Weekly Newsletter

 August 31, 2022
Dear Colleagues -

September is approaching fast, and it promises to be a busy month for the new Institute for a Sustainable Future. We look forward to celebrating our official launch with you on September 21 at 4:30 PM in DLR, please rsvp here.

Additionally, next week will feature numerous events both co-sponsored by the Insitute and put on by several of our partners around the state. You can read more about next week's full slate - and register for any or all of the upcoming events - here.

Along with new publications from Richard Voyles (PPT), Zhao Ma (FNR) and Taylor Stinchcomb (FNR), check out a recent article from the Indiana Environmental Reporter and news piece from WTHR featuring Jennifer Freeman's (HHS) and others' findings on harmful health effects of PFAS in the Hoosier state. 

Remember to let us know if you have any work, events, or opportunities you would like us to feature.
Upcoming Events
Institute for a Sustainable Future Launch Party 

September 21 | 4:30 - 6:00 PM | DLR 131 

Join us on September 21 for a reception celebrating the launch of Purdue's Institute for a Sustainable Future (ISF). Food and beverages will be provided, and both EVPRP Theresa Mayer and ISF Director Matthew Huber will speak. We hope to see you there! Please RSVP here.
Wildfire, Water Systems & Public Health: Lessons from Recent Western Wildfires

September 7 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM | Zoom

In this free virtual webinar, experienced professionals who have helped communities inspect, test and help guide the decontamination of water systems will share lessons learned to help inform first responders, health officials and citizens. Speakers include faculty affiliate Andrew Whelton (EEE, CE), Joe Martinez of the New Mexico Environmental Dept and Cordelia Schimpf of the Oregon Health Authority. More info/register here.
Poetry Reading with Marianne Boruch

September 8 | 7:30 PM | Krannert Auditorium 

Join ISF and the Purdue English Department for a reading by poet and professor emeritus Marianne Boruch. Boruch will be reading excerpts from her work Bestiary Dark, poems that "face the ancient, unsettling relationship of humans and the natural world - the looming effect we've wrought on wildlife - and what solace and repair our learning even a little might mean."

This event is co-sponsored by ISF and is the first of a year-long series of events entitled "Imagining a Sustainable Future" that explores how we visualize sustainability across a range of disciplines.

Midwest Climate Workshop 

September 12-13 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Purdue University 

Registration is now open for the Midwest Climate Workshop at Purdue University! Please note, there is a registration fee which includes a light breakfast, daily coffee service, and lunch. Registration will remain open until 100 participants have signed up or September 2, whichever comes first. The final program is anticipated to be released no later than Monday, September 5.
 Click here for more information and to register.  

Please contact the organizer, Daniel Cziczo, with any questions.
Research Community Callout Meetings

September 13 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM | LILY G456 

The biodiversity research community is holding their intial meeting of the semester on Wednesday September 13. The community's role and future plans for the semester will be discussed at the meeting. All interested faculty are welcome to attend. For more information, faculty may email community co-leads  Ximena Bernal or Jingjing Liang.

Sustainable Communities
September 28 | 4:00 - 5:00 PM | BRNG 1222 

The sustainable communities research community is holding a callout/initial organizational meeting on Wednesday September 28. Activities and recruitment for the upcoming year will be discussed, and all interested faculty are welcome to attend. For more information, please email co-leads Leigh Raymond or Dan Kelly.
Developing Proposals: Problem Statements & Organization

October 17 | 12:00 - 2:00 PM | Whistler 116

This hands-on training session is for faculty and postdocs wishing to increase their effectiveness in developing grant proposals with interdisciplinary teams. Topics covered during this workshop will include aligning ideas to calls, developing effective interdisciplinary teams, structuring proposals, and tips and tricks for writing. Lunch will be provided, please rsvp here to attend.
Upcoming Partner Events
Webinar: Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Lake Michigan

September 8 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET | Virtual

Join our friends at Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, the University of Illinois, and Purdue Extension for a presentation by Paris Collingsworth (FNR, IL-IN Sea Grant) on understanding how Lake Michigan and its communities are impacted by climate change. More information & register here.
Indiana Water Summit

September 7-8 | Indianapolis, IN

The 5th Annual Indiana Water Summit, presented by the White River Alliance, will take place on September 7th and 8th at the Athenaeum in downtown Indianapolis. It will include a day focused on advancing regional water planning and a day spent exploring critical statewide water conservation and protection efforts. More information/register here.
Climate Leadership Summit

September 8-9 | Online or in person (Richmond, IN)

The Climate Leadership Summit is an annual, statewide conference presented by Earth Charter Indiana and is specially designed for mayors, city, town and county leaders, and community partners to discuss how to prepare for the changing climate. The summit focuses on mitigation and adaptation through green jobs, renewable energy, public health, sustainable food, water conservation, communication, and youth engagement, among many other important topics. More info/register here.
Newly Awarded Project
Developing an Al-Powered "TA" Tool for IE 343 Engineering Economics) 
PI: Hua Cai (EEE & IE), Erhan Karakaya (IE), and Zhuoli Yin (IE)

Sponsor: Innovation Grant Award

A team composed of Hua Cai (EEE & IE), Erhan Karakaya (IE), and Zhuoli Yin (IE) have developed an AI-powered “TA” tool to provide more timely feedback and real-time customized learning assistance to students in IE 343 (Engineering Economics). The tool should significantly advance our understanding of the potential for and challenges of developing and training AI agents for student support.

This project was funded through the Provost’s Office Innovation Hub Grants that align with their Transformative Education 2.0 initiative. This initiative began in 2020 as a new Purdue Move building on institutional conversations, listening sessions, and forums conducted in 2017 that developed Purdue’s Road Map for Transformative Undergraduate Education.

Featured News 
Limiting the Contamination Effects of PFAS in Indiana

Jennifer Freeman (HHS) 
was recently featured in the Indiana Environmental Reporter discussing her research findings on the harmful health effects PFAS chemicals have on Hoosiers' health. Read the article here.

Dr. Freeman was also featured in a recent piece by WTHR, which you can watch here.
D. Woods Thomas Memorial Scholarship Funds Graduate Student to Research Biodiversity of Fungi  

Jeff Stallman, a graduate student in Botany & Plant Pathology, was recently awarded with the D. Woods Thomas Memorial Scholarship to travel to Honduras to research biodiversity of fungi Stallman works closely with faculty affiliate Cathie Aime (BPP), director of Purdue HerbariaRead the article here.
Featured Publications
Indwelling Robots for Ruminant Health Monitoring: A Review of Elements
Smart Agricultural Technology  

Faculty affiliate Richard Voyles (PPT) published an article on the advances, imperative requirements, and challenges enables the development of the ruminal robot for health monitoring in ruminants. The article discusses the importance of amplifying the sustainability of ruminant animals as it is essential for food security, environmental impacts, and global nutrition. Access the article here. 
Expanding and Evaluating Public Satisfaction with Wildlife Governance: Insights from Deer Management in Indiana, USA
Environmental Management   

Faculty affiliate Zhao Ma (FNR) and her former doctoral student Dr. Taylor Stinchcomb co-authored a recent published article on human-deer interactions and wildlife governance, including agency performance, service quality, trust in the managing agency, and informational trust. Access the article here. 
Funding Opportunities & Workshops
EVPRP Workshop: Finding Funding, Limited Submissions, and Proposal Submission 
This workshop will take place on Wednesday, September 7 from 11:30AM to 1:00PM, in Stewart Center, room 202. Topics to be covered in this session include: Resources for finding and tracking funding opportunities; The limited submission process; Proposal support provided by Pre-Award Services; Budget preparation and review; and Understanding facilities and administration rate (F&A). This workshop is open to all faculty but will be particularly helpful for new faculty. Register here. 

EVPRP Workshop: Successful Grant Writing Strategies
The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships will host a workshop regarding successful grant writing strategies and will take place on Monday, September 19 from 11:30AM to 1:00PM, in Stewart Center, room 218ABC.  Registration is requiredRegister here. 

DOC-NOAA FY2023 Weather Program Office Research Programs
NOAA's Weather Program Office (WPO) is soliciting proposals for four grant competitions from this notification valued at approximately $13.5 million per year as follows: 1) Innovations for Community Modeling 2) Observations 3) Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, and 4) Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment in the United States. Deadlines: September 15 - LOI; November 17 - Application 

FFAR Public Conversation
The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) is hosting its annual Public Conversation on Thursday, September 8, 2022 at 10 a.m. EDT. The Public Conservation is an opportunity for the FFAR Board of Directors to engage with the food and agriculture community, and welcome FFAR's next Executive Director
 Dr. Saharah Moon Chapotin 
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