RESEARCH COUNCIL MINUTES
October 11, 1999
Attendees: Bill Blass (chair), Gayle Baker (Co-Vice-Chair),
Andy Kramer (Co-Vice-Chair), Madhu Madhukar, Lyle Culver,
Jason Inman, Mark Dadmun, Kim Jensen, Pete Wicks, Doug
Birdwell, Zoe Hoyle, Benjamin Bates, Ted Labotka, David
Hacker, Clif Woods, Ken Walker, Michael Devine, Lillian
Mashburn, Otto Schwartz, Shannon Eaker, Surya Singh, Debbie
Opening Remarks: Bill Blass announced that he has been
appointed faculty representative to the Board of Trustees
for one year. Due to new legislation, the Board of Trustees
must approve all raises. They shall be looking more closely
to the distribution of raises this year in terms of
position. Dr. Gilley is embarking on a program in which he
will meet with faculty over lunch to exchange views
regarding Research Council. Members were urged to contact
Bill Blass if they would be interested in such a luncheon.
Ken Walker presented a copy of the final revision
of Regulation A110 relating to the Freedom of Information
Act, which has impact on research.
- Federal Budget Numbers: Lillian Mashburn provided good
news about the Federal Budget. She stated that letters
and e-mail are effective with legislators.
- Graduate Stipend Data Collection: Ken Walker described the
lack of available information for comparison of graduate
stipends for schools across the nation. Departments will be
asked to gather stipend data from "peer" and other
universities over the next month. Collegiate associate
deans of research will coordinate this for the Office of
Research. The data will be used for budget projections.
- Search Committees for Dean of Libraries and Vice
Chancellor for Information Infrastructure/Research
Council representation: Bill Blass distributed a list
of the members of the search committees for these two
positions. Ham Bozdogan is the only member of Research
Council to be a member of one of these search
committees (Vice Chancellor for Information
Infrastructure). Discussion centered on the need for
representation on search committees for positions of
importance to the research community.
- Distribution of Brochures from the Office of Research:
Zoe Hoyle remarked about the black and white SARIF brochure
in the packet of materials for the meeting.
- Annual Report Update: The Annual Report will include
the Institute of Agriculture data. Hoyle reported that
the "Explorations" magazine is with the graphic
designer and should be distributed sometime in
- Proposal for Faculty Computer Workstation Program: The
latest draft from the Research Infrastructure Committee
was distributed. Gayle Baker proposed a change to the
first paragraph to include verbiage about the campus
computing environment and the University's
responsibility to provide basic computing services to
its faculty. The Summary data from the Property Tag
system on Arts & Sciences was also presented. It
showed an increase in the percentage of workstation
purchases from R-funds over the years. There are
problems with the accuracy of the data and it will not
be used with the proposal. Doug Birdwell made the
motion to present the proposal without modification, to
the Chancellor's staff, Otto Schwarz seconded and
motion was unanimously carried. Bill Blass will write
a cover letter.
Meeting adjourned at 5:10 p.m.