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University Senate
February 6, 2012

I. Approval of Agenda: approved with the inclusion of Resolution on the Establishment of an Academic Calendar in the Senate President’s report.

II. Approval of minutes from December 5. 2011: approved.

III. State of the Senate (F. Walter)

  • Dr. Walter read his first annual state of the senate address.
  • The document was well received by the Senators. Will be posted on the Senate website.
  • Dr. Edward Feldman read the resolution on the Establishment of an Academic Calendar. Friendly amendment: change title to include “role of shared governance in the”. All in favor of the friendly amendment. Motion was made to adopt the resolution with the friendly amendment: all in favor, none opposed, 1 abstention. Resolution passes.

IV. Provost’s Report (D. Assanis)

  • Starting academic reviews on every unit. CAS and SPD will be the first.
  • Dr. Lawrence Martin has been appointed Director of the Turkana Basin Institute, an initiative with vast potential to establish Stony Brook as a leading force in research in Africa. Dr. Charles Taber has agreed to serve as Interim Dean of the Graduate School.
  • Initiating search for Library Director.
  • New Student Convocation. Welcomed 750 new students to campus
  • Faculty Awards: Drs. Benjamin Hsiao, Lorna Role, Peter Stephens, and George Sterman were named 2011 American Association for the Advancement of Science fellows.
  • SBU 2012 BNL Seed Grant Program – deadline for submission is Friday, March 2 at 5 p.m.

V. Report from the East Campus (K. Kaushansky)

  • The new Cancer Center Director and Dean of Research of the School of Medicine will both arrive March 1, 2012.
  • Active searches underway for a Vice Dean for faculty affairs and Chair of Neurology. Had an external review of the Department of Neurology in preparation of the search for a new chair.
  • Received permission to recruit an architectural firm to design the Medicine and Research Translation Building.
  • World class imaging group: progress made in recruitment of seven new investigators from BNL to joint SB appointments. This is a major investment for the East and West campus.
  • Active search is underway for a new hospital CEO.
  • Getting ready for the Joint Commission accreditation visit sometime between now and June.

VI. Report from the Statewide Senate (G. Fouron)

  • The theme of the meeting was “Effective Resource Alignment through Shared Services”. The goal was to further scrutinize the concept of Shared Services, both among and within the various campuses.
  • Dr. Fouron touched on highlights of the meeting including: The President’s Report, SUNY Finance and Budget Report, Provost’s Office report, Report from Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, etc.
  • Two resolutions were adopted.
  • There is a call for presentations for “CIT 2012, The Power of Connections”, a conference that will be hosted by Stony Brook University between May 29 and June 1, 2012.

VII. UUP Report (A. Shertzer)

  • Negotiations are still underway and continuing.
  • 25 articles are still being worked on.
  • Not willing to take any salary cuts.

VIII. New business: no new business.

IX. Old business: no old business.

Meeting adjourned.

Submitted by:

Laurie Theobalt

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