UTMB Faculty Senate Minutes
May 11, 2020
The meeting was called to order at 4:30 PM by Dr. Nikos Vasilakis, Faculty Senate Chair
Chair Announcements - Nikos Vasilakis
The department of Pathology Clinical Microbiology lab in collaboration with the GNL spearheaded the charge for SARS-COV-2 testing. Currently several complementary testing platforms are offered with a daily capacity of 2,000 tests. UTMB’s testing capacity and leadership to provide testing beyond our county has been recognized by the Governor as well as UT system leadership.
Dr. Leonard indicated that they recently met with Dr. Raimer and they were informed that the Sealy Smith Foundation was donating $3.5 for Research and COVID-19. Additionally, the Faculty Endowments dollar allocation for salary support are still being examined. With Education, online teaching has some challenges as we need resources and better tech support. Discussion included University license is needed for remote meetings, since at present using Zoom you only have 40 minutes for a meeting, faculty have to invite students to take courses and also that faculty are teaching other faculty how to use these resources.
Dr. Vasilakis reminded the Senators to Vote if they have not already done so for the Chair-Elect nominee Dr. Harold Pine.
Dr. Bhardwaj made a comment to the Senators and Dr. Mouton reiterated, thanking them for hanging in there, we are in challenging times. The Clinical Faculty are stepping up and with gratitude coming from the Administration.
Discussion about when PA and the medical students will be coming back. Dr. Mouton stated that this will take place in stages but that the clinical enterprise will be back to full capacity before this will take place. There will not be any visiting students, we want our students here first. Dr. Vasilakis asked Dr. Mouton talked about our current financial status and he stated that they are looking at every possible funding route out there to acquire dollars.
University – Reviewing IHOPs and one in particular has to do with ADA compliance, (03.02.02 Americans with Disabilities Act Policy). Apparently the HEC bldg is not up to code and why was the planning committee not aware of this before the building was designed. Dr. Vasilakis mentioned that the committee should talk with Dr. LeBlanc.
Clinical – other than the compensation plan mentioned, there was no update.
Education - scheduling challenges involving the HEC; will be reaching out to Erin McGoff.
Research – Meeting with Dr. Urban tomorrow, expanding of testing.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:47 PM.