National Research Council Committee on Research Universities Holds Second Meeting

December 9, 2010

On November 22, the National Research Council (NRC) convened the second meeting of the Committee on Research Universities. The Committee is conducting a study requested by Congress in June 2009 to answer the question "What are the top ten actions that Congress, the federal government, state governments, research universities, and others could take to assure the ability of the American research university to maintain the excellence in research and doctoral education needed to help the United States compete, prosper, and achieve national goals for health, energy, the environment, and security in the global community of the 21st century?" During the three day meeting, the Committee heard from Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), one of the congressional requesters of the report; several federal agency representatives including from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Department of Energy (DOE); and convened three different "focus groups" to discuss issues facing research universities.

The Committee also met in closed session to discuss potential recommendations and heard presentations on intellectual property, cyberinfrastructure, postdoctoral training, and graduate education.

Highlights include:

The Committee will hold a third meeting in early 2011 to continue discussions on the report, which should be finalized and released next summer.

Additional details about the study, including a Committee roster, can be found at: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/bhew/researchuniversities/index.htm.

Article source: Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, Washington, D.C. 20005


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