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ENE Memo June 2, 2014

From the Head: 6/2

Being Mindful

An idea that has caught the attention of the design community, and more recently the business community, is that of being mindful; being fully aware in the present and being open to seeing thing in new ways and being comfortable with uncertainty. The other side of the coin is mindlessness; being trapped in an illusion of certainty - a know it all. There is a long history of mindfulness that comes from meditative traditions. In contrast Ellen Langer, a Professor of Psychology at Harvard, has been studying mindfulness (and mindlessness) experimentally for the past 30 years from the perspective of how we initiate or condition our behavior in particular cultural contexts.

In her interview in Forbes, she suggests five behaviors based on mindfulness research that might lead to increased vitality at work.

  • Seek out, create, and notice new things
  • Realize how behavior can be understood differently in different contexts
  • Reframe mistakes into successes
  • Be aware that stress — indeed, all emotion — is a result of our views about events
  • Be authentic

She also has some fascinating reflections on learning.   

If these short videos engage your interest in mindfulness and you want to find out more, there is her 1989 book on Mindfulness, more recent articles like the "Construct of Mindfulness" (J of Social Issues (2000) 58(1), 1-9) and numerous TED-like talks on YouTube. 


Calendar: 6/2

Summer 2014

  • June 6-14 Workshops for visitors from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia
  • June 11-13: Various international visitors  
  • June 13-14: Q3 Workshop, ARMS B098 
  • June 14:ENE Alums & Friends Reception, Indianapolis Interdisciplinary Engineering Education
  • June 15-18: ASEE Conference, Indianapolis Engineering Education Futures
  • June16-July 11: STAR (Summer Transition, Advising and Registration) 
  • June 16: ENGR 132 begins its 8-week summer session
  • June 19-20: PEER Workshop, ARMS B098
  • August 8: ENGR 132 ends its 8-week summer session

Fall 2014

  • August 18: Faculty return
  • August 20: ENE Strategic Advance
  • August 25: Classes begin
  • Sept. 6: Family Day (Purdue Mall near MSEE)
  • Sept. 27: Homecoming (Armstrong Atrium), 9-11am
  • Oct. 22-25: FIE Madrid
  • Nov. 6/7: ENE Industrial Advisory Council
  • Nov. 13: ENE Interdisciplinary Colloquium
  • Nov. 26-28: Thanksgiving
  • Dec. 21: Commencement
  • Late Fall: ENE Research Facility Opens, Wang Hall

News and Information: 6/2

Help Needed

ENE is seeking graduate students to volunteer at the ASEE booth in the Exhibition Hall. There is a signup sheet on Julie's desk. If you're unable to come to the office, you may email Julie that you want to volunteer. The following time slots are open:

Monday (6/16) at 12:30-2pm, 3:45-4:15pm and 4:15-5pm. Tuesday (6/17) at 10:30am-noon and 12:30-2pm.

Kudos: 6/2 Monica Cardella on being named a Purdue Teaching Academy Fellow. A ceremony will be held Sept. 24 in the PMU North Ballroom with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by the ceremony at 7 p.m. All members of the Purdue community are welcome to attend.

Funding Opportunities: 6/2

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research – Technology Translation (PFI:AIR-TT) The PFI: AIR-TT solicitation serves as an early opportunity to move previously NSF-funded research results with promising commercial potential along the path toward commercialization. Projects are supported to demonstrate proof-of-concept, prototype, or scale-up while engaging faculty and students in entrepreneurial/innovative thinking. Letter of Intent due September 2; Proposal due October 2.

NSF Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) PAESMEM recognizes individuals and groups for their mentoring of persons from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, women, persons with disabilities, persons from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, and early career scientists and engineers. Deadline: October 3

USDA-FCIC Risk Management Education Partnerships Program The goal of this program is to educate to ensure that producers will be better able to use financial management, farm financial benchmarking, crop insurance, marketing contracts, and other existing and emerging risk management tools. Deadline: June 30

USDA-ERS Competitive Grant to Establish a USDA Center for Behavioral and Experimental Agri-Environmental Policy Research (C-BEAR) The USDA center will be expected to (1) establish an innova­tive behavioral and experimental economics research program related to the design and implementation of policies and programs that provide ecosystem services; (2) broaden the network of social scientists participating in policy-relevant behavioral and experi­mental economics research on agricultural ecosystem services, policies, and programs; and (3) disseminate information obtained via its research program to USDA and other agencies, researchers and the general public. Deadline: July 7

DHS National Cybersecurity Awareness Program DHS requires support in coordinating and collaborating with appropriate organizations and government entities to facilitate a comprehensive national cybersecurity awareness campaign including specific programs, activities, audience-specific awareness materials and outreach efforts, expansion of the Stop. Think. Connect. Campaign, as well as support for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October. Deadline: June 20

Navy Seal Foundation Request for Proposals The foundation seeks to invest their resources in specific projects and initiatives that complement their approach to serving the Naval Special Warfare community and their families. The Navy SEAL Foundation provides a comprehensive set of programs specifically designed to reduce the stressors associated with the tremendous amount of uncertainty and pressure that comes with life in Naval Special Warfare. Deadline: June 30

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.

**Effective immediately, the OVPR’s limited submission internal review process will no longer require letters of intent (LOIs). Instead, competitions will require only a preproposal (unless otherwise stated). As with current practices, preproposal templates will be posted on the limited submission website and will be tailored to reflect the review components of the actual proposal.**

Limited Submission: Searle Scholars Program The Searle Scholars Program seeks to fund high risk, high reward projects from candidates in their first appointment as a tenure-track assistant professor beginning on or after July 1, 2013. Applicants should be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, biophysics or related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences. Those in other fields including engineering, physics, psychology, and nutritional science may be eligible provided the project has a strong life science focus (see past awardees on the Searle website). For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application.

Internal Deadlines:

  • Monday, June 9: In lieu of preproposals, a full CV should be submitted.
  • Monday, June 16: Rankings due to the OVPR.

Sponsor deadline: September 26

Limited Submission: Pew Scholars Program The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences has invited Purdue to submit one candidate to their 2015 program. Eligible candidates must hold a full-time appointment (starting no earlier than July 1, 2011) as an assistant professor in medicine or biomedical sciences with the former area being liberally defined as “contributors in science relevant to human health.” Previous awardees encompass a range of disciplines including: biology, genetics, neuroscience, biochemistry, bioengineering, immunology, pharmacology, and biophysics. Previously unsuccessful Pew candidates are eligible to reapply to the foundation but only two attempts are allowed. *Please note that Pew’s eligibility criteria has changed from previous years so funding from NIH, other government sources, non-profit associations, and foundations is no longer a deterrent to applying for the Pew Scholars Program.*

Internal Deadlines:

  • Monday, June 9: In lieu of preproposals, a full CV should be submitted.
  • Monday, June 16: Rankings due to the OVPR.

Sponsor deadline: November 3

Limited Submission: ED Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) – First in the World Program (FITW) – Development The purpose of the FITW program is to provide grants to institutions of higher education to help ensure that they have access to and implement innovative strategies and practices that can be effective in improving student completion and making college more affordable for students and families. In the FY 2014 FITW competition, the Department has established five absolute priorities and one competitive preference priority: Priority I: Increasing Access and Completion for Underrepresented, Underprepared, and Low Income Students; Priority II: Increasing Community College Transfer Rates to Four-year Colleges; Priority III: Increasing Enrollment and Completion of Underrepresented Students in STEM Degree and Certificate Programs; Priority IV: Reducing Time to Degree; Priority V: Improving College Affordability, especially for Low-Income Students; and Competitive Preference Priority: Using Evidence of Promise as the evidence standard for submission. 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.


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