ENE Memo: October 26, 2015
From the Head: 10/26
Changes in the Instructional Support Team
Over the next few weeks, the Instructional Support Team will be going through a series of structural and personnel changes.
I am pleased to announce that Jill Folkerts has accepted an offer to become Instructional Support Manager and leader of the IST. She comes to us with experience of more than 20 years as an engineer and supervisor at Alcoa. Jill will start on November 9.
Regrettably, though, I must also announce that Lynn Hegewald will be leaving ENE; she has accepted a position with Purdue Manufacturing Extension Program. From the week of November 9 through the end of the semester, Lynn will be transitioning (60% with ENE, 40% with MEP), and December 18 will be her last day. We very much appreciate Lynn’s contributions to the team for the last three years, and wish her the best.
In order to give Mary Pilotte the time she needs to lead and develop the IDE program, Mary will be stepping away from responsibility for the IST, and Steve Hoffmann will step in in her place. As an organizational structure, Jill will report to Steve, and the rest of the team (Jim Whitford, Rick Womack, Dianne Bell, future hires) will report to Jill.
Steve, Jill, and I will start planning soon on hiring two new Instructional Support Specialists (replacing Patrick and Lynn). We hope to have these positions filled early in 2016. Through this transition, Jim Whitford will be a key source of continuity and support and will have primary support responsibility for ENGR 132 in the spring semester.
We will have continuing discussions with the Intellectual Curator teams for ENGR 131 and 132 about evolving roles and responsibilities for everyone (the IST, the Curator teams, and the other instructors) as this transition progresses.
... to Rick Womack, Lynn Hegewald and Cindey Hays for being named as finalists in the 2015 CoE Staff Awards of Excellence respectively for Customer Service, New Employee, and Professional Achievement. The winners will be announced at the Staff Awards Banquet on December 4. Please mark for calendars for a big night for ENE.
... to Joyce Main on being selected as an 2015 Frontiers in Education (FiE) New Faculty Fellow.
... to Natasha Perova-Mello in successfully defending her dissertation titled Using Google Docs to Support Workflow Management in Teams of Engineering Students
News and Information: 10/26
Workplace Violence Training (Save the Date)
Officer Keene Red Elk will be providing work place violence training for our faculty and staff on Thursday, Nov. 5th from 3:30 – 5:00pm. WANG 3501.
Innovation for International Development (I2D) Laboratory
The next I2D Lab meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 27 at 12:00-1:30pm in WANG 2501
- Jun Chen, Micro-hydropower for powering rural African communities: Opportunities, challenges, and lessons
- Gary Burniske & Suzanne Nielsen, Engineering’s role in food security
Lunch provided. For catering purposes, please RSVP to Tami Sells (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Funding Opportunities: 10/26
Selected Funding Opportunities:
NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program (I/UCRC) The I/UCRC program develops long-term partnerships among industry, academe, and government. The Centers are catalyzed by an investment from the NSF and are primarily supported by industry Center members, with NSF taking a supporting role in the development and evolution of the Center. Each Center is established to conduct research that is of interest to both the industry members and the Center faculty. November 16 - LOI; January 11 - Planning Grant and Full Center Proposals.
NSF Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems (NSF-NCS) This program open to proposals that advance the foundations of one or more of the following integrative research themes: Neuroengineering and Brain-Inspired Concepts and Designs; Individuality and Variation; Cognitive and Neural Processes in Realistic, Complex Environments; and Data-Intensive Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. Within each theme, advances in theory and methods, technological innovations, educational approaches, research infrastructure, and workforce development are all of significant interest. Proposals must be consistent with the missions of the participating directorates. High-risk, high-payoff approaches are expected. December 10 – LOI (required); January 26 – Proposal.
DOD-ARMY Vision Research Program – Technology/Therapeutic Development Award This program challenges the scientific community to design innovative research that will foster new directions for, and address neglected issues in, the field of vision research. Applications from investigators within the military Services, and applications involving multidisciplinary collaborations among academia, industry, the military Services, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and other Federal Government agencies are highly encouraged. Deadlines: December 2 – Pre-application; December 16 – Application.
DOD-CDMRP FY15 Extremity Regeneration Technology/Therapeutic Development Award Innovations developed from JPC-8/CRMRP-supported research efforts are expected to improve restorative treatments and rehabilitative care to maximize function for return to duty (RTD) or civilian life. The interest is in medical technologies (drugs, biologics, and devices) and treatment/rehabilitation strategies (methods, guidelines, standards, and information) that will significantly improve the medical care provided to our wounded Service members within the DoD health care system. Deadlines: December 15 – Pre-application; December 22 – Application.
NEH Next Generation Humanities PhD Implementation and Planning Grants NEH hopes to assist universities in implementing a new model of doctoral education, which can both transform the understanding of what it means to be a humanities scholar and promote the integration of the humanities in the public sphere. Next Generation Humanities PhD Implementation Grants support universities in instituting wide-ranging changes in humanities doctoral programs. Next Generation Humanities PhD Planning Grants support universities in preparing to institute wide-ranging changes in humanities doctoral programs. Matching funds are required for both programs. Deadlines: January 20 – Preliminary proposal; February 17 – Proposal.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory programs ORNL has several opportunities for qualified students and faculty to participate in hands-on research in a-real world setting with award winning scientists. Two opportunities, open now, are the Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) and the Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis (NESLS) programs.
Preproposals and rankings to the EVPRP should be e-mailed to EVPRPlimited@purdue.edu. Purdue’s open limited submission competitions, limited submission policy, and templates for preproposals may be found at http://www.purdue.edu/research/funding-and-grant-writing/limited-submissions.php. 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: NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program* The NRT program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate training that ensure that graduate students develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program includes two tracks – Traineeship Track (TT) and Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track. For both tracks, strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners are encouraged.
*This is a revised version of the solicitation for the Research Traineeship (NRT) Program due in December. This is a program for which we already held an internal limited submission competition and selected preproposals to move forward. Under the revised solicitation, we can submit a second Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) proposal. We are, therefore, running another internal competition to fill the second slot for the IGE only.
- Monday, November 2: Preproposals due to the EVPRP.
- Monday, November 9: Preproposal rankings due to the EVPRP.
Sponsor deadlines: December 9 – LOI (required); February 9 – Full proposal.
Limited Submission: DOS FY16 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars and Secondary Educators The Office of Academic Exchange Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, invites proposal submissions for the design and implementation of five different Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars and Secondary Educators to take place over the course of five to six weeks at U.S. academic institutions beginning in June 2016. These Institutes should provide multinational groups of experienced foreign university educators, scholars, teachers, and other professionals with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. Four of these Institutes will be for groups of 18 foreign university level faculty, focusing on the themes of Journalism and Media, U.S. Culture and Society, U.S. Foreign Policy, and U.S. National Security Policymaking, each with a total duration of six weeks. One additional Institute for a group of 20 foreign secondary educators will be a five-week general survey course on secondary education and the U.S. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application.
Internal deadline: Contact EVPRPlimited@purdue.edu by October 28.
Sponsor deadline: December 4
Anticipated Funding Opportunities:
These solicitations are anticipated to be released soon based on the timing of previous solicitations for the program or notices of intent to publish. We are posting this information to help with proposal planning efforts but please keep in mind that the release dates and/or scope of a solicitation can change from year-to-year so be sure to read the solicitation carefully once it is released.
NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide available The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016.
NSF Dear Colleague Letter: RFI on Science Drivers Requiring Capable Exascale High Performance Computing All responses due by November 13.
DOE-ARPA-E RFI on Advanced Telepresence Technology Responses are due by October 30.
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