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April 27, 1988

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                            COMMISSION ON RESEARCH

                                April 27, 1988

                      Engineering Board Room, Norris Hall

                                   3:30 p.m.

 

 

  MEMBERS PRESENT:  L. J. Arnold, F. M. Asche, P. K. Edwards, W. Flowers (for

                    M.  R.  Geasler),  D.  B.  Hodge,  D. F. McTaggart, M. D.

                    Pierson, M. Potts, G. G. Schurig, A. W. Steiss

 

  MEMBERS ABSENT:   J. Cairns, Jr., R. A. Comparin, P. P. Feret, V. R. Fu, W.

                    G. Huber,  D.G.I.  Kingston,  F.  W.  Stephenson,  R.  A.

                    Teekell, J. F. Wolfe

 

  INVITED GUESTS:   E. L. Stout, C. D. Waring

 

  1.  ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

      a.  Dr.  Ernest  Stout, Head of the Department of Biology, has accepted

          the appointment as Interim Associate Provost  for  Research.    Dr.

          Stout  is a molecular biologist; has been Department Head for eight

          years; and served as Associate Dean for Graduate  Studies  and  Re-

          search  in  the  College  Arts and Sciences some two years prior to

          that appointment.

 

  2.  COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

      a.  COMPUTING COMMITTEE

 

          An additional allocation of $50,000 will be made to help  the  Col-

          lege  of  Agriculture and Life Sciences make it through the year in

          terms of its 230 computing needs.

 

      b.  SUPPLEMENTAL GRANTS

 

          The Supplemental Grants Committee met last week and  awarded  addi-

          tional  funds in response to proposals received.  The Committee has

          settled on adopting criteria similar to that used in the  past  for

          awarding these grants.

 

  3.  REVISED  APPENDIX  K:  SUBCONTRACTS  AND  CONSULTING AGREEMENTS (Second

      reading)

 

      The objective of this revision is to provide further  clarification  of

      our  policies  regarding issuance of subcontracts and consultant agree-

      ments and to bring our policies in line with the Virginia  Public  Pro-

      curement  Act  (VPPA)  which  was  passed  by  the General Assembly and

      implemented through the Agency Procurement and Surplus Property Manual.

 

         MOTION made and seconded that the proposed revision to Appendix K

         in the MANUAL OF PROCEDURES be approved.  Motion passed.

 

  4.  RESOLUTION FOR THE CREATION OF AN ACADEMY OF RESEARCH EXCELLENCE  (Sec-

      ond reading)

 

      The  proposed Academy of Research Excellence would provide the opportu-

      nity to recognize scholarship and excellence  in  research  beyond  the

      usual  criteria  of  grantsmanship and sponsored research funding.  The

      general consensus was that achievement in Artistic Endeavors should re-

      ceive separate recognition.

 

         MOTION was made and seconded that the Commission on  Faculty  Af-

         fairs  be  requested to give consideration to establishment of an

         Academy for Artistic Endeavors.  Motion passed.

 

      Following further discussion,

 

         MOTION  was  made  and seconded for approval of the Resolution to

         Create an Academy of Research Excellence.  Motion passed.

 

  5.  RESEARCH GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

 

      The Goals and Objectives for Research were adopted by the Commission on

      May 27, 1987 to guide the research mission of  the  University.    They

      were  presented to the Self-Study Committee but were never incorporated

      in the final report.

 

      The Statement of Goals and  Objectives  provides  a  working  document,

      forming  a  basis for the various College and Department level planning

      committees to build upon.  The Statement will be forwarded to the  Uni-

      versity  Council and will serve as an opening statement for the Commis-

      sion's agenda for next year.

 

  6.  APPENDIX G: FUNDING ENDING DATES

 

      The Chairman brought the finalized version of Appendix G of the  MANUAL

      OF  PROCEDURES  to  the  attention of the Commission.  This version has

      been sent to Minnis Ridenour and John Perry for their comments and sug-

      gestions.

 

  7.  SEARCH FOR OSP DIRECTOR

 

      The Chairman stated that, in addition to the appointment of  Dr.  Stout

      as Associate Provost for the coming year, the decision has been made to

      begin a national search for a Director of Sponsored Programs.

 

  8.  DEVELOPMENT OF CATALOG OF RESEARCH ACCOMPLISHMENTS

 

      Dr. Flowers suggested that the University should have in its archives a

      catalog  of  research accomplishments/achievements.  While the Research

      Division deals with research projects, Colleges and  Departments  would

      be  the  most  appropriate  source for information on research achieve-

      ments.

 

      Each College is asked to submit a  list  of  accomplishments  both  for

      their  Core  Research  and Sponsored Research activities to be incorpo-

      rated into the document that goes forward in support of the budget.

 

      It was agreed that this is certainly an item for future discussion  and

      should be placed on a future agenda.

 

  The  meeting adjourned at 4:30 p.m.  The next and final meeting of the Com-

  mission for the year will be held in the President's  Board  Room  at  3:30

  p.m. on the 11th of May, 1988.

 

  OWL:mar

 

 

 

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