review committee’s feedback and discuss plans going forward.

This was a very successful review, for which we should all be very proud. There was no guarantee going into this exercise that the outcome would be as positive and as affirming of what we are doing as this has been. This outcome speaks volumes about the vision and drive of the pioneers who established the new School and those who have joined since to help grow it and shape it. It behooves all of us to move forward with the vision, energy and courage needed to realize the full potential of this unique place.

— david

News and Information: 1/16

This Week's ENE Research Seminar

Dr. Jeffrey Karpicke, "Retrieval-Based Learning"
Thurs, Jan 19, 3:30pm, Forney G124

Reminder: Assistance with Accessing Library Resources

As we begin a new semester, remember that Amy van Epps from the Engineering Library provides ENE “office hours” each week to help members of this community to make the most of information resources in our research.

  • Hours: Wednesdays 10 am – 12 noon
  • Place: ARMS 1314

Amy can help you with:

  • EndNote, Mendeley and other citation management programs
  • Finding seminal literature on a topic
  • Tracing citations to older and newer literature from a given article
  • Helping assess fair use for materials
  • Understanding open access and author rights
  • Finding impact factors for journals and calculating an individual H-index
  • Scheduling a time to speak with a class on literature research techniques, resources available
  • Writing a data management plan for a grant
  • Understanding the role and function of the Purdue University Research Repository for data

 ... and much more. Thanks again, Amy.

Teaching Seminar Series

Purdue instructors can enhance their teaching skills, exchange ideas with colleagues, and get practical hints on their craft from some of the campus's award-winning professors in seminars offered by the Center for Instructional Excellence.

Faculty, staff, and graduate students who are currently teaching -- or those who plan to teach in the future -- are welcome to attend.
On Tuesday mornings beginning Jan. 17, seminars will be offered on the basics of teaching at Purdue. Topics include how to:

  • Engage students.
  • Get students to come to class prepared.
  • Write a course syllabus.
  • Establish course policies that work.
  • Give effective lectures.
  • Write various kinds of tests.

Instructors can register for a single workshop or for the series (10 seminars) as a whole.
Beginning Thursday Jan. 19, a second series of seminars will be offered with the following topics: "Weapons of Mass Instruction: Ways to Perk up Your Students and Make Sure they Remember the Material!"; "Sharing Your Teaching Successes: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning"; "How Can We Get Our Students to Write?"; "Techniques for Giving a Great Seminar!"; and "Demystifying the New Core Curriculum."

For more information, the flier for Series I can be found at www.purdue.edu/cie/web/search/Spring12_SeriesI.pdf.

The flier for Series II is at www.purdue.edu/cie/web/search/Spring2012_CIE%20Workshops.pdf.

To register for sessions, click on the titles in the flier or go to the series websites and click on the session title.

* Series I: www.purdue.edu/cie/workshop/college-teaching-workshops-series-1.html
* Series II: www.purdue.edu/cie/workshop/college-teaching-workshops-series-2.html

Martin Luther King Commemoration 

A variety of events to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King are continuing this week, including the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address by Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon
Wednesday, January 18, 2012, at Loeb Playhouse, 7:00 pm "The Fierce Urgency of Now."

Purdue to Celebrate the Year of the Dragon


Calendar: 1/16

Spring 2012

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