Research 11.03.16 Minutes

Attending:

Annette Valenta, Houshang Darabi, Allen Randall, Himanshu Sharma, Teresa Johnston, Jacqueline Berger, Clyde Wheeler, Karen Dunn Lopez, Laura Nieves, Henrik Aratyn, Dick Harris, Michael Hites, Sherri McGinnis Gonzales, Cathleen Kehoe, Bob Sandusky, Neil Bahroos, Andy Boyd, Heather O’Leary

  • Public Affairs
    • Presentation
      • A presentation was given on Public Affairs and how the News Letter works
      • The committee was asked to help Public Affairs build a list of experts to have on-hand for interviews and comments to the press
      • Features on the Public Affairs website, how UIC news is displayed, and the Public Affairs social media presence were gone over
      • How press releases work and are distributed was gone over
      • When to best contact Public Affairs was mentioned
      • Some examples of successful press releases were shared
      • How Public Affairs interacts with individual colleges was explored
      • Suggested that Public Affairs works closely with communications people to make sure they are sharing information rather than overlapping
      • Asked that researchers contact individual colleges as well as Public Affairs when sharing news
      • Discussion on how researchers can help Public Affairs get stories out
      • Suggested that anyone from the Public Affairs team can be available to explain to groups how to connect with the Public Affairs office
      • Noted that the GSC reports at each meeting what is going on at campus
    • Discussion
      • Discussion on how researchers can be more involved in notifying Public Affairs of upcoming stories
      • The lack of stories from Engineering on the news page was questioned
      • Asked that college-specific news be easier to find
      • Suggested that Public Affairs can build reports based on distribution of news releases
      • Discussion of UIC website and committee concerns about research not being prominently displayed
      • Suggested that the design of the site was decided by a campus committee
      • Suggested that there is a lack of news in general
  • Subcommittee Reports
    • Intro
      • Noted that any proposals coming from this committee must align with UIC’s four strategic pillars
    • Data Stewardship
      • Working to organize existing information and work plan from 2014
      • Noted that the original work plan had a high price tag and the subcommittee will work on creating a more incremental approach
      • Suggested introducing the plan as a whole and showing incremental growth
      • Subcommittee asked to include an evaluation piece to show what is done with any funding supplied
    • Research Computing
      • Suggested that increasing the charge of current HPC committee to include other efforts was discussed
      • Asked if the group should rewrite the HPC secure proposal from last year to reflect an incremental approach and resubmit to the council
      • Discussion of difficulties with funding
    • Human Infrastructure/Networking
      • Subcommittee not just considering health related research, but ways to support all researchers on campus
  • New Business
    • Funding and Strategic Planning
      • Noted that there were two themes from last month that were still not addressed – funding and strategic planning
      • Suggested that the subcommittees include potential grant opportunities in their proposals
    • Research Retreat
      • Noted that funding for a retreat was a possibility
      • Discussion of the event, what it should include and how to involve OVCR
      • Noted that the research deans meet regularly
      • Suggested that the event could include brainstorming and idea sharing
      • Suggested setting up a deliberative process, getting data on needs, and determining how to prepare for an event
    • Self-Encryption
      • Noted that ACCC is in the process of purchasing a self-encrypting disc array to allow for protection of high risk data
      • Will be used for storage and virtual machines