Meeting Agendas

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity


January 23, 2018 (Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity) Agenda

  • 8:30  Call to Order
  • 8:30-8:35 Comments by the Chair – Advisory & Consultative Report on Policy SY45 (Unmanned Aircraft) on the Senate plenary agenda
  • 8:35-8:55 Update and discussion on A4 – “Fostering Collaboration Between UP and Commonwealth Campuses Around Research and Graduate Education” (Andy Schulz)
  • 8:50-9:10  Discussion of “Checklist for Researchers Departing Penn State” (John Hanold)
  • 9:10-9:30  Update and discussion on “Barriers to Growth and Sustainability of Intercollege Graduate Degree Programs (IDGPs)” -(George Moldovan)
  • 9:30-9:45  Update and discussion “Policies for Course Buyouts Across Penn State”- (Dan Larson and Janet Hughes)
  • 9:45-10:00  Report by the Vice President for Research  (Neil Sharkey)
  • 10:00-10:15  Report by Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School-     (Jean Vasilatos-Younken)
  • 10:15  Other items for the good of the order
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    December 5, 2017 (Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity) Agenda

    • 8:30         Call to Order: Andy Schulz
    • 8:30         Approval of the Minutes of October 17, 2017 meeting-vote to approval: Dan Larson
    • 8:30-8:50 Remarks by the Senior Associate Dean for the Graduate School: Michael Verderame
    • 8:50-9:05 Remarks by the Vice President for Research: Neil Sharkey
    • 9:05-9:15  Remarks by the Assistant Vice President and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies: Alan Rieck.
    • 9:15-9:35 Proposed revisions to RP 06, Individual Conflict of Interest-Potential motion to endorse: Debra Thurley
    • 9:35-9:55  Discussion of “Checklist for Departing Researchers”: John Hanold
    • 10:00- 10:30 Updates on Charge items, especially A2 (course Buyouts) and A4 (CC/UP collaboration in research/grad ed): Committee Members

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    October 17, 2017 (Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Agenda)

      • 8:30         Call to Order: Dan Larson
      • 8:30         Approval of the Minutes
      • 8:30-8:35 Report from the Chair (Presented by the Vice-Chair): Dan Larson
      • 8:35-8:45 Report from the Vice-President for Research: Neil Sharkey
      • 8:45-8:55  Report from the Vice-Provost for Graduate Education/Dean of the Graduate School: Jean Vasilatos-Younken
      • 9:00-9:30  Presentation and Discussion regarding Policy SY 45, Unmanned Aircraft (aka Drones): Debra Thurley (Office of Research Protections) and Mike Yukish (ARL)
      • 9:30-10:00 Presentation and Discussion regarding research computing: Greg Madden (Senior Advisor for Research Computing and Infrastructure, OVPR)
      • 10:00-10:30 Discussion of progress on committee charge items for 2017-18:  All

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    September 12, 2017 (Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Agenda)

    Call to Order: Andy Schulz
    Introductions
    Approval of the April 24, 2017 Meeting Minutes
    Remarks from the Chair: Andy Schulz
    Review New Members Document Overview of 2017-18 Committee Charges
    Remarks by the VP for Research: Neil Sharkey
    Remarks by the Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate School: Michael Verderame

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    April 25, 2017 (Research Agenda)

    8:30- Call to Order- Andy Schulz
    8:30- Approval of the Minutes from the March 21 committee meeting
    8:30 to 8:45-  Remarks from the Chair, Summary of our progress this year and discussion of agenda items for 2017-18
    8:45 to 9:00 – Remarks by the Vice President for Research- Neil Sharkey
    9:00 to 9:15 – Report by the Dean of the Graduate School/Vice Provost for Graduate Education-Jean Vasilatos-Younken
    9:15 to 10:00 – Discussion of Graduate School initiatives to recruit and retain diverse students-Stephanie Preston, Senior Director, Office of Graduate Educational Equity Programs
    10:00 to 10:30 – Discussion of proposed policies regarding information security-Richard Sparrow, Director of Security Operations, Office of Information Security

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    March 14, 2017 (Research Agenda)

    8:30     Call to Order
    8:30     Approval of the Minutes from the January 24, 2017 meeting
    8:30     Remarks from the Chair
    8:35 to 8:45 – Remarks by the Vice President for Research
    8:45 to 9:00 – Remarks by the Vice Provost for Graduate Education/Dean of the Graduate School
    9:00 to 9:15 – CATS IACUC Update
    9:15 to 10:00 – discussion of Priority Item A7 Conflict of Interest Task Force Report (April 2016) and proposed SBIR and STTR policies
    10:00 to 10:30 – Discussion of Draft survey to gather data for Priority item A5, Greater Collaboration between UP and Commonwealth Campus regarding research/grad ed.

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    January 24, 2017 (Research Agenda)

    Call to Order -Andy Schulz
    Approval of the December 6, 2016 Meeting Minutes
    Remarks from the Chair- Andy Schulz
    Remarks from the Vice President for Research- Neil Sharkey
    Remarks from the Dean of the Graduate School- TBD
    Remarks from the Undergraduate Represenative- Andrew (Drew) Geller
    Remarks from the Graduate Student Representative- Alison Franklin
    Conversation with Alan Rieck, Assistant Vice President and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education
    Discussion of proposed ranks for fixed term faculty
    Report by subcommittee on greater collaboration/participation between UP and CC regarding research and graduate education

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    December 6, 2016 (Research Agenda)

    Call to Order- Andy Schulz

    Approval of October 18, 2016 Meeting Minutes

    Remarks from the Chair- Andy Schulz

    Remarks from the Vice President for Research- Neil Sharkey

    Remarks from the Dean of the Graduate School- Jean Vasilatos- Younken

    Remarks from the Undergraduate Student Representative- Andrew (Drew) Geller

    Remarks from the Graduate Student Representative- Alison Franklin

    Discussion of A1 — Orientation document for SCoR members-

        • Discuss and revise draft report – Andy Schulz

    Discussion of A2 — Informational Report on F&A

        • Discuss and revise draft report- Mike Hickner / Andy Schulz

    Discussion of A5 — Potential for Greater Participation by CC Faculty in Research and Grad Ed

        • Discuss scope and strategy; identify and charge subcommittee- Andy Schulz and members of Graduate Council Committee on Research

    Adjournment

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     October 18, 2016 (Research Agenda)

    Call to Order

    Approval of the minutes from the meeting of September 6, 2016

        • SCoR meeting minutes, September 6, 2016 – Page 3

    Remarks from the Chair- Andy Schulz

    Remarks from the Vice President for Research- Dr. Neil Sharkey

    Remarks from the Dean of the Graduate School – Dr. Jean Vasilatos- Younken

    Remarks from the undergraduate student representative- Andrew Geller

    Remarks from the graduate student representative- Alison Franklin

    Status Report on Priority A1 — Create a SCoR orientation document.  Discuss and revise draft document – Andy Schulz

        • Draft of SCoR Orientation Document – Page 7

    Status Report on Priority A2 — Benchmark F&A and examine possible impediments to research productivity. Comments by sub-committee, OVPR, and director of sponsored programs, followed by committee discussion- Michael Hickner, Andy Schulz, and Rogerio Neves

    Status Report on Priority A6 — ARL drug testing policy. Discuss and revise draft document, to be circulated at the meeting by Kathleen Hodgdon – Kathleen Hodgdon

    Status Report on Priority A5 — potential for greater participation by CC faculty in research and grad ed.  Create subcommittee and undertake preliminary discussion.

    Adjournment
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     September 6, 2016 (Research Agenda)

    Call to Order – Andy Schulz

    Approval of Minutes from April 19, 2016

        • 2016_APRIL_19_SCoR_Meeting_Minutes.docx – Page 2

    Remarks from the Chair – Andy Schulz

    Remarks from the Vice-President for Research – Neil Sharkey

    Remarks from the Dean of the Graduate School or her representative

    Discussion of the committee charge and assignment of tasks – Andy Schulz

        • 2016-17 Research Priority Form.doc – Page 7

    Adjournment

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    April 19, 2016 (Research Agenda)

        1. Call to order
        2. Approve minutes of 2016 MAR 15 SCoR meeting
        3. Remarks from the Chair
        4. Remarks from Vice President for Research – Dr. Neil Sharkey
        5. Remarks from Graduate Council Representative – Dr. Siela Maximova
        6. Old Business
        7. Status updates of current reports
          • A1. Jointly with the Committee on Faculty Affairs, deliberate on the
            value of commercialization of Intellectual Properties as they relate to
            Promotion and Tenure.

            • On the agenda for today’s Senate meeting.
          • A6. Jointly with the Committee on Educational Equity and Campus
            Environment, explore the opportunity for recruitment of diverse
            graduate students including graduate research and teaching assistant.

            • Follow-up on discussion at MAR 15 meeting.
          • A2. Prepare an Informational or Forensic Report, which explores
            plans for more extensive participation and collaboration between
            Commonwealth Campuses and University Park Colleges in graduate
            education and research.

            • Prepare for May 4 Graduate Council meeting.
          • A8. In consultation with the Office of Vice President for Research,
            prepare an Informational Report on “Applied Research Laboratories
            Drug Testing Policy.”
          • A3. Evaluate effective mechanisms and processes to provide access by
            private industry partners to our laboratories and instrumentation.
            Explore issues pertaining to the associated intellectual properties and
            research data. Prepare an Informational Report that will address
            these topics.
          • A4. Prepare an Informational Report, which explores the potential
            risks such as financial and legal that the faculty face when they are
            engaged in research with focus on international collaboration.
          • A5. Jointly with the Committee on University Planning, follow up on
            the report “Overview of the Facilities and Administrative Rate
            Distribution by Colleges, Administrative Units and Commonwealth
            Campuses,” prepare a Forensic Report, if needed.
        8. Adjourn

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    March 15, 2016 (Research Agenda)

        1. Call to order
        2. Approve minutes of 2016 JAN 25 SCoR meeting
        3. Remarks from the Chair
        4. Remarks from Vice President for Research – Dr. Neil Sharkey
        5. Remarks from Siela Maximova – Graduate Council Representative
        6. Old Business
        7. Status updates of current reports
          • Update A2. Prepare an Informational or Forensic Report, which explores plans for more extensive participation and collaboration between Commonwealth Campuses and University Park Colleges in graduate education and research.
            • Review progress/approval with Statement to Graduate Council
          • Update A1. Jointly with the Committee on Faculty Affairs, deliberate on the value of commercialization of Intellectual Properties as they relate to Promotion and Tenure.
            • Draft document to be discussed.
          • Update on A8. In consultation with the Office of Vice President for Research, prepare an Informational Report on “Applied Research Laboratories Drug Testing Policy.”
          • A6. Jointly with the Committee on Educational Equity and Campus Environment, explore the opportunity for recruitment of diverse graduate students including graduate research and teaching assistant.
            • Discussion with Robert Loeb, EECE (at 10:00 or earlier)
        8. New Business
          • A3. Evaluate effective mechanisms and processes to provide access by private industry partners to our laboratories and instrumentation. Explore issues pertaining to the associated intellectual properties and research data. Prepare an Informational Report that will address these topics.
          • A4. Prepare an Informational Report, which explores the potential risks such as financial and legal that the faculty face when they are engaged in research with focus on international collaboration.
          • A5. Jointly with the Committee on University Planning, follow up on the report “Overview of the Facilities and Administrative Rate Distribution by Colleges, Administrative Units and Commonwealth Campuses,” prepare a Forensic Report, if needed.
        9. Adjourn

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    January 26, 2016 (Research Agenda)

        1. Call to order
        2. Remarks from the Chair
        3. Remarks from Vice President for Research – Dr. Neil Sharkey
        4. Remarks from Siela Maximova – Graduate Council Representative
        5. Old Business
        6. Status updates of current reports
          • A2. Prepare an Informational or Forensic Report, which explores plans for more extensive participation and collaboration between Commonwealth Campuses and University Park Colleges in graduate education and research.
          • Review Statement to Graduate Council
          • Review discussion of Forensic Report
          • A7. Jointly with the Committee on Libraries, Information Sciences, and Technology, prepare an Informational Report pertaining to “Evaluate the current and potential issues relating to
            cyber-infrastructure and research.”
          • Review Report and Approve/Amend/Reject
        1. Updates on reports for spring
          • A1. Jointly with the Committee on Faculty Affairs, deliberate on the value of commercialization of Intellectual Properties as they relate to Promotion and Tenure.
          • A6. Jointly with the Committee on Educational Equity and Campus Environment, explore the opportunity for recruitment of diverse graduate students including graduate research and teaching assistant. If needed, prepare an Informational Report.
        2. New Business
        3. Additional reports for Spring
        4. Adjourn

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    October 27, 2015 (Research Agenda)

        1. Welcome
        2. Approval of Minutes from April 28, 2015 meeting
        3. Approval of Minutes from September 15, 2015 meeting
        4. Remarks from the Chair
        5. Remarks from Interim Vice President for Research – Dr. Neil Sharkey
        6. Remarks from Feng Yew – representative from Graduate Council Committee on Graduate Research
        7. Updates on reports for Dec 8 Senate Meeting (due Oct 29 for Dec 8 meeting)
          • A8. In consultation with the Office of Vice President for Research, prepare an Informational Report on “Applied Research Laboratories Drug Testing Policy.”
          • A2. Prepare an Informational or Forensic Report, which explores plans for more extensive participation and collaboration between Commonwealth Campuses and University Park Colleges in graduate education and research.
          • A7. Jointly with the Committee on Libraries, Information Sciences, and Technology, prepare an Informational Report pertaining to “Evaluate the current and potential issues relating to cyber-infrastructure and research.”
        8. Overview Presentation on ICS-ACI and PSU Research IT Governance (9:45-10:15)
          • Padma Raghavan (Associate Vice President for Research; Director, Institute for Cyber-Science; Director, Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Office) with Wayne Figuerella (Assistant Director, Institute for Cyber-Science), David Spielman (ICS Communications lead) and a representative from LIST will be attending.
        9. New Business
        10. Adjournment

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    September 15, 2015 (Research Agenda)

        1. Welcome
        2. Approval of Minutes from April 29, 2015 meeting
        3. Remarks from the Chair
        4. Remarks from Interim Vice President for Research – Dr. Neil Sharkey
        5. Remarks from Feng Yew – Graduate Council Committee on Graduate Research
        6. Discussion of the Charge — with specific attention to reports for Dec 8 Senate Meeting
          1. A2. Prepare an Informational or Forensic Report, which explores plans for more extensive participation and collaboration between Commonwealth Campuses and University Park Colleges in graduate education and research.
          2. A7. Jointly with the Committee on Libraries, Information Sciences, and Technology, prepare an Informational Report pertaining to “Evaluate the current and potential issues relating to cyber-infrastructure and research.”
          3. A8. In consultation with the Office of Vice President for Research, prepare an Informational Report on “Applied Research Laboratories Drug Testing Policy.”
        7. New Business
        8. Adjournment

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