September 09-10 COSEPUP Meeting and Workshop on the Arc of an Academic Research Career, Washington, DC
December 09-10 COSEPUP Meeting, Washington, DC
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 planning to hold its final meeting in April 2013. The report will include findings and recommendations providing guidance to research managers, research funders, institutional officers (universities, foundations, etc), researchers, and compliance officers. The report will be ready for review in Fall 2013.
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, which held its final meeting in February 2013. A report is expected to be ready for Fall 2013 release.
Evaluating the Federal Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). COSEPUP has been 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 is co-chaired by COSEPUP member Bill Spencer and Norine Noonan of the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg. Response to review is almost complete, and release is planned for September 2013.
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 is almost through review and will be published in late summer.
Workshop on the Arc of an Academic Research Career. The September 9-10 meeting will be 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 will be prepared.