COUNCIL ON RESEARCH MEETING
Wednesday, September 17, 2003
CC - Terrace Lounge
9:30 - 11:30
The Council on Research meeting was called to order at 9:40 am by Lynn Videka, Chair.
D. Biggs, R. Biswas, E. Briére, N. Carroll, J. Castracane, B. Dudek, J. Gangolly, M. Jerison, M. Krohn, J. Mumpower, K. Rethemeyer, J. Rudolph, S. Saleh, L. Schell, M. Stessin, J. Welch, and J. Bogan (recorder)
Kathy Lowery, Vice President for Finance & Business and Operations
Manager for the
The Chair, Lynn Videka, opened the meeting by welcoming new members.
Approval of Minutes
Minutes from the May 21st meeting were reviewed and approved.
Remarks - Jeryl L. Mumpower, Interim Vice President for Research
|1.||Staffing - current vacant positions are Director of Office for Sponsored Programs and Compliance Officer|
|1.||Reinvigorate the Research Liaison Committee|
|2.||Incorporate federal changes in the Misconduct
Policy; meanwhile, we follow the framework that was
passed by Senate.
|3.||Improve oversight mechanism for IRB as it relates to Council
on Research. The IRB group has and
continues to have a certain amount of autonomy, but it should not be divorced from governance.
|4||Support HIPAA compliance efforts (greater implications for Research Foundation than health care)|
|5.||Re-assess policies regarding Indirect Cost Return Allocation, e.g., current rate; distribution of allocation among Deans, Chairs and Center Directors|
|6.||Review both financial and intellectual investments|
|7.||Review research information systems for Deans,
Department Chairpersons, other faculty and
Kathy Lowery and Kevin Wilcox gave an overview of the status of the Oracle system. Improvements continue to be made. The system performance, payroll, and system down time have all been stabilized; however, there are two major problems that persist: customized encumbering function and PI award information interface. Both features should be fixed by early spring.
The Office for Sponsored Funds Analysis (OFSA) was created to address PIs concerns related to obtaining accurate balances. Members were advised to contact OSFA to obtain balances.
The next release of Oracle is coming up in about two years.
ACTION ITEM: It was suggested that COR invite Chris Haile back for an update to her May 2002 presentation to Council on research computing.
Research Liaison Committee
ACTION ITEM: Members were asked to review the draft survey
and submit comments to Bruce Dudek no later than Friday, September
19, 2003. The subcommittee will work with the Office of the Vice President/
Office for Sponsored Programs to obtain the information needed, and
then send the survey with a cover letter or e-mail message.
In response to questions regarding the Council's involvement in University-wide review of research (not just centers/institutes), the Chair suggested that perhaps COR should review its mission and core responsibility and determine if and how the Council can be useful in expanding the University's research mission.
Life Sciences Research Building (LSRB)
Meeting adjourned at 11:40