Weekly Newsletter

 April 14, 2022
Dear colleagues -

Thanks to all of you who have provided feedback so far on the ongoing Institute ideation process. Please find below some important information on several next steps including registering for one of the scheduled dialogue sessions in the next few weeks as well as providing input via a short survey.

We also have several events coming up, including the final BSC OMG of the semester this Friday, a celebration seminar for previous PCCRC director and departing-to-Stanford faculty Jeff Dukes (FNR), and a presentation by Lewis-Burke Associates on how to engage
 federal agencies and on current funding opportunities and priorities to take place on the morning of April 25th.

For more news, see below for a list of newly-promoted faculty affiliates, upcoming workshops and webinars, and several new funding opportunities.
Next Steps on Institute Ideation - Register for Scheduled Sessions
After incorporating feedback from faculty, two identical visioning sessions for the new Institute have been scheduled: 
  • Tuesday April 26, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday April 27, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
A co-creation session is also scheduled for: 
  • Wednesday May 4th, 10 AM - Noon

Please also consider providing input through this survey.

Summary slides about the new Institute are available here.

Upcoming Events
BSC Open Monthly Gathering

Friday April 15 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM | Zoom

The Building Sustainable Communities Research Area's final OMG of the semester will feature Brooke McWherter (FNR) presenting on "Benefits and Barriers: Examining multi-intermediary collaboration in a Bolivian Payment for Ecosystem Service program”.

Click here to join the event. 
Seminar in Celebration of Jeffrey Dukes

Tuesday April 19 | 3:30 PM with Reception to Follow
Dean's Auditorium (PFEN 241)

Join the College of Agriculture for a seminar in celebration of the accomplishments of Jeffrey Dukes (FNR), Belcher Chair for Environmental Sustainability and former director of PCCRC. The seminar is titled "Studying how terrestrial ecosystems respond to human actions to (potentially) inform environmental decision making."

Contact Becky Rice with questions.
Engaging with Federal Agencies & Priorities for FY 2023

Monday, April 25 | 9:00 - 11:15 AM | MRGN 121 & Zoom

To continue our spring series on federal funding, our advocacy firm, Lewis-Burke Associates, will be on campus to present two sessions to faculty.
  • Engaging with the Federal Government, 9:00-10:00 AM
  • Federal Landscape Presentation, 10:15-11:15 AM
Click here for more info and to register. 
PPRI Symposium on Informing Policy as an Academic in STEM

April 29 | 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM | Convergence Center

This one-day symposium provides an overview of the broader impact engineers and scientists can and must have on society. It will also introduce new opportunities to students who are trying to identify their own career paths and trajectories. Click here to register.
Save the Date: Indiana’s Flood Future: Maps, Mitigation, & Next Steps

Friday, May 6 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM | Virtual

Join us, the White River Alliance, and IUPUI for a discussion on flooding risks, implications for community planning and resilience, and tools for planners and policymakers. Speakers will include David Johnson (IE, PoliSci) and others from DNR and IUPUI. More info to come!
Featured Publications
Using Multiple Isotopic and Geochemical Tracers to Disentangle the Sources of Baseflow and Salinity in the Headwaters of a Large Agricultural Watershed
Journal of Hydrology

This new article, co-authored by affiliates Marty Frisbee (EAPS), Marc Caffee (EAPS, Physics & Astro), James Camberato (AGRY), and Greg Michalski (EAPS, Chem), uses a combined geochemical and multiple isotope approach to identify sources of baseflow and salinity in the Wabash River. Read more.
Extending classical geochemical weathering studies through the mountain block: The effect of increasing scale on geochemical evolution in the Sierra Nevada
Chemical Geology

Co-authored by Marty Frisbee (EAPS), this publication extends concepts of chemical weathering processes to investigate factors controlling geochemical evolution at the intermediate, mountain-block scale in California's Sierra Nevada range. Read more.
Combined Membrane Dehumidification with Heat Exchangers Optimized Using CFD for High Efficiency HVAC Systems

This article, led by Ajay Sekar and featuring David Warsinger (ME), lays out a design for a membrane-based air conditioning system, which uses significantly less energy on the dehumidification process than traditional systems. Read more.
Featured News
Faculty Affiliate Promotions

Included in the list of 2022 Purdue faculty promotions were the following affiliates. Congratulations to all!

To Associate Professor
  • Brandon Boor (CE, EEE)
  • Luiz Brito (Animal Sci)
  • Ivan Christov (ME)
  • Gokce Esenduran (Mgmt)
  • Tara Grillos (PoliSci)
  • Brady Hardiman (FNR)
  • Jian Jin (ABE)
  • Jin Wei-Kocsis (CIT)
  • Jingjing Liang (FNR)
  • Dharmendra Mishra (Food Sci)
  • Amisha Shah (CE, EEE)
  • Jonathan Shannahan (Health Sci)
  • Shweta Singh (ABE, EEE)
  • Robin Tanamachi (EAPS)
  • Aaron Thompson (HortLA)
To Associate Professor of Practice
  • Mark Zimpfer (CMT)
To Full Professor
  • Kingsly Ambrose (ABE)
  • Jason Cannon (Health Sci)
  • Michael Delgado (Ag Econ)
  • Emad Elwakil (CMT)
  • Margaret Gitau (ABE)
  • W. Travis Horton (CE)
  • Juan Sesmero (Ag Econ)
Other Upcoming Events
Earth Week Keynote - David A. Rubin

Wednesday April 20 | 6:00 PM ET | Class of 1950 Lecture Hall (Rm 224)

As part of Purdue Sustainability's Earth Week events, David A. Rubin, founding principal of David Rubin Land Collective, will present his lecture “Integrated Infrastructure: A Systems Approach to Sustainability, Empathy, and Resiliency.” No registration required, all are welcome to attend.
NSF Virtual Events: Using the Rules of Life to Address Societal Challenges

Stewarding an Integrated Biodiversity-Climate System
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM on April 14

Achieving a Sustainable Future
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM on April 19, 2022

Harnessing Microbiomes for Societal Benefit
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM on April 21, 2022

Leveraging AI and Data for Predicting Mechanisms
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM on April 26, 2022

Click here for information on all the above events.
Free Workshop on River Morphology Platform

Thursday, May 19 | 1 - 3 PM ET | Zoom

This free workshop will be led in part by Venkatesh Merwade (CE) and will provide an update on the NSF-funded RIMORPHIS (river morphology information system) platform and its tools as well as seek feedback from the community on next steps. More information/register here.
Save the Date: IWRA Annual Summer Symposium

June 22-24 | Brown County State Park

Mark your calendars for the Indiana Water Resources Association’s Annual Summer Symposium, to be held June 22 – 24, 2022 at Brown County State Park – Abe Martin Lodge, near Nashville Indiana.  The theme for the Symposium is “The future of monitoring and water planning in Indiana.” More info to come!
Funding Opportunities
Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) Grant Applications Now Open
Faculty at ESC Member Institutions may apply for up to $5,000 to fund a one-year project. Collaborative projects among faculty from more than one discipline and/or at more than one university are encouraged. Funds may be used for faculty, graduate, undergraduate, community partner, and administrative stipends; supplies and expenses; and/or project-related travel. Preference will be given to Tenure-Line Assistant or Associate Professors. Fixed-term Professors of Practice may also apply. No indirect costs will be associated with this seed award. Funds may not be used for travel to conferences. Deadline: May 9

NSF Gen-4 Engineering Research Centers (ERC) 
**Purdue-focused webinar on this to come, watch this space for more info**
NSF is interested in supporting ERCs to develop and advance engineered systems, which if successful, will have a high Societal Impact. The ERC program supports convergent research (CR) that will lead to strong societal impact. Each ERC has interacting foundational components that go beyond the research project, including engineering workforce development (EWD) at all participant stages, diversity and a culture of inclusion (DCI) where all participants gain mutual benefit, and value creation within an innovation ecosystem (IE) that will outlast the lifetime of the ERC. Deadlines: September 2 – LOI; October 3 – Preliminary proposal; May 8, 2023 – Full proposal

USDA-NRCS Great Lakes Invasive Species Control Monitoring Project 
The NRCS is announcing availability of funding to assess the impact of prior invasive species funding on agriculture and forested lands, and develop workplans for continued control if needed. This work will be conducted in the Indiana portion of the Great Lakes watersheds. Awardees will work cooperatively with NRCS to conduct site visits with landowner permission of sites previously funded for invasive species control, assess current conditions, and create plans if needed for continued treatment/maintenance. Deadline: May 31

NSF Convergence Accelerator Phases 1 and 2 for the 2022 Cohort - Tracks H, I, J 
The NSF Convergence Accelerator program addresses national-scale societal challenges through use-inspired convergence research. This solicitation for FY 2022 invites proposals for the following Track Topics: Track H: Enhancing Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities; Track I: Sustainable Materials for Global Challenges; and Track J: Food & Nutrition Security. Deadlines: May 31 – LOI; July 20 – Phase I proposal; August 29 – Phase 2 (for Phase 1 awardees only). Contact Lynne Dahmen if interested in submitting.

DOE-NETL Advanced Energy Materials for Hydrogen Turbines for Stationary Power Generation 
The Department of Energy’s (DOE’S) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) and National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) are focused on developing advancements in new materials needed to operate in extreme environments. This FOA focuses on development of hot gas path parts, and specifically the advancement of ceramic matrix composite (CMC) materials to increase the temperature range of the hot gas. Deadline: May 18

NSF Dynamics, Control and Systems Diagnostics (DCSD)  
DCSD program promotes the fundamental science and engineering of dynamic systems to advance solutions to urgent societal problems. Such problems include mitigating the impacts of climate change; responding to epidemics, cyber-attacks, extreme weather, and other natural and man-made events; promoting efficient and equitable production and distribution of resources; developing resilient infrastructure; improving the experience of work and learning; and meeting the challenges of aging and illness. Deadline: On-going

DOS Clean Technology and Trade Partnership Initiative’s Accelerating Clean Energy Transitions Technology Needs Assessment  
The purpose of this project is to accelerate affordable clean energy transitions in select developing and emerging countries in support of national decarbonization needs in these critical markets.  This comprehensive market and needs assessment will identify key areas of alignment between emerging economy needs and U.S. clean technologies to support implementation plans in these countries. Deadline: May 20
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