University Research Council

February 16, 2011

Meeting Summary


Multidisciplinary Grant Project

Kevin Ashley, Professor in the School of Law, reported on the status of his multidisciplinary grant, which is entitled Automating Comparative Analysis of Public Health Statutory Frameworks.  He is working with Patricia Sweeney, Assistant Professor in the Graduate School Public Health; Rebecca Hwa, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science; and Matthias Grabmair, a graduate student researcher in the Intelligent Systems Program.  They are comparing how states’ laws governing agents in the public health system either facilitate or frustrate each system’s ability to plan for and respond to public health emergencies.  The project has two goals, to determine:

The principal investigators will focus initially upon Pennsylvania.  They will later attempt to replicate their results with a study of statutory law in California.

Report from the Office of Research

George Klinzing discussed several aspects of the Office of Research’s operations:

Multidisciplinary Projects

The Provost’s Office continues to explore three multidisciplinary topics: how to apply immunology models to cybersecurity, how to minimize the complexity of manufacturing models, and how to use social networks to enhance problem solving.  Teams have met regularly to work on the projects.  Each team now will prepare a white paper as a plan for future research.

Miscellaneous

Council members also discussed: