RESEARCH COORDINATING COUNCIL
April 19, 2001
Members Present: Barbara Adamcik, Sean Anderson, Tracy Becker, Jonathan Blotter,
Steve Byers, Deb Easterly, Kay Flowers, Dianne Horrocks, Edwin
House (presiding), Mary Flint for Skip Lohse, Pamela Park, Barbara
Cunningham for Beth Stamm, Al Strickland for Jane Strickland,
Kandy Turley-Ames, Doug Wells
Members Absent/Excused: Phil Blick, Chris Daniels, Karl DeJesus, Will Hamlin,
Frank Harmon, Richard Inouye, Dave Kleist, Subbaram Naidu,
Keith Weber, Dan Wolfley, Paul Zelus
Dr. Edwin House declared a quorum was present.
I. It was MSC (10y, 0n) to approve Memorandum #134
A. Faculty Research Committee – The committee met on April 2. Dr. Leonid Hanin
was selected as ISU’s Distinguished Researcher for 2001. The committee
received 11 research proposals. The proposals will be discussed on May 4
and final decisions will be made on May 11.
B. Graduate Student Research and Scholarship Committee – Tracy Becker reported
the committee met on March 30. The committee received 48 ASISU
applications, and 21 of these were awarded scholarship funds. The committee
received 21 research proposals and 3 dissemination proposals. They met on
April 6 to discuss the proposals. The resubmission deadline for changes was
C. Undergraduate Research Committee – Dr. Curtis Anderson is the new chair
for this committee. The Undergraduate Research Symposium is being held today
on campus. There are 27 presentations and 49 undergraduate
researchers participating in the Symposium. More departments are participating
this year. The committee will meet on April 24 to award the research proposals.
D. Humanities/Social Sciences Research Committee – The call for proposals will be
going out in May and a reminder next fall.
E. University Research Committee – Dr. House reported that this committee will
be reviewing proposals within the next two weeks.
F. Federal Initiatives – ISU submitted proposed projects totaling $22 million. The
Idaho Accelerator Center projects were reduced to two from the original
four. Everyone who submitted a request has at least one project still being
G. Regarding the Distinguished Researcher, see A.
H. Approval of Changes in Release Time of Grant Preparation – Dr. House reported
to the Council that President Bowen had approved the revisions.
I. Other – The legislature has allocated $420,000 in new funding to ISU for enhancing
research. Most of this funding will be used for research faculty and graduate
research assistantships. Dr. House and Vice President Lawson will allocate these
funds. They will be used to enhance the development of ISU’s research centers.
III. COUNCIL BUSINESS
A. RTSEF – Proposals were received from Dr. William Woodhouse and
Dr. J. B Owens. Dr. William Woodhouse submitted a proposal
entitled “Graduate Training in Family Medicine” and Dr. J. B Owens
submitted a proposal entitled “The Villena Cartel: Organized Crime and
International Smuggling in Philip II’s Spain.” It was MSC (10y, 0n)
to recommend both proposals for funding to Dr. Lawson.
B, Changes to UgRC guidelines – Item deferred; the committee is still in the
process of making changes.
C. Family Medicine Research Center – Dr. Force addressed the Council. He
said this would be one of six centers nationally doing this type of research.
Dean Hatzenbuehler has provided space for the center This center is unique
in graduate education in family medicine. The center will help attract
high quality residents who already have an M.D. who want to work in an
academic setting. The residents see about 15,000 patients per year. The
results of the research conducted have been published in professional journals.
Dr. Force said the research in the center takes almost 50% of his time and
about 10-20% of Dr. Woodhouse’s time. The Study Coordinator is
currently a ¾-time position and needs to go to full-time in the fall. Dr.
Liday spends about 15% of her time on this research, and this will
increase in subsequent years, possibly up to 30% of her time. The center will
seek external funding in the future from NIH, Agency for Health-Care
Quality, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Center for Disease
Dr. House reviewed the requirements to qualify as a Level II research center.
At least three people must be working together with a reasonable publication
record and reasonable possibility of external funding. These centers are also
eligible for institutional funding. It was MSC (10y, 0n) to approve Family
Medicine as a Level II research center.
D. Evaluation of Research Faculty Guidelines – Departments will have the option
to use these or not. A department may develop their own guidelines or choose
to use these guidelines which are applicable to research faculty that are funded
through the Office of Research. It was MSC (8y, 0n, 2 abstain) to remand
these guidelines to the Faculty Senate with changes.
E. Intellectual Property – ISU Academic Vice President and BSU Provost
both opposed the changes proposed by the state. Kay Flowers reported
that the changes had been tabled at the state meeting. The changes probably
will not be in place in order to be enacted by July 1. The Idaho institutions
are not in agreement, especially regarding item 11 of the proposed new policy
shared previously with the Council. For example, this would require departing
and former employees to leave lab notebooks at the institution. This
discourages rather than encourages faculty to come forward with disclosure
and development of new products.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:25 p.m.