Minutes - April 10, 2012

Date of Meeting: 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

12:30pm – 201 Gilmore Hall

Council Members present: 

Carolyn Colvin, John Doershuk, Edward Gillan, Carin Green, Miriam Landsman, Yasar Onel, Cheryl Reardon, John Rosazza, Neil Segal, Alberto Segre and Linda Snetselaar


Rich Hichwa, Jared Leisner, VP of the University of Iowa Postdoctoral Association, and Ann Ricketts

Agenda Item 1:

Approval of minutes from March 20th meeting

Ed Gillan made a motion to accept the minutes from the March 20th meeting, John Doershuk seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved.

Agenda Item 2: 

Postdoctoral scholar representation on Research Council

Guest Jared Leisner, VP of the University of Iowa Postdoctoral Association (UIPDA), requested postdoctoral representation on the Research Council. The UIPDA was formed in the spring of 2011. There are nearly 350 postdoctoral scholars and fellows at the University. They would like representation on the Council because as researchers they best ally with the Research Council for a voice at the University.  Currently, without a voice on campus; 1) they’re not sure who they report to; 2) they don’t know who to go to with concerns, complaints and grievances; and, 3) they don’t feel like they completely belong.  The Office of Postdoctoral Scholars (OPS) was recently formed through collaboration of the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Graduate College.  The establishment of this office provided a central location and a staff person dedicated to assisting postdoctoral scholars and fellows.

Yasar Onel moved that, after receiving a white paper from the UIPDA, the addition of postdoctoral representation on the Research Council be recommended to the President’s Office.  The motion was seconded by Ed Gilliam.  The motion was approved.

Agenda Item 3: 

Representatives of Research Council invited to meet with CLAS Dean Candidates

Meeting with CLAS Dean Candidate #3
  Friday, April 13
  1:15 – 2:00 p.m. 
  111K JH

Alberto, Jane, Carin and Yasar are slated to meet with candidate #3.

Agenda Item 4:

Economic development discussion

The Council felt that economic development is and will become even more important to the University’s sustainability.  With the passage of the Bayh-Dole Act, most colleges and universities have developed and strengthened their internal expertise to engage in the patenting and licensing of inventions and IP.  Faculty outreach and community involvement is imperative to sustain communities in Iowa with a proper quality of life for current residents, and for attracting new residents.  Most institutions are building relationships with industry. Also, the University’s IFIs are funded by economic development

Faculty are resistant to economic development because it doesn’t count in tenure.  A formula for evaluating and ranking the esteem of economic development endeavors in the tenure process will need to be developed.

Agenda Item 5: 

Goal setting

There was discussion whether a May meeting was necessary for collaboration on a final report.  It was decided that Alberto will circulate a draft final report by email for input and that a May meeting is not necessary.

The meeting adjourned at 1:45 p.m.