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SENATE From the Senate Office
February 27, 2007, Volume 53, No. 24

The following is published in accordance with the Faculty 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 Sue White, executive assistant to the Senate Office, either by telephone at (215) 898-6943, or by e-mail at senate@pobox.upenn.edu.

Faculty Senate Executive Committee Actions
Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Update on the University. Provost Ron Daniels thanked the SEC and the Senate Committees for their collaboration and hard work on Faculty Handbook policy revisions such as Just Cause and Temporary Exclusion.  Provost Daniels discussed faculty recruitment and retention, noting that he is looking forward to the implementation of the Faculty Database system in a few months.  Provost Daniels reported on international programs:  the Provost’s Global Forum, the Global Initiatives Fund, and Innovation in International Education, a new program to expand Penn’s current international offerings for students. Provost Daniels also discussed:  NIH funding concerns, efforts to support retired faculty, and the status of searches for Director, Office of Institutional Research and Analysis, and Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs.

Chair’s Report. Faculty Senate Chair Vincent Price reported that the search committee for Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs has been announced and encouraged Faculty Senate members to send nominations to the Office of the Provost.  Dr. Price updated the Faculty Senate on Senate committee activities and announced that the March SEC meeting will be at the Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500.

Past Chair’s Report. Faculty Senate Past Chair Neville Strumpf reported on the work of the Academic Planning and Budget Committee meeting noting that there have been discussions and debate about NIH funding. 

Penn’s Research Enterprise:  Pathways to Discovery. Steve Fluharty, Vice Provost for Research, presented an overview of the University’s $750 million research enterprise. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research coordinates the following offices:  Research Services, Regulatory Affairs, Laboratory Animal Resources, Environmental Health and Radiation Safety, and the Center for Technology Transfer.  The pillars of the research enterprise include:  research infrastructure, research compliance, research commercialization, and research investments. Dr. Fluharty discussed strategies to position Penn to capitalize on all available research funding, and ongoing efforts to manage the impact of changes in NIH funding.

Almanac - February 27, 2007, Volume 53, No. 24