Weekly Newsletter

 February 7, 2022
A note from our new director of PICES, Matthew Huber:
Dear Colleagues-

To follow up on the email sent by Theresa Mayer on 1/31 outlining the creation of the new Purdue Institute for Climate, Environment and Sustainability (PICES), I would like to convey to you all how incredibly excited I am about the opportunity that is being offered to all of us to grow and elevate the climate, environment and sustainability research enterprise at Purdue.

All of you have been involved and engaged with the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, the Center for Global Food Security and/or the Center for the Environment over the past 15 years, and collectively, you have all contributed to these centers as fantastic strengths for Purdue University. The new structure of PICES is being designed to amplify and elevate these efforts. I hope that all of you will help our leadership grow the enterprise and innovate while we maintain and sustain ongoing activities and ensure continuity, faculty buy-in and new directions driven from the bottom up.

While we rollout the formal process for envisioning opportunities, I want to make it clear that my first guiding principle is “If it ain't broke don't fix it,” and my next guiding principle is to be available and responsive to the Purdue community.  I am currently working with the leadership teams of the centers, the Office of the EVPRP,  along with our managing director Lynne Dahmen and our lead admin Robby Teas, to lay out next steps for engagement and ideation. We will be providing further information in the coming weeks. Please feel free to reach out to me (huberm@purdue.edu) and Lynne (ldahmen@purdue.edu) with any comments, ideas, feedback or concerns.

— Matthew Huber
Upcoming Events
Sustainable Precision Animal Ag Symposium

Thursday February 10 | 7:45 AM - 1:00 PM | DLR 131

Join the C4E Cyber-Animal Systems Research group for a half-day internal symposium featuring talks and panel discussions on:

  • The future of the industry
  • Precision management
  • Challenges of precision ag
  • Funding opportunities with reps from USDA and NSF
Click here for more information and to register.
Save the Date: Panel Discussion: Feeding the Planet 2050

Monday, February 28 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM | MRGN

In conjunction with the Honors College and the Aronson Family Lecture Series, the Center for the Environment is hosting a panel discussion with Purdue experts on food security who will join guest lecturer Alison Power, Cornell University Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, to discuss the issue of food security and diverse influences on production of nutrition globally. Click here for more information.
Additional Event of Interest
EAPS Departmental Seminar: Land–Atmosphere Interactions in the Americas: From Local to Continental-Scale Hydroclimate

Thursday, February 10 | 3:30 - 4:30 PM | Zoom

Guest speaker Dr. Francina Dominguez, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will present the EAPS Departmental Seminar this week, in which she will discuss regional hydroclimate processes in North and South America and how anthropogenic changes in the land surface can impact the hydroclimate of a continent. Click here to join the event.
Opportunities, Webinars & Worskhops
NASEM Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate Upcoming Workshops and Webinars

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate is hosting several online worskhops and webinars in the coming weeks on topics including machine learning, AI, decarbonization, and biodiversity. Visit the NASEM website for the full schedule and to register.
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. IISG expects to support 5–7 Graduate Student Scholars and 3–4 Faculty Scholars in 2022. The full Request for Applications, including award amounts and application requirements, can be found here.  

Applicants for both opportunities (graduate students or faculty) should submit materials here by 5:00 p.m. Central time on March 18, 2022. Applications should be submitted to the “IL-IN SG 2022 Scholars Competition”.
Environmental Law Institute Opportunity

The Environmental Law Institute is currently seeking candidates for their 2022-2024 Science Fellow, Climate Judiciary Project position. Please pass this opportunity along to your students and trainees and encourage them to apply via the ELI website.
Upcoming ORAU Webinar

ORAU is hosting a webinar on February 23, 2022, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET. The purpose of the webinar is to promote more in-depth dialog on the current and future integration between data science and ecology; including remote sensing, geospatial approaches, environmental monitoring, and modeling and forecasting. Discussions will also focus on key training needs, strategies to strengthen the pipeline of diverse data science professionals, and lessons learned from data science education in higher education.
This webinar represents the fourth in a series of virtual discussions by thought leaders representing some of ORAU’s member institutions, which includes Purdue. To register, visit their website.
Travel Grants
In spring 2022, we will be awarding grants to defray costs up to $500 for student/post-doctoral researchers to travel and present their research. Conference travel should take place between January 1 and June 30th 2022. Trainees of all affiliates are eligible, preference given for Center-affiliated projects. For information and application info, click here. To learn how to affiliate your research projects with the Center, click here.
Featured News
First-of-its-kind estimate of the total number of tree species

A project co-led by Jingjing Liang (FNR) and featuring contributions from Bryan Pijanowski (FNR) and Mo Zhou (FNR) has produced the first ground-sourced data estimate of the total number of tree species on Earth and found that more than 9,000 species have yet to be discovered. Read more.
Irrigation Project Receives USDA NIFA Funding

A project led by Laura Bowling (AGRY) and featuring Keith Cherkauer (ABE, EEE) and others recently received funding from USDA-NIFA. The project will examine using existing drainage water for irrigation and fertigation processes in order to maximize crop production as well as ecological benefit. Read more on our website.
Extending the season, improving food security

Affiliate Laura Ingwell (ENT) is leading a $3.7 million USDA NIFA project that works with specialty-crop farmers across the Midwest to develop integrated pest management and crop management recommendations, as well as an online tool to help farmers decide what approach would improve their profit. Read more.
Jonathon Day Awarded by International Hospitality Institute

Congratulations to Jonathon Day (HTM) who was just named as one of the Global 25 Most Influential Educators in Hospitality for 2021 by the International Hospitality Institute. More on the award here.
Professor seeks to build academic bridges between scientists

Affiliate Thomas Hertel, distinguished professor of agricultural economics, recently received the Humboldt Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in honor of his career dedicated to researching the global impacts of trade, climate and environmental policies. The award will enable Hertel to spend six months conducting research in Potsdam, Germany. Read more.
Funding Opportunities
Limited Submission: DOE-EERE Technical Partnerships 
Under this FOA, DOE will provide up to $7.5 million to support activities that drive innovation, deployment, and technical assistance activities for clean energy technologies that are critical for climate protection under two topics: 1) Demonstration of advanced technologies in a renewably-supplied district energy (DE) system that will reduce carbon emissions, and 2) A pilot program for a Regional Initiative to accelerate the uptake of smart manufacturing technologies integrated with systematic energy management practices to improve manufacturing energy efficiency and develop a highly skilled manufacturing workforce. Topic one requires 20% cost share. Only one full proposal is allowed per topic as lead. Internal deadline:  Preproposal due in InfoReady by February 14 Sponsor deadline: March 18

Limited Submission: NSF Cultural Transformation in the Geoscience Community (CTGC) 
CTGC aims at engaging institutions that support Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), persons with disabilities, LGBTQIA+, and other individuals from marginalized/ minoritized groups, to help promote career advancement, and advance Earth system science. The program will support projects that are based on geoscience education scholarship, mentorship, allyship, equity, anti-racist and anti-harassment practices, and increasing accessibility. The program will support planning grants and implementation projects. Only one proposal is allowed as lead, regardless of track. Internal deadline:  Preproposal due in InfoReady by February 14. Sponsor deadlines:  March 14 – LOI (Implementation only); May 2 – Full proposal

DOE Request for Information on Industrial Decarbonization Priorities 

FFAR Seeding Solutions Seeding Solutions
This is an annual competitive grant program that supports research to solve urgent issues in any of FFAR’s Challenge Areas. This year, in addition to accepting pre-proposal applications that align with the Challenge Areas, the Foundation is also seeking applications for AgMission, an unprecedented initiative mobilizing farmers, ranchers, scientists, data providers, stakeholders and funders to develop and implement scalable climate-smart solutions. Deadline: Pre-proposals – March 9; Full application (by invite) – July 13

Food shots: Bioactive Foods, Precision Protein Deep Dive, and Innovating Soil Deep Dive 3.0 Groundbreaker Prize
FoodShot Global aspires to meet the needs of innovative entrepreneurs in the global food sector through an integrated platform of prize dollars, equity, working capital/debt, blended finance, and growth capital that will provide a pathway to scale, impact and success. A cash prize will be awarded to rising stars working in research, early stage entrepreneurship, or advocacy. Deadline: March 1

USDA-NIFA Renewable Resource Extension Act National Focus Fund Projects 
The purpose of the grant program is to provide funds for pilot projects that: (1) Address emerging forest and rangeland resource issues, (2) Have national or regional relevancy, or (3) Develop new and innovative projects that can be replicated at other institutions. Deadline: March 21
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