Weekly Newsletter

 March 4, 2022
Dear colleagues -

It was great to see those of you who were able to attend Monday's panel discussion on food security with guest speaker Dr. Alison Power, a recording of the panel is available here. Please plan on joining us for our upcoming virtual discussion on EPA priorities and environmental justice efforts in the Midwest on 3/25, featuring representatives from the EPA along with participants from around the state. Speaking of environmental justice, check out our Dear Colleague letter on this topic as we work to be responsive to upcoming opportunities in this space.

Plenty of featured news and publications as well, including new work from Brandon Boor (CE), David Warsinger (ME), insights from FNR affiliates 
Songlin Fei, Reuben Goforth, Michael Jenkins and Jeff Dukes, and awards to David Johnson (MSE, PoliSci), Sudip Vhaduri (Polytechnic), Caitlin Proctor (ABE, EEE), Marisol Sepulveda (FNR), and Brad Kim (Animal Sci).

As always, please reach out to us about any news, publications, and events you would like promoted.

Upcoming Events
Save the Date: Town Hall with EVPRP Theresa Mayer

A discussion about next steps in building out our new Institute is slated for Monday, March 21st at 10:30 AM.

More details to come, watch your inbox!
Dear Colleague Letter: Opportunity to Elevate Env. Justice at Purdue 
The Biden administration is emphasizing engagement with environmental justice initiatives; as such, we are reaching out to any and all faculty who are interested in staying abreast of opportunities that arise for efforts in this space.

A full "Dear Colleague" letter is available here, with more information on how to stay involved as well as a current opportunity with Hydrogen Energy Hubs from DOE.
Featured Publications
Chemistry and human exposure implications of secondary organic aerosol production from indoor terpene ozonolysis
Science Advances

Affiliate Brandon Boor's (CE) group just published a study, funded in part by the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, that examines indoor air quality following the use of commercial-grade disinfectants. Access the article here, and a news release about the study here.
Vapor-selective active membrane energy exchanger with mechanical ventilation and indoor air recirculation
Applied Energy

A new article from David Warsinger (ME) examines a novel membrane HVAC system that would require significantly less energy to treat and circulate outdoor air, thus helping mitigate the spread of diseases in indoor spaces. Access the article here.
Featured News
AgSEED Grants Awarded

Several affiliates were recently awarded AgSEED (Agricultural Science and Extension for Economic Development) grants, including Caitlin Proctor (ABE, EEE), Marisol Sepulveda (FNR), and Brad Kim (Animal Sci). Congratulations!
Join the Team to Halt Harmful Species

Purdue FNR faculty, including affiliates Songlin Fei, Reuben Goforth, Michael Jenkins and Jeff Dukes, shared their expertise on the wide-ranging ecological impact of invasive species in this recent piece by Purdue Ag.
Purdue invention to improve health and welfare of farrowing sows is licensed to Canadian company

Developed by affiliate Allan Schinckel (Animal Sci) along with Robert Stwalley (ABE), technology to cool sows and lower their respiration rate while farrowing has been licensed to Innovative Heating Technologies for further beta testing and commercialization. Read more here.
Jeff Dukes Breaks Down UN Climate Report

Affiliate Jeff Dukes (FNR), former director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, offered his analysis of the recently-released UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, saying that adaptation to climate threats is not happening fast enough. Read the story from WBAA here.
Spring 2022 Societal Impact Fellows Announced

The Office of Engagement recently announced the Spring 2022 Societal Engagement Fellows, which includes affiliates David Johnson (MSE, PoliSci) and Sudip Vhaduri (Polytechnic). Congratulations!
Professional Development
Center for Instructional Excellence Summer Course Design Institute

A 6-day intensive program for graduate students and post-docs to work with CIE staff on designing courses they will teach at Purdue West Lafayette. In-person meetings will take place weekdays, Wed., May 25 through Wed., June 1, 2022. Click here for more information.
IL-IN Sea Grant Student & Faculty Scholars Program

The 2022 IISG Scholars competition is now open for Graduate Students and Faculty. Awards are issued for one year and activities should be completed during that year. The full Request for Applications, including award amounts and application requirements, can be found here. Deadline is March 18, 2022.
Funding Opportunities
For Students/Trainees: USDA-NIFA National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship (NNF)
This grant program supports: (1) training students for master's and doctoral degrees in food, agricultural and natural resource sciences; and (2) Special International Study or Thesis/Dissertation Research Travel Allowances (IRTA) for eligible USDA NNF beneficiaries. Applications are being solicited from institutions that confer a graduate degree in at least one of the following Targeted Expertise Shortage Areas: 1) animal and plant production; 2) forest resources; 3) agricultural educators and communicators; 4) agricultural management and economics; 5) food science and human nutrition; 6) sciences for agricultural biosecurity; and 7) training in integrative biosciences for sustainable food and agricultural systems. Deadline: April 26

USDA-NIFA Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI)  
The purpose of this program is to fund projects that will enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. The OREI is particularly interested in projects that emphasize research, education and outreach that assist farmers and ranchers with whole farm planning by delivering practical research-based information. Deadline: March 31

DOE-EERE Carbon Utilization Technology: Improving Efficient Systems for Algae  
This FOA specifically seeks to increase the carbon utilization efficiency of algal growth systems. BETO is interested in the following topic areas: 1) Carbon Utilization Efficiency from Biomass- or Atmospheric-Based Sources of Carbon Dioxide, and 2) Algae-Based Technology to Utilize Anthropogenic CO2 from Utility and Industrial Sources. Deadlines: March 18 – Concept paper; May 27 - Application

NASA-ROSES Land-Cover/Land-Use Change  
The primary goal of the NASA Land-Cover/Land-Use Change (LCLUC) program is to use satellite observations for improving our understanding of LCLUC as an essential component of Earth System Science. The LCLUC program includes studies that detect and quantify changes in land cover and land use; examine their impact on the environment and interactions with climate and society; and model future scenarios of LCLUC impacts. Deadlines: April 14 – Step 1; July 14 – Step 2

USDA-NRCS 2022 Soil Science Collaborative Research Proposals
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), is announcing the potential availability of funding for agreements for the purposes of:
  • Promoting research collaboration between the NRCS Soil and Plant Science Division (SPSD) and university cooperators on significant national issues;
  • Providing technology transfer and training for NRCS staff;
  • Assisting in training of students in soil science and related fields.
Deadline: April 12
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