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ENE Memo: March 9, 2015

From the Head: 3/9

Choosing Civility

In the Fall of 2011, I wrote a series of thought pieces on the critical role that civility plays in fostering a harmonious workplace. These were based on the Pier Forni’s book, Choosing Civility.  

Good advice never goes out of style and is always worth repeating. With that in mind, the following links reprise my earlier thoughts on civility and how it plays into a community like ours. 

I hope you find these valuable.

I encourage everyone to take a look at Forni’s book; it is short, easy to read and to the point. The subtitle is very apt: Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct.


Calendar: 3/9

Spring 2015

  • March 10: ENEGSA Multiculturalism Lunch, WANG 3500 (kitchenette area), 11:30am-1pm
  • March 11: Faculty Meeting, Wang 3501, 9:30-10:30am
  • March 11: Associate Professors meet with Head, Wang 3501, 10:30-11:30am 
  • March 12: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • March 16: Librarian Office Hours, Wang 3500, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • March 16-20: Spring Break
  • March 23: Librarian Office Hours, Wang 3500, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • March 26: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • March 27: Staff Meeting, ARMS 1028, 9:30-11:20am
  • March 30: Librarian Office Hours, Wang 3500, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • March 31: INSPIRE Seminar, Wang 3501, 2-3pm
  • April 1: Faculty Meeting, Wang 3501, 9:30-11:20am
  • April 2: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 6: Librarian Office Hours, ARMS 1314, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • April 8-14: Research WeekCelebrating the ENE Research Facility in Wang Hall
  • April 9: Research Seminar, Wang Hall/TBD, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 9: College of Engineering Advisory Council dinner, Wang Hall, TBD
  • April 13: Librarian Office Hours, Wang 3500, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • April 13/14:ENE Industrial Advisory Council meeting, Wang Hall, 8am-3:30pm
  • April 10: College of Engineering Faculty Awards of Excellence Dinner, TBD  
  • April 16: ENE GSA Town Hall, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 20: Librarian Office Hours, Wang 3500, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • April 22: Faculty Meeting, Wang 3501, 9:30-11:20am
  • April 23: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 27: Librarian Office Hours, Wang 3500, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • April 28: INSPIRE Seminar, Wang 3501, 2-3pm
  • April 30: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • May 1: ENE Best Teacher and McDowell Best Advisor Awards 2015, ARMS 1300, 11am  
  • May 1: Classes End
  • May 4: Librarian Office Hours, ARMS 1314, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • May 6: Faculty Meeting, Wang 3501, 9:30-11:20am
  • May 13-14: ENE Strategic Advance, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • May 16: ENE Graduation Celebration, Wang Hall, 11am (Commencement, Elliot Hall, 2pm)

News and Information: 3/9

Safety News

Alertus has been installed on all ECN supported machines in ENE (i.e. all machines that show the Ctrl-Alt-Del screen on startup). This application “takes over” the screen in the event that a Purdue Alert is issued (severe weather, etc.). To test Alertus on a supported machine, right-click the Alertus icon in the bottom-right Windows system tray, and select “View a Test Alert”. A screenshot of the Alertus icon is attached. It is important to note that this service is currently only available on an ECN supported PCs. There has been some discussion of rolling out Alertus for personal and unsupported machines, but that service is not in place yet. I will update as this progresses.

The Wang Hall building emergency plan (BEP) has been revised to include information on the ENE third floor space. This document is available on the ENE safety webpage ( Note that the version on the webpage is a draft version pending university approval. Also, the ENE safety webpage (in addition to the BEP) includes information on the fire and severe weather shelter-in-place locations for WANG. Please review this information at your earliest convenience. 

ENE Research Seminar 

This week, ENEGSA hosts Dr. Cindy Hmelo-Silver as the seminar speaker. Her talk is "Affordances of Technology for Collaborative Learning in Engineering" and you can find more information about the research topic HERE as well as the agenda for her Thursday visit at the bottom of the page.

NSF Innovation Corps for Learning (I-Corps L)

NSF recently released a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) for a new Cohort of NSF Innovation Corps for Learning (I-Corps L) teams. The DCL is available HERE. More general information I-Corps L is available HERE. The first full cohort of 24 teams completed the program last month. Karl Smith, who led the teaching teams, and Tamara Moore, who was one of the participants, can provide more insight into the team experience.

ENEGSA election

It is time for ENEGSA nominations. All engineering education graduate students are eligible. If you want to nominate someone or yourself go to the following survey link: If you want more information about ENEGSA and the current officers, check out the ENEGSA webpage.

Kudos: 3/9

... to ENE alum Jacqueline McNeil (PhD 2014) on her new position, assistant professor of Engineering Fundamentals at the University of Louisville Speed School of Engineering.

Funding Opportunities: 3/9

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI) The objective of the CICI program is to develop and deploy security solutions that benefit the scientific community by ensuring the integrity and reliability of the end-to-end scientific workflow. This solicitation seeks unique ways to protect scientific instruments, resources, cyberinfrastructure and data that extend beyond building better perimeters and point solutions. Deadline: June 2

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: I-Corps L – Stimulating Innovation in STEM Education  To challenge NSF researchers to think beyond their research results and toward broader adoption of STEM education and learning innovations, NSF's Innovation Corps Teams Program (I-Corps Teams) will encourage proposals that take discoveries and promising practices from education research and development and promote opportunities for widespread adoption, adaptation, and utilization. I-Corps for Learning (I-Corps L) Teams will receive support - in the form of mentoring and funding - to accelerate innovation in learning that can be successfully scaled, in a sustainable manner. Deadline: April 15

USAID/World Vision All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development  This challenge aims to catalyze the creation and expansion of scalable, low-cost innovations to improve early-grade literacy students in developing countries. Two opportunities are currently running.

  • Technology to Support Education in Crisis and Conflict Settings   Deadline: March 30
  • Tracking and Tracing Books Prize Competition  Deadline: April 1

DOS-USDC Diplomatic Simulations Program – A Project Coordination Team for Simulation Writing, Curriculum Design and Video Production  The U.S. Diplomacy Center announces a funding opportunity to provide the coordination of a Diplomatic Simulations Program that requires curriculum design, simulation writing, and the filming and editing of video clips that introduce the program and support the content of the simulations.  Deadline: April 22

DOC-NOAA Strengthening the Public’s and/or K-12 Students’ Environmental Literacy for Community Resilience to Extreme Weather Events and Environmental Changes  The goal of this opportunity is to strengthen the public’s and/or K-12 students’ environmental literacy to enable informed decision-making necessary for community resilience to extreme weather events and environmental changes. Projects should build the environmental literacy necessary for community resilience by focusing on geographic awareness and an understanding of Earth systems and the threats and vulnerabilities that are associated with a community’s location. Deadline: April 13

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.

Limited Submission: DOS-ECA FY2015 TechWomen Program  Applicants should plan to demonstrate the capacity to recruit and select a total of approximately 90 women from select countries in Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East to participate in a five- to six-week peer mentoring program in the U.S. The award recipient will be responsible for arranging appropriate and meaningful mentorships for all the participants at U.S.-based science and technology companies, and for monitoring the safety and well-being of the participants while they are on the program. The mentoring experience will focus on advancing the status of professional women in the fields of science and technology through project-based mentorships, networking opportunities, and enhancement activities. Funding will also support activities in the participants’ home countries that encourage the interest of girls and university-age women in science and technology-based careers, and that engage young women using technology in their professions. For this opportunity, Purdue is limited to one application.


Workshop: Leveraging Research Development and Purdue-wide Resources for Large, Interdisciplinary Proposals  This workshop is targeted to Purdue faculty who are interested in pursuing large, interdisciplinary funding opportunities.  Lynne Dahmen, senior proposal coordinator in Research Development Services, will provide an overview of support available through the Office of Research and Partnerships including grant writing, resource leveraging, and site visit assistance. Senior Associate Vice President and Executive Director of Discovery Park, Al Rebar, will discuss how resources available through Discovery Park, including facilities and administrative support, can be key to the success of large, interdisciplinary proposals.  The workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 24th in Stewart 310 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Lunch is provided so registration is required at the link above.

DOD-DARPA Young Faculty Award Announcement is updated and replacedDeadline: April 13

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for Submitting Proposals: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and NSF Opportunity for Collaborations in Gravitational Physics

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