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ENE Memo: March 31, 2014

From the Head: 3/31

Sad News

As most of you know, Shiva Haghighi passed away last week. We knew Shiva as a student in engineering, as a research assistant on projects in ENE and as the daughter of the founding head of ENE, the late Kamyar Haghighi. Shiva had a vibrant personality and was always upbeat, so it is hard to imagine she has gone. Coming so soon after her father’s passing, Shiva’s death is a devastating blow to her immediate family, her mother, Atossa, and her sister, Nina, as well as her wider family and large group of friends.

Sadly, this loss comes at a traditional time of joy when her family, along with the whole Persian community, would be celebrating the spring festival of Nowruz. 

A memorial service for Shiva will be held at the Thomas Duncan Hall (619 Ferry St., Lafayette, IN 47901) on Sunday, April 13, at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, online at (as a Tribute Donation) or by check payable to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 E. 56th St, 8th floor, New York, NY 10022, with a note on the memo line "In memory of Shiva Haghighi".

In addition, a memorial scholarship fund at Purdue has been established in Shiva's memory. Gifts may be made either through the crowd-funding site or by check payable to the Purdue Foundation with a note that the gift be directed to the fund in honor of Shiva Haghighi.  The checks can be sent to Amy Noah at the Dauch Alumni Center, 403 West Wood Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2007.


Calendar: 3/31

  • 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: 3/31 Joyce Main on winning an ASEE Educational Research and Methods Division Apprentice Faculty Award. It is designed to encourage and honor promising new educators and/or researchers who have demonstrated commitment to innovation in teaching and/or have the potential for substantial contributions to engineering education. Matt Ohland and Alice Pawley nominated Joyce for the award. Morgan Hynes and Mindy Hart (EPICS) on being elected to the ASEE K-12 Division's executive board. Xin "Cindy" Chen (advisor: Krishna Madhavan) on winning Best Poster at the 4th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK14) Conference. Her poster is titled "A Social Media Analytics Framework for Understanding Students' Learning Experiences." First-Year Engineering students Giridhar Karthikeyan, Candice Votava, Xiaolu Bai, Rachel Throckmorton, Benjamin Vernhes and Zachary Fuerst for designing and producing a video, "Engineering: Stewardship of Humankind" for the NAE Engineering for You contest. They are pictured below with Michele Strutz, engineering advisor, and Morgan Joel, upperclassman advisor:

News and Information: 3/31

Open House Volunteers

The ENE 10th Anniversary Open House is Wednesday, April 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Armstrong Hall's atrium, FYE facilities and the ENE suite. We need volunteers who can help tell the ENE story to visitors and explain our facilities. Please sign up  for a volunteer shift. The sheets are on Julie Russell's desk.

Safety Training

ENE's Right-To-Know Program and Training is designed to provide employees with knowledge to understand the hazards of the chemicals with which they work, provide a safer and healthier workplace for all employees and ensure regulatory compliance with State and Federal Hazard Communications Standard. ALL ENE employees are required to have attended Right-To-Know Training. If you have not attended a Right-To-Know training session, please contact Patrick La Petina at, or 494-1503. For those who have completed training, but would like a refresher, there is this reference tool:  ENE Right To Know Training Module.


Want to know the state of technology in Tippecanoe County's K12 Schools or contribute to the development of it? The K12TECH website is a meetup for local teachers, educators and parents that will give participants the chance to better understand technology usage and/or innovation in local K12 schools. Organizers hope to foster a dialogue on: What do teachers and educators need help and assistance with, in today's technology world and its role in education?  How to integrate technology in schools, daycare and learning centers.  Understanding educating for business and collaboration.  How to educate for leadership, creativity, innovation, risk taking, collaboration culture, startup era, and tomorrow's world.

Funding Opportunities: 3/31

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Coupling, Energetics, and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions (CEDAR) CEDAR is a broad-based, community-guided, upper atmospheric research program. The goal is to understand the behavior of atmospheric regions from the middle atmosphere upward through the thermosphere and ionosphere into the exosphere in terms of coupling, energetics, chemistry, and dynamics on regional and global scales.  The activities within this program combine observations, theory and modeling.  Deadline: July 17

NIH Modeling Immunity for Biodefense (U19)  This FOA solicits applications from institutions or consortia to participate in a network of research groups developing computational models of immunity to infectious diseases other than HIV/AIDS. Applications are sought to develop, refine and validate computational models of immune responses

  1. During or following infection, and/or
  2. Before and after vaccination against an infectious disease, through an iterative approach involving computational studies and immunological experimentation.

The main goal of this FOA is to advance our understanding of the complex immune mechanisms triggered by infection and/or vaccination through the development and application of computational models of immunity, coupled with immunological experimentation to validate and improve the utility and robustness of the computational models.  Deadline: July 18

NIH Translational Research to Help Older Adults Maintain their Health and Independence in the Community  This FOA invites applications for translational research that moves evidence-based research findings toward the development of new interventions, programs, policies, practices, and tools that can be used by organizations in the community to help older adults remain healthy and independent, productively engaged, and living in their own homes and communities.  The goal of this FOA is to support translational research involving collaborations between academic research centers and community-based organizations with expertise serving or engaging older adults that will enhance our understanding of practical tools, techniques, programs and policies that communities across the nation can use to more effectively respond to needs of the aging population. 

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

NIH Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP) in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus: Network Research Sites (UH2/UH3)  The AMP RA and Lupus Network is designed to ascertain and define shared and disease-specific biological pathways in order to identify relevant drug targets for the treatment of autoimmune diseases. This program will involve an enhanced systems-level understanding of gene expression and signaling in target tissues from affected end organs and peripheral blood cells.  Applications may be submitted for Clinical Research Sites, Technology Research Sites, or Combined Clinical and Technology Research Sites.  Deadline: May 21

NIH Targeting Latently Infected Cells Without Reactivation (R01) This FOA solicits innovative research that advances the understanding of mechanisms or approaches that could be harnessed to selectively eliminate HIV-1 latently-infected cells without depending on viral reactivation. The ultimate goal is to inform the design of future therapeutic approaches that could be used to eradicate the latent reservoir that persists in the context of optimally suppressive highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), thereby affecting a permanent cure for HIV infection. Cross-disciplinary collaborations enabling technology-driven strategies are strongly encouraged. Deadline: June 15

HHS-FDA Physiologically Based Absorption and Pharmacokinetic Modeling and Simulation for Non-gastrointestinally Absorbed Drug Products in Humans (U01)  The purpose of this project to develop physiologically based absorption and pharmacokinetic models for complex drug products, such as locally acting drug products and non-biological complex parenteral drug products. Research should target the general purpose of impacting generic drug product guidance preparation, development of generic formulations by industry, and generic drug product evaluation.  Deadline: June 1

HHS-FDA Pharmacometric Modeling and Simulation for Generic Drugs Evaluation (U01) The purpose of this project is to develop quantitative pharmacometric models for generic drugs evaluation, in the following areas

  1. Narrow therapeutic index drugs,
  2. Generic drug substitutability and post marketing risk assessment, and
  3. Partial AUCs (area under the concentration vs. time curve) as bioequivalence criteria.

Deadline: June 1

HHS-FDA Characterization of Critical Quality Attributes for Semisolid Topical Drug Products (U01)  The scope of this project is to characterize all measurable physical/chemical qualities of different dosage forms of semisolid topical drug products, identify appropriate methodologies for measuring each of these quality attributes, characterize formulation and manufacturing parameters that alter the arrangement of matter in the dosage form as measured by specific quality attributes, and utilize in vitro and/or in vivo measures of product performance to correlate variations in critical quality attributes with a failure mode for a drug product.  Deadline: June 1

HHS-FDA Dissolution Methods for Semisolid Ocular Drug Products (U01)  The purpose of this study is to investigate dissolution methods for a semisolid ocular dosage form and to analyze their capability of detecting manufacturing differences, predicting in vivo performance, and evaluate method robustness.  The results from this study will help the FDA in developing recommendations to determine bioequivalence of generic ocular semisolid drug products.  Deadline: May 1

HHS-FDA Dissolution Methods for Microsphere and Implant Drug Products (U01)  The purpose of this study is to investigate dissolution methods for a parenteral sustained release dosage form and to analyze their capability of detecting manufacturing differences, predicting in vivo performance, and evaluate method robustness.  The results from this study will help the FDA in developing recommendations to determine bioequivalence of generic parenteral sustained release drug products.  Deadline: May 1

DOE-NREL Non-Proprietary Partnering Opportunities for Photovoltaic Research The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is actively pursuing collaborative research that will enable cost-competitive photovoltaic (PV) generation of electricity by 2020. This objective is achieved, in part, through non-proprietary partnering opportunities that enable collaborative research between NREL and the PV community to advance and publish scientific understanding in critical areas of PV technology development. Deadlines: April 15 and July 15

ED Investing in Innovation Fund (I3) Development Grants The i3 program is designed to generate and validate solutions to persistent educational challenges and to support the expansion of effective solutions to serve substantially larger numbers of students. Development grants provide funding to support the development or testing of practices that are supported by evidence of promise or a strong theory and whose efficacy should be systematically studied.  Notices of Intent due April 3; Pre-applications due April 14; Full applications due upon request.

Google Faculty Research Awards The intent of the Google Research Awards is to support cutting-edge research in Computer Science, Engineering, and related fields. Google Research Awards are one-year awards structured as unrestricted gifts to universities to support the work of world-class full-time faculty members pursuing research in areas of mutual interest. Deadline: April 15

National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment Research Funding  Applications should describe projects based upon basic and/or applied research bearing a rational relationship toward increasing understanding of sports injury mechanisms and injury prevention through the use of protective sports equipment.  Traditionally, successful proposals have had an emphasis on brain/spinal cord injuries and protective equipment.  Letters of Intent due May 5; Invited full proposals due October 1.

AKC Canine Health Foundation Infectious Disease Risk Assessment and Management RFP This RFP seeks to update recommendations for mitigation of risk of contraction of infectious disease at events where large groups of dogs congregate. Rather than soliciting prospective studies, this RFP seeks to solicit a retrospective analysis of existing data, including, but not limited to: epidemiologic studies defining the incidence, clinical presentations and outcomes of diseases; mechanism of infection, replication, spread and/or pathogenesis of diseases, in silico modeling of disease transmission, characterization of susceptible cohorts for particular pathogens and emerging concerns for novel pathogens. Letter of Intent due April 22.

Lumina Foundation Lumina’s overarching goal is to increase the higher education attainment rate of the United States to 60 percent by 2025. Their portfolio focuses on: increasing awareness of the benefits of higher education; improving student access to and preparedness for college; improving student success in college; and productivity across the higher education system.  Unsolicited Letters of Inquiry on these topics are accepted on an ongoing basis.

National Pork Board –PEDV Research  This urgent RFP requests proposals that will help answer questions related to the source and spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) and Delta Coronavirus, including the potential for feed system transmission. Projects must be completed within six months of funding. Deadline: April 2.

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.

Limited Submission: NSF Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) This program focuses on collaborative research and education in the area of scalable nanomanufacturing, including the long-term societal implications of the large-scale implementation of nanomanufacturing innovations. Although many nanofabrication techniques have demonstrated the ability to produce relatively small quantities of nanomaterials and devices for characterization and evaluation purposes, the emphasis of this program is on research to overcome the key impediments that prevent the low cost production of useful nanomaterials, nanostructures, devices and systems at industrially relevant scale, reliability, and at low cost and within environmental, health and safety guidelines. For this competition, Purdue may submit one proposal as lead organization. Proposals submitted to this program should consider addressing aspects of the nanomanufacturing value chain:

  • Novel scalable processes and techniques for large-area or continuous manufacturing of nano-scale structures and their assembly/integration into higher order systems;
  • Fundamental scientific research in well-defined technical areas that are compellingly justified as approaches to overcome critical barriers to scale-up and integration; and
  • Design principles for production systems leading to nanomanufacturing platforms; identification of metrology, instrumentation, standards and control methodologies needed for process control and to assess quality and yield.

Internal deadlines:

  • Monday, March 31: Letters of Intent due to the OVPR.
  • Monday, April 21: Preproposals due to the OVPR.

Limited Submission:  NSF Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) The program was formerly known as Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE).  Whereas EESE was centered on graduate education, this new solicitation is directed towards research that addresses the formation of ethical STEM students, faculty, and researchers at all levels, through a variety of means beyond conventional classroom instruction. CCE STEM solicits proposals for research that explores the following: ‘What constitutes ethical STEM research and practice? Which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?'  CCE STEM research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes responsible or irresponsible, just or unjust scientific practices and sociotechnical systems, and how to best instill students with this knowledge.  For this competition, Purdue may submit one proposal as lead organization.

Internal deadlines:

  • Monday, March 31: Letters of Intent due to the OVPR.
  • Monday, April 21: Preproposals due to the OVPR.

Limited Submission: NSF Innovation Corps Sites Program (I-Corps Sites)  The goals of this program are to spur translation of research, to encourage collaboration between academia and industry, and to train students to understand innovation and entrepreneurship.  Sites are funded at academic institutions, having already existing innovation or entrepreneurial units, to enable them to:  Nurture students and/or faculty who are engaged in projects having the potential to be transitioned into the marketplace; and to Develop formal, active, local innovation ecosystems that contribute to a larger, national network of mentors, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors.  The purpose of an I-Corps Site is to nurture and support multiple, local teams to transition their ideas, devices, processes or other intellectual activities into the marketplace. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one proposal as lead organization.

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. 


NIH Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for Epigenetic Analysis of Aging as a Risk Factor for Chronic Disease and Degenerative Conditions (U34)  The National Institute on Aging intends to promote a new initiative by publishing a FOA to solicit applications for research-planning grants on biological mechanisms that underlie aging-as-a-risk factor for chronic diseases and degenerative conditions. The FOA is expected to be published in Spring 2014 with an expected application due date in Fall 2014.

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