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ENE Memo: May 30, 2016

From the Head: 05/30/2016

Stay Safe 

Given the recent severe weather around the country, it is timely to remind ourselves of the relevant emergency procedures.  

I invite everyone to familiarize themselves with the information on the new safety poster near the elevators on all the floors of Armstrong Hall.  It addresses plans for Severe Weather, Medical Emergency, Fire and Active Threat.  It even gives a map to our evacuation location and instructions on access to the Purdue Alert system.

For those based in Wang Hall, please check the instructions in the ENE Safety page


Kudos: 05/30/2016

... to Carlene Quirk on completing Purdue's Accomplished Clerical Excellence (ACE) program.

Calendar: 05/30/2016

Summer 2016

  • June 6-10: INSPIRE Summer Academy (for K-2nd grade teachers), Wang Hall.
  • June 13-July 8: STAR (Summer Transition, Advising and Registration)
  • June 13-16: MEP Summer Workshop, ARMS BO98 (8am-5pm) and Wang Hall (TBD)
  • June 20-23: MEP PREFACE Workshop, ARMS BO98 (8am-5pm) and Wang Hall (TBD)
  • June 26-29: ASEE 2016, New Orleans
  • June 30-July 14: PALS Summer Workshop, Wang Hall
  • July 6-Aug 5: MEP-MITE Academic Bootcamp,  ARMS BO98 (8am-5pm)
  • July 11-Aug 12: Early Start Engineering program
  • Aug 11-13:  3rd P-12 Engineering and Design Education Research Summit, Chicago

Fall 2016

  • Aug 14: End-of-Summer Potluck, 5-8pm, Happy Hollow Park
  • Aug 15: Faculty return  
  • Aug 17: ENE Advance (TBD)
  • Aug 22: Classes begin

Funding Opportunities: 05/30/2016

Purdue Policy Research Institute (PPRI) Policy Fellows Program 2017 - Call for Applications

Discovery Park will host the Policy Fellows program in 2017. Applications are due June 15, 2016. Those who have an interest in and demonstrated potential for interdisciplinary, policy relevant, high-impact research should apply. Policy Fellows should propose projects on which they would like to work that fit with the mission of PPRI and Discovery Park.

PPRI aims to create a community of faculty, staff and students who put Purdue on the map as the place for interdisciplinary, high-impact research in key areas of strategic focus such as health, energy, food, water, and the environment, as well as the cross-cutting methods/concepts and themes. Some of these themes include big data, complex systems, cybersecurity, and human dimensions. The latter includes a specific focus on policy, diversity and inclusion, and human cognition, and decision-making. PPRI will leverage extant research and stimulate new research to increase the impact of Purdue researchers by 1) catalyzing new discoveries, 2) enhancing the policy influence of Purdue research, and 3) developing interdisciplinary talent in established and emerging strategic areas of focus.  

Policy Fellows should propose an idea for a project on which they would work in PPRI that would further these goals. Projects that accomplish these goals in global grand challenge areas are of particular interest.  Projects can further these goals by focusing on established areas of strategic strength in Discovery Park, or by catalyzing exciting new areas of interdisciplinary strength at Purdue and Discovery Park.

Policy Fellows will work with PPRI Director Laurel Weldon and DP Director Tomás Díaz de la Rubia for 25-50% of their time for one or two semesters in 2017, though an appointment in AY 2016 could be possible with the permission of the Department Head and Dean.

Application Process: Applications are due June 15, 2016. Please send applications electronically to with “Policy Fellow Application” as the subject line. The application is to include: 

  1. A one to two page letter outlining a proposal for a project of interest along with a brief summary of the applicant’s relevant expertise and experience. 

  2. Current curriculum vitae. 

  3. Endorsement from the applicant’s department head (or dean if the applicant is a department head). An email of support is adequate.

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)  The REU program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects.  Deadline:  August 24 (REU Sites).

NSF Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*)  CC* was formerly known as CC*DNI.  The Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) program invests in coordinated campus-level cyberinfrastructure (CI) components of data, networking, and computing infrastructure, capabilities, and integrated services leading to higher levels of performance, reliability and predictability for science applications and distributed research projects. Learning and workforce development (LWD) in CI is explicitly addressed in the program. Science-driven requirements are the primary motivation for any proposed activity.  Deadline:  August 23.

NSF Opportunities for Promoting Understanding through Synthesis (OPUS)   All four clusters within the Division of Environmental Biology encourage the submission of proposals aimed at synthesizing a body of related research projects conducted by a single individual or a group of investigators over an extended period. OPUS proposals will often be appropriately submitted in mid-to-late career, but will also be appropriate early enough in a career to produce unique, integrated insight useful both to the scientific community and to the development of the investigator's future work.  Deadline:  August 1.

2017 Grammy Foundation Research Grant  The GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program awards grants to organizations and individuals in North America to support efforts in research that study the links between music and early childhood education, treatments for illnesses and injuries common to musicians, and the impact of music therapy on populations from infants to the elderly.  Deadline:  October 1 – Concept paper.

Spencer Foundation Midcareer Grant Program  The Midcareer Grant program was launched in 2014 to enrich the work of academic midcareer scholars who are seven to twenty years post doctorate. This targeted program provides support for those who are interested in advancing their understanding of a compelling problem of education by acquiring new skills, substantive knowledge, theoretical perspectives or methodological tools.  Deadline:  September 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:  DOD-AF Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Outreach  This FOA invites proposals that can assist the Air Force in supporting the DoD STEM education and outreach goals and strategies. The OSD STEM Office seeks to execute a program that effectively implements critical elements of DoD's Science and Technology strategy. Education and outreach activities will support and help sustain the nation’s future STEM capabilities and readiness.  Only one white paper is allowed per applicant.

  • Internal Deadlines:
  • Wednesday, June 1:  Contact if interested
  • Sponsor Deadlines:  June 16 – White paper; July 26 – Full proposal (by invite)


NSF Dear Colleague Letter:  Seeking Community Input on Advanced Cyberinfrastructure

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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