Minutes - Oct 13, 2011

Date of Meeting: 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

1:30pm – 201 Gilmore Hall

Council Members present:

Manar Al-Ghabeish, Jordan Cohen, Carolyn Colvin, Edward Gillan, Jane Gilotti, Carin Green, Robert Kirby, Miriam Landsman, Cheryl Reardon and Alberto Segre


Rich Hichwa, JJ Jimenez, Jennifer Lassner, Charlotte Talman and James Walker

Agenda Item 1: Approval of minutes from September 29th meeting

Bob Kirby moved to accept the minutes from the September 29th meeting, seconded by Carin Green.  The minutes were approved.

Agenda Item 2: Presentation of new conflict of interest policy – James Walker and Charlotte Talman

Associate Vice President for Research, Jim Walker, defined conflict of interest in research as personal financial profit that could bias research outcomes.  The University of Iowa has four offices/areas that manage conflict of interest:  UI Health Care Conflict of Interest and Commitment, CME Conflict of Interest, Conflict of Interest in Research Office and the Executive Vice President and Provost Office Conflicts of Commitment and Interest. Efforts are underway to consolidate required faculty disclosures into a single electronic system to reduce faculty burden. Charlotte Talman, Director of the Conflict of Interest in Research Office, gave an overview of the NIH’s rule changes, which will be fully implemented by or before August 24, 2012.  She estimates the new rules will add to the number of annual disclosures per year, due to the lowered financial interest from $10K/year or greater to $5K/year or greater, but will decrease the number of overall management plans since patents with no earnings will no longer be considered a financial interest under the rules. 

Agenda Item3:  Demonstration of the new eRouting program – JJ Jimenez and Jennifer Lassner

JJ Jimenez, Interim Director of Research Information Systems, demonstrated the online eRouting form for the Research Council.  eRouting was officially launched August 1st, but was available to the College of Medicine prior to that for a trial period.                                                                     

Agenda Item4:  Discussion of last week’s meeting with Associate Provost Rice

Alberto Segre proposed drafting a letter to Associate Provost Rice, thanking him for speaking to the Research Council, which would also address any further questions and provide feedback the Council has on the cluster hire process.  Council members are encouraged to email Alberto questions or statements they’d like included.  It’s felt that the collective experience of the Council will be helpful to the Office of the Provost with regard to cluster hires.

Agenda Item 5:  Planning/future topics

The tentative October 27 meeting time (1:30 – 2:30 p.m.) and conference room (Danner and Callen) reservations can be used for subcommittee meetings.

  • The Authorship Guidelines Subcommittee can use the time and the Danner Conference Room to revise the authorship policy in response to the comments received.
  • The Undergraduate Research Subcommittee can use the time and the Callen Conference Room to review last year’s survey data and work on this year's survey.
  • The Centers and Institutes Subcommittee will not need to meet.  Work on this policy is on hold while the VPR and Provost discuss the document.

The next full Research Council meeting will be November 10, at 1:30 p.m., in the Danner Conference Room.  Agenda items for that meeting will be a report from the Undergraduate Research Subcommittee and a discussion of the new Shared Credit Policy.

The meeting adjourned at 2:30 p.m.