Weekly Newsletter

 March 23, 2022
Dear colleagues -

Welcome back from what was hopefully a restful break. As we begin the second half of the semester, we're looking forward to our virtual sponsored event on environmental justice efforts in Indiana this Friday, March 25th. All are welcome to attend, please register at the link above.

There will also be a meeting next week for any faculty interested in working on issues in the environmental justice space moving forward. See below for more information.

Also featured below are new work and recognition of Gozdem Kilaz (Eng Tech), David Johnson (IE, PoliSci), Cathie Aime (Botany & Plant Pathology), Rakesh Agrawal (ChemEng, EEE), Andrew Whelton (CE, EEE), and grad student of Andrew DeWoody (FNR), Erangi Heenkenda
In addition, see details on job opportunities and upcoming webinars including an EVPRP workshop on large, interdisciplinary proposals.
Environmental Justice Event on Friday
Opportunity to Elevate Environmental Justice at Purdue 
The Biden administration is emphasizing engagement with environmental justice initiatives; as such, we are reaching out to any and all faculty who are interested in staying abreast of opportunities that arise for efforts in this space.

There will be a meeting next week for any faculty interested in being a part of these efforts moving forward. If you are interested, please fill out this doodle poll with your availability by end of day Thursday, 3/24.
Featured Grad Student
Heenkenda Honored for Work Studying Otter Diets

Erangi Heenkenda, a PhD student in Andrew DeWoody's (FNR) lab, is working to use eDNA sequencing to study the diet of otters to see if allegations that otters prey heavily on sportfish can be substantiated. Heenkenda presented her findings at the spring 2021 meeting of the Indiana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society and won the Best Student Presentation Award. Read more here.
Featured News
Outstanding Faculty in Discovery: Kilaz aims for sustainably fueled future

Gozdem Kilaz, associate professor of engineering technology, was recently recognized for her contributions to the research mission in Purdue University’s Polytechnic Institute. In May 2021, Kilaz received the college’s Outstanding Faculty in Discovery Award. Read more about her work here.
Navigating a Collaborative Approach to Flood Risk Management

Affiliate David Johnson (IE, PoliSci) outlines the work of research groups in Louisiana seeking to improve flood risk estimation strategies. Read the full article here.
Answers to faster recovery from a wildfire are in the water

Affiliate Andrew Whelton (CE, EEE) works to guide communities through wildfire disaster recovery by testing their water systems for contamination. Read more here.
Genetics research boosts response to disease plaguing Hawaii’s coffee crop

Affiliate Catherine Aime (Botany & Plant Pathology) is the only academic mycologist in the U.S. broadly specializing in fungi that cause rust diseases. She's leading critical research to help protect Hawaii's coffee industry from devastating coffee lead rust. Read more.
A Bridge to Renewable Energy

Affiliate Rakesh Agrawal (ChemEng, EEE) recently wrote a piece discussing how shale gas can be used as an effective bridge towards renewable energy. Read it here.
Workshops & Webinars
EVPRP Workshop: Making the Transition to Large, Interdisciplinary Proposals  
March 24, 11:30AM – 1:00PM 

The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships is hosting a workshop targeted to Purdue faculty who are interested in pursuing large, interdisciplinary funding opportunities. Sally Bond, assistant director of Research Development Services, will provide an overview of important considerations for proposal strategizing and writing when responding to these complex opportunities.  Participants will have the option to attend in-person or virtually. Lunch will be provided to those attending in-person. To register, click here.
Webinar: Maximizing University Contributions to Sustainable Development Goals
March 29 | 10:00 AM

In this webinar, Clarivate experts are joined by Patrick Devos (Universite de Lille) to share insights into the SDG research landscape and provide an overview of methodologies that currently exist to map research publications to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Register here.
Mini-Workshop on CyberTraining for FAIR Science in Water and Climate
March 31 | 1-3 PM | Zoom

Affiliate Venkatesh Merwade (CE) is starting a 2-hr mini-workshop series for his NSF FAIR CyberTraining Project. Faculty, grad students and postdocs are welcome to attend to learn how to automate some key hydrology data access and analyses tasks using Python. Register here.
International Summit - From Research to Action: Responding to Plastic Pollution through Science
April 5 - 6, 2022 | Free and Open to All

This two-day summit hosted by the Global Council for Science and the Environment will focus on the discussion of current and future research in the space of plastic pollution. Click here to register.
Funding Opportunities & Workshops
USGS RFPs: Opportunities including Aquatic Invasive Species and PFAS
Please note that all proposal submissions MUST be through IWRRC. Submission deadlines include:
  • April 4, 2022 at 5:00PM Eastern – Intent to Submit notification to IWRRC
  • April 29, 2022 at 10:00AM Eastern – Budget submission to IWRRC
  • May 6, 2022 at 10:00AM Eastern – Remaining proposal documents to IWRRC
Please contact Laura Esman if you have any questions.

FFAR Harvest for Health Breakthrough Crop Challenge – Seed Funding
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

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Reducing Environmental Impacts of Computing 
The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is to encourage the submission of novel and high impact proposals that advance sustainability in all aspects of computing to the CISE Core programs. Proposals are submitted through the CISE Core program. Deadline: Based on CISE program.
Job Opportunities
Newly-Posted Positions

We are currently accepting applications for a Lead Administrator position. More about the position, along with a newly-posted opening for an undergraduate assistant with the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and the Coastal and Great Lakes Social Science Lab, can be found on the opportunities page of our website. Please pass this information along to anyone you think may be interested in applying.
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