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Manoa Faculty Senate Committee on Research Minutes, September 13, 2006

Meeting minutes, DRAFT Wednesday, September 13, 2006 1:00-2:15 pm Hawaii Hall 208

Members in attendance: David Duffy, Michael Jones, Justin Levinson, Dore Minatodani (recorder), Chittaranjan Ray, Norma Jean Stodden, Roy Wilkens (chair).

Absent: Patricia Donegan, Mike Garcia, Steven Ward, Larry Zane.

SEC liaison: Rosanne Harrigan.

Rosanne Harrigan called the meeting to order at 1:05 pm.

1. Selection of committee chair.

Roy Wilkens will serve as committee chair.

2. Selection of secretary.

The committee will share recording duties, rotating by name in alphabetical order.

3. Meeting schedule.

Meetings will be held every 2nd Wednesday of the month, 1:00-3:00 pm.

4. Meeting location.

Hawaii 208 is available for use and should be scheduled through Charlotte in MFS office. Key for Hawaii 208 is held at Bilger 104. Roy Wilkens subsequently secured the HIGP Conference Room (POST 601) for our Oct-Dec meetings (10/11, 11/8, 12/13) from 1-3 pm.

5. Issues to be considered this year.

a. Bioprospecting. Roy Wilkens will ask Will McClatchey (Botany) and researchers at SOEST for a briefing on issues.

b. Taro/GMOs/patents. It is possible that this will be an issue this year. The University owned two patents on strains of Hawaiian taro, and in response to protest, let them go. This year, work on Chinese taro strains continues.

c. Proprietary research and secret research. Creating a policy will require a large commitment of time and resources. If the committee decides to do this, it should consider asking interested departments, schools and colleges, and the VCR's office to assist, in the form of staff support, research assistance, writing assistance.

Michael Jones briefly reported on his attempts to gather information on classified research at UH. He also distributed a draft resolution on classified research policy and the UARC that will be considered at the committee's next meeting.

Roy Wilkens will ask the VPR's office for a list of classified research projects currently being conducted.

d. RTRF. There are rumors that the present formula for distribution of RTRF funds may change. The Committee will also continue the policy of requesting an accounting of current RTRF distribution/spending.

Roy Wilkens will invite VCR Gary Ostrander to the committee's next meeting and ask for a report. He will also invite VPR Jim Gaines to a future meeting and ask for a report.

e. ORS. The committee will address faculty and researcher concerns regarding ORS's processing of MOAs and contracts, and grants management.

Roy Wilkens will invite Yaa-Yin Fong to the committee's next meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 2:15 pm.

Next meeting: Wednesday, October 11, 1:00-3:00 pm; in POST 601. Next meeting's recorder: David Duffy.

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