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March 23, 1988

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                            COMMISSION ON RESEARCH

                                March 23, 1988

                            President's Board Room

                                   3:30 p.m.

 

 

  MEMBERS PRESENT:  F. M. Asche, R. A. Comparin, P. P. Feret, V. R. Fu, W. L.

                    Flowers  (for  M.  R.  Geasler),  D.G.I.  Kingston, M. D.

                    Pierson,  A.  W.  Steiss,  J.  H.  Sherrard  (for  F.  W.

                    Stephenson), B. E. LaBerge (for R. A. Teekell)

 

  MEMBERS ABSENT:   L. J. Arnold, J. Cairns, Jr.  P. K. Edwards, D. B. Hodge,

                    W. G. Huber, D. F. McTaggart, M. Potts, G. G. Schurig, J.

                    F. Wolfe

 

  INVITED GUEST:    C. D. Waring

 

 

  1.  ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

      a.  Congressman  Boucher will meet with Tech faculty and administrators

          on March 25 to discuss a research agenda for the coming year.

 

      b.  The 14 positions and operating funds to  support  the  Commonwealth

          Centers  on Materials Research and Wood Technology have to be moved

          to the academic budget to achieve "symmetry" with the other univer-

          sities.

 

          Some of the resources authorized over the biennium  in  support  of

          the  economic initiative for agriculture are intended for Extension

          activities.

 

          The budget amendments for various research initiatives were not ap-

          proved in the legislative process.

 

  2.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF THE FEBRUARY 24 AND MARCH 9, 1988, MEETINGS

 

      In concurrent actions, the Minutes of these meetings of the  Commission

      on Research were approved as distributed.

 

  3.  COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

      a.  COMMITTEE ON GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

 

          Dr.  Kingston  suggested that the Commission might wish to consider

          the development of some sort of university wide program  to  recog-

          nize research above and beyond the Alumni Award for Research Excel-

          lence.    This  matter  was  tabled,  and Dr. Kingston was asked to

          sketch out something for further discussion.

 

      b.  COMMITTEE ON ACADEMIC CONDUCT

 

          Dr. Fu reported that  this  committee  is  reviewing  the  existing

          statement in the Faculty Handbook, as well as statements from other

          universities.

 

      c.  COMPUTER COMMITTEE

 

          Comments were made on the trials and tribulations everyone is expe-

          riencing as the new VM1 system is implemented.

 

  4.  FACULTY SENATE RESOLUTION ON A COMMISSION ON INFORMATION SYSTEMS

 

      After considerable discussion concerning the the role of Commissions in

      the  University  governance  system and the policy areas that this pro-

      posed commission would or should address, Dr. Kingston  suggested  that

      the  Commission  endorse  the  final version of the resolution with the

      modification that the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth members be

      EX OFFICIO and nonvoting.

 

         MOTION was made that the Commission on Research endorse the final

         version of the PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNI-

         VERSITY COUNCIL CONCERNING THE CREATION OF A COMMISSION ON INFOR-

         MATION  SERVICES with the modification that the following be made

         EX OFFICIO, nonvoting members of that Commission:   the  Director

         of Communications Network Services; the Director of the Computing

         Center;  the  Director  of  the  University  Libraries;  the Vice

         Provost for Research and Graduate Studies or designated represen-

         tative; and the Executive Vice President and Chief Business Offi-

         cer or designated representative.

 

         Motion seconded and passed.

 

      The Chairman will convey this motion to Arthur Snoke directly.

 

  5.  REVISED APPENDIX G: FUNDING ENDING DATES

 

      The proposed revisions to Appendix G are designed to permit appropriate

      charges to be made to sponsored projects after a decision  is  made  on

      the  petition  with regard to late personnel actions.  The item was ta-

      bled until the next meeting to permit further discussion of the overall

      policy and procedures.

 

  6.  PROPOSED APPENDIX N: VARIOUS ACCOUNTS

 

      The purpose of this set of guidelines is to codify  "various"  accounts

      as  a  funding  option  for ongoing research with multiple sponsorship.

      Various accounts are mechanisms for aggregating relatively  small  sums

      of money to support a research effort.

 

         MOTION made to endorse Appendix N: Various Accounts.  Motion sec-

         onded and passed.

 

 

  The  meeting  adjourned  at  4:56 p.m.   The next meeting will be April 13,

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

 

 

  OWL:mar

 

 

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