UNIVERSITY RESEARCH COUNCIL
DR. GEORGE E. KLINZING, CHAIR
MINUTES --
SEPTEMBER 27, 2001


The meeting was called to order at 2:40 p.m.

MINUTES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

No changes were requested to the minutes of the June 7, 2001 meeting.

  • Videotape recordings of three Office of the Provost sponsored workshops were distributed at this year's New Faculty Orientation on August 23, 2001. The topics covered on these tapes include: Writing Successful Research Proposals, Writing Proposals for Foundations, and Successful University Researchers.
  • The Science 2001 Festival was well attended and may be repeated next year.

GRADUATE STUDENT RECRUITMENT

Klinzing and Tabakin met with Elizabeth Baranger and David Jasnow to determine if there is anything that should be done centrally to improve graduate student recruitment. Council was invited to provide suggestions on how to do this.

Beckman mentioned the difficulty faced by the School of Engineering in generating interest in graduate programs. Ashley commented on the large number of applications that the Intelligent Systems program received from China. This program would benefit from guidance in assessing such applications.

Klinzing suggested that the new director of the Office of International Services be invited to address the URC. Klinzing also suggested that Council work with the University Council on Graduate Study regarding this issue.

SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM

Council is to discuss changing the guidelines for the program to encourage the use of graduate students at a future meeting.

COMMITTEE DISCUSSION

Discussion regarding Teaching Assistant and Graduate Student Researcher salaries ensued. Barrionuevo commented on a reported change in NIH grants -- in three years, graduate student support will not be permitted. Klinzing will contact Jeanne Stoner to alert the AAU institutions.

COMMITTEE CHARGE

Provost Maher complimented Council on the progress made in targeted areas last year. He asked URC members to continue work in:

  • Improving the research climate in fields that have not been as heavily involved in funded research.
  • Facilitating formation of multidisciplinary teams.
  • Updating technology transfer policies as appropriate.

He similarly requested that Council:

  • Keep the Small Grants Program running well and encourage more new faculty who need to learn the means of securing external funding.
  • Pay attention to policies on copyright.

REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF RESEARCH -- MICHAEL CROUCH

The Office of Research has been involved in several professional development activities. Two teleconferences were held to educate research administration staff in the areas of compliance and the responsible conduct of research.

The 2002 version of the Faculty and Staff Research Administration Viewbook (a grant assembly handbook) has been updated and is availabe on the Office of Research Website.

Melanie Schafmeister has been hired as a new grants officer. Her responsibilities will be centered in the School of Medicine.

The Office is working on testing of software for research administration.

GLOBAL STUDIES PROGRAM -- WOLFGANG SCHLÍR

The University Center for International Studies (UCIS) has established a Global Academic Partnership Program to facilitate interdisciplinary research and encourage research linkages between Pitt and institutions abroad. Four grants will be awarded, up to $25,000 each, for support of interdisciplinary workshop or conference organization. The deadline for applications is October 31, 2001. Information regarding the program may be obtained from UCIS.

NEW BUSINESS

Klinzing requested help from Council in identifying hot topics in research.

 

The meeting adjourned at 3:32 p.m.

 

cc: Elizabeth Baranger, N. John Cooper, Gerald Holder