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April 11, 1990


                            COMMISSION ON RESEARCH

                                April 11, 1990

                            President's Board Room

                                   3:30 p.m.



  MEMBERS PRESENT:  L. J. Arnold, F. M. Asche, G. E. Bunce, D. M. Denbow, W.

                    L. Flowers, V. R. Fu, E. G. Henneke, P. L. Knox, J. C.

                    Lee, M. G. Squires, H. H. Stoevener, E. R. Stout, W. L.

                    Stutzman, L. A.  Swiger.


  MEMBERS ABSENT:   G. R. Hooper, M. Potts, J. Randolph, R. S.  Russell, C.

                    D. Thatcher.


  INVITED GUESTS:   J. Gamble, T. Hurd, H. W. Swink, B. LaBerge (for R. A.





  1.  ADOPTION OF AGENDA: Agenda was adopted with the addition of Supple-

      mental Grants Committee election.


  2.  ANNOUNCEMENTS: Dr. Arnold updated the Commission on the Supplemental

      Grants Committee. Dr. Arnold stated that there was possibly

      $30,000-40,000 more than the committee realized.  The committee voted

      to apply $10,000-15,000 to the budget over the next 2-3 years.


      Dr. Stout introduced Jim Gamble from the Graduate Student Assembly and

      Wally Swink from the Classified Staff Affairs Committee.


      Dr. Stout reported to the Commission that Dr. McComas testified before

      the House Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture and Related

      Agencies on March 28 on behalf of the Biotechnology Building. Dr. Stout

      also stated that he attended the Research Universities Network meeting

      in Washington and that the day was consumed with Federal budget mat-

      ters. The overall increase in the research and development budget is

      proposed to increase by 7%.  Non-military, non-defense research and de-

      velopment is up 12%. Basic research across all agencies is up $12

      billion in new money.  NSF is up 13%. They are planning to put $40

      million in facilities, $19 million this year, $20 million next year,

      and another $25 million in science and technology centers. The only

      growth at NIH is AIDS research and the human genome project. NASA is up

      12%. NASA is expected to grow in the next few years. Dr. Stout said

      most of the USDA money was in the area of the National Agriculture Re-

      search Initiative. He also stated the superconducting supercollider was

      in major difficulty, and that Congress was likely to devote a large

      chunk of money for kindergarten through high school education. The

      fight in Congress is likely to boil down between how much do you cut

      the military and how much do you cut the entitlement programs to reach

      the Gramm/Rudman reductions. The Gramm/Rudman is about 3% of the total

      Federal budget this year. Everyone is pessimistic that there will be a

      budget of any kind.


      Dr. Stout reported on the NIH Misconduct in Science rule. The regu-

      lations are inconsistent, such as the confidentiality of the reporting

      source. A Washington law firm specializing in misconduct cases seems to

      think it is a no-win situation for everyone. The Commission will be

      hearing much more about this next year.


  3.  MINUTES OF FEBRUARY 28, 1990. Minutes were approved.


  4.  UPDATE ON THE BUDGET: The required reduction in the budget for the Re-

      search Division is just over 2 million dollars. Each of the colleges

      and all centers have provided 3, 5 and 7 percent plans. We have taken

      those plans and made the reductions the colleges and centers have sub-

      mitted. Most colleges and centers plan to take it out of personnel, not

      fill positions, etc. and to protect their operating dollars.



      nominated Dr. Michael Squires to fill her term when it expires at the

      end of the academic year.  Dr. Squires was elected.


  6.  ADJOURNMENT.  Meeting adjourned at 4:35PM.







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