From the Senate Office
following statement is published in accordance with the
Senate Rules. Among other purposes, the publication of
SEC actions is intended to stimulate discussion among
the constituencies and their representatives.
Please communicate your comments to Senate Chair Lance
Donaldson-Evans, Box 12, College Hall/6303, or Kristine
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Executive Committee Actions
March 17, 2004
Chair's Report. Faculty Senate Chair Lance Donaldson-Evans
informed SEC that the Senate Chairs are following up
on the presentations regarding minority students on campus
from last month's meeting. The Senate Chairs have scheduled
a meeting with the minority student leaders, and will
also invite them to meet with SEC in April. Professor
Donaldson-Evans reminded SEC that the President and Provost
will be attending April's Executive Committee meeting.
Finally, Professor Donaldson-Evans informed SEC that
the Senate Chairs will be meeting with President-Elect
Amy Gutmann at the end of March. Professor Donaldson-Evans
asked Committee members to forward him any topics they
wish the chairs to discuss with the president-elect.
Past Chair's Report on Academic Planning and Budget and
Capital Council. Past Chair Mitch Marcus updated
SEC on the work of AP&B and Capital Council.
Update from the Vice Provost for Research. The
new Vice Provost for Research, Dr. Perry Molinoff, updated
SEC on the current work of his Office, and the departments
that report to him, including the Office of Research
Services (ORS), the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA),
the Center for Technology Transfer (CTT), University
Laboratory Animal Resources (ULAR), the Office of Environmental
Health and Radiation Safety (EHRS), and the Laboratory
for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM). Dr. Molinoff
also discussed his plans to review the way the Research
Foundation internal research grant brogans structured
in order to insure that the University is maximizing
the use of its funds in support of faculty research.
He also stated that there is a need to review Penn's
Effort Reporting practices. SEC informed the Vice Provost
that the correct use of Effort Reports has never been
completely explained to the faculty.
Faculty Senate Committees Election. Sherri Adams,
Chair of the 2003-04 Senate Committee on Committees,
reviewed the Faculty Senate Committees Ballot with SEC.
SEC then voted on the 2004-05 Committees.
New Business. Faculty Senate Chair-elect Chuck Mooney
informed SEC that the Senate Chairs are considering creating
an ad hoc committee to look at minority programs and
life on campus. This committee would include members
from existing Faculty Senate and University Council Committees.
Professor Mooney asked SEC to think about the committee's
structure and charge, and to get back to him with any
thoughts and/or ideas.