July 21, 2011

Present: Emelia Benjamin, Peter Cahn (recorder), Michael Ieong, Angela Jackson, Jane Liebschutz (chair), Paola Massari, Tesfaldet Tecle

Topic Discussion Action Items
Faculty development grants
  • Reviewed July applicants
  • Approved both requests
  • Peter Cahn will contact grant recipients.
Committee bylaws Edited draft of bylaws to: 

  • lower barriers to participation
  • formalize subcommittees
  • add motivating language
  • Jane Liebschutz to call members who have not attended regularly to ask about their continued participation.
  • Peter Cahn to revise bylaws and circulate before September meeting.
  • All committee members will comment and vote on revised bylaws at next meeting.
External awards Agreed to become more systematic about nominating faculty for external awards. A subcommittee will form to: 

  • coordinate with section chiefs
  • identify qualified faculty
  • organize a nomination packet
  • Jane Liebschutz will approach a committee member to lead the subcommittee.
  • Researchers on the committee will be asked to comment on the proposal at September’s meeting.
Morale subcommittee A subcommittee will brainstorm concrete ideas for improving morale in a challenging funding environment.
  • Jane Liebschutz will convene a subcommittee and report back at the next meeting.