Research & Discovery Sub-Committee Holds Third Meeting

BATON ROUGE – The Research & Discovery Sub-Committee of the LSU Transition Advisory Team held its third meeting on Tuesday, April 9, at the LSU AgCenter.  The sub-committee is part of the LSU2015 process for the reorganization of LSU.

During the noon to 4 p.m. meeting, Stuart Bell, executive vice chancellor and provost at LSU, led a discussion on graduate and undergraduate research. Bell was assisted by Mark Batzer, LSU Boyd Professor, the Dr. Mary Lou Applewhite Distinguished Professor of Biology and principal investigator of the Batzer Laboratory of Comparative Genomics at LSU; Ram Ramanujam, the John E. and Beatrice L. Ritter Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering; Gerald Kennedy, LSU Boyd Professor of English in the LSU College of the Humanities & Social Sciences; and Randy Duran, the Cain Chair in Science, Technological, Engineering and Mathematical Literacy, and professor of materials science in the LSU Department of Chemistry. The four discussed the ways that each of their various areas of study has an impact on undergraduate and graduate research at LSU. Duran pointed out that undergraduate research “increases productivity by involving the largest university population.”

“It not only better connects students with faculties,” he said. “It better connects a university with its state, and can create valuable public-private partnerships that can stir economic development.”

Additionally, research opportunities for other university campuses were discussed by LSU-Eunice Chancellor William Nunez, LSU-Alexandria Professor of Biology Carol Corbat, Associate Dean and Chair of the LSU-Shreveport Department of Biology Dalton Gossett and Ray Diamond, vice chancellor for faculty development at the LSU Law Center.  John Russin, vice chancellor and director of LAES administration at the LSU AgCenter presented with AgCenter Professor of Adolescent Development Diane Sasser and Wade Baumgartner, director of the AgCenter’s Office of Intellectual Property regarding the AgCenter’s research and technology transfer efforts.

The Research & Discovery Sub-Committee is reviewing data on current productivity and strengths in research efforts, investigating opportunities for joint research proposals and projects with potential collaboration incentives, and proposing recommendations to improve productivity and accountability and leverage technology transfer opportunities.
During group discussion, sub-committee chair Jim Firnberg noted that in the group’s next meeting it would begin to finalize a report for the Transition Advisory Team.

“We want a report that reflects the consensus of everyone in this room,” he said. “We don’t want to put out any prevailing point of view at the expense of anybody else’s.”

“We want come up with a report about helping research,” said Christel Slaughter of SSA Consulting, who has been facilitating the Transition Advisory Team’s sub-committees.

“What are the practices that best help – that’s what we have to come to a consensus on.”

The various sub-committees are discussing areas of focus and key priorities and are mapping out work plans by topic areas. Sub-committees are gathering information and crafting recommendations that will be presented to the Transition Advisory Team and ultimately the LSU Board of Supervisors.

Agendas for all LSU2015 sub-committee and task force group meetings can be found at http://www.lsu.edu/LSU2015/subcommittees_meeting_schedule.shtml. All meetings will be streamed live via the Internet at www.lsu.edu/tat.

More information on LSU’s reorganization process can be found at www.lsu.edu/LSU2015.  Also, visit LSU’s reorganization Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LSU2015transition.