Members present:S. Ayachi; C. Baker; V. Braciale; B.
Budelmann; K. Calhoun; B. Cammune; R. Garofalo; S. Gerik; C. Jansen; R.
Leonard; R. Moore (ex-officio); L. Nash; A. Perachio (ex-officio); L. Primeau;
N. Rubin; V. Sierpina; D. Traber; C. Watson; C. Wisnewski.
Approval of Agenda/Minutes
Approval of August 11, 2003 agenda & July 14, 2003 minutes.Motion made, seconded – approved.
President’s Comments – J. Stobo
NBL site visit on July 15, 2003.Although this happened during tropical storm Claudette, it was in
our favor as the visitors were able to see UTMB during a storm doing
“business as usual”.They were
also impressed with our knowledge of biocontainment labs and toured our
level four BSL facility under construction.We should hear results in September.
Open records request – Sunshine Group.As noted in the galveston daily news, our records of bioresearch meetings
have been requested.UTMB is
following NIH guidelines, which were written before 9/11/01.We have
three federal agencies telling us not to release our records.There will be an article published in
the Houston chronicle & this will also be discussed at
our community advisory board meeting this Thursday.
Diversity week.We have received favorable comments from faculty and staff about
the week’s events (i.e.Three
movies about diversity; essay contest; presentation by Jordan Cohen and
establishment of William Levin scholarship & community leaders
meeting).When asked about the
effect of the recent supreme court decision on recruiting for faculty and
students, Dr. Stobo felt it gives us a broader leverage for increasing
diversity & targeting minority scholarships.This is the first of the newly formed
diversity council’s efforts towards increasing diversity in the utmb
The Black Issues in Higher Education released
their ranking for the year.UTMB
mad an outstanding showing.We
ranked #7 out of all medical schools for the number of African American
students and #1 for the number of Hispanic students.
noted we must increase funding for minority mentoring.J. Stobo agreed and will forward that
suggestion to the academic executive council.C. Watson shared her experiences that
often faculty candidates share their CV’s for a current opening, and are
somehow lost when future considerations open up.Recommended establishing a database
with these CV’s to draw upon.
Past Chair Report – V. Sierpina (chaired meeting
as J. Taglialatela and R. Lederman out of town).
On-line compliance training.Noted that the extent of compliance
programs faculty are required to complete is 20 or more.How relevant to faculty are these &
necessary on annual basis?Senators
expressed concern that “penalties” (i.e.No merit raises; restricted travel, etc). have rumored to be in
place should modules not be completed by August 31st. These
are not accurate.R. Moore
explained that we are working on getting one single office responsible
for tracking accountability.Currently, each entity has an individual administrator, who can
determine which modules are required.R. Moore is slated to present a proposed process to the
president’s council in September and will address with the faculty senate
once plan is ready for implementation.
Distributed certificates if appreciation to
Parliamentarian for Senate – Nominated S. Gerik;
she has agreed to serve.
President’s cabinet awards.These will be announced at a dinner on
September 13.For a donation of
$1K or more, you can be a member.This is a UTMB and community effort which has been successful in
raising over $330K this year to fund health projects.
Faculty Senate Annual Meeting – September 8, – Levin Hall Dining Room.
V. Sierpina’s last senate meeting.Expressed how this opportunity of
serving as senator, chair and past-chair has been rewarding, especially
with exposure to how administration functions; the ability to interact
with faculty from the four schools and experience with the faculty
advisory committee in Austin.Thanked all the senators
for their hard work and efforts.
Research Support Services Update – A. Perachio
(see presentation (link)
Began with a faculty survey to determine what
can be done to fix processes and add value.Increased federal funding last year in
excess of $20%; should be more with our involvement in
biocontainment.This has increased
the work load.Processes and
participants have been better refined/relocated to increase productivity
and speed.The implementation of
Peoplesoft and IRB software systems will greatly enhance the
accessibility, creation and tracking of grants.
Moving away from silo based system to more
integrated, comprehensive databases and experienced personnel to man
them.Establishing a single point
of contact, web based training and education in grantsmanship.
Susan Coulter from the office of university
advancement will be invited to a senate meeting to give an overview of
the collaboration of OUA and Research on grants/programs.
UTMB Core Facilities – T. Albrecht
Efforts have been made to acquire
state-of-the-art equipment for use by all investigators as opposed to
current single cores.Suggested a
move to increase funding by combining requests.Individual cores should be reviewed as
to whether they are dysfunctional and replaced with valued cores.
Proposed a senate subcommittee investigate
method of stabilizing research cores including their funding.The committee should work with the
research advisory committee, Dr. Perachio and Dr. Albrecht.
Comments from outgoing veteran senator – D.
After 43 years with UTMB and 4 years with the
faculty senate, expressed a spirited account of the tremendous value the
faculty senate is to the institution.Senators must be the voice of the faculty to the administration if
we want to make a difference!You
must attend meetings, share, participate and show responsibility.Get your faculty involved!
V. Sierpina noted there is a system in place for
senators that miss meetings; repeated failure to attend should prompt replacement
of the senator.
Adjournment – motion made, seconded – adjourned