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ENE Memo: June 22, 2015

From the Head: 6/22

Contrarian Thinking

The following quote comes from Linda Rottenberg's book, Crazy is a Compliment.

I was beginning to learn an important lesson about starting anything new: Being misunderstood is part of the process. If contrarian thinking is the first step to becoming an entrepreneur, then you can’t expect others, especially those following more traditional paths, to embrace your vision at the outset. Often your best hope is to find another outlier who’s passionate about the same thing.  


Calendar: 6/22


  • June 15-July 10: STAR  (Student Transition, Advising and Registration), FYE Advising area 
  • June 22: Teacher Workshop, WANG 3520/70B/64 (Simulation Class Rooms)
  • June 22-25: MEP Campers, WANG 3520/70B/64 (Simulation Class Rooms)
  • July 3: Independence Day (observed), university holiday
  • July 21-23: Teacher WorkshopWANG 3520/70B/64 (Simulation Class Rooms)
  • Aug 7: ENGR 132, 8 week module ends, ARMS
  • Aug 8: Commencement
  • Aug 15: ENE End-of-Summer Potluck, Happy Hollow Park, Shelter #1, 4-9pm


  • Aug 19: ENE Faculty Advance (incl. visit by Provost) , WANG 3501, 9:30am-3:30pm
  • Aug 24: Classes commence
  • Aug 27: ENE Research Seminar ARMS BO71 3:30pm (Weekly) 
  • Aug 28: ENE Staff Meeting, 8:30-9:30, TBD
  • Sept 2: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-10:30am, WANG 3501
  • Sept 2: Assistant Professor meet with Head, 10:30-11:30am, WANG 3501  
  • Sept 7: Labor Day
  • Sept 9: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:30am, WANG 3501
  • Sept 16: ENE Advance Follow-Up, 9:30-11:30am, WANG 3501
  • Sept 19: Family Day
  • Sept 30: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-10:30am, WANG 3501
  • Sept 30: Associate Professors meet with Head, 10:30-11:30, WANG 3501
  • Oct 4/5: Big Ten + Grad Expo
  • Oct 12/13: Fall Break
  • Oct 16: ENE Staff Meeting, 8:30-9:30am, TBD 
  • Oct 28: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:30am, WANG 3501
  • Oct 28/29: ENE Grad Program Open House
  • Nov 4: ENE Advance Follow-Up, 9:30-11:30, WANG 3501
  • Nov 7: Homecoming
  • Nov 13: ENE Industrial Advisory Council, 8:00am-3pm, WANG 3501
  • Nov 18: Faculty-PhD Student Matching, 9:30-11:30, WANG 3501
  • Nov 26/27: Thanksgiving
  • Dec 2: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:30am, WANG 3501

News and Information: 6/22

ENE Profile

Name:  Kathleen Wible

Job Title:  Continuing Term Lecturer

What is the scope of your job? I am an instructor for ENGR 131 & ENGR 132.  In these classes, the students learn the design process and how to apply it to a semester project.  They also learn how to create mathematical models for real life problems. I am also a co-advisor for the EPICS Imagination Station section. In this section, the students develop interactive exhibits for the Imagination Station children’s museum.

What’s a job priority for you right now/what big project are you working on? I am teaching the summer section of ENGR 132.  For their semester project, the students will be developing an interactive touch-screen flight management system prototype.  I haven’t done this project before, so I familiarizing myself with the material.

What’s the best part of your job or working in ENE? I really like teaching freshmen. They come from all parts of the world and it is so much fun getting to know them. I learn so much about different cultures from them.

What hobbies or activities are you involved in outside of work? I love weight training and running. I am also a member of the Chicago Botanic Garden and love to visit there when I can. It is such a beautiful place!

What is your favorite game or sport to watch/play?  I love college basketball. It’s always exciting to watch.

What type of music do you like?  I like 70s music. Growing up in the 70s was so much fun and the music reminds me of so many things from the past.

Kudos: 6/22 Allison Godwin and Leidy Klotz (Clemson University) for winning the Best Research Methodology Paper Award at the 7th Conference on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development held in British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada for their paper titled, “An Intersectional Approach to Understanding Underrepresented Students’ Sustainability Goals.” Karl Smith receiving ASEE Lifetime Achievement Award Ruth Streveler receiving ASEE Fellow Award Beth Holloway (PhD 2013) receiving the William Elgin Wickenden Award for Best Paper in JEE Noah Salzman (PhD 2014) receiving  Best Student Presenter Award from the First-year Programs Division of the American Society for Engineering Education. The award was for his presentation (when he was still a student) of "Precollege Engineering Participation Among First-Year Engineering Students" at the 2014 Conference. Bill Oakes on the article in USA Today on EPICS

Funding Opportunities: 6/22

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF EarthScope  The EarthScope Program provides a framework for broad, integrated studies across the Earth sciences, including research on fault properties and the earthquake process, strain transfer, magmatic and hydrous fluids in the crust and mantle, plate boundary processes, large-scale continental deformation, continental structure and evolution, and composition and structure of the deep Earth. This solicitation calls for single or collaborative proposals to conduct scientific research and/or education and outreach activities within North America that 1) make use of capabilities provided through, and/or data and/or models derived from, GAGE, SAGE, and/or SAFOD and 2) further the scientific and educational goals of EarthScope. Deadline: November 13

NIH Pioneer Award Program (DP1)   The NIH Pioneer Award initiative complements NIH's traditional, investigator-initiated grant programs by supporting individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose pioneering and possibly transforming approaches to addressing major biomedical or behavioral challenges that have the potential to produce an unusually high impact on a broad area of biomedical or behavioral research. To be considered pioneering, the proposed research must reflect substantially different scientific directions from those already being pursued in the investigator’s research program or elsewhere. Deadline: October 9

NIH Superfund Research Program (SRP) Occupational and Safety Education Programs on Emerging Technologies (R25) This FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skill Development and Curriculum or Methods Development.  The intent is to provide Higher Education Institutions the opportunity to develop continuing education and academic curricula on the occupational health and safety management practices in the areas of emerging technologies (e.g., emerging hazardous waste products, green chemistry, sustainable remediation, and detection technologies) to industrial hygienists and graduate students involved in the research, evaluation, management, and handling of hazardous substances.  The SRP also expects that such programs will provide a unique educational opportunity to those professionals involved in the training of other personnel for careers in these new industries. Deadline: October 20

DOD FY16 Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI) The MURI program supports basic research in science and engineering at U.S. institutions of higher education that is of potential interest to DoD. The program is focused on multidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional discipline interacts to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD. DOD's MURI program addresses high risk basic research and attempts to understand or achieve something that has never been done before. It includes topics of interest funded by ARO, AFOSR, and ONR. White papers due September 8; Full proposals due December 7.

DOD National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship  NSSEFF supports innovative basic research within academia, as well as education initiatives that seek to create and develop the next generation of scientists and engineers for the defense and national security workforce. This FOA seeks outstanding and distinguished researchers for the purpose of conducting innovative basic research in areas of interest to the DoD and fostering long-term relationships between the NSSEFF Fellows and the DoD.  Acqutrack Registration due August 3; White papers due August 10; Full proposals due November 30.

DOD-IARPA Office of Incisive Analysis BAA  IARPA’s Office of Incisive Analysis is soliciting proposals for research that will maximize insight from the information the Intelligence Community collects, in a timely fashion. IARPA invests in high-risk, high-payoff research that has the potential to provide our nation with an overwhelming intelligence advantage over future adversaries.  Proposals accepted on a continuing basis through 5/10/16.

HUD Healthy Homes Technical Studies Grant Program HUD is funding studies to improve HUD's and the public's knowledge of housing-related health and safety hazards and to improve or develop new hazard assessment and control methods, with a focus on key residential health and safety hazards. HUD is especially interested in applications which will advance our knowledge on key healthy homes issues by addressing important gaps in the science related to the accurate and efficient identification of hazards and cost effective hazard mitigation.  Deadline: July 16

NEH Enduring Questions  The NEH Enduring Questions grant program supports faculty members in the preparation of a new course on a fundamental concern of human life as addressed by the humanities. This question-driven course would encourage undergraduates and teachers to join together in a deep and sustained program of reading in order to encounter influential ideas, works, and thinkers over the centuries. Deadline: September 10

NEH Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations This program provides support for museums, libraries, historic places, and other organizations that produce public programs in the humanities.  The program supports projects for general audiences that encourage active engagement with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. Deadline: August 12

  • Planning Grants
  • Implementation Grants

Spencer Foundation Midcareer Grant Program This targeted program provides support for those who are interested in advancing their understanding of a compelling problem of education by acquiring new skills, substantive knowledge, theoretical perspectives or methodological tools. The program will enrich the work of academic midcareer scholars who are seven to twenty years post doctorate.  Deadline: September 10

Limited Submissions:

Preproposals and rankings to the EVPRP should be e-mailed to Purdue’s open limited submission competitions, limited submission policy, and templates for preproposals may be found at For any case in which the number of preproposals received is no more than the number of proposals allowed by the sponsor, the EVPRP will notify the PI(s) that an internal competition will be unnecessary.


Internal Coordination Required: Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life Imagining America exists to foster civic and community engagement in higher education, especially in the arts, humanities, and design, and to work collaboratively with communities to foster democratic public culture. As their Mission Statement says, “Imagining America creates democratic spaces to foster and advance publicly engaged scholarship that draws on arts, humanities, and design. We catalyze change in campus practices, structures, and policies that enables artists and scholars to thrive and contribute to community action and revitalization.” The activities by which it pursues that defining goal evolve in dialogue among IA’s leadership and staff, the National Advisory Board, the member institutions, and the hosting partner. IA includes approximately one hundred member institutions, including colleges and universities from all academic sectors and community cultural organizations. In the summer of 2017, Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life will have completed ten years at Syracuse University. The launching of a two-year transition will result in a new hosting partnership. As the Call discusses, proposals are invited from either individual colleges or universities or alternatively from a lead institution in collaboration with other academic, cultural, philanthropic, and governmental partners. The initial Letter of Interest must by endorsed and submitted by the President of the lead institution.

  • Internal deadlines: Contact by June 29.
  • Sponsor deadlines:  Letter of Interest due November 2; Proposal due January 15.

Limited Submission: ED-IES Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences: Pathways to the Education Sciences Research Training Program Through its training programs, the Institute seeks to fund new approaches to train and mentor students and researchers from diverse backgrounds in order to encourage their entry into and success in education research careers. The Pathways to the Education Sciences Research Training Program (Pathways Training Program) funds training programs at minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and institutions of higher education that partner with MSIs. These programs are open to all students and are designed to provide upper-level undergraduate students, recent graduates, and/or master’s students, especially from underrepresented groups, with education research experience and professional development in order to prepare these students to pursue doctoral study in the education sciences or in fields relevant to education research. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application.

Anticipated Funding Opportunities:

These solicitations are anticipated to be released soon based on the timing of previous solicitations for the program or notices of intent to publish. We are posting this information to help with proposal planning efforts but please keep in mind that the release dates and/or scope of a solicitation can change from year-to-year so be sure to read the solicitation carefully once it is released.

Gates Foundation announces new $776 million investment in nutrition to tackle child mortality and help women and children survive and thrive


NIH Request for Information: Innovative Approaches to Technology Development for the Biomedical Research Community  Responses accepted through August 7.

NSF/Popular Science 2016 Visualization Challenge The NSF and Popular Science have teamed up to issue a challenge: Can you visualize a scientific idea, concept, or story in an arresting way? In the Visualization Challenge, your handiwork can receive its due glory featured in the March issue of Popular Science and win you cash prizes. Awards categories include: Photography, Illustration, Posters & Graphics, Interactive, and Video. Deadline: September 15

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