Weekly Newsletter

 April 6, 2022
Dear colleagues -

Thanks to all of you who have provided feedback so far on the ongoing Institute ideation process. Below, please find some important information on the next steps of our new Institute's ongoing ideation process. We strongly encourage faculty to register for one of the scheduled dialogue sessions as well as provide input via a short survey.

This week, we feature new publications from Zhao Ma (FNR) and Kara Salazar (Extension), along with stories about improving cage-free hen environments featuring Pat Zollner (FNR), Marisa Erasmus (ANSC), Greg Fraley (ANSC), a new YouTube channel about construction by Mark Zimpfer (Polytechnic) and ongoing efforts to improve and restore Happy Hollow by Purdue HortLA and ANTH students, led by Zoe Nyssa (ANTH).
Next Steps on Institute Ideation - Register for Scheduled Sessions
As part of our process for building the structure of our new institute on climate, the environment, food security and sustainability, we presented a starting blueprint at our town hall, which took place on Monday, March 21.
For the next step, we are working with the Toolbox Dialogue Initiative at Michigan State University to run personalized dialogue and co-creation sessions to help us make decisions about the format and structure of the Institute so that it best reflects the interests and concerns of our members.

After incorporating feedback from faculty, the dialogue sessions have been scheduled for Tuesday April 26, 1-3 PM and Wednesday April 27, 2-4 PM. These sessions will focus on eliciting ideas and feedback about the proposed institute structure and services (no Institute staff will participate in these sessions). The co-creation session is scheduled for Wednesday May 4th, 10 AM - Noon and will be about reporting back on the results of the dialogue sessions and mapping existing and new faculty groups into communities and teams as well as identifying targets and opportunities moving ahead.

Click here to register for the upcoming sessions.

In advance of these sessions, we want to provide all of those involved in research areas in climate change, food security, sustainability and the environment to provide input through this survey.  This survey should take no more than 8 minutes. A few summary slides about the potential new structure and services of the Center are available here.
Featured Publications
The lay of the land: What we know about non-operating agricultural and absentee forest landowners in the U.S. and Europe
Journal of Environmental Management

This systematic literature review, led by Zhao Ma (FNR), examines 81 papers on absentee and non-operating ag forest landowners in an effort to encapsulate knowledge on the topic and move dialogue forward. Access the full review here. 
Indiana Renewable Energy Community Planning Survey and Ordinance Inventory Summary
Purdue Extension & IL-IN Sea Grant

This new survey from Kara Salazar (Extension, IL-IN Sea Grant) and Tamara Ogle (Extension) provides a comprehensive examination of solar and wind ordinances across the state of Indiana. Read the report here.
Featured News
$1 Million Grant to Improve Cage-Free Housing for Egg Laying

Affiliates Pat Zollner (FNR), Marisa Erasmus (ANSC), and Greg Fraley (ANSC) are all part of a Purdue team led by Darrin Karcher that was recently awarded a $1 million USDA grant to reimagine cage-free environments for hens. Read more here. 
Community Weighs in on Happy Hollow Park Changes

Students and faculty from Purdue Horticulture & Landscape Architecture and  Anthropology, along with the West Lafayette Parks Department, led discussions with WL citizens on improvement plans for Happy Hollow Park. The effort is being led in part by affiliate Zoe Nyssa (ANTH)Read more.
Polytechnic Professors Build Construction-focused YouTube channel

In January 2018, a Purdue Polytechnic team including affiliate Mark Zimpfer (SCMT) received a grant from the National Housing Endowment to develop a new YouTube channel dedicated to residential construction, BoilerBuilt Construction. Read more about the channel here.
Workshops & Webinars
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.
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.
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

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

FFAR Harvest for Health Breakthrough Crop Challenge 
FFAR partnered with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) to launch Harvest for Health initiative to accelerate the development of underutilized crops, increasing the diversity of foods in the marketplace. The model developed through this initiative will predict underutilized crops’ potential as sources of functional and nutritious ingredients that could replace, complement or aid in reformulating the existing food products or developing new ones. Deadline: July 20
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