UTMB Faculty Senate
June 8, 2009
4:30 – 6:00 pm
Present: Drs. T. Albrecht, G. Anderson, V. Brooke, N. Cintron, C. Cooper, R. Fox, N. Garg, D. Heliker, C. Holzer, S.D. Hudnall, A. Hudson-Jones, M. Kanuth, D. Munsell, S. Peloquin, K. Sandor, G. Taglialatela, C. Utsey, S. Watowich, P. Watson, C. Wigg, N. Wills and C. Wisnewski
Absent: Drs. B. Doucet, R. Leonard, M. O’Keefe and E. Protas
I. The meeting was called to order at 4:30 pm by Dr. David Hudnall, Chair of Faculty Senate.
II. Dr. Hudnall introduced Mr. Ralph Farr, Vice President of Information Services (IS) who then introduced Mr. Todd Leach, Director of IS Operations. Mr. Leach gave a PowerPoint presentation per request of the Faculty Senate, with specific attention to IS Technical services response time. They estimated that there was 3,200 pieces of computer equipment damaged from Ike, and they were supporting UTMB members from various offsite locations; moving forward, they will be recruiting 6 desktop support personnel and be back to pre-Ike service by 9/1/09.
III. Approval of Minutes of May 11, 2009. Minutes of May 11, 2009 were accepted as written at the meeting.
IV. Provost’s Report – Dr. Garland Anderson
· Shriners Burns update. UTMB is doing adult burns now. Shriners will have their annual meeting in
July; they have asked for an extension on the restraining order until after
this meeting. 6 of the 22 Shriners have
· ER will open in August and the Trauma center shortly after.
· Legislative Session update. We did well for capital; FEMA will give us $150 million for the new surgery tower
V. Vice President for Education and Dean’s Reports
Vice President for Education – Dr. Pamela Watson (written report provided by Dr. Watson).
· During the Council of Deans Executive Session on June 2, 2009, the committee voted to recommend approval of the UTMB PhD Nursing program’s change in modality from classroom based to online delivery.
· The Council of Deans Executive Committee also voted to recommend approval of the proposal to transition the MSPT program to DPT program. This will be referred to as “MSPT to DPT Program.”
· A proposal for a process for revising the UTMB Mission and Vision Statements has been established by the Council of Deans.
received a Notice of Grant Award P938R090031 from the Department of Education
for 2009 Hurricane Disaster Relief in the amount of $2,000,000. These funds will be used to relocate the
· SON faculty recently submitted research grant applications to the following institutions:
Recovery Act Limited Competition: NIH Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research (RCI): Kyungeh An, RN, PhD; Yolanda Davila, RN, PhD, Nonie Mendias, PhD, RN, FNP, APRN, BC; Elizabeth Reifsnider, WHNP, APRN, BC, Constance Brewer Koomey, Professor and Associate Dean for Research.
Funds for Competitive Revision Applications:
Elizabeth Reifsnider, WHNP,
AHRQ Health Services Research Demonstration and Dissemination Grants (R18):
Kathryn Fiandt, DNS, FAANP, Professor and Associate Dean
Research Project Grant (Parent R01): Sheryl Bishop, PhD, Associate Professor
· Seven SON ACNP students who completed
their programs in December 2008 have all taken and passed the
Kathy (Mary) Ware submitted her research paper from last semester on Influenza Immunizations for Healthcare Workers to Infection Control Today. The article will be published in the July 09 edition.
Honors and Awards:
A case study on
· Eight employees were recognized during the Employee Service Award Ceremony – three for 25 years of service; three for 20 years of service, and two for five years of service.
Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences – Dr. Cary Cooper (report provided by Dr. Cooper).
· On May 20 & 21, 2009, the GSBS annual course in Ethics of Scientific Research was delivered to all research trainees who have not taken it before. It is a required course for all GSBS students and postdocs. The course was directed by Dr. Harold Vanderpool and was well received. Dr. Vanderpool has announced his retirement, and it appears Dr. Michelle Carter may take over the course for next year.
· This morning, Monday June 8, the 19th annual Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) began. This is a 10-week program where selected undergraduates work hands-on in a faculty laboratory.
During the Period 1993-2008, SURP hosted a total of 614 undergraduates, and of that total:
59% were women
29% were under represented minorities (Hispanic, African-American or Native American)
14% enrolled at UTMB
38 matriculated in the GSBS
6 matriculated in the MD/PhD program
39 matriculated in the SOM
Table 1 gives demographic data for the most recent years of SURP
Table 1. Characteristics of the UTMB SURP 2002-2008
· 231 Total undergraduate students (56% female; 35% under represented minority)
· 110 Individual faculty mentors
· 36% from 80 non-Texas schools
Table 2 shows the publications co-authored by SURP participants for summers 2002-2008
Table 2. Outcomes of the 2002-2008 UTMB SURP Program
A. Undergraduate student authorship on publications
· 46 papers co-authored with SURP students
· 67 abstracts or meeting presentations with SURP students
· 113 publications total
the years 1993-2007, the average number of SURP participants enrolled was 35, but in 2008 budget
restrictions limited departmental contributions for SURP, and only 24 undergraduates were
supported in SURP by the
VI. Senator Replacements
We have several SOM vacant positions and need to fill those seats. The process is under way.
VII. Nominations for Chair Elect
With the progression, the School of Health Professions is next for a chair elect.
Chair Comments –
Dr. Hudnall announced that he will be leaving at the end of the week for his
new position at
IX. Subcommittee Reports
Dr. Sandor reported that the Faculty Quality Committee met today and they are working on the Post Tenure Review among the schools.
A motion for adjournment was made and seconded. Meeting adjourned at 5:32 pm.