Science & Technology Commission
May 4, 1999
Attendees: Anita Jones (chair), David Allis, Janis Antonovics, Don
Brown, Suzanne Farnsworth, John Herr, George Hornberger, Stephanie Johnson, Bob Jones,
Dick Merrill, John OConnell, Karen Parshall, Sally Parsons, Dennis Proffitt, Tom
Skalak, Kevin Sullivan, Gene Block (ex officio), Jeffrey Plank (ex officio), Tim Sigmon
(ex officio), Dick Sundberg (ex officio). Staff: Denise Karaoli (Virginia 2020 project
director), Amy Cronin (asst. to the president), Peggy Reed (asst. to Ms. Jones), Brian
Moriarity (S&T Commission graduate assistant).
Dennis Proffitt reported on the initial work of the Education Subgroup, which is
examining both the undergraduate and graduate student experience. In framing the problem,
the subgroup is reviewing: student recruitment; training, education, and the scholarly
culture; undergraduate research involvement; student placement and career preparation; and
community knowledge. The Education Subgroup also will identify apparent or perceived
barriers in each of these areas, as well as strategies and tactics for overcoming the
barriers and reaching goals to be established.
George Hornberger gave a report on the first meeting of the Models and Opportunities
Subgroup, which is charged with reviewing exemplars of success at U.Va. and at an
aspiration group of institutions, as well as identifying opportunities to enhance
U.Va.s scientific research enterprise. The subgroup will look at the
Universitys departmental structure, as well as interdisciplinary initiatives such as
the Academic Enhancement Program (AEP). The subgroup also is developing criteria for
selecting and reviewing external models.
The Models and Opportunities Subgroup will hold a workshop for the commission on
September 23-25, during which discussions will take place with representatives of internal
and external programs we want to know more about.
Ms. Jones indicated that she would like the subgroups to continue their work throughout
the summer. The commission will meet on an abbreviated schedule (most likely monthly)
during the summer as well. Her goal is to have the commission formulate recommendations by
the end of the fall semester.
- Education Subgroup Report
- Models & Opportunities Subgroup Report
- Discussion of summer commission schedule
- Suggestions for internal and external models to G. Hornberger all commission
members (due before May 18 meeting)
- Identify "small wins"/actions that may be taken in the short term all
subgroup chairs (due to A. Jones by June 1)
- E-mail A. Jones with top 5 areas in science and technology/where the action will be in
next 15 years (due before May 18 meeting)
Tuesday, May 18, 7:30-9:00 a.m. NOTE ROOM CHANGE: Meeting will be held in Newcomb Hall,