December 10, 2003
NOBEL LAUREATE MEETING
Jonathan van de Geest discussed
his recent trip to Lindau, Germany, during which he and other
doctoral students met with several Nobel Laureates. The trip was sponsored by the U.S. Department
of Energy and the Oak Ridge Associated Universities and was the 53rd event
of its kind. Nobel Laureates in
chemistry, physics, physiology, and medicine have convened annually in Lindau to meet with students and young researchers since
1951. The meetings rotate by discipline
each year. This year's event focused on biology and medicine. Mr. van de Geest is
a student in the Bioengineering Program in the School of Engineering.
REPORT FROM THE
OFFICE OF RESEARCH
Mike Crouch, Director of the Office of Research, discussed
technological updates to the Office’s administrative procedures. He and his staff have examined existing
software packages and will begin soliciting software demonstrations. None of the software perfectly matches the
University’s needs, so it will be necessary to modify the software package that
the University purchases.
The tentative schedule for the next series of NCURA
professional development teleconferences is:
Sharing Management – January 21, 2004
Records Management – March 9, 2004
Management – June 15, 2004
of Interest Management – September 14, 2004
Several other topics were discussed:
Office of Research is redesigning its website; work should be complete by
recommended budgets for the NIH and NSF include increases of 3.2 and 5.0
The Department of Homeland Security’s Advanced Research
Projects Agency (HSARPA) is hosting a series of information sessions for
industry and academia. Ken Sochats, from the School of Information Sciences, has represented the University
at these events. These sessions serve as
forums during which representatives of the DHS educate potential grantees on
the organization’s procedures and members of academia and industry provide
feedback to the DHS on these procedures.
HSARPA will sponsor funding to develop biological and chemical sensors
and to create University-based Centers of Excellence. The University of Pittsburgh, together with Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Pennsylvania, expects to apply for funding
A more cohesive approach to the grant-application process
is being developed. Issues addressed
included this year’s agency trip to Washington, D.C., in which faculty from the
sciences and engineering will participate.
Bianca Bernstein, the Director of NSF’s Division of
Graduate Education, will visit the University on January 15 to discuss the
NSF’s educational programs. The National
Science Foundation will announce an RFP that deals with educational programs in
The Office of Research will solicit input from members of
the Council and the University community more broadly as it investigates
available software packages.
No announcements were made.
Several other issues were also addressed:
Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse will fund undergraduate and graduate student
research in cybersecurity.
University applied for a grant from the Kauffman Foundation that would
help undergraduate and graduate students commercialize products.
forms for the Central Research Development Fund will be posted on the
Office of Research website soon.
Center for National Preparedness will be launched within the
next several months.
University of Pittsburgh, West Virginia University, Carnegie Mellon University, and several private firms
continue to collaborate on efforts related to the National Energy