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January 13, 1988

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                            COMMISSION ON RESEARCH

                               January 13, 1988

                            President's Board Room

                                   3:30 p.m.

 

 

  MEMBERS PRESENT:  L. J. Arnold, J. H. Hillison (for F. M. Asche), J.

                    Cairns, Jr., P. K. Edwards, P. P. Feret, W. L. Flowers

                    (for M. R. Geasler), D. B. Hodge, J. C. Lee (for W. G.

                    Huber), D.G.I. Kingston, D. F. McTaggart, J. R. Bishop

                    (for M. D. Pierson), M. Potts, G. G. Schurig, A. W.

                    Steiss, R. A. Teekell, J. F. Wolfe

 

  MEMBERS ABSENT:   R. A. Comparin, V. R. Fu, F. W.  Stephenson

 

  INVITED GUESTS:   G. R. Hooper, M. D. Shelton, C. D. Waring

 

  1.  ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

      The Governor's budget for 1988-90 has been presented to the General As-

      sembly.  Key elements of our submission may be addressed through the

      amendment process.

 

      A recent issue of the CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION included a very

      positive statement about Virginia's support for higher education.

 

  2.  MINUTES OF THE DECEMBER 9, 1987 MEETING

 

      The minutes of the December 9, 1987 meeting were approved as distrib-

      uted.

 

  3.  COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

      a.  COMPUTING COMMITTEE

 

          It is too early to determine what impact the reduction in computing

          rates might have on SMARTDOLLAR consumption.

 

      b.  PURCHASING COMMITTEE

 

          It is expected that a Council on Information Management (CIM) will

          be established in this session of the General Assembly to assume

          approval responsibilities currently assigned to Department of In-

          formation Technology.

 

          A set of guidelines relative to new purchasing procedures have been

          circulated to the Vice Presidents and Provost for comments.

 

      c.  RESOLUTION 86-87A COMMITTEE

 

          Implementation of the Resolution would not be possible because of

          potential conflicts with existing state regulations.  Mr. Ridenour

          has suggested that a substitute resolution be drafted to address

          the intent of the initial proposal within the current State regu-

          lations.

 

          The Committee will continue to explore ways in which changes can be

          made in our existing policies or, if necessary, a new resolution

          will be drafted which will address some of these objectives.

 

             MOTION was made and seconded that Resolution 86-87A be with-

             drawn.  Motion passed.

 

  4.  RESEARCH ASSOCIATES/RESEARCH SCIENTISTS

 

      Dr. Perry has asked if some better distinction can be made between Re-

      search Associates and Research Scientists.  As of December 1, 1987, 161

      Research Associate and 27 Research Scientists have been appointed for

      1987-88.

 

      The primary distinction between these appointment categories is the de-

      gree of involvement in and responsibility for the establishment of a

      project or area of research.  Research Associates are primarily profes-

      sional staff working under the supervision of a principal investigator.

      In many cases, these staff assignments could be carried out in other

      than an academic setting, e.g., in a consulting firm or government

      agency.  Research Scientists are expected to have a much greater in-

      volvement in setting the research agenda and may serve as co-principal

      investigators.  Research Scientists also may have greater involvement

      in academic programs by serving on graduate committees and sharing

      their expertise with students and colleagues.

 

      It was the general consensus that the flexibility for the choice should

      be maintained at the department level.  It was suggested, however, that

      further communication as to the intent of these appointment categories

      may help to divert attempts to promote Research Associates to Research

      Scientists.  The best approach would be to redefine the position and

      then rehire the individual, if the necessary qualifications are met.

 

  5.  RESEARCH MISCONDUCT

 

      Dean Teekell reported that Dr. David Conn, Commission on Faculty Af-

      fairs, has asked that a Task Force be established to look at the issue

      of Research Misconduct.  He has proposed that representatives be ap-

      pointed from the other two Commissions to this Task Force.

 

      A member expressed concern about the term "misconduct," preferring

      "conduct."  Others suggested terms like "ethical research" and "ethical

      behavior."

 

      The Chairman invited any Commission member who might wish to serve on

      this Task Force to contact him.

 

  6.  SUPPLEMENTAL GRANTS COMMITTEE

 

      The Supplemental Grants Program is a $100,000 a year program that has

      been administered under the Vice President for University Relations and

      Development.  The Supplemental Grants Committee is being reconstituted

      under the Provost's Office to include representatives from the Commis-

      sions on Graduate Studies, Extension, and Research, and the Academy of

      Teaching Excellence.  Dr. Arnold volunteered to serve on this Commit-

      tee.

 

  7.  RESEARCH EXPENDITURES FOR FY 1986

 

      Two memoranda concerning the NSF data were distributed.  Virginia Tech

      ranked 44th in R&D expenditures in FY 1986 and 28th in terms of total

      dollars expended from industry sources.  Only three universities in the

      top 50 showed percentage increases greater than Virginia Tech.

 

  The meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.  The next meeting will be January 27,

  1988 at 3:30 p.m. in the President's Board Room.

 

  owl:mar

 

 

 

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