Weekly Newsletter

January 20, 2022
Dear colleagues-  

This week we kicked off our professional development events for the year with a “Why Twitter?” event; if you didn’t get a chance to catch it the first time, you can see it here on our YouTube channel.  Several publications from faculty research came out recently on topics ranging from a final output from the U2U team about the use of their climate-driven decision support tools to Purdue responses to COVID-19 through the development of the Support Circle.  

Coming soon next week will be the first set of research presentations by faculty, coming from the Chemical Exposures group.

Please also note several funding opportunities below with fast-approaching deadlines.

As always, please pass along any news to share!
Chemical Exposures Research Presentations
Thursday, January 27 | 1-2 PM | Zoom

Join the Chemical Exposures Signature Research Area next week for presentations of collaborative projects by affiliates Inez Hua (EEE, Civil) and Jae Hong Park (Health Sci).

Use this link to join the virtual discussion.

Travel Grants
In spring 2022, we will be awarding grants to defray costs up to $500 for student/post-doctoral researchers to travel and present their research. Conference travel should take place between January 1 and June 30th 2022. Trainees of all affiliates are eligible, preference given for Center-affiliated projects. For information and application info, click here. To learn how to affiliate your research projects with the Center, click here.
Featured Student
Student’s Research Improves Nutrition and Food Safety
Purdue Agriculture

Purdue Master's student Enrique Velasco was recently featured by Purdue Agriculture. Enrique studies consumer perceptions of food safety under the guidance of faculty affiliate Ariana Torres (HortLA, AgEcon). Read the full feature here.

2021 Indiana Water Report

The 2021 Indiana Water Report is now available to download. The report, prepared annually by the Indiana Water Monitoring Council, highlights
 important work around the state of Indiana to help better understand, manage, protect, and restore IN water resources. Click here to access the report.
Featured Publications
Scaling up co-produced climate-driven decision support tools for agriculture
Nature Sustainability

Led by Drs. Junyu Lu and Maria Carmen Lemos, along with Vikram Koundinya and affiliate Linda Prokopy (Dept Head, HortLA), this recent publication in Nature Sustainability surveyed farmers and ag advisers on the effectiveness and use of developed climate-driven decision support tools. Access the publication here.
Genesis of the Support Circle
Butler Center Working Paper Series

Laura Zanotti's (ANTH) working paper with Mangala Subramaniam (Butler Center) "Genesis of the Support Circle" discusses the development of the Support Circle at Purdue, which promotes a culture of care on campus and cultivates space in which faculty can discuss various aspects of their well-being. Access the paper here.
Characterizing Crop Diversification in the U.S. Specialty
Crop Industry
Journal of Food Distribution Research

Affiliate Ariana Torres (HortLA, AgEcon) along with students Sanchez Philocles, Orlando Rodriguez, and Enrique Velasco, co-authored a recent publication in the Journal of Food Distribution Research that aims to characterize crop diversification for the specialty crop industry and investigate factors influencing growers to diversify their crop mix. Access the publication here.
Featured News
Andrew Whelton On Site of Marshall Fire

Affiliate Andrew Whelton (EEE, CE) recently spent time on site of the devastating Marshall Fire in Colorado looking specifically at drinking water contamination as well as general community recovery. Check out his presentation on his findings here.
Hua Cai Contributing to NY Climate Assessment

Faculty affiliate Hua Cai (EEE, IE) is currently working with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority on a new Climate Impacts Assessment. The assessment will build on New York’s first statewide climate change assessment (ClimAID), which was released in 2011. Read more here.
Purdue research strengthens soybean's potential in the plant-based protein market

Katy Martin Rainey and affiliate Keith Cherkauer's (ABE, EEE) work on soybeans as a potential source for plant-based meat alternatives was recently featured in a piece by Purdue Agriculture. Read the full piece here.
Shannahan Receives CTSI Funding

Jonathan Shannahan’s (HSCI) project titled “Enhanced Resolution of Pulmonary Lipid Alterations via Mass Spectrometry Imaging” was recently selected for funding from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI). Congratulations!
DURI Accepting Summer Proposals
Faculty are encouraged to submit project proposals for the Summer 2022 term of Discovery Park’s Undergraduate Research Internship (DURI) program. DURI supports faculty-led teams of undergraduates to investigate problems in three strategic areas, one of which is global sustainability.

Interested faculty can submit abstracts for individual projects at the DURI website, using their Purdue career account credentials to log on. The faculty deadline for proposal submissions is Feb. 18.
Funding Opportunities
NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) 
This PIRE competition invites visionary, ambitious, interdisciplinary, use-inspired research proposals that address scientific challenges related to climate change and/or clean energy. The projects will utilize multi-stakeholder and international partnerships that are essential to address these challenges of critical societal importance at a regional or global scale. The research areas may include any combination of the natural and physical sciences, engineering, and the social sciences. Educational activities should be integral to the project.
Deadlines: February 8 – LOI; March 25 – Full proposal

**If interested in submitting, please contact Lynne Dahmen**

EPA Research to Reduce Consumer Food Waste in the United States
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research to develop, apply, and test innovative and creative community-engaged approaches to reduce household food waste in the United States. Applicants should propose a research project that addresses at least one of the following research areas on how to reduce household food waste:
  • Changing the U.S. food environment to discourage waste by consumers.
  • Strengthening consumers’ motivation, opportunity, and ability to reduce food waste.
  • Leveraging and applying research findings and technology to support consumers in food waste reduction.
Research should examine how the food waste reduction strategies or methods could be implemented effectively on community and larger scales. Deadline: February 9.

Limited Submission: Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) New Innovator in Food & Agriculture Research Award   
The New Innovator Award supports early-career scientists pursuing research that sustainably enhances agricultural production or improves health through food. Grants target outstanding early career investigators who has been in the tenure-track position no longer than three years. Preference is given to individuals who are within eight years of receiving a PH.D. or equivalent degree. Candidates must be conducting research that aligns with FFAR’s Challenge Areas: soil health, sustainable water management, next generation crops, advanced animal systems, urban food systems, and health-agriculture nexus. Only one nomination is allowed per institution. Internal deadline: Preproposal due in InfoReady by January 31
Sponsor deadlines: February 23 – Nomination due; May 4 – Application due by invite

NSF Pathways into the Earth, Ocean, Polar and Atmospheric & Geospace Sciences (GEOPAths) 
GEOPAths invites proposals that specifically address the current needs and opportunities related to education, learning, training and professional development within the geosciences community through the formation of STEM Learning Ecosystems that engage students in the study of the Earth, its oceans, polar regions and atmosphere.  The primary goal of the GEOPAths funding opportunity is to increase the number of students pursuing undergraduate and/or postgraduate degrees through the design and testing of novel approaches that engage students in authentic, career-relevant experiences in geoscience. Deadline: On-going

HHS-FDA Innovative ways to provide education on antimicrobial stewardship practices in animals (U01) 
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity is to solicit applications to develop innovative ways to disseminate information about the health risks associated with antimicrobial resistance and the benefits of implementing good antimicrobial stewardship practices for managing diseases in food-producing animals. Deadline: May 2

EPA Drivers and Environmental Impacts of Energy Transitions in Underserved Communities 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing community-engaged research that will address the drivers and environmental impacts of energy transitions in underserved communities. Deadline: April 28

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Announcement of Upcoming Topics for the 2022 NSF Convergence Accelerator Solicitation 
Topics for 2022 include: Enhancing Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities; Sustainable Materials for Global Challenges; and Food & Nutrition Security.
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