RESEARCH COUNCIL MINUTES
November 8, 1999
Attendees: Bill Blass (chair), Gayle Baker (Co-Vice-Chair), Andy Kramer (Co-Vice-
Chair), Masood Parang, Gail White, Debbie Bowles, Pete Wicks, Otto Schwarz, David
Hacker, Martha Alligood, Madhu Madhukar, Dania Bilal, Kim Jensen, Zoe Hoyle, Ted
Labotka, Doug Birdwell, Surya Singh
Research Council chair Bill Blass spoke of Dr. Wade Gilley's inauguration. The President
is very interested in research and information technology. He plans to establish and invest
in seven "centers of excellence" throughout the UT system. He has established a committee to
streamline administration, headed by Chancellor Rice of UT/Memphis. Another Committee, headed
by VP McKay of UTSI, is studying information technology. Blass has arranged for several members
of Research Council to lunch with Dr. Gilley on Friday, November 12, 1999.
- Update on Thematic Areas: Due to the illness of Clif Woods, this item was skipped.
- NIH Funding Update: Gayle Baker reported for Lillian Mashburn that the bill associated
with NIH funding was vetoed by President Clinton, the major objection being the delayed availability
of a large portion of the funds until September 20, 2000.
- Workstation Proposal Update:
The workstation proposal will be sent to the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor/Provost. DII has
also put together a proposal.
- Infrastructure Funding Update: Zoe Hoyle reported that around 20 proposals have been
- Acceptable Use Policy Draft: The draft policy was reviewed for its impact on
instruction and research. An ad hoc group (Blass, Bates, Birdwell, and Mark Miller) will meet
with Alice Woody (General Counsel's Office) on the draft. Members were asked to email
other comments to Blass.
- Policies and Procedures with Respect to President Gilley's Inquiry:
Andrew Kramer, chair of the Policies and Procedures Committee and others brought up several
"problem" policies, procedures and systems:
- Mandated raises without additional funding in R-accounts
- Accumulation of vacation and sick time on other contracts/grants and taken on different
- Dollar limit on bidding process needs to be raised to the state limit
- Old accounting system for contracts and grants that may not be in compliance with federal
- University credit card system features need to be fully implemented
- A portion of overhead needs to be directed back to the PI to cover expenses which may no
longer be covered explicitly in contracts and grants (travel, computers, etc.). Overhead is
not distributed uniformly to the PI across campus.
- Consider including computing in overhead.
- Some R-accounts are being charged for phone service in laboratories. This should be
covered by overhead.
- Research Infrastructure Basic Services Policy: With the progress on the workstation
proposal, Blass stated that the Research Infrastructure Committee now needs to define a "market
basket" of services that should be provided to each faculty member by the university.
Meeting adjourned at 5:10 p.m.