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COSEPUP Meetings Schedule


February 27-28COSEPUP Meeting, Beckman Center, Irving, CA
May 22-23COSEPUP Meeting, Washington, DC
September 25-26COSEPUP Meeting, Washington, DC
December 18-19COSEPUP Meeting, Washington, DC


April 2014



Current activities  

Responsible Science. This project will revise COSEPUP’S 1992 work: Responsible Science: Ensuring the Integrity of the Research Process. Robert Nerem of Georgia Tech chairs the committee, which is putting the finishing touches on its draft and aiming to submit it to review in May. The report will include findings and recommendations providing guidance to research managers, research funders, institutional officers (universities, foundations, etc), researchers, and compliance officers.

Assessing the Postdoctoral Experience. COSEPUP will assess which universities and funding agencies have adopted the recommendations from its 2000 report Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers, explore how the postdoctoral system has changed in the past decade, pay particular attention to the plight of foreign postdocs, and consider how well current practices meet the goals of preparing the next generation of independent researchers and maximizing the productivity of the research enterprise. Greg Petsko of Brandeis is chairing the committee and is now doing his final review of the draft, which will be ready for review in late April. 

Action Memos. The committee is experimenting with a new product that will respond to current policy debates by producing short syntheses of relevant findings and recommendations from NRC reports. An initial example should be ready this summer.


Previous activities

Workshop on the Arc of an Academic Research Career. The September 9-10, 2013, meeting was devoted to a public workshop on the stress points of career entry, the tenure decision, and retirement; the interconnections of policies and practices in these three areas; and how demographic trends will affect these stresses in the future. A workshop summary was published in February 2014 and is available though the National Academies Press here.

Evaluating the Federal Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). COSEPUP was asked by NSF to conduct a congressionally mandated review of EPSCoR and EPSCoR-like programs in seven federal agencies. These programs are meant to build research capacity in states and at universities that do not receive a proportionate share of competitive research funding. The committee, which was co-chaired by COSEPUP member Bill Spencer and Norine Noonan of the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg, released its report in November 2013 and provided briefings to two House and two Senate committees. The full report is available though the National Academies Press here

Workshop on the Innovation Ecosystem. The committee devoted a full day of its February 2013 meeting and a half day at its May 2013 meeting to a workshop on trends and directions in the innovation ecosystem. The first part was held at Xerox PARC in Palo Alto and focused on understanding they keys to early success in Silicon Valley and exploring how conditions have changed. The second part, which took place in Washington, included speakers involved in research parks affiliated with universities or federal labs. A workshop report was published in September 2013and is available though the National Academies Press here.