Weekly Newsletter

 October 3, 2022
Dear Colleagues -

As we enter October, the ISF event calendar is in full swing with research community callouts taking place almost every week and several upcoming events this month.

Tomorrow, be sure to join us for an informational webinar on how to identify and fund undergraduate research projects. Representatives from OUR, DURI, and the John Martinson Honors College will speak. The event is open to all faculty.

See below for faculty in the news - including Luciano Castillo (ME), Songlin Fei (FNR), Andrew Whelton (CE,EEE) and Satish Ukkusuri (CE) - along with new publications from Linda Prokopy (HortLA), Letian Dou (Chem Eng), Zhao Ma (FNR) and Roshi Nateghi (IE). Additionally, if you know of any grad students looking for a postdoc opportunity, there is a new posting for a postion with John Sutherland (EEE), more info below.

Remember to let us know if you have any work, events, or opportunities you would like us to feature.
Upcoming Events
Identifying and Funding Undergraduate Research Projects: The Basics

October 4 | 12:00 PM | Zoom

Are you interested in offering undergrad research opportunities with you or your lab, but aren't sure where to start? Join us, representatives from the Office of Undergraduate Research, the John Martinson Honors College, and the DP Undergraduate Research Internship Program for an informational webinar tomorrow 
on ways faculty can develop projects and identify/find funding for having undergraduates conduct research with them/their lab. Register here.
ISF Research Community and Special Initiative Callout Meetings

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.
Mapping The Long Term & Large Scale Environmental History of The Yellow River 

October 21 | 3:30 PM | WALC 1121

Join Purdue ISF, the Purdue History Department, Purdue Asian Studies, and the Purdue Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center in welcoming author and professor of University of Pittsburgh Dr. Ruth Mostern to present "Mapping the Long Term and Large Scale Environmental History of the Yellow River".  More information here.
Other Upcoming Events
EEE Research Seminar 

October 4 | 10:30 AM | POTR 234

Join the Civil Engineering department for a research seminar on Key Economic Uncertainties and Life Cycle Impact of Sustainable Aviation Fuel Production, featuring graduate student Neha Shakelly.
Purdue Science-i Global Webinar Series

October 11 | 10:00 AM | PFEN 241 or Zoom 

The first of this webinar series brings director of National Indian Carbon Coalition, Bryan Van Stippen.  Participants will have the opportunity to coauthor a whitepaper entitled, "Empower the Under-Represented in Forest Science", to be published in a top academic journal.   Details and registration 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
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 
Extensible Geospatial Data Framework towards FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) Science    
PI: Carol Song (Research Computing), Jian Jing (FNR), and Venkatesh Merwade (CE) 

Sponsor: NSF
Read about the project here.

Distance Education and Training on Emerging Contaminants and Technologies (DETECT) 

PI: Ellen Wells (HSCI, ESRC, EJ SI), Sa Liu (HSCI, ESRC, EJ SI), Jae Hong Park (HSCI, ESRC) 

Sponsor: NIH
Read about the project here
Featured News 
Purdue University, Purdue Global sign MOU with University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon to solve critical issues related to climate change and renewable energy 

Affiliate Luicano Castillo's (ME) leadership helped facilitate the Blue-Integrated Partnerships (BIP) conference at which Purdue signed MOU with University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon to solve critical climate change and renewable energy issue.  Read the article here.  
Purdue to Boost Climate-Smart Forestry Practices Among Private Landowners

Faculty affiliate 
Songlin Fei (FNR) who directs Purdue's Integrated Digital Forestry Initiative is one of the five strategic investments in the Purdue's Next Moves initiatives to receive $12 million project led by the American Forest Foundation and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Partnership for Climate Smart Commodities. Read the article here.
Wildfires pose growing threat to drinking water systems

Faculty affiliate 
Andrew Whelton (CE, EEE) is quoted in a recent article by the American Society of Civil Engineers on the various ways in which wildfires are posing risks to drinking water systems around the United States. Read the full article here.
CE's Ukkusuri named a fellow of ASCE 

Congratulations to ISF faculty affiliate Satish Ukkusuri (CE) for being named a fellow by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Board of Directors. Read the article here.
Featured Publications  
A meta-analysis of agricultural conservation intentions, behaviors, and practices: Insight from 35 years of quantitative literature in the United States
Journal of Environmental Management   

Faculty affiliate and Hort LA Dept Head Linda Prokopy co-authored an article on analyzing and discussing agricultural conservation practices over 35 years of quantitative literature. Access the article here. 
Breakthrough could transform single-use plastics recycling
Medium (Purdue Engineering)   

New affiliate Letian Dou (Chem Eng) writes about a better solution for recycling microplastics that advances material circularity and sustainability in this publication in Purdue Engineering Medium. Read the full article here.
Improving the Interpretation of Data-Driven Water Consumption Models via the Use of Social Norms 
Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management    

Affiliates Zhao Ma (FNR) and Roshi Nateghi (IE) co-authored an article that presents a new approach to better predict intra-city residential water consumption patters by integrating climate and demographic data, and by incorporating social norm data. Access the article here. 
Postdoc Opportunity  
Postdoctoral Fellowship Opening for Sustainable Manufacturing

A postdoctoral position is available immediately for a highly motivated individual. The successful candidate will engage in multidisciplinary research with Dr. John W. Sutherland, Professor and head of Environmental and Ecological Engineering (EEE) at Purdue University, and researchers within the Laboratory at Sustainable Manufacturing (LSM). Interested parties should submit a curriculum vitae, three reference letters, and two relevant publications to Jill Wable
Funding Opportunities
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

Forecasted: NRCS Monitoring of Soil Carbon
NRCS is looking for projects that will:
  • Deliver training on soil sampling for soil organic carbon and bulk density, data collection and management and processing methods.
  • Conduct outreach to producers to use NRCS’ soil carbon monitoring practice.
  • Coordinate with NRCS national and state offices and centers to provide technical assistance.
  • Identify and recruit specialists to help producers with implementing soil carbon monitoring.
  • Reaching diverse producers to participate in soil carbon monitoring and other NRCS conservation activities.
Deadline: November 28
Faculty Fun Fact Series
ISF Faculty Fun Fact Friday   

Our most recent "Faculty Fun Fact Friday" features Genell Wells Ebbini (LibArts),
 who joined Purdue Liberal Arts earlier this year. The focus of her research is green building codes, standards, and concepts in Jordan, where this photo was taken. Welcome, Genell! Follow us on Twitter for ISF updates and features like this one.

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