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ENE Memo: May 25, 2015

From the Head: 5/25

Purdue's Commitment to Freedom of Expression

Amongst a number of decisions made by the Purdue Board of Trustees at its meeting last week, it adopted a statement on Freedom of Expression. In his Commencement Address on Saturday, President Daniels seemed to draw heavily on ideas from this statement, so it is clearly something that he believes in strongly. 

If you absorbed anything of our Constitution, you know that it contains no right not to be “offended”.  If anything, by protecting speech of all kinds, it guarantees that you will be.  As they say, “Deal with it.”  And if you are disturbed enough, then answer it, with superior facts and arguments.  Your diplomas say that Purdue has equipped you for this.   

The Purdue Statement on Freedom of Expression is based on the original from the University of Chicago, This move has caused Purdue to earn a top rating from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).

For your convenience, here is the statement in full.  

Because Purdue University (the “University”) is committed to free and open inquiry in all matters, it guarantees all members of the University community the broadest possible latitude to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn. Except insofar as limitations on that freedom are necessary to the functioning of the University, the University fully respects and supports the freedom of all members of the University community “to discuss,” in the words of former University of Chicago President Robert M. Hutchins, “any problem that presents itself."

Of course, the ideas of different members of the University community will often and quite naturally conflict. But it is not the proper role of the University to attempt to shield individuals from ideas and opinions they find unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive. Although the University greatly values civility, and although all members of the University community share in the responsibility for maintaining a climate of mutual respect, concerns about civility and mutual respect can never be used as a justification for closing off discussion of ideas, however offensive or disagreeable those ideas may be to some members of our community.

The freedom to debate and discuss the merits of competing ideas does not, of course, mean that individuals may say whatever they wish, wherever they wish. The University may restrict expression, for example, that violates the law, that falsely defames a specific individual, that constitutes a genuine threat or harassment, that unjustifiably invades substantial privacy or confidentiality interests, or that is otherwise directly incompatible with the functioning of the University. In addition, the University may reasonably regulate the time, place, and manner of expression to ensure that it does not disrupt the ordinary activities of the University. But these are narrow exceptions to the general principle of freedom of expression, and it is vitally important that these exceptions never be used in a manner that is inconsistent with the University’s commitment to a completely free and open discussion of ideas.

In a word, the University’s fundamental commitment is to the principle that debate or deliberation may not be suppressed because the ideas put forth are thought by some or even by most members of the University community to be offensive, unwise, immoral, or wrong-headed. It is for the individual members of the University community, not for the University as an institution, to make those judgments for themselves, and to act on those judgments not by seeking to suppress speech, but by openly and vigorously contesting the ideas that they oppose. Indeed, fostering the ability of members of the University community to engage in such debate and deliberation in an effective and responsible manner is an essential part of the University’s educational mission.

As a corollary to the University’s commitment to protect and promote free expression, members of the University community must also act in conformity with the principle of free expression. Although members of the University community are free to criticize and contest the views expressed on campus, and to criticize and contest speakers who are invited to express their views on campus, they may not obstruct or otherwise interfere with the freedom of others to express views they reject or even loathe. To this end, the University has a solemn responsibility not only to promote a lively and fearless freedom of debate and deliberation, but also to protect that freedom when others attempt to restrict it.

You can also link to the statement here.


Calendar: 5/25


  • June 15-July 10:  STAR  (Student Transition, Advising and Registration), FYE Advising area 
  • June 15: ENGR 132, 8 week module begins, ARMS
  • June 15-18: ASEE Annual Conference, Seattle
  • June 17-18: PEER Workshop, Seattle
  • July 3: Independence Day (observed), university holiday
  • Aug 7: ENGR 132, 8 week module ends, ARMS
  • Aug 8: Commencement
  • Aug 15: ENE End-of-Summer Potluck, Happy Hollow Park, Shelter #1, 4-9pm


  • Aug 19: ENE Faculty Advance (incl. visit by Provost) , WANG 3501, 9:30am-3:30pm
  • Aug 24: Classes commence
  • Aug 27: ENE Research Seminar ARMS BO71 3:30pm (Weekly) 
  • Aug 28: ENE Staff Meeting, 8:30-9:30, TBD
  • Sept 2: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-10:30am, WANG 3501
  • Sept 2: Assistant Professor meet with Head, 10:30-11:30am, WANG 3501  
  • Sept 7: Labor Day
  • Sept 9: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:30am, WANG 3501
  • Sept 16: ENE Advance Follow-Up, 9:30-11:30am, WANG 3501
  • Sept 19: Family Day
  • Oct 1: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-10:30am, WANG 3501
  • Oct 1: Associate Professors meet with Head, 10:30-11:30, WANG 3501
  • Oct 4/5: Big Ten + Grad Expo
  • Oct 12/13: Fall Break
  • Oct 16: ENE Staff Meeting, 8:30-9:30am, TBD 
  • Oct 28: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:30am, WANG 3501
  • Oct 28/29: ENE Grad Program Open House
  • Nov 4: ENE Advance Follow-Up, 9:30-11:30, WANG 3501
  • Nov 7: Homecoming
  • Nov 13: ENE Industrial Advisory Council, 8:00am-3pm, WANG 3501
  • Nov 18: Faculty-PhD Student Matching, 9:30-11:30, WANG 3501
  • Nov 26/27: Thanksgiving
  • Dec 2: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:30am, WANG 3501

News and Information: 5/25

Safety Committee

The most recent meeting minutes of the Safety Committee are available HERE. One of the Departmental Action Items from the 2014 REM Recertification is for everyone to review the biweekly meeting minutes.

Summer Camps in i2i

The following summer camps/workshops will be held in the i2i Lab. This is for your information, in case you have someone asking about the location on these dates. These are listed on the website calendar section as well.
  • 6, 7, & 8 Grade Summer Engineering Workshop
June 14 through June 19th
Design Studio – Room B098-2
June 21 through June 26th
Design Studio – Room B098-2
  • MITE Academic Boot Camp
July 6 through August 8th
Design Studio – Room B098-2

MSEE Electrical Shutdown

There will be a complete electrical shutdown and building closure at MSEE on June 11 and 12. The purpose of this shutdown is to allow for work on electrical bus ducts, which is associated with the Physics Tunnel Repair and Electric Bus Duct Replacement – 2015 project. Date/Time of Shutdown: 6:00pm Thursday, June 11, 2015 to 7:00am Friday June 12, 2015. This will affect web services during this time. Please plan accordingly, especially if you have online applications during that time. If you have any questions, please contact ECN.

Wednesday Lunches

STAR functions have the conference room (ARMS 1314) reserved from June 15-July 10. During these weeks, all Wednesday lunches will be in the Wang Hall kitchenette. Please join us!

ENE Profile

Name: Elizabeth Gajdzik

Job Title: Assistant Director, INSPIRE Institute for Pre-College Engineering

What is the scope of your job? The main focus of my job is to translate INSPIRE’s preschool through twelfth grade engineering and integrated science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research into practice so that parents and educators can access and utilize it.

What’s a job priority for you right now/what big project are you working on? I am currently working on four big projects: 1) Finalizing the INSPIRE Summer Academy for grade K-8 traditional and homeschool educators ( 2) Planning our 3rd P-12 Engineering and Design Education Research Summit which will take place in August 2016 in Chicago, IL. 3) Researching and creating our 2015 Engineering Gift Guide ( 4) Beta testing and finalizing grade K-2 integrated STEM and literacy units on the PictureSTEM team (

What’s the best part of your job or working in ENE? The best part of my job is knowing that the work INSPIRE does makes an impact on educators, parents, and children across the country.

What hobbies or activities are you involved in outside of work? I love crafting and doing outdoor activities with my family. I am also very active in my children’s daycare parent group.

What is your proudest accomplishment? My proudest professional accomplishment is partnering with ETA hand2mind and Texas A&M University to write and design curriculum called Hands-On Standards: STEM in Action, a series of preschool through 5th grade hands-on, integrated STEM modules (

What is your favorite game or sport to watch/play? My favorite sport is tennis. My family and I love watching and playing the game. We especially love cheering on the Purdue Men’s Tennis Team and their head coach – my husband!

Next week's profile: Lynn Hegewald

Kudos: 5/25 Monica Cardella on being voted representative to the Faculty Affairs Committee. Ed Berger on being voted representative to the Graduate Appeals Committee and Ruth Streveler on serving as alternate representative.

Funding Opportunities: 5/25

Selected Funding Opportunities:

HHS-ACF National Centers The National Centers provide the foundation of knowledge and practice for the ACF Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) System. Through the National Centers, ACF will promote early childhood excellence through consistent, evidenced-based T/TA. Reflecting current research, these Centers will create and disseminate high-quality resources and provide T/TA across regions, states, territories, tribes, and local communities. Deadline: July 20

  • Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning 
  • Early Childhood Health and Wellness 
  • Early Childhood Quality Assurance  
  • Afterschool and Summer Enrichment
  • Parent, Family and Community Engagement
  • Program Management and Fiscal Operations

USDA-NIFA National Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program: Regional Center Grants to Enhance Food Safety  The intention of this program is to begin building an infrastructure that will support a national food safety training, education, extension, outreach, and technical assistance system and provide significant opportunities for funding through subcontracts and for partnerships with eligible stakeholder groups, including community-based and non-governmental organizations. Deadline: June 29

ED-IES Opportunity to Use the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) Sample – Education Research Grants For FY16, researchers have a unique opportunity to use the sample for the 2015-16 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) in applications to the Postsecondary and Adult Education topic under the Education Research Grants program. The Institute will support research projects using the NPSAS to: 1) explore the relations between postsecondary persistence and completion, and malleable factors and 2) evaluate the efficacy of interventions aimed at improving persistence and completion of postsecondary education. Research synopsis and support documents due to NCES June 15; Application to Education Research Grants program due August 6.

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Research Grants  The foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. Deadline: August 1

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: DOE Storage Systems and Input/Output for Extreme Scale Science This FOA has three primary objectives for the research to be supported: 1) To enhance our understanding of the challenges DOE scientists and user facilities face with respect to storage systems and input/output (SSIO) and related performance issues; 2) To support design and prototyping of next-generation SSIO environments, including storage systems software and middleware; and 3)To initiate exploratory research on new SSIO design alternatives to meet the challenges of extreme scale science. To meet these objectives, ASCR invites computer science research proposals to address three themes: 1) Measurement and Understanding of Storage Systems and Input/Output Challenges; 2) Scalable Storage Software Infrastructure; and 3) New Paradigms in Storage Systems and Input/Output. Purdue may submit no more than four applications as lead institution.  There is no limit on the number of applications submitted as a collaborating institution.

  • Internal Deadline: Contact by May 27.
  • Sponsor Deadline:  Pre-application due June 11; Application due July 13. 

Limited Submission: W. M. Keck Foundation’s Medical Research Program and Science & Engineering Program These programs seek to support high-risk/high-impact projects in fields of biological science, physical science, and engineering.  Eligible projects should meet all the following criteria:

  • Focus on important and emerging areas of research
  • Have potential to develop breakthrough technologies, instrumentation or methodologies
  • Are innovative, distinctive and interdisciplinary
  • Demonstrate a high level of risk due to unconventional approaches, or by challenging the prevailing paradigm
  • Have the potential for transformative impact, such as the founding of a new field of research, the enabling of observations not previously possible, or the altered perception of a previously intractable problem
  • Does not focus on clinical or translational research, treatment trials, or research for the sole purpose of drug development
  • Medical projects should be platform-based – not disease specific
  • Falls outside the programmatic priorities of public funding agencies (correspondence reflective of such will strengthen a preproposal at internal review and is requested by Keck)
  • Demonstrates that Keck is essential to the project’s success

Grants range from $500,000 to $5 million but are typically $2 million or less. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit one application for Phase I consideration under each program. Full proposals are accepted in Phase II by invitation only.

Internal Deadlines:

  • Monday, June 8: Preproposals due to the EVPRP (please specify the program – S&E or Medical).
  • Monday, June 15: Preproposal rankings due to the EVPRP.

Sponsor Deadline:  November 1, 2015 (project discussion period July 1 – August 15).

Limited Submission:  Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) 2017 Undergraduate Science Education Grants  The Howard Hughes Medical Institute announces a new competition for science education grants to colleges and universities. The goal of the revised program is to help institutions build their capacity to effectively engage all students in science throughout their undergraduate years, especially those who come to college via non-traditional pathways. While the focus is natural sciences, eligibility is not limited to faculty in that area.  HHMI plans to award approximately 60 grants in two competitions. The first competition will result in approximately 30 awards that will be made in September 2017. The second competition is expected to be announced in 2016, with awards to be made in September 2018. Grant will be for five years and total $1 million each. For this opportunity, Purdue is allowed to submit one pre-proposal in one of two categories, either Building Capacity Within the Institution or Helping Others Build Capacity.

Internal Deadlines: 

  • Monday, June 8:  Preproposal due to EVPRP.
  • Monday, June 15: Rankings due to EVPRP.

Sponsor Deadlines: July 14 – Institution must file Intent to Apply; December 1 – pre-proposals due to HHMI; Full proposals will be by invitation only.


NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Announcement of Changes to Submission Windows for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate’s Core Programs as well as the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) Program

NIFA Data Gateway The new Data Gateway is a web-based tool designed to strengthen transparency and promote an open government by providing easy access to data and metrics on how the agency distributes funding. Users can view funding by recent awards, Congressional district, knowledge area, subject of investigation, science field, and award trends.

As always, we appreciate your sharing this information with your faculty.  Please contact Sue Grimes (, Kristyn Jewell (, or Perry Kirkham ( with any questions. 

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