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ENE Memo: June 17, 2013

From the Head: 6/17

Metaphors are used widely as a means to explain complex organizational issues. They can provide penetrating insights that help us better understand what is going on. They enable us to tell our story and to talk about difficult issues we face.

Metaphors can also be fun when we take them too literally or stretch them to a ridiculous extreme. They cause us to laugh and thereby relieve the stress associated with the pressures of work. Here are some examples.

I have used several types of metaphor to talk about the growth and evolution of ENE. One is that of a start-up company. Another is the metaphor of  the  stages of climbing a mountain. Other metaphors I have used concern a balancing act of some type including a group of plate spinners and tight rope walking.

Kamyar was fond of evoking the building the plane while flying it metaphor. Of course the classic metaphor for the role of the university administrator (such as a department head) is that of herding cats. So while metaphors have a powerful explanatory quality they can also allow us to laugh at ourselves.

In the week that the demanding yet rewarding work of STAR commences I am wondering: What is a good metaphor for STAR? Ideas? Video clip suggestions?


(next week I will discuss the importance of workplace culture for success - Silicon Valley start-up style - and how to avoid a weak password)

Calendar: 6/17

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

Kudos: 6/17 Valerie Lundy-Wagner (former ENE post-doc), Noah Salzman, and Matthew Ohland on the selection of their paper “Reimagining engineering diversity: A study of academic advisors’ perspectives on socioeconomic status” for ASEE's 2013 First-Year Programs Division (FPD) Best Paper Award. The award will be presented at the FPD Business Meeting at the ASEE Conference. Heidi Diefes-Dux and Matt Verleger (PhD alumnus) on the selection of their paper “A Teaching Assistant Training Protocol for Improving Feedback on Open-Ended Engineering Problems in Large Classes " for ASEE's 2013 First-Year Programs Division (FPD) 2nd Place Best Paper Award. The award will be presented at the FPD Business Meeting at the ASEE Conference. Xingu Chen on her transition to PhD candidacy following the success defense of her Preliminary Examination.

News and Information: 6/17

New Faculty

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Tamara Moore will be joining the ENE faculty this fall. Tamara was the first graduate of the ENE PhD program and has gone on to develop her career at the University of Minnesota. 

Funding Opportunities: 6/17

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: FY13 Career-Life Balance – Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Supplemental Funding Requests  The purpose of this DCL is to announce a new opportunity for GRFP institutions to submit supplemental funding requests to sustain the research of  active NSF Graduate Research Fellows who have been granted an NSF-approved medical deferral for family leave situations.  The supplemental funding request may include funding for up to 3 months of salary support for the additional personnel needed.

NIH-NIAID Resource-Related Research Projects (R24)  The purpose of the R24 grant is to support investigator-initiated research projects that will develop resources to serve biomedical research that may be critical to enhancing synergies among existing programs that address the specific mission of NIAID.  Deadline: September 25

NIH-NINDS Research Education Opportunities (R25)  This FOA supports applications from organizations that propose neuroscience research education programs that will significantly advance the mission of the NINDS. This program is designed to support the development and implementation of creative and innovative neuroscience research education programs for biomedical, behavioral, and clinical researchers.  Deadline: September 25

HHS-ACF Head Start University Partnerships: Dual-Generation Approaches  This program will support projects that will examine the role that Head Start can play in promoting family well-being, including health, safety, financial security, and school readiness.  Projects must be led by researchers working in partnership with one or more Head Start programs. Together, they will identify and evaluate promising dual-generation approaches, which combine intensive, high-quality, child-focused programs with intensive, high-quality, adult-focused services to support both parent well-being and children’s school readiness, within the context of Head Start. Letter of Intent due July 12; Application due July 26

ED-NIDRR Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers: Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long-Term Physical Disabilities NIDRR seeks to improve the health and functioning, employment, and community living and participation of individuals with disabilities through comprehensive programs of research, engineering, training, technical assistance, and knowledge translation and dissemination.  Deadline: August 6

NEH America’s Media Makers These grants support the following formats: interactive digital media; film and television projects; and radio projects.  NEH encourages projects that feature multiple formats to engage the public in the exploration of humanities ideas. Proposed projects might include complementary components that expand or deepen the audience’s understanding of a subject.

  • Development Grants  Deadline: August 14
  • Production Grants  Deadline: August 14

OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant Program  In recognition of the importance of research to the advancement of librarianship and information science, OCLC and ALISE promote independent research that helps integrate new technologies that offer innovative approaches and contributes to a better understanding of the information environment and user expectations and behaviors.  Deadline: September 15

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards at the Scientific Interface  These awards are intended to foster the early career development of researchers who have transitioned or are transitioning from undergraduate and/or graduate work in the physical/mathematical/computational sciences or engineering into postdoctoral work in the biological sciences, and who are dedicated to pursuing a career in academic research.  Deadline: September 3

Internal Coordination: Beckman Young Investigators Program  This program provides grants for young, tenure-track faculty in the chemical and life sciences “particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.”  Although this program is not a limited submission, applications do require the signature of both the dean and the president or provost. The Office of the Vice President for Research is assisting the Offices of the President and Provost by reviewing the submissions, editing as needed, and then securing the president’s/provost’s signature on the letter of intent form.  See the attached instructions for more details on this process.


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.


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.



DOE ARPA-E has issued two RFIs regarding potential future funding opportunities:  RFI Regarding Support for Crowdsourcing Vehicle Design Competitions due July 5.  RFI on Personal Thermal Management Systems to Reduce Building Energy Consumption response July 19

NSF Notice: Implementation of the 2013 Federal Continuing Appropriations Act provisions affecting the NSF Political Science Program

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