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ENE Memo: January 6, 2014

From the Head: 1/6

Aiming High

Over the holidays we heard the excellent news that Tamara Moore received a President’s Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). This very prestigious award will be presented to her at a White House ceremony in the spring. Congratulations Tamara! This is an outstanding professional achievement that also reflects very favorably on ENE and Purdue and the University of Minnesota.

This is a great start to what promises to be an exciting year. In April, we celebrate the first ten years as ENE. Over summer we get to move our research enterprise to Wang Hall. In the fall we will welcome a number of new faculty. As we enter our second decade there are strategic opportunities that can leverage our strengths to tackle pressing educational challenges in transformative ways.

Our multidisciplinary engineering program is proud to “educate one student at a time”. How do we translate this high minded goal to our first-year engineering students? Through the Ideas to Innovation Learning Laboratory we changed the learning experience from the impersonal lecture hall with 400 plus students to a more personal team of four. How can we further enrich the FYE experience by engaging each student as an individual, challenging them where they are on their unique learning journey and do this while still being efficient in the use of our finite resources? How might we refine the design and operation of our FYE courses and use technology in imaginative ways to personalize learning? Advancing personalized learning is one of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering. It is also a unique opportunity for ENE to demonstrate how our educational research can transform engineering education at scale.

For some time now ENE has been exploring ways to translate our educational research to tackle the challenges of developing engineering expertise in industry at a time of generational change. We have also created new modalities of professional development for educators in both K-12 and college. There is an opportunity to focus our engineering education lens on systems of education, on the design of adaptive learning ecosystems and innovative ways to develop educators and engineering practitioners. How do we engineer innovative systems that more effectively grow the capability to educate from K-12 to professional practice? Engineering practice need not be limited to working in industry; it can include engineers employing their talents on non-traditional careers, e.g. in NGOs or in community organizations. Similarly, capability is not simply something instrumental, i.e. the ability to function effectively in a role. It also encompasses empowerment and agency. Our work on engineering and social justice extends the meaning even further via the capabilities approach. Thus we have a timely opportunity to push the boundaries of what we might call research and practice in engineering capability.

An intriguing opportunity exists around telling stories. As a young school in an emergent field of research we constantly need to be telling our story; engaging others in the excitement of what we do. The phrase “telling stories” evokes both the act of oral communication as well as the sense that the stories are worth telling, that they have meaning and significance in the lives of people. Stories have the power to capture the imagination. They are an accessible doorway that opens up the more esoteric aspects of our educational research. Stories can also be a method of conducting research. We have a rich history of storytelling. Being more intentional about telling stories is a strategic enabler for our school.

These are three opportunities I plan to pursue as we embark on 2014.

Please take appropriate precautions and stay safe in this extreme weather.


Calendar: 1/6

Spring 2014

  • Jan 6: Faculty Return
  • Jan 13: Classes Begin
  • Jan 14: Faculty Candidate Research Seminar, ARMS 1028, 9:30-10:20am. 
  • Jan 17: Staff Meeting, ARMS 1109 8:30-9:20am. 
  • Jan 21: Faculty Candidate Research Seminar, ARMS 1028, 9:30-10:20am. 
  • Jan 22: Faculty Meeting, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • Jan 23: Faculty Candidate Research Seminar, ARMS 1028, 9:30-10:20am. 
  • 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 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 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. 
  • 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 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: 1/6 Tamara Moore on being awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). This is an extremely prestigious award. It will be presente to her by President Obama in the spring. Congratulations Tamara.  Excellent news to start off the New Year.

News and Information: 1/6

New Director of Communication for ENE

We are very excited to announce our new director of communications – Mike Loizzo.  Mike will start on Monday, January 13 and be housed in ARMS 1327 (Lisa’s old office), so please stop by and say hello.

Mike came to Purdue in July 2005 to work for public radio station WBAA. During his eight and a half years at the station, he served as a producer, reporter, anchor and news director. Mike also helped with the station’s fundraising and community engagement activities. Prior to coming to Purdue, he spent many years as a reporter and producer in public radio and TV as well as commercial TV. Mike earned his bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.

Interviews for ENE and STEM Cluster 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 13), 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 14) 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. 

Funding Opportunities: 1/6

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies (Cyberlearning)  The purpose of this program is to integrate opportunities offered by emerging technologies with advances in what is known about how people learn to advance three interconnected thrusts: Innovation, Advancing understanding of how people learn in technology-rich learning environments, and Promoting broad use and transferability of new genres. Awards will be made in three research categories, each focusing on a different stage of research and development: Exploration (EXP), Design and Implementation (DIP), and Integration (INT). The program will also support small Capacity-Building Projects (CAP) and will continue to participate in NSF's Foundation-Wide programs: EAGER, RAPID, INSPIRE, and CAREER.  Deadlines vary by program.

NSF STEM-C Partnerships The STEM-C (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, including Computing) Partnerships program is a major research and development effort of two NSF Directorates (EHR and CISE) which supports innovative partnerships to improve teaching and learning in STEM disciplines. STEM-C Partnerships combines and advances the efforts of both the former Math and Science Partnership (MSP) and the former Computing Education for the 21st Century (CE21) programs.

  • STEM-C Partnerships: Math and Science Partnerships  Deadline: March 18
  • STEM-C Partnerships: Computing Education for the 21st Century  Deadline: March 18

NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity FY2014 This campaign seeks to characterize biodiversity on Earth by using integrative, innovative approaches to fill the most substantial gaps in our understanding of the diversity of life on Earth. It takes a broad view of biodiversity, and currently focuses on the integration of genetic, taxonomic/phylogenetic, and functional dimensions of biodiversity. Deadline: April 3

NSF Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Processes and Systems (RIPS)  The goals of the RIPS solicitation are (1) to foster an interdisciplinary research community that discovers new knowledge for the design and operation of infrastructures as processes and services (2) to enhance the understanding and design of interdependent critical infrastructure systems (ICIs) and processes that provide essential goods and services despite disruptions and failures from any cause, natural, technological, or malicious, and (3) to create the knowledge for innovation in ICIs to advance society with new goods and services.  Deadline: March 19

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Research on Privacy in Today’s Networked World The directorates for SBE and CISE invite investigators to submit proposals that address the need to develop new and deeper understandings of privacy in today’s networked world. NSF’s interest spans both disciplinary and interdisciplinary research in an array of SBE sciences. Proposals for workshops to explore novel and interdisciplinary SBE and SBE/CISE approaches to privacy are also welcome. Proposals in response to this Dear Colleague Letter must meet the requirements and deadlines of the program to which they are submitted.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF) DMREF is the primary program by which NSF participates in the Materials Genome Initiative for Global Competitiveness. NSF will support DMREF through well-coordinated activities involving the Directorates of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Engineering and Computer & Information Science and Engineering. DMREF proposals must be submitted to the Design of Engineering Material Systems (DEMS/PD 12-8086) program within the applicable submission window (15 January to 18 February 2014).

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Stimulating Integrative Research in Computational Cognition The NSF is interested in receiving proposals to existing programs that explore computational models of human cognition, perception and communication and that integrate considerations and finding across disciplines. Proposals submitted to programs in SBE should include a rigorous computational context, and proposals submitted to programs in CISE should include a rigorous cognitive context. Deadlines vary based on each participating program.

NIH Notice of Reissuance of the Parent Research Career Development (K) Award FOAs The NIH has reissued many of the parent Career Development (K) Award Funding Opportunity Announcements.  The overall objectives of the programs, except for the K99/R00, are not changed in the reissued FOAs. Deadline: February 12

NIH Molecular Analysis Technologies Program These FOAs solicit grant applications proposing exploratory research projects focused on the inception and development of early stage, highly innovative, technologies for the molecular or cellular analysis of cancer or that address issues related to pre-analytical variations in the collection, processing, handling, and storage of cancer-relevant biospecimens or their derivatives.

  • Early-Stage Innovative Molecular Analysis Technology Development for Cancer Research (R21) Deadline: February 20
  • Validation and Advanced Development of Emerging Molecular Analysis Technologies for Cancer Research (R33) Deadline: February 20
  • Early-Stage Development of Innovative Technologies for Biospecimen Science (R21)  Deadline: February 20
  • Validation and Advanced Development of Emerging Technologies for Biospecimen Science (R33) Deadline: February 20

NIH Technologies for Single Cell Analysis This FOA solicits early stage, high-risk/high-impact applications to develop next-generation tools that distinguish heterogeneous states among cells in situ. The new tools should provide substantially increased sensitivity, selectivity, spatiotemporal resolution, scalability of multiple global or functional measures of single cells.

  • Exceptionally Innovative Tools and Technologies for Single Cell Analysis (R21) Deadline: April 4
  • Validation and Advanced Development of Technologies for the Study of Biological Properties of Single Cells (R33) Deadline: April 4
  • Revisions to Add Single Cell Analysis to Active Research Projects (R01)  Deadline: April 4

HHS-AHRQ Announces Interest in Research on Health Insurance Coverage, Access and Affordability and on Healthcare Delivery System Affordability, Efficiency, and Quality AHRQ will use standing grant mechanisms such as the R01, R03, R18, and K08 funding mechanisms to support this research.  Deadlines vary by funding mechanism.

DOE Support of Advanced Coal Research at U.S. Colleges and Universities Targeted Topic Areas for this year’s announcement are A) Materials Development to Support Direct Power Extraction, and B) Low-Cost Distributed Sensing of Fossil Energy Power Systems.  Deadline: February 6

EPA Human and Ecological Health Impacts Associated with Water Reuse and Conservation Practices The EPA, as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications to conduct research on and demonstration of human and ecological impacts of treated wastewater applications (reclaimed water and wastewater reuse), and water conservation practices including the use of non-traditional water sources as well as more comprehensive long-term management and availability of water resources. In addition to regular awards, this solicitation includes the opportunity for early career awards. Deadline: February 18

World Wood Day Foundation Research Grants WWDF invites applications from scholars and senior graduate students that focus on "wood and culture." The WWDF is an international non-profit organization that aims to raise public awareness on wood as an eco-friendly material, inspires academic research and promotes responsible wood usage for a sustainable world future. By carrying out its missions, the WWDF supports interdisciplinary and integral investigations into exploring how wood has played a prominent role in human life.  Deadline: February 20.

NSF Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace:  Secure, Trustworthy, Assured and Resilient Semiconductors and Systems (SaTC:  STARSS) NSF and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) are announcing a joint partnership in the area of Secure, Trustworthy, Assured and Resilient Semiconductors and Systems (SaTC: STARSS) focused on research on Design for Assurance. Specifically, NSF and SRC will support research on new strategies for architecture, specification and verification, especially at the stages of design in which formal methods are currently weak or absent, with the aim of decreasing the likelihood of unintended behavior or access, increasing resistance and resilience to tampering, and improving the ability to provide authentication throughout the supply chain and in the field. Deadline: March 26.

NSF Genealogy of Life (GoLife) The ultimate vision of this program is an open access, universal Genealogy of Life that will provide the comparative framework necessary for testing questions in systematics, evolutionary biology, ecology, and other fields. A further strategic integration of this genealogy of life with data layers from genomic, phenotypic, spatial, ecological and temporal data will produce a grand synthesis of biodiversity and evolutionary sciences. Projects submitted to this program should emphasize increased efficiency in contributing to a complete Genealogy of Life and integration of various types of organismal data with phylogenies. Deadline: March 26.

NIH Mechanisms of Behavior Change in the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorders This FOA encourages grant applications from institutions or organizations that propose to investigate the underlying mechanisms that facilitate behavior change within our current empirically-supported behavioral treatments for alcohol use disorders. A further goal of this FOA is to enhance translational research efforts by identifying potential neurobiological or cognitive processes that may act as potential mechanisms of therapeutic change or mediate the direct link between specific "active ingredients" and alcohol use treatment outcomes.

  • R01 Deadlines: LOI – February 14; Application – March 14
  • R03 Deadlines: LOI – February 14; Application – March 14
  • R21 Deadlines: LOI – February 14; Application – March 14

DOD-ONR FOA for Navy and Marine Corps Science, Technology, Engineering The Office of Naval Research (ONR) seeks proposals for developing innovative solutions that directly support the development and maintenance of a robust Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. The goal of any proposed effort should be to provide "game changing" solutions that will establish and maintain a diverse pipeline of U.S. citizens who are interested in uniformed or civilian Naval STEM related workforce opportunities. While this announcement is relevant for any stage of the STEM pipeline, for FY14, funding efforts will be targeted primarily towards High School, Undergraduate, and Graduate STEM education and outreach designed to enhance the Navy and Marine Corps STEM workforce and its mission readiness. Deadline: December 31, 2104.

DoEd OSERS: National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research The purpose of the Field Initiated (FI) Projects program is to develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology that maximize the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe disabilities. Another purpose of the FI Projects program is to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

  • Field Initiated Projects Program – Research Deadline: February 28
  • Field Initiated Projects Program – Development Deadline: February 28

NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes These grants support faculty development programs in the humanities for school teachers and for college and university teachers. NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes may be as short as two weeks or as long as five weeks. Deadline: March 4

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 Scientific Data Management, Analysis and Visualization at Extreme Scale 2 The purpose of this announcement is to invite applications for basic computer science research on five major themes:

  1. Usability and user interface design;
  2. In situ methods for data management, analysis and visualization;
  3. Design of in situ workflows to support data management, processing, analysis and visualization;
  4. New approaches to scalable interactive visual analytic environments; and/or
  5. Proxy applications or workflows and/or simulations for data management, analysis and visualization software to support co-design of extreme scale systems.

Purdue may submit only two applications to this FOA, including participations as a sub-awardee or collaborating institution.

  • Internal deadline: Contact by January 6
  • Sponsor deadlines: Pre-application due January 24; Invited applications due March 19

Limited Submission: DOS Sport for Community: Emerging Leaders in Action Program This program of exchange projects is designed to use the popularity and power of mega sporting events, such as the World Cup, to create positive change in communities through sustained mentorship and youth-led community-based sports initiatives. The program will focus on both male and female youth ages 20-35. Sport for Community will provide 10 - 20 foreign emerging leaders with a U.S.-based mentorship in the sports sector. Approximately 10 American representatives of the mentoring organizations will then travel to the host country for follow-on programming with their mentees.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application. 

  • Internal deadline: Contact by January 6
  • Sponsor deadline: February 7

Limited Submission: NIH Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) (R25) The goal of this National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) R25 program is to enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce.  To this end, this FOA encourages the development of Summer Institutes for creative educational activities with a primary focus on Research Experiences, Courses for Skills Development and Mentoring Activities relevant to NHLBI.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application. 

  • Internal deadline: Contact by January 6
  • Sponsor deadline: March 13

Limited Submission: NIH Coordination Center for Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) (R01) This FOA solicits applications from institutions to serve as the Coordination Center for the Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE). This FOA runs parallel with a separate FOA that solicits applications for eight Summer Institutes (see above). The purpose of the CC is to support and complement the activities of the Summer Institutes as they enhance the development of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application. 

Limited Submission: NIH National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) (U54) The purpose of this FOA is to encourage organizations with experience in the mentorship of individuals from diverse backgrounds as they pursue careers in biomedical research to submit grant applications for the NIH National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN). The NRMN will be a nationwide consortium to enhance the training and career development of individuals from diverse backgrounds who are pursuing biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social science research careers (collectively termed biomedical research careers), through enhanced networking and mentorship experiences. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application. 

Limited Submission:  NIH Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHS CC) (P30) An EHS CC is designed to establish leadership and support for programs of excellence in environmental health sciences by providing scientific guidance, technology, and career development opportunities for promising investigators. This is an institutional award to support centralized scientific resources and facilities shared by investigators with existing research projects. By providing structure and resources, this support is intended to enhance the ability of scientists working in the field of environmental health sciences to identify and capitalize on emerging opportunities that will translate into advances improving the understanding of the relationships among environmental exposures, human biology, and disease.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application. 

Limited Submission: NIH Centers for AIDS Research and Developmental Centers for AIDS Research (P30)  Applications are invited for both standard Centers for AIDS Research (CFARs) and for developmental CFARs (D-CFARs). Standard and D-CFARs provide core facilities, expertise, resources, and services not readily obtained otherwise through more traditional funding mechanisms. Additionally, D-CFARs provide support to assist investigators in the development of a competitive standard CFAR. The program emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration, especially between basic and clinical investigators, translational research between the laboratory and the clinic, inclusion of investigators from diverse backgrounds, and inclusion of prevention and behavioral change research.  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.


DOE Notice of Intent to Issue FOA titled “U.S. Wind Manufacturing: Taller Hub Heights to Access Higher Wind Resources, and Lower Cost of Energy” This FOA is expected to focus on innovative designs and processes for wind turbine tower manufacturing and turbine system installations which are demonstrably cost-competitive over the entire tower lifecycle of fabrication through decommissioning, for multi-megawatt turbine hub heights of at least 120 meters. EERE plans to issue the FOA during the first quarter of calendar year 2014.

DOE Notice of Intent to Issue FOA titled “Geothermal Play Fairway Analysis” The Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) is interested in research that would further develop the “play fairway analysis” concept for use in identifying and exploring for all types of potential geothermal systems. GTO intends to support projects that will serve as case studies to illustrate the use of the play fairway concept and ideally move geothermal exploration beyond currently known geothermal resource areas into new regions and provinces.

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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