RESEARCH COORDINATING COUNCIL
February 18, 1999
Members Present: Barbara Adamcik, Brian Attebery, Ron Balsley, Jonathan
Blotter, Richard Brey, Steve Daley, Chris Daniels, Sandra Shropshire for
Kay Flowers, Dianne Horrocks, Edwin House (presiding), Dave Kleist, Rudy
Kovacs, Mark McBeth, Subbaram Naidu, Sarah Patrick, Jerry Priddy, Anna
Members Absent/Excused: Tebbs Adams, Frank Harmon, Richard Inouye, Skip
Lohse, Dan Wolfley, Paul Zelus
Dr. House declared a quorum was present.
Dr. House welcomed Jerry Priddy (Raymond Clark’s replacement) to the
I. It was MSC (14y, 0n) to approve Memorandum #117.
A. Dr. House announced that the Humanities/Social
Sciences deadline for proposals was extended to February 17, 1999.
H. Dr. House informed the Council that a proposal
for Internet 2 was submitted. The agreement reached with Drs. Bowen, Lawson,
and Pearce was that $300,000 would be put up as match to the National Science
Foundation but if Dr. House can save money via a reduction in industrial
parts, line charges, or equipment donations, that savings will be added
to the general university research budget. After a time, usage will be
reviewed and the amount used for instruction will be transferred to the
instruction budget and that savings will also revert to the research budget.
There are five buildings designated for this connection: Graveley Hall
because of the GIS Center, the Physical Science building (hopefully the
Engineering building will be able to link onto this because of the close
proximity for about $10,000), the Pharmacy building, the new Idaho Accelerator
building, and Life Science building A. There are plans to add the library
to this. The deadline for this proposal was January 31 and Dr. House hopes
to know by July whether or not it will be awarded.
I. Dr. House informed the Council that the
signing date for the ISU/INEEL Research Alliances has been set for February
25, 1999. There will be $750,000 for two major partnerships this year and
$5 million over the next five years. Dr. House hopes the College of Business
will be a participant in the environmental management area.
J. Dr. Patrick announced that her center and the
College of Health Professions have been working on expanding infrastructure
to support research. This funding would be used to expand service, develop
training sites, hire new faculty, etc. There are currently two grants pending--one
for the Family Practice Residency and one for a new Family Dental Residency.
She emphasized that the data shows a great need for dental providers in
this state There is a $300,000 match required by the University for these
grants and Dr. Patrick asked Council members to request that the University
Administration support these grants.
III. COUNCIL BUSINESS
A. Dr. House stated issues regarding ownership
of data generated the necessity for the Research Practices document that
was developed. Dr. House is the University official to whom accusations
of research misconduct are to be directed. These are very serious accusations
and can destroy a person’s career. However, the accusations received over
the last three years have not fit the definition of "research misconduct",
but have involved ethical issues that were "bad practice." This is an issue
for the Department and/or College to deal with, not the Dean of Research.
Dr. House said authorship was becoming more of an issue. The protocol for
this is addressed in item 4.e. Dr. House informed the Council that the
ethical principle to follow in research is "To each according to his/her
contribution." The only exception to this is research work that is classified
or proprietary. If a student uses university facilities to perform any
part of the research, the student cannot claim sole authorship of the data.
Dr. Patrick suggested a training component for faculty to share with students
doing research. Dr. House distributed the document he prepared titled "Research
Practices, Ownership of Data."
It was MSC (14y, 0n) that, in the absence of an academic unit policy, the
ownership of data as stated by the Dean of Research on 2/18/99 applies.
Dr. House will send this document to the Faculty Senate to be added as
item "g" to the Policy for Research Practices.. Dr. House stated a concern
that disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences may not use the
same type of data. For example, Dr. Attebery said his students sometimes
use interviews or unpublished manuscripts. Dr. Balsley stated that MBA
students often develop software with the intent of marketing it and the
MBA program’s view is that the student owns this.
B. Dr. House informed the Council that the
proposed revision of the Intellectual Property/Conflict of Interest Policy
was not intended for those who write text books. This is to address issues
of people submitting proposals. It is also not intended to replace the
current Patent/Copyright policy. That policy will be updated to correlate
with this. The current University policy is the State Board of Education’s
approved University Conflict of Interest Policy that addresses issues in
the general sense. The revision would fit in that policy under a section
titled "Submission of Proposals." Ms. Horrocks stated the revised policy
was drafted to cover several issues, not just sponsored research. She also
stated that Brad Hall (University Counsel) has not had a chance to review
the document yet. Dr. Attebery requested that the appeal process be clarified
and recommended that the appeal be reviewed by someone other than the Dean
of Research because he is the one to make the initial decision. Dr. House
said appeals will be reviewed by the Academic Vice President. Ms. Horrocks
will make the recommended changes to the revised draft. She and Dr. House
will have to work with Brad Hall to see how this fits with the University
policy. It was MSC (14y, 0n) to table this item.
C. Dr. House asked the Council for recommendations
on the evaluation and promotion of research center directors and research
faculty. He said their workload distribution varies from traditional teaching
faculty. Typically, research center directors spend about 80% of their
time on administration and grant writing, 10% on teaching, and 10% on service.
Research faculty usually have much lighter teaching loads. and those who
are designated as "research faculty" are non-tenure track positions primarily
supported by external funds. Dr. House asked the Council members to review
the recommendations for promotions of research faculty from Biological
Sciences, share these with their constituency, and see if some commonalities
for all departments can be found that can be presented to the Faculty Senate
and the Deans Council. Dr. House indicated he would provide a first draft
of suggested criteria by which research center directors could be considered
for promotion for the next meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
B. The internal deadline of February 26, 1999 for
Technology Incentive Grant proposals is for the internal peer review committee
to give the authors feedback in order to prepare better proposals. Our
success rate as a lead institution is the best in the state for being funded.
Dr. House informed the Council that this may be the last time this competition
is run. He encouraged everyone who is interested to submit a proposal.
Ralph Norton, the grantwriter in the Office of Research, is available for
assistance with writing a grant.
C. Dr. Anna Ratka reported that there are nine nominations
for Distinguished Researcher At the February 26 meeting, the finalists
will be selected and will be acknowledge at the banquet on March 26. The
winner will be selected at the March 29 meeting. The call for proposals
is out with a deadline of April 5. Dr. Ratka encouraged faculty to submit
proposals. Dr. House added an additional $21,000 to this committee’s budget
this year and there will be about $50,000 to award.
D. Jerry Priddy, a graduate student in mathematics,
is filling in for Raymond Clark for the balance of the year. The call for
proposals is out. The committee will be meeting to review proposals on
March 26. Dr. House reminded Mr. Priddy that the committee needs to prepare
the ASISU Scholarship recommendations as well.
E. Dr. House reported that the call for proposals
for the University Research Committee is out with a March 31 deadline.
Dr. House reported that there is an improvement in the budget from $65,000
to $80,000. This allocation is in anticipation of next year’s budget; therefore,
the funds are not available until July 1. This committee changed the Guidelines
for Proposals to be more explicit and consistent with the rating sheet.
The Guidelines are available from the Office of Research. Dr. House said
he was perplexed because the funding for research proposals is increasing
but the number of proposals are not. He reminded members that over a 3-5
year period, there is at least an 80% chance of getting some of the funding
requested and this enhances research capabilities on campus.
F. Dr. House reported that a review panel from the
State Board of Education was at ISU for on-site visits for the research
center competition--February 3 for the Idaho Accelerator Center and February
4 for the Center for Ecological Research and Education. The panel traveled
to Boise for an on-site review of the Policy Research Center on February
5. Paul Zelus is ISU’s lead person for this center. The panel made their
recommendation to HERC; HERC will then make a recommendation to the State
Board of Education via a conference call or a meeting. The State Board
of Education approves the center of choice at an official meeting. Dr.
House commended everyone involved with the ISU site visits for doing a
very professional job.
G. Karl DeJesus is forging ahead and working
with Student Affairs to make the Undergraduate Research Day a significant
day on campus. All disciplines who have undergraduates doing research are
welcome. Dr. House asked Council members to let Dr. DeJesus know about
any students that would be eligible to participate so they can be included.