Meeting Agendas

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity


October 23, 2018 Agenda

8:30 am: Call to Order- Janet Hughes

  • Approval of the Minutes of the September 18, 2018 SCoRSCA meeting
  • Remarks by the Chair- Janet Hughes
    • Progress on reports
    • Adding members to RSCA- Introduce Dr. Alan Rieck; wording changes in Standing Rules = pros & cons of listing titles/ranks of appointed members
    • Sustainability Institute- sponsor informational report Dr. Paul Shrivastava January 2019; investigate barriers to transdisciplinary research
  • 8:55 am           Remarks by VP for Research-Neil Sharkey

    9:10 am           Remarks by the Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate School-Michael Verderame

    9:30 am           Discussion of the Graduate Student Exit Survey-Sarah Ades; William Clark

    10:00 am         Discussion of undergraduate research opportunities-Alan Rieck; Ira Ropson

    10:25 am         Other Comments or Recommendations

    10:30 am         Adjourn

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    September 18, 2018 Agenda

    8:30  Call to Order- Janet Hughes

    • Introductions
    • Approval of the Minutes of the April 24, 2018 SCoRSCA Meeting
    • Minutes of the April 24, 2018 SCoRSCA meeting
    • Remarks by the Chair Janet Hughes
    • Review New Members Document
    • Overview of 2018-19 Committee Charges
    • Requests for additions to Committee Membership

    8:45  Remarks by the VP for Research – Neil Sharkey

    9:00  Remarks by the Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate School- Michael Verderame

    9:15   Discussion of Draft Report on Interdisciplinary Graduate Degree Programs (IDGPs) -Michael Verderame

    9:30 Discussion of Proposed Revisions to HR68 Postdoctoral Appointments –    Pallavi Eswara

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    April 24, 2018 (Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity) Agenda

    • 8:30     Call to Order
    • 8:30     Approval of the minutes from the March 13, 2018 committee meeting
    • 8:30     Remarks by the Chair
    • 8:35     Remarks by the Vice President for Research- Neil Sharkey
    • 8:50     Remarks by the Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate School- Michael Verderame
    • 9:05     Discussion of proposed revisions to RA03 Eligibility to Serve as Principal Investigator (PI) –  John Hanold, Office of Sponsored Programs
    • 9:15     Discussion of draft report regarding Interdisciplinary Graduate Degree Programs (IDGPs)-  Michael Verderame
    • 9:30     Discussion of proposed revision to HR68 Postdoctoral Appointments- Pallavi Eswara, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
    • 9:45     Discussion of possible topics for consideration by the committee in the coming academic year
    • 10:15   Other business for the good of the order

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    March 13, 2018 (Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity) Agenda

      • 8:30     Call to Order-  Andy Schulz, Chair
      • 8:30     Approval of the minute from the January 23, 2018 committee meeting
      • 8:30     Remarks by the Chair- Andy Schulz
      • 8:35     Remarks by the Vice President for Research- Neil Sharkey
      • 8:50     Remarks by the Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate School-  Michael Verderame
      • 9:05     Discussion of draft informational report on Course Buyout Policies – Janet Hughes and Dan Larson
      • 9:15     Discussion of proposed changes to AC 80 (Consulting Policy)- Clinton Schmidt, Debra Thurley, and Candy Yekel, Office of Research Protections
      • 9:45     Discussion of proposed policy regarding survey distribution to the University community –  Alan Rieck, member of the University Survey Coordinating Committee
      • 10:00   Other business for the good of the order

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    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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