School of Science and Engineering Tulane University
March 24, 2008
240 Lindy Boggs Center
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
Altiero, Alvarez, Ashbaugh, Aung, Bart, Burdsal, Caruso, Colombo, Corey, Cortez, Cunningham, Dancisak, Daniel, Darwin, Dauns, Didier, Dohanich, Dotson, Gasparini, Godbey, Golob, Grisbaum, Han, Heins, Herman, Hopkins, Inglis, Jayawickramarajah, Johannesson, John, Kalka, Kaplan, Kolker, Lacey, Liukkonen, Mao, McGuire, McPherson, Mitchell, Molix, Moosavi, Mullin, Murfee, Nelson, Oertling, Overstreet, Papadopoulos, Perdew, Piringer, Pratt, Rice, Rosenheim, Rosencrans, Ruscher, Schrader, Sherry, Tasker, Varela, Walker, Wyland, Zhang
The minutes of the meeting of 26 November 2007 were approved unanimously.
Introduction of New Faculty
The following new faculty members were welcomed:
Lawrence Pratt, Professor and Brown Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Nicole Gasparini, Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences; and Brad Rosenheim, Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences.
Dean Altiero reported on the following:
- Undergraduate applications to the university have set a new record with more than 34,000 applications for 1,400 freshman slots. The School of Science and Engineering is leading all schools in the number of admitted students to date. It is expected that the fall 2008 freshman class will be on the order of 1,600 students with approximately 30% of declared students majoring in science and engineering disciplines.
- At the end of December, the School of Science and Engineering was third (behind only the School of Medicine and the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine) in research grants and contracts but was lagging the pace of FY07. [Note: Third quarter results released one week after this meeting showed the School exceeding the FY07 funding pace by 15%.]
- Restricted fundraising (endowments and other targeted gifts) is going very well this year as the School has received in excess of $3M to date. However, unrestricted giving to the School is low due to the fact that alumni are not yet familiar with the re-organization of academic units. A major effort is needed to engage the alumni of our science and engineering degree programs.
- Plans are progressing for the renovation of the Taylor Laboratory building and the installation of a clean room facility in Stanley Thomas Hall. There have also been discussions about a possible integrated science facility that would bring together researchers from the School of Science and Engineering and the School of Medicine.
Faculty members were strongly encouraged to participate in the following upcoming School of Science and Engineering events:
April 10 – Research Day and Outstanding Researcher Award Presentation
April 11 – Board of Advisors Meeting
April 21 – Brown Chair Investiture
May 2 – Jazz Fest Alumni Party
May 5 – Pendergraft Professors Investiture
May 9 – Tulane Engineering Forum
May 16 – Graduate Diploma and Hooding Ceremony and Reception
May 17 – Unified Commencement and Newcomb-Tulane College Diploma Ceremony
There were “first readings” and lengthy discussion of the following proposals:
- Dual Degree Engineering Program with Vanderbilt and other potential partner universities;
- Amendments to the SSE Constitution involving voting privileges for professors of practice and clarifications of grievance procedures;
- Amendments to the SSE Promotion and Tenure Guidelines as recommended by the SSE Promotion and Tenure Committee.
There will be a vote on each of these proposals at the meeting of 7 May 2008.
Minutes by Wayne F. Reed