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ENE Memo: January 27, 2014

From the Head: 1/27

Celebrating community

I want to thank all the staff, faculty and students who responded so well during that hour of uncertainty last week. I particularly want to thank the Ops Center staff who made sure people were safe on the i2i Learning Lab area and the basement more generally.

While we had made preparations for such an emergency, when it happens we are sometimes left unsure as to precisely what to do. This is natural; practice and reality are different things. Many of us will replay what happened and ask: Did we do the right thing at the right time? Some will ponder the question: What if it had been a major emergency right here in Armstrong?

We are systematically reviewing our responses and as necessary will make adjustments in our systems and our training. In doing so we need to make sure our focus is not just on preparing for the worst, but that we imagine the best and put energy into making ENE the best that we can be as a place to work and learn.

This is a great community. Yet, we can all contribute to it becoming an even more caring place every day where we move beyond ourselves, our egos and agendas, and consider others first.

Thank you again for responding so well at a time of emergency.

 .... David

Calendar: 1/27

Spring 2014

  • Jan 27: TULIP (Teaching Undergraduates for Learning), ARMS 3001, 2:30-4:00pm. 
  • Jan 28: Faculty Candidate Research Seminar, ARMS 1028, 9:30-10:20am. 
  • Jan 29: Assistant Professors meet with Head, Innovation Studio, 9:30-10:20am.
  • Jan 30: Faculty Candidate Research Seminar, ARMS 1028, 9:30-10:20am. 
  • 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 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 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: 1/27

An NSF grant of $293,969 has been made based on a proposal that was significantly developed by Jaqi McNeil. "Characterizing Non-Traditional Student Access and Success in Engineering" is a three-year project with Matt Ohland (Jaqi's Major Professor) as the PI and Russell Long as the Co-PI.

.. Krishna Madhavan on publication of a paper "Tools for large-scale data analytic examination of relational and epistemic networks in engineering education" in Advances in Engineering Education.

News and Information: 1/27

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. 

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:

Funding Opportunities: 1/27

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Cultural Anthropology Research Experience for Graduates (REG) and Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Supplements To advance the integration of research and education, the Cultural Anthropology program of the National Science Foundation invites researchers holding existing NSF awards to request a  REG or REU Supplement.  This supplemental funding will provide up to $5,000 per REG student or $4,000 per REU student to support the cost of a Cultural Anthropology student's closely mentored but independent research experience.  Deadline: March 1

NIH Mentored Career Development Award in Biomedical Big Data Science for Clinicians and Doctorally Prepared Scientists (K01)  This FOA solicits applications for a mentored career development award in the area of Big Data Science. The aim of the initiative is to support additional mentored training of scientists who will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to be independent researchers as well as to work in a team environment to develop new Big Data technologies, methods, and tools applicable to basic and clinical research.  Deadline: April 1

NIH Open Educational Resources for Biomedical Big Data (R25) The goal of this FOA is to complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation's biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs in utilizing ‘Big Data.’ To this end, this FOA encourages the development of creative educational activities with a primary focus on Curriculum or Methods Development.  In particular, the program encourages applications proposing the development of open educational resources for use by large numbers of learners at all career levels that enhance the ability of the workforce to use and analyze biomedical Big Data. Deadline: April 1

NIH Courses for Skills Development in Biomedical Big Data Science (R25) The goal of this Big Data to Knowledge Program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs in Big Data Science. To this end, this FOA encourages the development of creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skills Development.  Deadline: April 1

NIH Neurobiology of Migraine This FOA solicits applications for innovative research that will elucidate the mechanisms underlying migraine, expand our current knowledge of the role of genetic, physiological, biopsychosocial, and environmental influences in migraine susceptibility and progression, and explore new therapeutic targets and therapies for acute migraine management and longer term prevention. 

  • R01  Deadline: June 5
  • R21  Deadline: June 16

NASA Earth Science Applications: Health and Air Quality  Through this solicitation, the Applied Sciences Program supports projects that apply Earth observations in decision-making activities for health and air quality. This application area supports the use of Earth observations in air quality management and public health, particularly regarding infectious disease and environmental health issues. It also promotes uses of Earth observing data and models regarding implementation of air quality standards, policy, and regulations for economic and human welfare. Notice of Intent due February 27; Proposal due April 24

DOE FY14 Vehicle Technologies Program Wide FOA  The Vehicle Technologies Office supports a broad research, development, and deployment technology portfolio focused on reducing the cost and improving the performance of a mix of near- and long-term vehicle technologies including advanced batteries, power electronics and electric motors, lightweight and propulsion materials, advanced combustion engines, advanced fuels and lubricants, and other enabling technologies. Specifically, activities are aimed at meeting the goals and objectives of the President’s Electric Vehicle (EV) Everywhere Grand Challenge as well as improvements in other vehicle technologies such as powertrains, fuel, tires, and auxiliary systems. Concept papers due February 19; Full applications due April 1

EPA Particulate Matter and Related Pollutants in a Changing World  Research is sought on the changing spatiotemporal patterns or environmental impacts of particulate matter in the United States, the challenges that various aspects of global change pose for the management of particulate matter and related pollutants, the rates and timescales at which global change can impact United States air quality, and stronger linkages between the modeling of atmospheric processes and other environmental processes.  In addition to regular awards, this solicitation includes the opportunity for early career awards.  Deadline: March 14

USAID/Multi-sponsored Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development To accelerate substantial and sustainable progress in reducing maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths at the community level, the sponsors seek innovative prevention and treatment approaches across three main domains: (1) Science & technology; (2) Service delivery; and (3) Demand-side innovation. Deadline: March 27

ERA-CAPS/NSF Expanding the European Research Area in Molecular Plant Sciences II  This second ERA-CAPS call will fund high quality collaborative transnational research in fundamental molecular plant science. These are examples of areas of research that are welcome, but they do not exclude other areas of molecular plant science: Food Security, Non-food crops, Adaptation to a changing climate, and Biotic/abiotic stresses.  Pre-proposals due March 14; Invited full proposals due July 18.

American Cancer Society Role of Healthcare and Insurance in Improving Outcomes in Cancer Prevention, Early Detection and Treatment  The purpose of this program is to stimulate research that will generate new knowledge of the effects of the US healthcare system structure and the role of insurance on both access to and outcomes of cancer screening, early detection and treatment services. Studies investigating how one or more factors impacting access and outcomes interact, such as insurance status, costs, capacity, personal characteristics, provider characteristics, components of the healthcare delivery system and other known factors, are encouraged.  Deadline: April 1

Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation Data-Driven Discovery Investigator Awards  Data-Driven Discovery (DDD) seeks to advance the people and practices of data-intensive science to take advantage of the increasing volume, velocity, and variety of scientific data to make new discoveries. The goal of the DDD Investigator awards is to fund individuals who exemplify this new kind of data-driven discovery. Successful applicants must make a strong case for developments in the natural sciences (biology, physics, astronomy, etc.) or science enabling methodologies (statistics, machine learning, scalable algorithms, etc.), and applicants that credibly combine the two are especially encouraged.  Pre-application deadline: February 24

Human Frontier Science Program The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) supports innovative basic research into fundamental biological problems with emphasis placed on novel and interdisciplinary approaches that involve scientific exchanges across national and disciplinary boundaries. The HFSP funds novel collaborations that bring scientists with distinct expertise together to focus on problems at the frontiers of the life sciences. To stimulate novel, daring ideas and innovative approaches, preliminary results are not required in research grant applications. Two types of awards are offered: Young Investigators’ Grants and Program Grants.  Letters of Intent due March 27.

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: DOE Vehicle Technologies Incubator DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) develops and deploys efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies that will enable America to use less petroleum. These technologies will provide Americans with greater freedom of mobility and energy security, while lowering costs and reducing impacts on the environment.  This FOA is open to any and all impactful ideas which significantly advance the mission of the VTO. The FOA will give equal consideration to all proposals submitted, including submissions that address the following Areas of Interest: Energy Storage R&D; Advanced Power Electronics and Electric Motors R&D; Advanced Combustion Engine R&D; Materials Technology; Fuels and Lubricant Technologies; Other – In addition to the above topic areas, this VTO Incubator FOA is open to applications that aim to bring to market a novel, non‐incremental technology that facilitates one or more of the overall VTO goals.  The awards will range from $500,000 to $2,000,000 for a period of 12 to 24 months.  For this opportunity, cost sharing is required.  Research and development projects must meet 20% and commercial application projects must meet 50% of the total project costs in cost sharing.  Purdue is limited to only one application as lead organization but may be involved as a subcontracted partner on multiple applications.

Internal deadlines are as follows:

  • Monday, January 27:  Letters of Intent due to the OVPR.
  • Wednesday, February 5: Preproposals due to the OVPR.

Limited Submission:  NIH Director’s Biomedical Research Workforce Innovation Award: Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) (DP7) The purpose of this FOA is to seek out, identify and support bold and innovative approaches designed to broaden graduate and postdoctoral training, such that training programs reflect the range of career options that Ph.D. graduate students and postdoctoral (regardless of funding source) pursue and that are required for a robust biomedical, behavioral, social and clinical research enterprise. Collaborations with non-academic partners are encouraged to ensure that experts from a broad spectrum of research-intensive and research-related careers contribute to coursework, rotations, internships or other forms of exposure.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application. 

  • Internal deadline:  Contact by February 3
  • Sponsor deadline: March 31

Limited Submission: NIH Alzheimer’s Disease Centers  These centers are designed to support and conduct research on Alzheimer's disease (AD), to serve as shared research resources that will facilitate research in AD and related disorders, distinguish them from the processes of normal brain aging and mild cognitive impairment, provide a platform for training, develop novel techniques and methodologies, and translate these research findings into better diagnostic, prevention and treatment strategies.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application to either the Core Centers or the Research Centers program. 

  1. Core Centers (P30)
  2. Research Centers (P50)
  • Internal deadline: Contact by February 17
  • Sponsor deadline: May 14

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.


OVPR Workshop: Working with Industry, Patents & Licensing, and Business Start-ups  The workshop will be held Tuesday, February 25th,  11:30 am – 1:00 pm, in STEW 202.  This workshop will discuss industry partnerships, technology transfer and business development. Geanie Umberger, assistant vice president for research, will discuss the unique concerns and considerations faculty face when working with industry partners as well as the resources in place at Purdue to help faculty develop these relationships.  Libby Hart-Wells, assistant vice president for research, associate director of the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, and director of the Office of Technology Commercialization, will present on patents, licensing and commercialization of technology, including business start-ups. Faculty will also receive an overview of Purdue’s resources related to business development and technology commercialization.  Lunch will be served so registration is required.  Please register before Thursday, Feb. 20th at the link above.

DOE Notice of Intent to Issue FOA entitled “Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Incubator Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2014” DOE plans to issue the FOA in or around the first calendar quarter in 2014.

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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