212 Lavin Bernick Center
February 23, 2011
Attendance: Agnew, Ahsan, Altiero, Ashbaugh, Aung, Barbarin, Birla, Bishop, Caruso, Chen, Colombo, Cortez, Dancisak, Daniel, Darwin, Dawers, Di, Dohanich, Dotson, Fauci, Flowers, Gasparini, Gaver, Godbey, Golob, Hall, Han, Hebert, Henry, Horwitz, Hyman, Johannesson, John, Kalka, Kaplan, Kim, Lockman, Mague, Mao, McGuire, McPherson, Mitchell, Moll, Moore, Mullin, Muneoka, Nelson, O'Connor, Oertling, Papadopoulos, Parrish, Pratt, Rice, Rosenheim, Ruscher, Schmehl, Schrader, Shakov, Sherry, Sigler, Straub, Tasker, Taylor, Thien, Vasudevan, Walker, Y. Wang, Wee, Wietfeldt, Wilson, Yang
Guest: Cowen, Conwell
The minutes of the meeting of 9 December 2010 were approved.
Dean Altiero welcomed Marko Puljic (Professor of Practice, Center for Computational Science) to the faculty. There are now 116 tenured/tenure-track professors, 26 professors of practice, and 18 research professors appointed in the School of Science and Engineering.
He then drew attention to upcoming events. In particular, he noted that the SSE Research Day events of April 7 and the Health Sciences Research Days events of April 6-7 will be coordinated to allow students to present their posters in both venues. He also noted that this year's Graduate Hooding Ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, May 11, in Dixon Hall (followed by a reception in the LBC) and the Unified Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 12, in the Morial Convention Center (followed by the Wave Goodbye party at Mardi Gras World). At the Wave Goodbye party, SSE will have a reception area with a backdrop for group photographs of graduates and faculty.
Strategic Plan input from the departments is now past due and those who have yet to submit their input were urged to do so by the end of the week. The first draft of the School Strategic Plan should be ready by March 4. The full timetable for completion of the School Strategic Plan can be found in the SSE Executive Committee minutes of January 5.
Tulane University President Scott Cowen outlined the 6 institutional priorities that were set at the outset of the current academic year and gave a status report on each. These are as follows:
He concluded by stating that his over-riding concern is that we effectively capitalize on opportunities. During the question and answer period, President Cowen addressed questions about the projected freshman class for fall 2011, the retention and graduation rates, the post-Katrina recovery of the Medical School, the details of the DMC budget model, campus security, administration of doctoral programs including interdisciplinary programs, funding of research, and campus capital projects.
Associate Dean Beth Wee reminded the group that Tulane 34 award nominations are now due in her office. Dean Altiero brought the group up to date on the Flower Hall construction project; completion by fall 2012 is anticipated.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:15 PM.
Minutes by Nicholas Altiero.
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