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Minutes of

September 25th, 2009

MEMBERS PRESENT: Marcus Agustin, Chair, Sohyung Cho for Jianpeng Zhou, Madha Gautam, Christa Johnson, Mariana Solares, G. Stacey Staples, Erin Timpe,

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Rakesh Bharati, Craig Miner

I. Announcements

Christa Johnson announced that the STEP (Seed Grants for Transitional and Exploratory Projects) applications are due on Friday, October 2nd. This round will cover the period July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011. There are two opportunities to request summer salary for each 3 month summer term, since faculty will be able to request support for one half summer term for either of two terms during each funding cycle (May 16-June 30 and July 1 - August 15).

II. Minutes of April 16th, 2009

Erin Timpe made a motion to approve the minutes as submitted; G. Stacey Staples seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

III. Biosafety Policy Update

Christa Johnson explained that the policy, which has not been updated since 1989, has been amended so that when additional terminology is needed, the addendum can be updated instead of having to change the policy itself. The policy was also updated to clarify responsibilities of the IBC for the use of biohazardous materials in research, and those responsibilities of the Office of Emergency Management and Safety.

Erin Timpe made a motion to approve the changes in the policy; Stacey Staples seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

IV. National Science Foundation RCR Implementation

Christa Johnson announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has just published its implementation plan for the responsible conduct in research (RCR) institutional compliance. Institutions applying for NSF funds need to have an RCR compliance plan in place by January 4, 2010. NSF will include a new institutional RCR compliance certification on all NSF proposals signed by the Authorized Institutional Official. Although SIUE has been using online training provided by CITI, NSF has made it clear that online training alone is not sufficient to meet the certification needs. NSF has published twp beta-sites with sample syllabi, course materials, and case studies, to supplement the materials provided on the website of the Office of Research Integrity (ORI). Johnson stressed that SIUE should offer an RCR course as part of a broader plan to cover the nine main areas of focus defined by the ORI.

Last academic year, Lydia Jackson put together a course proposal to address RCR requirements. The initiative stalled due to a delay in the NSF implementation announcement. The seminar developed by the library was very comprehensive and includes research methods and broader topics. Johnson and Agustin expected to invite the Library back to ERP to present their course, but will explore this once the guidelines have been studied more comprehensively. Johnson suggested the possibility of using an existing course number, such as UNIV 500. The course could be facilitated through the Graduate School with either Stephen Hansen or Christa Johnson the instructor of record, with guest faculty involved in delivering the course content. Departments would be free to develop their own courses, as long as the content would meet the learning outcomes set by the Graduate School. The Graduate School is responsible for this institutional certification and will have to track all students' progress through RCR training. The question of course credit, tuition, and course capacity arose.

Johnson indicated that, in the past, one agency's policy has set the standard for other agencies, so that over time this compliance mandate could apply to all Federal funding agencies.

ERP's plan for October is to generate some feedback from faculty regarding interest in teaching a component of an RCR course. Johnson will try to estimate the number of students that this will impact at this stage and will work with Agustin to flesh out the topical areas for a more limited RCR course.

V. Continuing Business

There was no continuing business.

VI. New Business

There was no new business.

VII. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 2:48 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Stephen L. Hansen
Associate Provost for Research and
Dean, Graduate School

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