Weekly Newsletter

 August 24, 2022
Dear Colleagues -

With the fall semester officially underway, we are pleased to announce the launch of the Institute for a Sustainable Future (ISF) with this newsletter. More information on ISF coming soon, and please save the date for our launch party, September 21 at 4:30 PM in DLR.

There are numerous events coming up in the next couple of months, including a webinar on wildfire, water systems and public health on September 7 and a poetry reading with Purdue English faculty emeritus Marianne Boruch on September 8. Registration is now open for the Midwest Climate Workshop at Purdue September 12-13. Additionally, our managing director Lynne Dahmen is hosting a lunchtime proposal workshop on October 17.

We have a few faculty in the news this week, including Bryan Pijanowski (FNR), Matthew Huber (EAPS) and Jeffrey Youngblood (ME), along with a publication from James Tanoos (PPT). We're also pleased to highlight newly funded projects by Venkatesh Merwade (CE) and Marisol Sepulveda (FNR) and their teams.

Remember to let us know if you have any work, events, or opportunities you would like us to feature.
Upcoming Events
Institute for a Sustainable Future Launch Party 

September 21 | 4:30 - 6:00 PM | DLR 131 

Join us on September 21 for a reception celebrating the launch of Purdue's Institute for a Sustainable Future (ISF). Food and beverages will be provided, and both EVPRP Theresa Mayer and ISF Director Matthew Huber will speak. We hope to see you there! Please RSVP here.
Wildfire, Water Systems & Public Health: Lessons from Recent Western Wildfires

September 7 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM | Zoom

In this free virtual webinar, experienced professionals who have helped communities inspect, test and help guide the decontamination of water systems will share lessons learned to help inform first responders, health officials and citizens. Speakers include faculty affiliate Andrew Whelton (EEE, CE), Joe Martinez of the New Mexico Environmental Dept and Cordelia Schimpf of the Oregon Health Authority. More info/register here.
Poetry Reading with Marianne Boruch

September 8 | 7:30 PM | Krannert Auditorium 

Join ISF and the Purdue English Department for a reading by poet and professor emeritus Marianne Boruch. Boruch will be reading excerpts from her work Bestiary Dark, poems that "face the ancient, unsettling relationship of humans and the natural world - the looming effect we've wrought on wildlife - and what solace and repair our learning even a little might mean."

This event is co-sponsored by ISF and is the first of a year-long series of events entitled "Imagining a Sustainable Future" that explores how we visualize sustainability across a range of disciplines.

Midwest Climate Workshop 

September 12-13 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Purdue University 

Registration is now open for the Midwest Climate Workshop at Purdue University! Please note, there is a registration fee which includes a light breakfast, daily coffee service, and lunch. Registration will remain open until 100 participants have signed up or September 2, whichever comes first. The final program is anticipated to be released no later than Friday, September 4.
 Click here for more information and to register.  

Please contact the organizer, Daniel Cziczo, with any questions.
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.
GLASSNET Early Career Researcher (ECR) Workshop  

September 21 | 9:00 - 11:00 AM | Zoom

In this free virtual webinar, three interdisciplinary researchers with experience in environmental economics, NASA research and equality and diversity will provide insight into obtaining funding for work that is interdisciplinary, international, and inclusive. Register here.
Newly Awarded Projects  
Training-based Workforce Development for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure for Climate, Water, & Environments 
PI: Venkatesh Merwade (CE)

Co-PI: Carol Song (RC), Jake Hosen (FNR), and Wanju Huang (ED)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation 

Protein Binding Affinity as the Driver for Studying PFAS Mixture Toxicity 
PI: Marisol Sepulveda (FNR)
Co-PI: Linda Lee (AGRO), Jason Hoverman (FNR), and Youn Choi (Organic Chem)
Sponsor: Environmental Protection Agency 
Featured News 
What happens if the world gets too hot for animals to survive?  

ISF's Director Matthew Huber (EAPS) recently wrote an article for the Bulletin Atomic discussing the widespread effects of extreme heat on our world. Read the article here.
Green-Cellulose Nanomaterial, A Better Biodegradable Material

Faculty affiliate Jeffrey Youngblood (ME) and his team developed a new biodegradable material, green-cellulose nanomaterial (CN), for a more sustainability packing option. Read more here.
Bioacoustics: What nature's sounds can tell us about the health of our world 

Bryan Pijanowski (FNR) was among a team of researchers who recorded soundscapes of our ecosystem in order to better decode what the Earth is trying to communicate. His work was featured recently in Canadian GeographicRead the article here. 
Featured Publication
Sustainable Rust Belt Manufacturing: An Exploration of Emission Rates during the Enforcement Era of the Great Lakes Water Agreement Act
International Journal of Current Science Research and Review

Faculty affiliate James Tanoos (PPT) published an article analyzing depletion of the Great Lakes water supply and ecosystem, and the different eras' amendments to ascertain changes in water pollution as they relate to production output rates over the past generation. Access the article here. 
Funding & Publication Opportunities
EVPRP Workshop: Finding Funding, Limited Submissions, and Proposal Submission 
This workshop will take place on Wednesday, September 7 from 11:30AM to 1:00PM, in Stewart Center, room 202. Topics to be covered in this session include: Resources for finding and tracking funding opportunities; The limited submission process; Proposal support provided by Pre-Award Services; Budget preparation and review; and Understanding facilities and administration rate (F&A). This workshop is open to all faculty but will be particularly helpful for new faculty. Register here. 

EVPRP Workshop: Successful Grant Writing Strategies
The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships will host a workshop regarding successful grant writing strategies and will take place on Monday, September 19 from 11:30AM to 1:00PM, in Stewart Center, room 218ABC.  Registration is requiredRegister here. 

Geospatial Data Applications for Environmental Justice
The journal 
GeoHealth is welcoming research paper submissions that detail current research on the inequitable burdens of environmental risk factors in urban and rural areas. Topics of interest include but are not limited to; heat, air pollution, light at night, inadequate access to natural spaces and recreational facilities, chemical pollution, water quality, and natural and man-made disaster risks. Submit here. 

FFAR Public Conversation
The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) is hosting its annual Public Conversation on Thursday, September 8, 2022 at 10 a.m. EDT. The Public Conservation is an opportunity for the FFAR Board of Directors to engage with the food and agriculture community, and welcome FFAR's next Executive Director
 Dr. Saharah Moon Chapotin 

Fall NSF-Bio Advisory Committee Meeting
The Advisory Committee (AC) for the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) provides advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning major program emphases, directions, and goals for the research-related activities of the divisions that make up BIO. 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM September 13, 2022 YouTube Livestream 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM September 13, 2022 YouTube Livestream
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