Weekly Newsletter

 September 26, 2022
Dear Colleagues -

Last week we officially launched the Institute for a Sustainable Future! Thanks to all of you who were able to attend the launch party on Wednesday evening to help us celebrate. It was great to see so many familiar faces, as well as plenty of new ones.

Even with the launch celebration over, our research communities are just getting started! Three more of our Research Communities and Special Initiatives are hosting callout meetings this week, with several more on the schedule. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. Congratulations to Matthew Huber (EAPS) and Linda Lee (EEE, AGRY) on their newly funded projects, and see our featured news section for recent articles on the work of Bryan Pijanowski (FNR), Mitch Tuinstra (AGRY), Panagiota Karava (CE), Travis Horton (CE), and others.

Remember to let us know if you have any work, events, or opportunities you would like us to feature.
Institute Launch & New Website

We were excited to officially launch the Insitute for a Sustainable Future on Wednesday September 21st with an early-evening reception in DLR. EVPRP Theresa Mayer and Institute Director Matthew Huber both gave remarks, and Managing Director Lynne Dahmen introduced members of the Institute's leadership team. Thanks to all who were able to join!

Be sure to also check out the new Institute for a Sustainable Future website
Upcoming Events
ISF Research Community and Special Initiative Callout Meetings

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.

Environmental Stressors
September 30 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM | MANN 203  

The environmental stressors research community is holding an organizational meeting on Friday September 30. Activities include logistics and group needs discussion for the upcoming year, and new member Priyanka Baloni (HealthSci) will give an overview of her work in computational toxicology. Interested faculty are welcome to attend and lunch will be provided. For more information, please email co-leads Jennifer Freeman  or Jonathan Shannahan.

Great Lakes Research Initiative
September 30 | 2:00 - 3:30 PM | MANN 203  

The Great Lakes Science Initiative is holding an organizational meeting on Friday September 30. Activities include logistics, group needs discussion, and research initiatives for the upcoming year. Interested faculty are welcome to attend. For more information, please email co-leads Tomas Hook   or Cary Troy.

Environmental Justice Special Initiative
October 12 | 4:30 - 5:30 PM | MANN 203  

The Great Lakes Science Initiative is holding an organizational meeting on Wednesday October 12. Interested faculty are welcome to attend. For more information, please email co-leads Ellen Wells  or Aaron Thompson .

Imagining a Sustainable Future Special Initiative
October 19 | 4:30 - 5:30 PM | WALC 1121  

The Imagining a Sustainable Future special initiative will be holding a callout meeting for interested faculty on October 19, 4:30 PM in WALC 1121. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. Please email special initiative leader Bob Marzec for more information.
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.
Other Upcoming Events
EEE Research Seminar: Raman Imaging: A New Technique for Old Problems 

September 27 | 10:30 AM | PORT 234

Join Nishant Garg, PhD, a Civil and Environmental Engineering assistant professor from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for a research seminar on Ramen Imaging. In this seminar Dr. Garg will outline recent applications of Ramen imaging on construction materials and discuss opportunities as well as challenges. 
RCAC Cyberinfrastructure Symposium

October 4 | 1:30 PM | Stewart 214

Does your lab’s research rely on computation? Consider submitting to the Rosen Center for Advanced Computing's (RCAC) Cyberinfrastructure Symposium: "Enabling Giant Leaps through Advanced Computing" featuring a keynote address from AMD's Chief Technology Officer, Mark PapermasterTuesday, October 4th, from 1:30 - 2:30 pm in Stewart 214. More information available here.
Women's Health Research Symposium

October 31 | 11:30 AM | Stewart Center

Does your research connect environmental factors to women’s health? If so, consider submitting your lab’s research poster to the Women’s Health Research Symposium, taking place 10/31. Then stay for keynote speech by Joshua Rosenthal, Fogarty International Center senior scientist who will be discussing NIH’s recent initiative on Climate Change and Human Health (also available virtually). More information available here.
Engaging with Undergraduate Research
Identifying and Funding Undergraduate Research Projects: The Basics
In this online event, representatives from the Office of Undergraduate Research, the John Martinson Honors College and the DP Undergraduate Research Internship program, among others, will provide information and answer questions on ways faculty can develop projects and identify/find funding for having undergraduates conduct research with them/their lab. October 4 | 12:00 PM | Zoom

Fall Undergraduate Research Expo
OUR is hosting an in-person and virtual posters and research talks. This annual event is Purdue's celebration of undergraduate research with presentations from all disciplines. Please consider sharing this information with an interested undergrad. Abstracts due: October 17 at noon.

DURI Program Seeking Spring Semester Faculty Proposals 
Proposals are now being accepted from faculty for Discovery Park District's Undergraduate Research Internship (DURI) DURI supports faculty-led teams of undergraduates to investigate problems in the strategic areas of global security, global health and global sustainability. Faculty project proposals for the Spring 2023 semester should focus on these thematic areas. Interested faculty can submit abstracts for individual projects at the DURI website.The deadline for proposal submissions is Oct. 7.
Newly Awarded Projects 
Solving the Conundrum of the Miocene South Asian Monsoon   
PI: Matthew Huber (EAPS)  

Sponsor: NSF
Read about the project here.

Selective Electroanalytic Destruction of PFAS using a Reactive Electrochemical Membrane System
PI: Linda Lee (AGRY, EEE, & PFAS Working Group)

Sponsor: DOE
Featured News 
Assessing Global Biodiversity with Ears to the Ground, NASA Eyes in the Sky 

Faculty affiliate 
Bryan Pijanowski (FNR) and his research team are using acoustic remote sensing technology and NASA's International Space Station sensors to address climate change and species loss. Read the article here.
Can Solar Panels and Row Crops Coexist on Farmland Across the Skeptical Corn Belt? 

Faculty affiliate Mitch Tuinstra (AGRY), discussed his research on how growing crops and solar panels can coexist in an article from the Indianapolis Star. They are working to see if they can devise systems that will have limited impact on crop productivity, while additionally enhancing electricity output. Read the article here.

Building-within-a-building enables customized thermal comfort, delivered through the walls

With today’s “smart” homes, you can activate lights and air-conditioning with a simple verbal request. But are these systems really “smart” enough to know which room you’re in? The new Human Building Interactions Laboratory (HBIL) seeks to find out through research by faculty affiliates Panagiota Karava (CE), Travis Horton (CE), and others. Read more here.
USA is Measuring Extreme Heat Wrong

Institute director Matthew Huber (EAPS) was featured in Wired dicussing how recent studies have revealed flaws in the measurement of heat index in the United States. Read the article here.  

Forest migration plays a role in fall foliage colors

While forests are not uprooting and physically moving to new locations, faculty affiliate and Biodiversity Research Community co-lead Jingjing Liang (FNR) says tree species are migrating to more ideal environments in response to climate change. Read the article here.
Postdoc Opportunity  
Stanford Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship

Know of a grad student looking for a postdoc in sustainable energy? The Stanford Energy program is looking for a diverse cohort working on sustainable energy topics. Selected fellows will receive full financial support for three years, including a salary, benefits, and funds for research and conference expenses. Eligible candidates must complete their PhD between August 31, 2021 and August 31, 2023. More information/apply here.
Funding Opportunities & Workshops
EVPRP Workshop: Write Winning Grants 
This workshop will take place on Tuesday, October 25 from 8:30AM to 5:00PM, in Stewart Center, room 302. Dr. John Robertson of Grant Writers' Seminars & Workshops will provide intensive grant writing training interspersed with specific details by agency. Register here.

NSF Policy Office Webinar Series
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is hosting a webinar covering the Concept Outlines at NSF. Attendees are encouraged to submit questions ahead of time to: grants_conference@nsf.govThere is no cost to attend the webinar. September 27 | 2:00 PM |  Register here

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) Call for High Priority GEO-Themed IUCRCS (Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers)

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) encourages submission of proposals for Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRCs) on geo-related themes in the following priority areas: Critical minerals and rare earth element prospecting, recovery, and green mining; The impact of changing climate and changing environments on human health; Greenhouse gas capture and sequestration; Non-carbon based, continuous, energy sources and their development, and Water resources and conservation. Deadlines: March 8 – Preliminary proposal; June 14 – Full proposal 

DOE-NETL BIL - Rare Earth Element Demonstration Facility  
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will invest appropriations of $156 million for the design, construction, and operation of a Rare Earth Element Demonstration Facility that demonstrates the extraction, separation and refining from unconventional feedstock materials to high purity individual or binary rare earth metals and/or critical minerals and materials. Deadline: November 21

EPA Enhance Aquifer Recharge Performance and Potential Risk in Different Regional and Hydrogeologic Settings
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research to improve our understanding of fit for purpose uses and risks to advance the scientific and technical foundation of enhanced aquifer recharge (EAR). Applications should address three of the four research areas below:
  • Area 1: Research on the effect of local subsurface geology and hydrology on EAR effectiveness
  • Area 2: Research on the effect of source-water (excluding oil and gas produced water) and the ability of sub-surface geology to degrade or attenuate conventional and emerging contaminants (including pathogens)
  • Area 3: Research on methods and technologies for monitoring and maintenance of EAR systems to improve/maintain performance and operational efficiency and reduce potential environmental and public health risk
  • Area 4: Research on computational modeling and scientific visualization
Webinar: September 29 | 2:00 PM | Register here Deadline: November 9
Faculty Fun Fact Series
ISF Faculty Fun Fact Friday   

Our next "Faculty Fun Fact Friday" features Roland Wilhelm (AGRY),
 who joined 
Purdue Agronomy earlier this year. He researches the role of plant carbon in element cycling. Welcome, Roland! Follow us on Twitter for ISF updates and features like this one.

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