December 13-14 COSEPUP Meeting, Washington, DC
February 26-27 COSEPUP Meeting, Xerox Park, CA
May 20-21 COSEPUP Meeting, Washington, DC
Recent Completed Projects
Increasing National Resilience to Hazards and Disasters. (August 2012) This project, in collaboration with the Disasters Roundtable, was just released. Significant funding remains to support an ambitious dissemination campaign that will prepare materials targeted at various audiences, such as federal officials, state regulators, first responders, community organizations, and the insurance industry. A summary report on the committee’s site visit to New Orleans was published in late 2011.
Rising above the Gathering Storm: Developing Regional Innovation Environments.
(September 2011) COSEPUP held a workshop at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery in Madison on September 20-22, 2011, on how the ideas in Gathering Storm can be implemented at the local, state, and regional level. If this experiment is succe
ssful, COSEPUP will look to hold similar workshops in other parts of the country. A workshop summary was published in early spring 2012.
Responsible Science. This project will revise COSEPUP’S 1992 work: Responsible Science: Ensuring the Integrity of the Research Process. Robert Nerem of Georgia Tech will chair the committee, which held its first meeting in March 2012. 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, which will hold its fourth meeting in February 2013. A report is expected to be ready for 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. The committee will hold its third meeting in December 2012 and plans to release a report in summer 2013.