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ENE Memo: June 10, 2013

From the Head: 6/10

Following up from our Advance in May, a strategy we could use to build esprit de corps in ENE is to engage in some serious TRASH TALK.

Now I have your attention, let me explain. Taking the lead from the common read for 2013/14, No Impact Man, we could undertake an all-ENE, year-long project on reducing waste - the "Trash Talk" project. The idea is to have department-wide conversations and collective action to significantly reduce the amount of trash (waste of every description) that we produce in work at ENE and maybe in other aspects of our life. This gets at the question of how we can reduce the consumable items we go through each year in all aspects of our operations. We might build this into the content and operation of our courses (e.g. reduce handout materials)? I know that I print too much stuff, so I am looking for help with my addiction.

We could also use this "Trash Talk" to explore and learn more about how the recycling systems at Purdue work, so that we can better use the receptacles provided. Maybe have a field trip to the recycle station? One place to start is the Purdue Sustainability initiative: Gold and Black and Green. Another is to ask where are the main sources of waste (materials, time and energy) in our work practices?

We could adopt the slogan from Recology in the Bay Area, "If less is more then zero is everything." Or we could do a word play on the College tagline to read "Think! No Impact." 

Ideas on making "Trash Talk" a reality in 2013/14 plus expressions of interest from possible trash talk champions who will make this happen, gratefully received.


Calendar: 6/10

Summer 2013

  • June 17 - July 11:  STAR​ (Student Transition, Advising and Registration)
  • June 23 - 26: ASEE Conference, Atlanta

Fall 2013

  • Aug 13: ENE Faculty Advance
  • Aug 14: BGR lunch
  • Aug 14-16: ENE PhD orientation
  • Aug 19: Classes Begin
  • Sept 28: Homecoming & Family Weekend Celebrating 60 Years of FYE at Purdue
  • Oct 20-22: ABET Site Visit (Mon + Tues; most likely in Oct or Nov)
  • Oct 21-25: Green Week at Purdue (Think! No Impact)
  • Nov 8: Engineering Education Industrial Advisory Council (E2IAC) 
  • Nov 9: ENE Friends at the Football
  • Nov 14: Interdisciplinary Engineering Colloquium Celebrating a Century of Engineering Education Innovation at Purdue

Spring 2014

  • Feb 20: ENE Outstanding Alumni Awards Celebrating 45 Years of  Interdisciplinary Engineering Excellence
  • April 9: ENE Turns 10: Celebrating a Decade of ENE / Open House and Research Exhibition

Summer 2014

  • June 15-18: ASEE Conference, Indianapolis Engineering Education Futures

News and Information: 6/10

ABET Accreditation Visit Scheduled

The site visit to Purdue by the ABET accreditation team will be October 20-22. Please mark your calendars as appropriate.

Funding Opportunities: 6/10

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Data-Intensive Research to Improve Teaching and Learning – An Ideas Lab to Foster Transformative Approaches to Teaching and Learning The goal is to foster novel, transformative, multidisciplinary approaches that address the use of large data sets to create actionable knowledge for improving STEM teaching and learning environments (formal and informal) in the medium term, and to revolutionize learning in the longer term. These approaches will involve the work of learning scientists, STEM disciplinary experts, computer scientists, statisticians, database experts and educational researchers who design and study learning environments.   Preliminary proposals due August 19; Full proposals to all programs due December 9

USDA-NIFA Integrated Research, Education, & Extension Program – National Integrated Water Quality Program (NIWQP)  The goal of the NIWQP is to contribute to the improvement of the quality and conservation of our Nation’s water resources through research, education, and extension activities. Projects funded through this program will work to solve water resource problems by advancing and disseminating the knowledge base available to agricultural, rural, and urbanizing communities.  Deadline: July 10

NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants  This program awards relatively small grants to support the planning stages of innovative projects that promise to benefit the humanities.  These grants should result in plans, prototypes, or proofs of concept for long-term digital humanities projects prior to implementation.  Deadline: September 12

DOS U.S.-India School Partnership for Real Communication  The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section in New Delhi is soliciting proposals to develop and implement educational and cultural programs whereby individual high schools in India are linked with high schools in the U.S. for curriculum development partnerships, joint projects on selected themes, sharing cultural information and developing personal relationships between students and teachers.  Deadline: June 20

Mathers Charitable Foundation Grants The Foundation is primarily interested in supporting fundamental basic research in the life sciences. Support is provided for specific projects from established researchers at top universities and independent research institutions within the United States. No specified deadlines.

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: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowships  These fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.  Candidates must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in chemistry, computational or evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences (including marine biology), physics, or a related field. Candidates must hold a tenure track (or equivalent) position and be no more than six years from completion of their most recent Ph.D.  No more than three candidates from a department may be nominated.  Please contact your department head ASAP to coordinate submission.  Deadline: September 16

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.  UDO lists funding opportunities here.


NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Information to PIs Planning to Submit Proposals to the Sensors and Sensing Systems (SSS) Program October 1, 2013 Deadline  The SSS program will be conducting a proposal review pilot test of a modified proposal review process on proposals submitted for the October 1 deadline. 

NIH Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards – FY13  This notice provides guidance about the NIH Fiscal Operations for the remainder of FY13 in light of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013, signed by President Obama on March 26, and the sequestration provisions of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act.

NIH Notice of Change in Application Due Date for RFA-OD-13-009 "Short Courses on Innovative Methodologies in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R25)”  The due date was published originally as July 3, 2013.  This Notice establishes the new application due date as November 14.

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