RESEARCH COORDINATING COUNCIL
Memorandum 127
March 23, 2000
Members Present: Barbara Adamcik, Steve Byers, Barbara Cunningham for IRHS Director, Deb Easterly, Kay Flowers, Dianne Horrocks, Edwin House (presiding), Frances Hughes, Sue Jenkins, Rudy Kovacs, Skip Lohse, Mark McBeth, Doug Wells, Cindy Wilson, Rob DeLoache for Dan Wolfley

Members Absent/Excused: Phil Blick, Jonathan Blotter, Chris Daniels, Will Hamlin (excused), Frank Harmon, Richard Inouye, Dave Kleist, Subbaram Naidu, Keith Weber, Paul Zelus

Dr. House declared a quorum was present.


I. It was MSC (9y,0n) to approve Memorandum #126.

II. REPORTS

A. Dr. House reported for Dr. Hamlin that the five outstanding researchers selected (Dr. Leonid Hanin, Dr. Tanya LaPier, Dr. Jay Kunze, Dr. Trent Stephens, and Dr. Maribeth Watwood) were honored at a banquet the previous evening. The Faculty Research Committee meets tomorrow to select the Distinguished Researcher. The call for proposals for the spring competition is out.

B. Frances Hughes reported that the Graduate Student Research and Scholarship Committee Chair wanted to remain on the committee but could not make any of the meetings this semester due to a lab conflict. The committee chose to elect a new chair, Vivian Golightly, and vice chair, Rose Larson. The committee will meet on March 31 for the first review of proposals.

C. Dr. House reported that the Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held April 14. The Guidelines for Symposium Presentations will be discussed under Council Business.

D. Dr. House reported that the Humanities/Social Sciences Research Committee is deliberating on proposals submitted under the second call this year and will meet on Monday to make the awards.

E. Dr. House reported that the call for proposals for the University Research Committee competition is out with a March 31 deadline. This committee has about $80,000 to award and will meet the end of April or the first week of May to make these awards. The Faculty Senate is in the process of appointing a replacement for Dr. Spall, the Faculty Senate representative to this committee.

F. Distinguished Researcher Competition - Discussed under A.

G. The call for Released Time to Seek External Funding is out with a March 31 deadline.

H. Other - Dr. House reported that ISU has been awarded $187,710 for Internet 2 from the National Science Foundation. Because of this, ISU is now eligible to request an additional $180,000 and supplemental awards of $5,000 each for Research Experience for Undergraduates. This has also resulted in significant savings to the Computer Center because the line charges for Internet 1 have been reduced by 50%. The decision has been made to upgrade high speed transmission throughout the University over the next few years.


III. COUNCIL BUSINESS

A. Dr. House asked Council members for recommended changes to the Undergraduate Research Committee's Symposium Guidelines. It was MSC (9y,0n) to approve the Undergraduate Symposium Guidelines with the following changes: Change "the committee" to "the Undergraduate Research Committee" in the first sentence of the Selection Process ( page 1). Add "(see page 5, Section VI. B.)" at the end of the fourth sentence of the Selection Process (page 2). Change the last sentence of this paragraph to read "Applicants will be notified of acceptance or rejection of their presentation."

B. Dr. House opened discussion of the Undergraduate Research Committee's Guidelines for Proposals. Concerns expressed were: 1) use of the word "Fellowship" as that has specific meaning for Financial Services and may cause confusion if we keep it (also applies to the word "Assistantship"); 2) "Merit Award" might be used in place of "Fellowship Award"; 3) under Eligibility, page 1, last sentence, "page 14" needs to be changed to "page 6" and "permanent" changed to "until such time as report is filed" 4) under Section C, Requirements for Proposal Development, page 3, fourth sentence, replace "investigators using controlled substances with "the users of controlled substances"; 5) change the last sentence of Section E, page 3 to read "information relating to fringe benefits can be obtained from the Office of Sponsored Programs; and 6) numbers 1 and 2 under E on page 3 should be changed to F and G respectively. Pages 13, 14 and 15 were not attached. These pages will be sent to Council members. It was MSC (9y,0n) to table discussion of these guidelines until the next meeting.

C. Dr. House reminded the Council that members can request specific items be put on the agenda for discussion.

D. Ms. Horrocks told the Council about two workshops her office is sponsoring that will be conducted by a consultant from North Carolina Chapel Hill. Both will be held on April 11 in the College of Business, Room 403. The morning workshop is titled "12 Steps to Success in Grantwriting" and will be held from 8:30 a.m. until noon. The second is titled "The Winning Multidisciplinary Team" and will be held from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. If anyone is interested, please contact Sponsored Programs (x2592) to reserve space.

E. Dr. Wilson informed the Research Coordinating Council that the Graduate Council was currently discussing a proposal from the library to reduce hours in the summer--closing time would be 8 p.m. rather than 9 p.m. Kay Flowers said this was brought forward as a way to conserve resources by staff who reported low library usage during this time. She also said the usage data currently available was contaminated because it included use of the basement terminals. Issues brought out in discussion were (1) the library is an important part of research and scholarly activity in the University and reducing/changing hours may create a perception that library usage is less important than it truly is; (2) graduate students would like to see the library open more hours--later in the evening and open Sunday morning; (3) Utah State's library remains open until 10 p.m. and opens at 10 a.m. on Sunday; (4) several faculty take an entire day and travel to Utah State to use their library; (5) the University library should not be following the schedule of the city library. A straw vote showed 4:1 ratio against reducing library hours.

Kay Flowers also talked about allocating some of the University's overhead for library support. She said UI gives 2% of their overhead to their library, and it is used to support purchase of journals.

Dr. House indicated he would place the library as an important centralized facility and overhead allocation for it on the agenda for the next meeting

The meeting adjourned at 4:20 p.m.