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ENE Memo June 9, 2014

From the Head: 6/9

All Roads lead to Purdue 

During this week and next, ENE will be hosting a significant number of national and international visitors who are taking advantage of the proximity of the annual ASEE Conference and Exposition (June 15-18) in Indianapolis to stop by and check out what is happening at Purdue and/or attend a workshop on this or that. So if you see someone who looks lost and in need of directions please lend a hand.

From June 6 to 13, group of twelve faculty for the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia are attending a workshop at Purdue which aims to promote the adoption of student-centered teaching practices, with an emphasis on problem-based and experiential learning. This workshop is coordinated by Matt Ohland and individual sessions are being led by a variety of faculty from ENE and from other universities. This is taking place in BO98 of the i2i Learning Laboratory.

Former ENE post-doctoral researcher Llew Mann and one of his students will be visiting from the Swinburne University of Technology in Australia from June 10-14. Llew can answer your questions on phenomemography. Another Austrialian connection, Jo Walther and Nicki Sochacka, who now work at UGA, will be visiting from Wednesday, June 11. These folks are all former members of the Catalyst Centre for Research in Society and Technology that flourished in the late 1990s and early 2000s at UQ in Australia.   

Also arriving June 11 for the day are long time friends of ENE, Khairiyah Mohd Yusof and Syed Ahmad Helmi from the Center for Engineering Education at the University of Technology, Malaysia. 

On Thursday and Friday (June 12/13) we will host  Bill Williams (Portugal) and Arnold Pears (Uppsala Universty, Sweden).

On Friday Lena Gumaelius, Marie Magnell and Per Fagrell from KTH, in Stockhom and Robin Clark and Jane Andrews from Aston University, UK will spend the day in ENE.

On Friday and Saturday (June 13/14), Jo Walther and Nicki Sochacka will lead the Q³ (Qualifying Qualitative Research Quality) Workshop with the aim to develop a shared understanding and common language within the engineering education research community on the adoption, acceptance and impact of qualitative methods. This is taking place int he Innovation Studio of the i2i Learning Laboratory.  

Immediately following ASEE (Thursday, June 19) a large number of junior faculty in engineering education from around the country will be arriving at ENE to participate in the annual PEER Collaborative National Workshop in Engineering Education Research together. They will be joined by early career faculty and some soon-to-graduate PhD students from ENE. The visitors include Adam Carberry, Geoffrey Herman, Matthew Verleger, Kerry Meyers, Maria-Isabel Carnasciali, Shawn Jordan, David Knight, Marisa Orr, Alejandra Magana, Rui (Celia) Pan, Aidsa Santiago, Nadia Kellam, Alexandra Coso, Micah Lande, Sohum Sohoni, Aikaterini Bagiati, Nicki Sochacka, Jo Walther, Cheryl Bodnar, Diana Bairaktarova, and Irene Mena. You will recognize many of these names as being former graduate students or post-docs at ENE.  
Also on Thursday, June 19, Mike Murphy will be visiting from the Dublin Institute of Technology. 

Please welcome our many visitors. 


Calendar: 6/9

Summer 2014

  • June 9-14 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: 6/9

Director of INSPIRE

Please join me in congratulating Monica Cardella on being appointed the new Director of INSPIRE (Institute for P-12 Engineering Research and Learning). Monica brings a unique set of skills and experiences to this role combined with a breadth of knowledge of INSPIRE, as a member of this team over the past seven years.

INSPIRE continues to work through the transition from having the certainty of the considerable core funding that it enjoyed over its first five years from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation to being dependent upon research grants and support from other foundations. With the arrival of Tamara Moore and Morgan Hynes this past year, the INSPIRE team has both grown in numbers and added new areas of expertise.

I look forward to an exciting future for the research we do through INSPIRE in Pre-College Engineering. There are enormous opportunities for this team to make field defining contributions in an area of engineering education that is very much in the national spotlight, at the center of the debate around STEM education.

I believe Monica will do an outstanding job in helping us to realize the full potential for ENE to extend our leadership in this area, as a critical part of our integrated research portfolio that spans life-long engineering learning; from pre-college, to college and across engineering practice.

Congratulations Monica!


PhD Defenses

All are welcome to attend the following dissertation defenses this week:

  • Candidate: Anne Lucietto
  • Title: The Role of Academic Ability in Choice of Major and Persistence in STEM Fields
  • Time: Monday, June 9, 2014, at 1:00 pm
  • Location: ARMS 1028


  • Candidate: James Huff
  • Title: Psychological Journeys of Engineering Identity from School to the Workplace: How Students Become Engineers among other Forms of Self
  • Time:              Friday, June 13, 2014, at 9:30 am
  • Location:       ARMS B071

James will be providing homemade cappuccino, Greyhouse coffee, and blueberry muffins.

Kudos: 6/9 Mary Pilotte on selection of her paper on "Building bridges – identifying generational communication characteristics to facilitate engineering collaboration and knowledge transfer across field-practicing engineers" to be part of a new book Sociotechnical Communication in Engineering to be published by Routledge. Leah Jamieson on receiving an honorary degree from Drexel University this Saturday (June 14).

Funding Opportunities: 6/9

Selected Funding Opportunities

Purdue University OVPR Laboratory and University Core Facilities Research Equipment Program and the Non-Laboratory Equipment Program The Laboratory Equipment Program and the University Core Facilities Research Equipment Program are combined into a single program for 2014. The Non-Laboratory Equipment Program remains the same as in previous years. Equipment requests for up to $100,000 are available through the Laboratory and University Core Facilities Research Equipment Program and for up to $20,000 (Tier 2) or $5,000 (Tier 1) through the Non-Laboratory Equipment Program. Applications for both Programs are due in September and funds will be available in January 2015.

Purdue University Mellon Grand Challenge Exploratory Awards This program requests proposals which will catalyze the teaming of humanities and social sciences faculty members with colleagues from the natural sciences, engineering or technology fields to address the kind of large scale, public policy problems referred to by the White House as “21st Century Grand Challenges.” These grants are intended to support the development of proofs of concept rather than complete programs of research. At least one PI must hold a primary appointment in the College of Liberal Arts and project teams must include at least one Purdue-based STEM researcher. *The Call for Proposals was updated on 6/2/14 to clarify expectations regarding Libraries faculty.* Deadline: June 30

NSF ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers The goals of the ADVANCE program are (1) to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic STEM careers; (2) to develop innovative and sustainable ways to promote gender equity in the STEM academic workforce; and (3) to contribute to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. The Partnerships for Learning and Adaptation Networks (PLAN) track is meant to provide a larger scale environment for adapting, implementing and creating knowledge about the effectiveness of a particular strategy for change within a context of networked adaptation and learning. PLAN is focused on adaptation/implementation and learning either in particular STEM disciplines (PLAN D) or across institutions of higher education (PLAN IHE). As Purdue has received past funding under the Institutional Transformation track, we are not eligible for either the Institutional Transformation or IT Catalyst tracks during this round. Deadlines vary by program.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Cybersecurity Education EAGERs – Pushing the Dimensions of the Domain The NSF announces its intention to fund a small number of Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGERs) to encourage advances in cybersecurity education. The proposed research should fit the Cybersecurity Education (EDU) perspective within the SaTC solicitation. White papers due August 1; Invited proposals due September 30.

NIH Undergraduate Research Education Program (UP) to Enhance Diversity in the Environmental Health Sciences (R25) The goal of this NIEHS program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce in the environmental health sciences. To this end, this FOA encourages the development of creative educational activities with a primary focus on research experiences for undergraduates at the junior and senior level. Deadline: August 15

DOD Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences BAA for Basic, Applied & Advanced Scientific Research The U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences is the Army’s lead agency for the conduct of research, development, and analyses for the improvement of Army readiness and performance via research advances and applications of the behavioral and social sciences that address personnel, organization, training, and leader development issues. White papers and applications accepted through 2/5/18.

DOD-Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center BAA for Basic and Applied Research The goal is to provide the American Warfighter the best equipment for the best price through research, development and engineering in the areas of: Combat Feeding Equipment and Systems; Combat Ration Research and Development; Warfighter Systems Technologies; Shelters and Life Support technologies for Contingency Basing; Airdrop – Advanced Personnel and Cargo Airdrop Systems; Textile Technologies; Modeling and Simulation; Neuroepidemiology; Warfighter Advanced Technologies; and Technology Enabled Capability Demonstrations. White papers accepted through 2/28/15.

USAID Feed the Future Biotechnology Partnerships This partnership will primarily continue development of disease and nematode resistant banana, fruit and shoot borer resistant eggplant and late blight resistant potato in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines. While the program is primarily grounded in these four countries, USAID encourages research activities that can lead to the development of relevant technologies and knowledge for application in other countries. Deadline: August 1

Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health Small Grants Program This CDC/NIOSH-funded center at the University of Iowa is offering pilot funding to organizations engaged in agricultural safety and health activities. Specifically, welcomed are 1) proposals from organizations with the ability to engage in outreach, education, and the transfer of research-based evidence to practical application for the purpose of preventing agricultural injury and illness or 2) basic and applied research projects addressing agricultural safety and health priority issues, needs, or gaps. Deadline: August 1

Indo-US Science and Technology Forum Public-Private Networked Joint Centres These centres enable Indian and American scientists from academia and industry to carry out joint research activity by leveraging already existing infrastructure and funding available with the partners at both sides through a linkage established by a virtual networked centre. The research project should be a topic of high scientific quality and originality having strong application potential. The program has a minimum of two Indian and two American separate institutional partners. Deadline: August 31

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: Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation (Click to view Guidelines: The foundation provides financial support to promising young investigators conducting scientific research that can be applied to improving the treatment of patients with cancer. The foundation funds research in the fields of leukemia, lymphoma, and related cancers of the blood. The Foundation not only funds conventional scientific research, but also projects that combine integrative (complementary) therapies, botanical agents, or supportive care. The focus is on projects for cancer prevention, detection and treatment that are most likely to be translated into clinical trials within a 3–5 year period. Awards total $225,000 over three years ($75,000/yr). The foundation will accept one application from Purdue for the Mainstream/Conventional research program AND one application for the Integrative Medicine program. PIs must be tenure-track junior faculty (Assistant Professor) who have been in the position for five years or less. Furthermore, applicants must verify that they have independent research and resources as well as preliminary results and/or publications from their independent laboratory.

  • Internal deadlines:
  • Monday, June 23: Preproposals due to the OVPR (please indicate to which program you are applying).
  • Monday, June 30: Reviewers’ rankings due to the OVPR.
  • Sponsor deadline: August 15

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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