Research 02.02.17 Minutes

Attending:

Henrik Aratyn, Ugo Buy, Teresa Johnston, Bob Sandusky, Colleen Kehoe, Karen Dunn Lopez, Andy Johnson, Sara Hall, Jacqueline Berger, Houshang Darabi, Dick Harris, Michael Hites, Rich Minshall, Annette Valenta, Himanshu Sharma, Laura Nieves

  • Subcommittees
    • Institutional Stewardship of Data
      • No update
    • Research Computing Infrastructure
      • Noted that Dell will supply the new Saber cluster
      • Will take about a month to set up users and systems for use
      • Suggested that Com Ed is interested in funding and using a research cluster at UIC
      • Suggested contacting VCHA about Com Ed’s interest in the cluster
      • An overview was given of the data Com Ed is collecting and analyzing
      • Will be brought up to the IT Governance Council meeting
      • Mentioned that the CDC will be funding research collaborations with universities and corporations and should be considered
      • Suggested that a standard model should be created to handle external charging for use of clusters
      • Recommended to create a grant from Com Ed to reserve space in the cluster
      • Suggested to ensure that resources are being used efficiently and provide training to users
      • Noted that there is data on the number of clusters being used
      • Concern was voiced that the warranty on the existing cluster expires in 2018
      • Will continue discussion on Com Ed
    • Human infrastructure/Human Networking
      • Suggested that the subcommittee needs more direction on its goal
      • Noted that this group is based around creating a human network of services and how to improve service quality
      • Discussion on activities that fall under this group and how to move forward
      • Suggested educating people ay UIC about research
      • Suggested focusing on building an infrastructure for communication
      • Further discussion of collaboration with the library and other groups on campus
  • Old Business
    • Public Affairs
      • Noted that Public Affairs staff will be attending an upcoming meeting to further discuss the presence of research on the UIC website
      • Discussion of bringing research concerns to the attention of the Provost
      • Noted that there are efforts currently to review research related websites and how to improve them
      • Discussion of UIC website and reasoning behind design
  • New Business
    • NSF Request for Input
      • A document was shared in which the NSF is requesting answers to specific questions on research challenges and needs
      • Committee members were asked to send their responses to these questions to be compiled and submitted
      • Mentioned that the library held sessions to get input on research and create a response for the NIH
      • Suggested that this might be a good model for the NSF response
      • Will be reaching out to those who arranged these sessions to see if they would be interested in repeating the process for the NSF
      • Discussion of other researchers who should be consulted
    • ACER Workshops
      • Noted that ACER is starting a series of all-day workshops