Research 12.01.16 Minutes

Attending:

Henrik Aratyn, Ugo Buy, Jaqueline Berger, Sara Hall, Houshang Darabi, Laura Nieves, Bob Sandusky, Colleen Kehoe, Annette Valenta, Heather O’Leary, Allen Randall, Phil Reiter, Karen Dunn Lopez, Andy Boyd, Teresa Johnston, Michael Hites

  • Recap of Public Affairs Discussion
    • Committee reviewed last month’s minutes and advice from Public Affairs
    • Emphasized that it is important for researchers to notify Public Affairs as early as possible for potential press releases
    • Mentioned that colleges have communication contacts who can reach out to Public Affairs
  • Subcommittee Reports
    • Data Management/Data Curation
      • A presentation recapping the current state of research data management at UIC was shared
      • Initial proposal was not funded
      • Suggested the subcommittee try to re-scope the proposal to get it funded
      • Subcommittee proposing a pilot for PI-facing services OVCR site, a review of open source data repository platforms, implementation of data repository, and integrate with related services
      • Justification of the proposal, consequences of not implementing it, and benefits of the pilot were gone over
      • Volunteer resources and pilot timeline were gone over
      • A potential data repository at the National library of Medicine was mentioned and it was questioned how it would affect the pilot
      • Suggested that the NLM depository could work for high risk data while the campus had its own
      • Suggested that AITS has a research group and other resources available that could be requested through the ITPC proposal process
      • Where UIC stands in compliance with federal regulations and requirements was questioned
      • Noted that this analysis had not been done
      • Suggested that once a service is selected, how it would scale for larger datasets can be determined
      • Funding after grant runs out was questioned
      • Motion to approve, no opposition voiced
    • Human Infrastructure/Networking
      • No proposal as of yet, but it will be worked on over the winter
    • High Performance Research Computing
      • Noted that there are hopes to re-submit last year’s proposal
      • Noted that the cost of the proposal was previously suggested to be scaled down and asked how the committee could accomplish this
      • Noted that there is new storage available in ACCC
      • Questioned whether the request for nodes could be cut back and go forward as a pilot program
      • Concern voiced about cost inefficiency by scaling down
      • Discussion on likeliness of the proposal being funded and consequences to research at UIC if it is not
      • Suggested changing the context of the proposal to make it a priority in terms of keeping UIC competitive in research
      • Noted that the state budget situation had not improved, but that the proposal still needs to be submitted
      • Suggested to include a cover letter on the proposal with the most important justifications
      • Suggested having all involved researchers sign the cover letter voicing support
      • Motion to approve, no opposition voiced
  • Research Retreat
    • The idea of hosting a research retreat and how to create an agenda that will attract research deans and ensure high attendance was brought up
    • Suggested attaching the retreat to the monthly meeting of OVCR and research deans
    • Incentive was questioned and met with asking the research deans what they would like from the committee as well as sharing the committee’s current efforts and asking for help identifying gaps
    • Discussion on how to create an effective agenda
    • Suggested sending out an email ahead of time describing the committee, its accomplishments, and a few directed questions
    • Suggested that a concern is representation of the committee
    • Suggested tailoring the questions from the beginning of the year to fit the retreat
    • Noted a possibility of adding a Google Doc/other option to submit information ahead of time
    • Concern voiced about HIPAA
    • Suggested including information about digital humanities and other tops to include the East side