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ENE Memo: June 3, 2013

From the Head: 6/3

Over the past several years we have seen many changes in ENE; new people arriving, some people leaving, roles changing, new facilities and new opportunities opening up. We should not be surprised by this. From the very founding of our school, such changes were anticipated and talked about. Being the largest academic unit of its type in a growing disciplinary field, it is inevitable others will look to ENE as a source of faculty. Also we have been very successful in hiring and growing highly talented staff prized by other units in Purdue and who must seek career progression opportunities beyond what ENE can offer.

Reflecting on 100 years of social innovation at the Rockefeller Foundation, and more importantly looking to the future, Judth Rodin makes some penetrating observations about resilience in the face of external disruptions. She elegantly articulates six characteristics of resilience that ENE must exhibit if we are to avoid being distracted from our stated mission by the inevitable externalities that we will face but which we cannot control. She says;

We cannot predict the future form and scope of the shocks that communities and systems will have to withstand and recover from—whether they result from climate change, financial crisis, armed conflict, or social upheaval. In the face of these challenges, innovating for resilience—resilient networks, communities, and organizations better able to respond to and adapt to these unexpected events—is among the most important kinds of innovation we can pursue.

Innovating for resilience is critical if we are to protect against the disruptions of a 21st-century world. As we do so, we should keep in mind the qualities resilient networks, communities, and organizations share. Among them are:

  1. Flexibility: able to change, evolve, and adapt at a rapid pace.
  2. Redundancy: able to change course and adopt alternative approaches.
  3. Resourcefulness: able to identify problems, establish priorities, and mobilize resources and assets to achieve goals.
  4. Safe failure: able to absorb shocks and the cumulative effects of slow-onset challenges so as to avoid catastrophic failure if thresholds are exceeded.
  5. Responsiveness: able to re-organize and re-establish function and order following a failure.
  6. Learning: able to internalize experiences and apply those lessons to decrease vulnerabilities to future disruptions.

We have seamlessly transitioned through several major changes in staff and faculty over the past year without skipping a beat. In many instances rather than trying to “replace” people who move on with someone in the identical position, we have leveraged the unique knowledge and skills of current staff and faculty or new hires by redistributing tasks and designing roles around the talents of those members of ENE at any given time. In so doing, we have demonstrated the agility and resilience that will enable us to move forward with confidence in uncertain times.


Calendar: 6/3

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
  • TBD:   ABET Site Visit (Mon + Tues; most likely in Oct or Nov)
  • 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: 6/3

... to Monica Cox on being selected into the 2013-2014 Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy run by the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship.

... to Monica Cox on being invited to serve as the Minorities in Engineering Division representative on the ASEE Diversity Committee for 2013-16. This is a standing committee that reports to the Board of Directors of ASEE. Heidi Diefes-Dux on the publication of a book chapter:  Diefes-Dux, H. A.*, Whittenberg, L., & McKee, R. (2013). Mathematical modeling at the intersection of elementary mathematics, art, and engineering education. In L. D. English & J. T. Mulligan (Eds.), Reconceptualizing Early Mathematics Learning, Advances in Mathematics Education (pp. 309-325). Dordrecht: Springer Science+Business Media. DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-6440-8_15. Matt Ohland and co-authors on receiving the 2013 Maryellen Weimer Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning Award at the Teaching Professor Conference in New Orleans on June 1. The award recognized the paper “The Comprehensive Assessment of Team Member Effectiveness: Development of a Behaviorally Anchored Rating Scale for Self and Peer Evaluation” published in Academy of Management Learning & Education in December 2012, for “outstanding scholarly contributions with the potential to advance college-level teaching and learning practices.”

Funding Opportunities: 6/3


The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) are pleased to announce that 49 grants are available in the 2014-15 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition for U.S. academics, professionals, and researchers to teach and/or conduct research in Brazil.

Emerging from the Education Partnership for the 21st Century, the governments of the United States and Brazil, through the U.S.-Brazil Fulbright Commission, have expanded teaching and research exchange opportunities for faculty and mid-career researchers in the U.S. in the areas of science, technology and innovation through the Fulbright-Scientific Mobility core and Distinguished Chair awards.

U.S. scholars will be affiliated with top Brazilian universities and research centers in their areas of specialization, fostering increased cooperation and institutional collaboration between applied researchers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Proficiency in Portuguese or Spanish is not required for Fulbright-Scientific Mobility applicants.

Other opportunities for U.S. academics and professionals include grants in Social Sciences and Humanities, as well as Distinguished Chair awards in the following fields: American Studies; Environmental Sciences and Engineering; Oil and Gas Sciences and Engineering; and Visual Arts.

This past spring, CIES hosted a webinar on Fulbright Opportunities for U.S. Scholars to Brazil; feel free to listen to the podcast at the Fulbright Scholar website. To learn more about these opportunities and to find out how to apply to the 2014-15 Fulbright U.S. Scholar competition, please contact Alisha Scott at or visit

The deadline to apply for the 2013-14 Fulbright U.S. Scholar competition is August 1, 2013.

Selected Funding Opportunities

NSF Accelerator Science  The Accelerator Science program will support and foster research at universities that exploits the educational and discovery potential of basic accelerator physics research, and allows the development of transformational discoveries in this crosscutting academic discipline.  Deadline: November 29

NSF/EPRI Collaboration on “Water for Energy” – Advanced Dry Cooling for Power Plants  NSF and EPRI have established a collaboration to jointly address the critical problem of water usage and consumption in power plant cooling. The goal of this collaboration is to leverage the complementary missions of applied research and commercialization (EPRI) and fundamental research and education (NSF) to foster enabling research and technology development that will lead to significant reductions or elimination of the use of water for cooling power plants.  Deadline: August 19.

NIH Challenge Competitions NIDA is seeking ideas on how to reduce or eliminate the risk of harm from drug abuse, whether intentional or unintentional. They are offering two challenge competitions centered around this idea:

  • Propose New Ideas for Prescription Drugs Oral Overdose Protection   Deadline: June 14
  • Data Rx: Prescription Drug Abuse Infographic Challenge  Deadline: June 14

NIH Phenotyping Embryonic Lethal Knockout Mice (R01)  The purpose of this FOA is to encourage applications to phenotype embryonic lethal knockout (KO) mouse strains being generated.  It is estimated that KO mouse phenotyping efforts will generate 20,000 mouse strains over the next decade of which about 30% will be embryonic or perinatal lethal. The scientific community has the unique opportunity to leverage these mouse strains while they are being created and bred as part of the IMPC adult mouse phenotyping effort.  Deadline: October 5

DOD-CDMRP FY13 Lung Cancer Research Program This program supports research from multiple disciplines for risk assessment, early detection, diagnosis, prevention and treatment for the control and cure of lung cancer. It consists of three award mechanisms:

  • Idea Development Award  Pre-application due June 20; Invited Application due October 16
  • Career Development Award  Pre-application due June 20; Invited Application due October 16
  • Clinical Exploration Award  Pre-application due July 9; Invited Application due October 16


DOD-CDMRP FY13 Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program  This program will foster the next generation of cancer researchers by providing new and early career investigators opportunities to successfully pursue high-impact research for the prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer. It consists of two award mechanisms:

  • Career Development Award  Pre-application due July 16; Invited Application due October 22
  • Idea Award with Special Focus Pre-application due July 16; Invited Application due October 22

DOD-CDMRP FY13 Spinal Cord Injury Research Program (SCIRP)  The SCIRP focuses its funding on innovative projects that have the potential to make a significant impact on improving the function, wellness, and overall quality of life for military service members as well as their caregivers, families, and the American public.

  • Clinical Trial Award  Pre-application due June 24; Invited Application due October 16
  • Investigator-Initiated Research Award  Pre-application due June 24; Invited Application due October 16
  • Qualitative Research Award  Pre-application due June 24; Invited Application due October 16
  • Translational Research Award  Pre-application due June 24; Invited Application due October 16

DOD Legacy Program  The primary objective of the DoD Legacy Program is to identify and fund high priority conservation projects that enable mission sustainability goals, while promoting long-term stewardship of our nation’s natural and cultural heritage.  Preproposals due July 31; Invited applications due October 18

USDA-NIFA Special Research Grants Program – Potato Breeding Research  The purpose of this grant program is to support potato research programs that focus on varietal development and testing and potato varieties for commercial production. As used herein, varietal development and testing is research using classical breeding and/or biotechnological approaches to develop improved potato varieties. Aspects of evaluation, screening and testing must support variety development.  Deadline: June 25

USDA Rural Business Opportunity Grants  The primary objective of the program is to improve the economic conditions of rural areas. Assistance provided to rural areas under this program includes the following: Rural business incubators, Technology-based economic development, Feasibility studies and business plans, Long-term business strategic planning, and Leadership and entrepreneur training.  Deadline: June 24

NEH Enduring Questions  This program supports faculty members in the teaching and development of a new course that will foster intellectual community through the study of an enduring question. This question-driven course will encourage undergraduates and teachers to grapple with a fundamental concern of human life addressed by the humanities, and to join together in a deep and sustained program of reading in order to encounter influential thinkers over the centuries and into the present day.  Deadline: September 12

DOE-LBNL Max Tech & Beyond  The goals of the competition are to drive energy efficiency innovation in appliances and equipment used in and around U.S. buildings and to support the development of the next generation of appliance and equipment design engineers who consider ultra-efficiency a foundational design principle. Accordingly, the competition supports student design teams at U.S. universities to develop and test prototypes with large energy savings potential, and to greatly reduce the cost of existing ultra-efficient designs.  Deadline: July 8

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR): Mentored Research Scientist Development Awards  This solicitation is intended to strengthen the pool of researchers available to conduct PHSSR and to build on successful principles and models previously demonstrated in public health and health services research. The awards support mentored, intensive career development through funding, educational experiences and protected time to conduct independent research.  Deadline: August 21

Research Corporation for Science Advancement Cottrell Scholar Award The main goal of the program is to promote and support the university scholar model. University scholars are faculty members who have both excellent research programs and excellent approaches to student learning at the undergraduate level.  Eligible applicants are tenure-track faculty members whose primary appointment is in a department of astronomy, biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, or physics, but not in a school of medicine or engineering.  For 2013, eligibility is limited to faculty who started their first tenure-track position anytime in calendar year 2010. Deadline: August 1

Retirement Research Foundation Grants  The Foundation is accepting proposals for local and national projects designed to improve quality of life for older Americans.  Grants will be awarded for projects that provide direct services, advocacy, education and training for professionals working with elders, and research that investigates causes of and solutions to significant problems of older adults.  Deadline: August 1

APDT Foundation Canine Research Grants  The APDT Foundation will support academic research in a field related to canine behavior analysis, ethology and cognition. Preference will be given to proposals that contain research questions that will have practical application for professional dog trainers and behavior consultants.  Deadline: July 1

William T. Grant Foundation  The foundation is currently accepting letters of inquiry for two programs.  Social Settings Grants support high-quality empirical studies to help understand how youth settings work, how they affect youth development, and how they can be improved.  Use of Research Evidence Grants support studies to help better understand the acquisition, interpretation, and use of research evidence in policy and practice that affect youth.  LOI Deadline: August 1

Association of American Colleges and Universities Bringing Theory to Practice Project (BTtoP) Seminar Grants and Program Development Grants  Proposals are requested for projects that will promote engaged learning, civic development and engagement, and psychosocial well-being of college and university students. The program is especially interested in efforts that will enable students to have transformational educational experiences, and for institutions to transform and sustain their priorities and practices.  Deadline: September 15

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.


NIH Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Collaborative Research Infrastructure to Develop Research Strategies to Identify Potential Therapeutic Targets Based on Genetic Factors Influencing Human Life Span and Health Span (U24)  Estimated publication announcement date: June 2013.

NIH Large Scale T Cell Epitope Discovery BAA  The primary purpose of this initiative is to establish multiple highly interactive, multi-disciplinary teams to support large scale discovery of human T cell epitopes associated with protection against microorganisms responsible for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases and potential agents of bioterrorism and their toxins. BAA should be available on/about May 31.

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.

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