Weekly Newsletter

 March 10, 2022
Dear colleagues -

Spring Break is almost here! As we all gear up for what will hopefully be a restful week, we want to make sure you're aware of some upcoming events. On Monday March 21st, please join us either in DLR 131 or via Zoom for a Town Hall with EVPRP Theresa Mayer, in which she will discuss developments on the new Institute in advance of an ideation process in April. Registration is not required.

Additionally, our virtual discussion with representatives from Purdue and the EPA on environmental justice efforts in Indiana will take place Friday March 25th - all are welcome to attend.

See more below on new work from Abby Engelberth (ABE, EEE),
Thomas Hertel (AgEcon) and Dominique van der Mensbrugghe (AgEcon), recognition of affiliates Barny Dunning (FNR), Jason Hoverman (FNR), Kara Salazar (FNR), Mitch Zischke (FNR), Eileen Kladivko (AGRY), and Mohit Verma (ABE) as well as new professional development and job opportunities (including one from the new Institute!).
Upcoming Events
Town Hall with EVPRP Theresa Mayer
Monday, March 21st | 10:30 AM | DLR 131 and Virtual

A discussion about next steps in building out our new Institute is slated for Monday, March 21st at 10:30 AM in DLR and on Zoom. This will be a hybrid town hall at which we will provide an update on our ongoing discussions about the structure and goals of the new institute and outline a process of ideation that will begin in April. Light refreshments will be provided. Click here to join the meeting virtually.
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 Publication
Women in Green Chemistry and Engineering: Agents of Change Toward the Achievement of a Sustainable Future
ACS Sustainable Chem Engineering

Affiliate Abby Engelberth (ABE, EEE) and co-authors published an editorial on the occasion of the 2022 International Women’s Day making the case for how a more systematic integration of women within all aspects of green and sustainable chemistry and engineering is paramount to preserving and improving the planet. Read the article here.
Featured News
Cutting Russia’s fossil fuel exports: Short-term pain for long-term gain

Affiliates Thomas Hertel (AgEcon) and Dominique van der Mensbrugghe (AgEcon) recently contributed to Vox EU on the subject of how cutting down fossil fuel exports from Russia offers long-term benefit. Read the article here.
FNR “Ask an Expert” Connects Online Audiences to Resources

Purdue FNR extension efforts, led in part by affiliates Barny Dunning, Jason Hoverman, Kara Salazar, and Mitch Zischke, over the past two years amidst the COVID-19 pandemic were recognized in the Purdue Extension Specialist Quarterly newsletter. Read more.
Eileen Kladivko Receives 'Spirit of the Land Grant Mission' Award

Congratulations to Eileen Kladivko (Agronomy) who was just announced as the winner of Purdue Agriculture's 'Spirit of the Land Grant Mission' award for 2022. There will be a reception honoring Dr. Kladivko in PFEN 241 on March 21 at 3:30 PM.
Mohit Verma Receives $1M Grant

Affiliate Mohit Verma (ABE) received $1M grant from The National Animal Health Laboratory Network and the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program for the development of an African swine fever rapid test. Learn more here.
Professional Development & Job Opportunities
Newly-Posted Positions

We are currently accepting applications for a Lead Administrator position. More about the position, along with two recently posted positions with the Midwest Regional Climate Center, can be found on the opportunities page of our website. Please pass these along to anyone you think may be interested in applying.
Mini-Workshop on CyberTraining for FAIR Science in Water and Climate
March 31 | 1-3 PM | Zoom

Affiliate Venkatesh Merwade (CE) is starting a 2-hr mini-workshop series for his NSF FAIR CyberTraining Project. Faculty, grad students and postdocs are welcome to attend to learn how to automate some key hydrology data access and analyses tasks using Python. Register here.
Funding Opportunities
USDA-NRCS Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities
Up to approximately $1 billion will be made available through this funding opportunity, which will build markets and invest in America’s climate-smart farmers, ranchers, and forest owners to strengthen U.S. rural and agricultural communities. USDA will support the production and marketing of climate-smart commodities through a set of pilot projects that provide voluntary incentives through partners to producers and land owners, including early adopters, to:
  • implement climate-smart production practices, activities, and systems on working lands,
  • measure/quantify, monitor and verify the carbon and greenhouse gas (GHG) benefits associated with those practices, and
  • develop markets and promote the resulting climate-smart commodities. 
Deadline: April 8

USDA-NIFA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Sustainable Agricultural Systems 
Applications to the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS) Request for Applications (RFA) must focus on approaches that promote transformational changes in the U.S. food and agriculture system. NIFA seeks creative and visionary applications that take a systems approach for projects are expected to significantly improve the supply of affordable, safe, nutritious, and accessible agricultural products, while fostering economic development and rural prosperity in America. Deadlines: April 27 – LOI; July 28 - Application

USDA-NIFA Organic Transitions (ORG) 
The overall goal of the Organic Transitions Program (ORG) is to support the development and implementation of research, extension and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers, as well as those who are adopting organic practices. All proposals should have activities and impact in research and at least one of the other areas: education and extension. Deadline: April 21

USDA Regional Food System Partnerships
The RFSP supports partnerships that connect public and private resources to plan and develop local or regional food systems. The RFSP focuses on building and strengthening local or regional food economy viability and resilience, and this includes pandemic response and recovery. Applicants will work with their partners to catalyze the development of local or regional food systems. Deadline: May 16

USDA-NIFA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) - Foundational and Applied Science Program 
The AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program supports grants in six AFRI priority areas to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. The six priority areas are: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Deadline: Varies by program area and priority
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