University Research Council
THE COMMITTEE CHARGE
Provost Maher delivered the Council charge. He asked the Council to:
REPORT FROM THE OFFICE OF RESEARCH
Mike Crouch discussed his trip to Brookhaven National Lab, where Ray Orbach, head of the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, discussed the change in research emphasis at the Department. The Department will develop a broader, more interdisciplinary research program and move away from its traditional emphasis on issues related to nuclear and atmospheric science.
COMPLIANCE ISSUES AND PROPOSAL REVIEW
Members of the Council discussed how faculty could work with the Office of Research to ensure that proposals are adequately reviewed. The Office reviews proposals before they are submitted to funding agencies, yet proposals are often submitted to the Office with little time left for review. Members of the Council discussed a required five day review period as a possible solution.
The new regulations on patient privacy will affect how medical researchers conduct their studies (i.e., HIPPA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996). Data that could be used to identify a particular patient must be excluded from analyses. Medical researchers are setting up systems that permit them to disentangle identifying attributes from data in a way that lets them conduct meaningful research.
Subcommittees are to be created in conjunction with the Provost’s charge. They will be composed of the following members:
Copyright Policy: Steve Husted (convener), Patricia Dowling, Mike Madison, Mary Marazita, and Raman Venkataramanan.
Research Successes: Mary Kerr (convener), David Brienza, Steve Graham, Patrick Loughlin, Roberta Ness, and Frank Tabakin.
Proposal Workshop: Jack Yalowich (convener), German Barrionuevo, John Beuthin, Evelyn Rawski, Richard Steinman, and David Tipper.
Department of Energy: Anne Robertson (convener), Irving Lowe, and Assad Panah.
Social Sciences: Gene Gruver (convener), Phyllis Coontz, and John Prescott.