ENE Memo: March 10, 2014

From the Head: 3/10

ENE Moves

Over the next five years, ENE will be moving forward into its second decade in many senses of the word "move". Last year, President Daniels announced the ten Purdue Moves. As part of the 30% growth in the College of Engineering many buildings are being refurbished. Consequently many faculty, staff and students will be moving; sometimes more than once. ENE is part of all this. We have been living with the growth in FYE student numbers since 2009 and there have been a number of staff and faculty moves in and out of ENE over the past year or so with more moves coming. In short we are on the move.

At the ENE Research Seminar this week, I will outline the opportunities and challenges these various moves present to us as a community. The seminar will be an interactive session where attendees are invited to contribute ideas on how we might move ENE forward in preferred ways during this time of growth and transition. Movement and change come with challenges. Things do not always go to plan; there is heightened uncertainty and often frustrations. Change also opens up new opportunities.

I will also present a version of this talk at the staff meeting on March 28.


Calendar: 3/10

  • Mar 12: Faculty Meeting, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am
  • Mar 13: ENE Research Seminar, David Radcliffe, "ENE Moves: Opportunities and Challenges Ahead", ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • Mar 13: Science on Tap, Lafayette Brewing Company (upstairs), 6:00-7:00pm.
  • Mar 17-21: Spring Break
  • Mar 27: ENE Research Seminar, Norman Fortenberry, ASEE Executive Director - “Engineering Faculty for the 21st Century – Innovations with Impact,” ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • Mar 28: Staff Meeting, ARMS 1109 8:30-9:20am. 
  • Mar 31: TULIP (Teaching Undergraduates for Learning), ARMS 3001, 2:30-4:00pm. 
  • April 2: Faculty Meeting, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • April 3: ENE GSA Town Hall, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm. 
  • April 4: 12th Annual Engineering Faculty Awards of Excellence banquet, Four Points by Sheraton, 6:30pm.
  • April 8: Engineering Education Industrial Advisory Board meeting.
  • April 9: ENE Turns 10: Celebrating a Decade of ENE Open House 
  • April 10: ENE Research Seminar, Gina Svarovsky, Science Museum of Minnesota, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • April 14: TULIP (Teaching Undergraduates for Learning), ARMS 3001, 2:30-4:00pm. 
  • April 16: Faculty FYE Research Conversation, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • April 17: ENE Research Seminar, Senay Purzer's ELO Research Group, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • April 23: Faculty Meeting, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • April 24: ENE Research Seminar, ENE 595 Class - "Analyzing Video Data for Research Without Being Overwhelmed," ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm
  • May 1: ENE 590 Presentations
  • May 2: Classes End
  • May 7: Faculty Meeting, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • May 14-15: ENE Advance, ARMS BO98, Ideas to Innovation Learning Laboratory, 9:30am-3:30pm.
  • May 17-18 Commencement

Summer 2014

  • June 13: Global Perspectives on Engineering Education, ARMS BO98 
  • June 13-14: Q3 Workshop, ARMS BO98 
  • June 14: ENE Alums & Friends Reception, Indianapolis Interdisciplinary Engineering Education
  • June 15-18: ASEE Conference, Indianapolis Engineering Education Futures
  • June 16 – ENGR 132 begins its 8-week summer session
  • June 19-20: PEER Workshop, ARMS BO98
  • August 8 – ENGR 132 ends its 8-week summer session

Kudos: 3/10

...to David Radcliffe on being elected as a Fellow of SEFI (European Society for Engineering Education). This will be presented at the annual SEFI conference in Birmingham, UK in September.

…to Benjamin Ahn, Monica Cox, Jeremi London, Osman Cekic, and Jiabin Zhu on publication of a paper titled, “Creating an Instrument to Measure Leadership, Change, and Synthesis in Engineering Undergraduates” in in JEE 103(1), pp115-136.

...to Joi-Lynn Mondisa on being awarded the Purdue Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship, which provides a tuition scholarship, a medical insurance supplement, and a stipend of $18,500 for 12 months beginning in August 2014. 

...to Junaid Siddiqui in his successful defense of his dissertation, "Transformation of engineering education: Taking a perspective for the challenges of change."  He will join the faculty at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in June.

News and Information: 3/10

Becky Fry moving up in the World

Becky Fry is joining the College of Engineering’s development team effective March 24.

The good news is she will continue to be the go-to person for fundraising and alumni relations for the School of Engineering Education. Although, her responsibilities will broaden to includes other areas in the College, such as Environmental and Ecological Engineering, CEM and the Office of Professional Practice.

Becky joined Engineering Education in 2008 during our early growth phase but has been part of the university’s development program since 1988.  She  has worked diligently and creatively to grow our funding base and develop strong connections and alliances for the School of Engineering Education.      

Let’s wish Becky the best of luck with her new responsibilities and you will find her  - if she’s not on the road - in her new office, Room 2015 of Armstrong.  

Science on Tap

Monica Cardella and Senay Purzer are presenting “Engineering at Home, Schools, Museums and Beyond for this week's Science on Tap. Invite your friends and neighbors to come and find out some of the ways ENE is making an impact through helping to change the community conversation about engineers and engineering. Snacks are being provided by ENE.

The event is Thursday, March 13, from 6-7 p.m. at the Lafayette Brewing Company, 622 Main Street in downtown Lafayette.

Please come and support your colleagues and have a good time!

ENE Research Seminar

This week's Research Seminar features David Radcliffe, Kamyar Haghighi Head of ENE, presenting: “ENE Moves: Opportunities and Challenges Ahead.” The weekly seminar series is held Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:20pm in ARMS B071.

Safety Committee Accepts Presidential Award

Purdue's Radiological and Environmental Management (REM) presented the ENE Safety Committee with a Presidential Safety Award on March 5. It was one of four recipients from across the university to earn the honor. The team was recognized for an ongoing commitment to safety of undergraduate students.  In particular, the Artisan and Fabrication Lab's (AFL) requirement that each student sign a safety contract and complete an online quiz for each machine that is used. REM also cited the AFL's machine locking/unlocking protocol, posted Standard Operating Procedures and the personal protective equipment required for each machine.

(left to right: Eric Holloway, Rick Womack, Jim Whitford, Patrick La Petina, Jeff Huddleston, David Radcliffe)

Funding Opportunities: 3/10

Selected Funding Opportunities

NIH Technologies for Healthy Independent Living These FOAs encourage applications for research and development of technologies that monitor health or deliver care in a real-time, accessible, effective, and minimally obtrusive way. These systems are expected to integrate, process, analyze, communicate, and present data so that the individuals are engaged and empowered in their own healthcare with reduced burden to care providers.

  • R01  Deadline: September 23
  • R21  Deadline: September 23

NIH Innovation for HIV Vaccine Discovery (R01)  This FOA encourages applications proposing innovative, high risk, high impact research to identify novel vaccine concepts and targets that will aid in the design and development of an effective immunogen that may provide long-term protection from either acquisition of or ongoing infection by HIV.  The emphasis of this FOA is early discovery research that incorporates new ideas leading to the development of newly engineered conventional or entirely novel approaches for vaccines that may have significant impact on the design of immunogens or immunization strategies for an effective HIV vaccine.  Deadline: July 15

NIH Quantitative Imaging for Evaluation of Response to Cancer Therapies (U01) This FOA invites applications which are expected to enhance the value of quantitative imaging (QI) in clinical trials for prediction and/or measurement of response to cancer therapies.   This may involve evaluation of a range of multimodal imaging approaches, harmonization of image data collection, analysis, display and clinical workflow methods across imaging platforms, or testing their performance across different cancer sites.  Deadline: June 5

NIH Synthetic Psychoactive Drugs and Strategic Approaches to Counteract Their Deleterious Effects The purpose of this FOA is to support research to deepen our knowledge of the use of synthetic psychoactive drugs, their mechanisms of action, their health effects, and development of prevention strategies and strategies to treat patients in emergency departments and long range treatment.

  • R03  Deadline: June 16
  • R21  Deadline: June 16
  • R01  Deadline: June 5

NIH Pilot Effectiveness Studies and Services Research Grants (R34) The purpose of this FOA is to encourage pilot research consistent with NIMH’s priorities for: 1) effectiveness research on interventions with previously demonstrated efficacy, for use with broader target populations or for use in community practice settings, and 2) innovative services research directions that require preliminary testing or development. Deadline: June 17

DOD-AFOSR Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research AFOSR solicits proposals for basic research through this general Broad Agency Announcement. AFOSR invites proposals for research in many broad areas, including the following: Dynamical Systems and Control; Quantum and Non-Equilibrium Processes; Information, Decision and Complex Networks; Complex Material and Devices; Energy, Power and Propulsion; Basic Research Initiatives; Other Innovative Research Concepts; as well as Education and Outreach Programs. White papers are accepted at any time.  This BAA remains open until superseded. 

DOD-DARPA Supply Chain Hardware Integrity for Electronics Defense (SHIELD) The DARPA SHIELD Program intends to develop an advanced supply chain hardware authentication technology capability. Specifically, DARPA is soliciting innovative research and development proposals to create extremely small electronic chips hosting advanced capabilities, for use in the authentication of the host electronic components to which they are physically attached. Abstracts due April 1; Proposals due May 30.           

DOE Commercial Building Technology Demonstrations DOE seeks to fund demonstrations and deployment of market-ready, but under-utilized, technologies and integrated technology-based strategies that can save significant amounts of energy in new and existing commercial buildings. The objective of these demonstrations is to generate data, case studies, and information that lower the risk that commercial building owners and operators perceive regarding the effects and economic benefits that could result from implementing these under-utilized technologies and that will be used in the deployment activities supported by this funding. Concept papers due March 31; Applications due May 19.

NASA Research Opportunities for Flight Experiments in Space Biology This NASA Research Announcement solicits proposals for space flight experiments in Space Biology that address these research emphases: 1) Omics Database, 2) SpaceFlight Omics Studies, 3) ISS Microbial Observatory Studies, or 4) Understanding How Complex Organisms Adapt to Spaceflight.  Step-1 Proposals due March 28; Step-2 Proposals due May 23.

EPA Student Program for Environmental Excellence in Design (SPEED)  This notice solicits applications for the creation and management of the SPEED. This project has two components. The first focuses on development of a graduate level research training and support program that involves a research partnership between EPA and eligible entities to continue advanced engine research and development by providing federal funding support for graduate level students. The second component of this project is to design and manage a program to introduce and motivate undergraduate level students to consider the professional pursuit of technical careers with an interdisciplinary perspective that focuses on improving public health and the environment and provides related training to such students. In particular, the SPEED aims to increase students’ awareness and understanding of the environmental benefits stemming from increasing fuel efficiency, reducing carbon intensity in transportation fuels, and reducing emissions in advanced vehicles.  Deadline: April 14

NOAA-NMFS National Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program (BREP) The mission of the BREP is to develop technological solutions and investigate changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch of fish (including sponges, deep–sea corals, and shallow corals) and protected species (including marine mammals, sturgeon, seabirds, and sea turtles) as well as minimize bycatch injury and mortality (including post-release injury and mortality). Pre-proposals due March 21; Full proposals due April 30.

DOI-USFWS Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Endangered Species Grant Program This program provides grants to groups engaged in voluntary conservation efforts to benefit species listed or proposed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, candidate species, or other at-risk species within the Great Lakes Watershed of the United States.  The GLRI-ES supports on-the-ground conservation actions as well as applied research activities.  Deadline: March 28

USDA-NIFA Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project #4 (IR-4) The IR-4 program provides expert assistance for the development and registration of crop protection products needed for minor/specialty crop production. The program facilitates cooperation between producers, grower organizations, land-grant universities, and federal agencies to ensure a continuous supply of affordable minor/specialty crops to the public. NIFA anticipates funding five projects: one to establish a national headquarters and four to establish geographically-based regional IR-4 centers; three of the centers will include analytical chemistry programs. Deadline: April 14

USDA-USFS National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program This program seeks innovative proposals for program development, study, and collaboration that will address the following priority issues: 1) Incorporating Urban Forests as Green Infrastructure into Urban Planning Practices that will result in improvements for ecologically underserved communities and regions; 2) Green Infrastructure Jobs Analysis; and 3) Utilizing Green Infrastructure to Manage and Mitigate Stormwater to Improve Water Quality. Funds are meant to support projects that have a national or multi-state impact and application. All grant funds must be matched at least equally with non-Federal source funds. Pre-proposals due May 15; Invited full proposals due September 15.

NEH Fellowships Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities. Projects may be at any stage of development.  Deadline: May 1

DOJ W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship for Research on Race, Gender, Culture, and Crime The Fellowship program seeks to advance knowledge regarding the confluence of crime, justice, and culture in various societal contexts. The Fellowship places particular emphasis on crime, violence, and the administration of criminal justice in diverse cultural contexts within the United States.  Applicants must possess a terminal degree in any academic discipline, which was earned within six years prior to September 30, 2014 and, not have been awarded tenure before September 30, 2014.  Deadline: May 12

CASIS Enabling Technology To Support Science in Space for Life On Earth The purpose of this RFP is to solicit enabling technologies that increase the return on the U.S. investment in the ISS National Lab and enhance the value of uses of the space station research platform. To execute this mission, CASIS seeks technologies, research platforms, and operational concepts that enable new or improve existing analytical capabilities to benefit space science on the ISS National Lab for Earth benefit. CASIS will support this process through grant funding, facilitation of service-provider interactions, and flight coordination to and from the ISS National Lab.  Step-1 proposals due April 10; Step-2 proposals due June 27

Gates Foundation Grand Challenges in Global Health Round 13 This initiative encourages innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions.  Applicants can be at any experience level and in any discipline.  Proposals are being accepted on the following topics: New Ways of Working Together: Integrating Community-Based Interventions; Explore New Ways to Measure Fetal and Infant Brain Development; Innovations in Feedback & Accountability Systems for Agricultural Development; Inciting Healthy Behaviors: nudge, leapfrog, disrupt, reach; and Novel Enabling Tools and Models Supporting the Development of Interventions for Severe Diarrhea and Enteric Dysfunction.  Deadline: May 6

Dreyfus Foundation Special Grant Program in the Chemical Sciences The Foundation encourages proposals that are judged likely to significantly advance the chemical sciences. Examples of areas of interest include (but are not limited to): the increase in public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the chemical sciences; innovative approaches to chemistry education at all levels; and efforts to make chemistry careers more attractive.  Initial inquiry due June 5; Proposals due August 18.

Winn Feline Foundation/Zoetis Biomarker Assessment of Pain, Osteoarthritis/Joint Health and Kidney Disease in Cats   Special consideration will be given to proposals investigating novel biomarkers for assessing acute or chronic adaptive pain and maladaptive (i.e., neuropathic or functional) pain in cats. Pain studies need not be limited to that due to osteoarthritis; however, biomarkers for assessing osteoarthritis progression are also of interest.  Deadline: April 21

William T. Grant Foundation Reducing Inequality   Through this new program, the foundation will award grants of up to $600,000 in support of research that focuses on ways to reduce disparities in the academic, behavioral, social, and economic outcomes among youth. Priority will be given to projects related to inequality on the basis of economic, racial/ethnic, and language backgrounds; research that explores other areas of inequality will be considered based on a compelling case for its impact.  Letters of inquiry due May 6; Invited applications due August 5.

Entertainment Software Association Foundation Grants  This program is seeking proposals for projects that use innovative technology and/or computer and video to educate America’s youth and young adults. Eligible projects must be implemented or available in a minimum of two states (preferably nationwide) and serve American youth between the ages 7 and 18.  Deadline: May 28

Limited Submissions:

Letters of intent, preproposals, and rankings to the OVPR should be e-mailed to OVPRlimited@purdue.edu. Purdue's open limited submission competitions, limited submission policy, and template for letters of intent may be found at http://www.purdue.edu/research/vpr/rschdev/lsid1.php. 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.

Limited Submission: NSF Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) in Engineering This program aims at introducing nanoscale science, engineering, and technology through a variety of interdisciplinary approaches into undergraduate engineering education. The focus of this year's competition is on nanoscale engineering education with relevance to devices and systems and/or on the societal, ethical, economic and/or environmental issues relevant to nanotechnology.  For this competition, Purdue may submit one proposal as lead, with the exception that a second proposal may be submitted as lead if it focuses on societal, ethical, economic, and/or environmental issues relevant to nanotechnology. The lead PI must hold a faculty appointment in Engineering or Engineering Technology.

  • Internal deadlines:
  • Monday, March 10: Letters of Intent due to the OVPR.
  • Monday, March 31: Preproposals due to the OVPR.
  • Monday, April 7: Rankings due to the OVPR.                       
  • Sponsor deadline: May 27

Limited Submission: NIH Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) (R25)   The goal of this NIGMS R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce. To this end, this FOA encourages the development of creative educational activities with a primary focuses on research experiences, courses for skills development and mentoring activities. For this opportunity, Purdue is limited to one application as lead institution.

  • Internal deadline: Contact OVPRlimited@purdue.edu by March 12.
  • Sponsor deadline: May 1

Limited Submission: NEH Challenge Grants NEH challenge grants are capacity-building grants, intended to help institutions and organizations secure long-term improvements in and support for their humanities programs and resources. Through these awards, many organizations and institutions have been able to increase their humanities capacity and secure the permanent support of an endowment. Grants may be used to establish or enhance endowments or spend-down funds that generate expendable earnings to support and enhance ongoing program activities. Challenge grants may also provide capital directly supporting the procurement of long-lasting objects, such as acquisitions for archives and collections, the purchase of equipment, and the construction or renovation of facilities needed for humanities activities. Funds spent directly must be shown to bring long-term benefits to the institution and to the humanities more broadly. Cost sharing is required at three times the amount of federal funds offered.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application.

  • Internal Deadline: Contact OVPRlimited@purdue.edu by March 12.
  • Sponsor Deadline:  May 1

Limited Submission: NIH Consortium for Food Allergy Research (U19)  This FOA solicits applications to administer a multi-project multi-institution program, to conduct clinical research and assume the leadership and administrative responsibilities for the Consortium for Food Allergy Research (CoFAR). The selected applicant will continue the mission of the CoFAR, which focuses on immune and other intervention strategies for the prevention and treatment of food allergy, including food allergen-associated severe allergic reactions and anaphylaxis, and food allergen-associated eosinophilic esophagitis. The Consortium will conduct interventional trials with associated mechanistic studies, and observational/natural history and/or genetics studies with associated mechanistic studies, in order to understand better the immunopathogenesis of these conditions. For this opportunity, Purdue is limited to one application.

  • Internal deadline: Contact OVPRlimited@purdue.edu by March 24.
  • Sponsor deadline: June 19

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: http://www.purdue.edu/research/vpr/rschdev/external.php.

Another resource for corporate and foundation funding opportunities is the University Development Office. 


Workshop for Faculty on the NEH, Monday, April 7th at Indiana University Bloomington  On Monday, April 7, Jane Aikin, Program Officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities, will be at IU Bloomington, at the invitation of the IU College Arts & Humanities Institute.  All events will be held at the University Club of the Indiana Memorial Union (located at 900 E. Seventh St., Bloomington, Indiana).  The program will begin at 11:00 AM with a General Presentation on the NEH, followed by a buffet lunch.  At 12:45, there will be a Panel Discussion on NEH Review Boards, followed by a Workshop on Applications. Ms. Aikin is also available for a limited number of one-on-one conferences with faculty in the humanities, to discuss ideas or proposals in progress. These will be scheduled for Monday morning, from 9:00-10:30 am, and Tuesday morning, from 9:00-11:00 am, as needed. Faculty members who plan to come and wish to schedule a meeting with Jane Aikin should notify the IU office in advance. Please respond to cahi@indiana.edu, with “Aikin Conference” in the subject line of your email. Faculty will also be required to send a one-page prospectus of a potential project to be forwarded to Ms. Aikin in advance of her meeting.

Please contact Sue Grimes (sgrimes@purdue.edu), Kristyn Jewell (kristynj@purdue.edu), or Perry Kirkham (pkirkham@purdue.edu) with any questions.

To suggest content for future issues of ENE Memo, contact Mike Loizzo or David Radcliffe by midday Friday for the following week's issue.