Q&A with John J. Contreni,
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Research Review Office Of the Vice President fOr research  Purdue uniVersity December 2006/January 2007 Vol. 20 No. 1Q&A with inside this issue Q&A with John J. Contreni ..............1John J. Contreni, Services Directory .............................2 Significant Changes in Policy for NIH Grant Applications.................3Justin S. Morrill Requests for Proposals ......................4 NIH Deadline Changes .....................4Dean of the College Basics of Responsible Conduct of Research — Part 1 ........................5of Liberal Arts Sponsored Program Year-to-Date Activity ..........................................5 Purdue University/Indiana University Last summer, Provost Sally Mason announced that John Contreni, professor of history and Collaboration Results Announced .. 6 former dean of the Graduate School, would take on a new role at the University as dean Center to Offer ‘New Vision’ of of the College of Liberal Arts. Transportation for Nation ..............7“The liberal arts provide an important component of every student’s education because these disciplines prepare a person for a lifetime of learning,” Mason said. “John Contreni, John Marburger at as the college’s new dean, will provide experienced leadership as liberal arts continues to Discovery Lecture Series...............8 build excellence in learning and discovery across their many and varied disciplines.” NIH Selects Purdue for National Nano-Contreni became dean of the Graduate School in 2004. He served as interim dean from medicine Development Center .......102002-04. “While serving as dean of the Graduate School, I saw firsthand how extraordinary the 2006 International Travel Grants .......11 liberal arts faculty, staff and students are on this campus,” Contreni said. “The college’s October 2006 Projects Funded .......12faculty and students play a central role in the University, and the arts, humanities and social sciences they study address the fundamental issues in contemporary society.” November 2006 Pr ....17 Following is a question and answer interview with Dean Contreni regarding his views Seed for Success Awards .................20on research and engagement activities in the liberal arts at Purdue University. How has research in the liberal arts changed since you have been at Purdue? Research Review Distribution Campus mailing addresses are provided by The research agendas of colleagues and graduate students across the broad landscape of re- Personnel Services. Faculty member depar-search fields embraced by the College of Liberal Arts remain incredibly varied. They run the tures or campus address changes should be gamut from unfunded individual researchers whose mission of discovery involves the use of submitted to Personnel Services via your word processors and texts to funded laboratory scientists who work collaboratively in multi- department’s business office. disciplinary teams. The Research Review is also avail- What has changed over the years has been the growing involvement of College faculty able for online viewing at http://www. and graduate students in research that spans the University. For example, PHASE (Purdue purdue.edu/research/vpr/publications/ researchreview.html. Hearing & Acoustics in Science & Engineering) involves over 50 faculty researchers from more than sixteen departments, with significant participation from Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. Colleagues in Philosophy continue to work with faculty in English and Communication, but also now with researchers in Animal Science and CERIAS. Liberal Continues on page 2 Research Review  December 2006/January 2007 Q&A with John J. Contreni continuedServices Directory Vice President for Research 46209 Arts faculty in the health sciences are active in the Regenstrief Center, while our Linguists Charles O. Rutledge are working with colleagues in Electrical and Computer Engineering. chipr@purdue.edu Another revealing change — start-up packages in six figures are not uncommon for new researchers joining today’s College.General Information & Questions 46200 sPOnsOred PrOgram deVelOPment Looking ahead, do you see changes in research and engagement activities in liberal arts stCenters and Institutes 61938 for the 21 century? Bob Bernhard, bernhard@purdue.edu Certainly collaborative, multidisciplinary research will continue to grow in importance. But, Discovery Park 66625 I predict that the national research agenda will increasingly call on the work of scholars Alan Rebar, rebar@purdue.edu who can help to address the really tough contemporary issues, policy and societal issues Industry Research and 40743 that require a social sciences and humanities approach. For instance, Liberal Arts faculty are Technology Programs already engaged in interdisciplinary research on the policy consequences of using chemical John Schneider, jas@purdue.edu additives in fabrics as flame-retardants. Others are exploring terrorism and the strategies of terrorist organizations, public values and species extinction, and research on immigrants’ Sponsor Information, Proposal 46706 Development political mobilization. Christine King, hcking@purdue.edu The most exciting new trend will be in the area of engagement. The research talents and teaching skills of faculty will increasingly breach the artificial barriers between town research administratiOn and gown. We are already planning a focused engagement program in the College that we Animals 47206 refer to as PLACE – Purdue Liberal Arts Community Engagement. This program will be a Lisa Snider, ldsnider@purdue.edu true partnership between the College’s faculty and students and our community on topics Biohazards 41496 of significant and broad concern. We are aiming to create a model of public engagement Bob Golden, ibcomm@purdue.edu that will be emulated by colleagues in the liberal arts disciplines nationally. Human Subjects 45942 Can you identify some emerging research areas in liberal arts? Kristine Hershberger, kh@purdue.edu Here are some areas of urgent contemporary significance that liberal arts faculty are cur- Research Integrity 43996 rently exploring: the social and cultural implications of science and technology; popular Peter Dunn, pedunn@purdue.edu culture; art and entertainment; health practices and health communication; ethics and ethical behavior; religion and society; immigration; globalization; race; politics; gender; peace; award infOrmatiOn violence; social justice, and similar complex, fundamental human issues.Sponsored Program Services 41055 http://www.purdue.edu/sps Describe some of the impacts of the liberal arts on our society. Proposal Information, 41053 I was struck in the days and weeks after the attacks of 9/11 when many Americans Transmittal to Agency were reeling and trying to come to some kind of understanding of what had happened Jillene Hollingsworth, jillene@purdue.edu and what it all meant, that many commentators in both print and broadcast, who technOlOgy cOmmercializatiOn themselves still could not speak of the horror in their own voices, drew on poetry to fill the void and to help guide us. We heard the voices of the ancient Greeks as well as Patent & Copyright Information 42610 more contemporary poets and somehow, slowly, slowly, we could begin to understand Simran Trana, otc@purdue.edu and to speak for ourselves. Since, then, we have used the arts, gigantic twin towers of Research Review is published by light beams, welded steel beams, photography, paintings, sculpture, essays, poetry, and the Office of the Vice President for gradually drama and film to memorialize and to reflect. This is important and a big part Research. We welcome comments. of what scholars and students in the liberal arts do. Send e-mail to burroff@purdue.edu © 2006 Purdue University. * * * All rights reserved. With more than 6,400 undergraduate and 1,100 graduate students at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus, the College of Liberal Arts is one of Purdue’s