04/10/2013 10:22 AM
BATON ROUGE – The Research & Discovery Sub-Committee of the LSU Transition Advisory
Team held its third meeting on Tuesday, April 9, at the LSU AgCenter. The sub-committee
is part of the LSU2015 process for the reorganization of LSU.
During the noon to 4 p.m. meeting, Stuart Bell, executive vice chancellor and provost
at LSU, led a discussion on graduate and undergraduate research. Bell was assisted
by Mark Batzer, LSU Boyd Professor, the Dr. Mary Lou Applewhite Distinguished Professor
of Biology and principal investigator of the Batzer Laboratory of Comparative Genomics
at LSU; Ram Ramanujam, the John E. and Beatrice L. Ritter Distinguished Professor
of Electrical Engineering; Gerald Kennedy, LSU Boyd Professor of English in the LSU
College of the Humanities & Social Sciences; and Randy Duran, the Cain Chair in Science,
Technological, Engineering and Mathematical Literacy, and professor of materials science
in the LSU Department of Chemistry. The four discussed the ways that each of their
various areas of study has an impact on undergraduate and graduate research at LSU.
Duran pointed out that undergraduate research “increases productivity by involving
the largest university population.”
“It not only better connects students with faculties,” he said. “It better connects
a university with its state, and can create valuable public-private partnerships that
can stir economic development.”
Additionally, research opportunities for other university campuses were discussed
by LSU-Eunice Chancellor William Nunez, LSU-Alexandria Professor of Biology Carol
Corbat, Associate Dean and Chair of the LSU-Shreveport Department of Biology Dalton
Gossett and Ray Diamond, vice chancellor for faculty development at the LSU Law Center.
John Russin, vice chancellor and director of LAES administration at the LSU AgCenter
presented with AgCenter Professor of Adolescent Development Diane Sasser and Wade
Baumgartner, director of the AgCenter’s Office of Intellectual Property regarding
the AgCenter’s research and technology transfer efforts.
The Research & Discovery Sub-Committee is reviewing data on current productivity and
strengths in research efforts, investigating opportunities for joint research proposals
and projects with potential collaboration incentives, and proposing recommendations
to improve productivity and accountability and leverage technology transfer opportunities.
During group discussion, sub-committee chair Jim Firnberg noted that in the group’s
next meeting it would begin to finalize a report for the Transition Advisory Team.
“We want a report that reflects the consensus of everyone in this room,” he said.
“We don’t want to put out any prevailing point of view at the expense of anybody else’s.”
“We want come up with a report about helping research,” said Christel Slaughter of
SSA Consulting, who has been facilitating the Transition Advisory Team’s sub-committees.
“What are the practices that best help – that’s what we have to come to a consensus
The various sub-committees are discussing areas of focus and key priorities and are
mapping out work plans by topic areas. Sub-committees are gathering information and
crafting recommendations that will be presented to the Transition Advisory Team and
ultimately the LSU Board of Supervisors.
Agendas for all LSU2015 sub-committee and task force group meetings can be found at
http://www.lsu.edu/LSU2015/subcommittees_meeting_schedule.shtml. All meetings will be streamed live via the Internet at www.lsu.edu/tat.
Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2013