Weekly Newsletter

 April 28, 2022
Dear colleagues -

Thanks to all of you who attended Monday's presentation by Lewis-Burke Associates on engaging with the federal government. If you missed it, the recording will be available here in the coming days.

Next Friday May 6 we're excited to host a virtual event on future flood risk in Indiana, featuring speakers from IUPUI, DNR, Burke Engineering, and our very own David Johnson (IE, PoliSci). We hope to see many of you there!

Also, join us next Thursday and close out the semester with a Biodiversity SRA happy hour at The Bryant, RSVP required.

See below for several other upcoming events, a great article on research by numerous Polytechnic affiliates, a link to recent GLASSNET presentations, and funding opportunities.
Upcoming Events
Biodiversity Happy Hour

Thursday May 5 | 4:30 PM | The Bryant

All are welcome to attend a happy hour event hosted by our Biodiversity Signature Research Area next week at The Bryant. Stop by to socialize with colleagues and Institute staff, discuss future plans for the area and Institute, and share a few appetizers. Please rsvp here by next Wednesday, May 4th.
Indiana’s Flood Future: Maps, Mitigation, & Next Steps

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

Join us and the White River Alliance for a discussion on Indiana's flooding risks, implications for community planning and resilience, and tools for planners and policymakers. Speakers will include David Johnson (IE, PoliSci) and others from IN DNR, Burke Engineering, and IUPUI. 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.
Featured News
Realizing the Digital Enterprise researchers pair technology, social responsibility

Purdue Polytechnic faculty Robert Nawrocki, Gozdem Kilaz, Brittany Newell, Jose Garcia Bravo, and Richard Voyles are continuing a series of research projects that employ their expertise in advanced materials, design, health applications, data visualization and analytics, manufacturing and processes, robotics and mechatronics, and systems and sensors in a research area titled “Realizing the Digital Enterprise." Read more.
GLASSNET Conference Presentations Available

The GLASSNET project, led by Tom Hertel (Ag Econ), recently held their conference - "Managing the Global Commons: Sustainable agriculture and use of the world’s land and water resources" - in early April. Many of our affiliates - including Laura Bowling (ABE, AGRY), Melba Crawford (CE, AGRY), Jake Hosen (FNR), Carol Song (ITaP), Sylvie Brouder (AGRY) and many others - presented at the conference. All presentations are available here.
Bryan Pjianowski Gives Lecture in Helsinki

FNR Professor and convener of our Biodiversity Signature Research area, Bryan Pijanowski, was in Helsinki this week where he gave a talk on exploring the essence of Earth's soundscapes: "The current biodiversity crisis needs creative solutions." Read more.
Other Upcoming Events
Webinar: "Current Global Outlook on Planet Earth - A Race Against Time" 

Thursday, May 12 | 12:30 - 2 PM ET | Virtual

All are invited to attend this free webinar from the Global Council for Science and the Environment featuring a discussion and lecture about the triple existential threat looming over our planet – climate change, biodiversity loss, and global water scarcity, and what must be done urgently to disrupt the current path. More info/register here.
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.
Society for International Development (SID-W) Annual Conference

May 26, 2022 | Washington, D.C. and Online

Programming will include sessions on health, climate change, peace and security, democracy and governance, economic growth, development finance, DEI, locally led development, and more. If interested in registering, please contact us for details.
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
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.
**Informational webinar on May 5, 3-5 PM. Register here.

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

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

Limited Submission: USDA-NIFA Equipment Grants Program (EGP) 
The program seeks to strengthen the quality and expand the scope of fundamental and applied research at eligible institutions, by providing them with opportunities to acquire one major piece of equipment/instruments that support their research, training, and extension goals and may be too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NIFA grant programs. Internal deadline:  Preproposal due in InfoReady by May 9. Sponsor deadlines: June 15
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