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May 2 2006

University of the Pacific
Minutes, May 2, 2006
Library Community Room

Call to Order: 2:05

Present: Brennan, Brodnick, Byl, Chi, Ensign, Frederick, Gilbertson, Griego, King, Miller, Pearson, Sexton, Sina, Spreer, Vierra

Not Present: Cavanaugh, Kreitzman, Lackey, Leland, Perro

Special Guests: Bob Benedetti, Jacoby Center; George Carman, Engineering and Computer Science; Roy Childs, Sociology; Joanna Royce-Davis, Student Life; Barbara Shaw, Center for Professional and Continuing Education; Linda Thomas, Education; Jason Velo, ASUOP; Cynthia Weick, Business    

Minutes: Minutes of the April 18 meeting were reviewed and approved.

Standing Reports:

Current Agenda Items:

Collaboration Vision Team Innovation Proposal: Bioinformatics

Carman introduced the Committee to Bioinformatics: the application of computer science to biology. This is an analysis of genomes: the complete set of genetic information (DNA and RNA) of an organism, and proteomes: the complete set of proteins expressed by an organism over its life, using computer algorithms and computer databases. The computational technology is available now and is relatively inexpensive. The goals are to create and sustain a Bioinformatics curriculum, lab, research program, and an interdisciplinary professional program leading to a Master's degree. Disciplines included are: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Bioengineering, Pharmacy, and Dentistry.

This initiative will promote a number of identified core and aspirational institutional priorities, including:

  • Close student-faculty interaction
  • Sense of community and mutual respect
  • Academic distinctiveness
  • Innovativeness
  • Experiential learning
  • Integration of liberal and professional learning
  • Learning centeredness and scholarly climate balanced with teaching

The Team projects that this program will lead to increased enrollment and generate $150,000 per year in external funding from Federal and State agencies.

Collaboration Vision Team Innovation Proposal: Civic Leadership

A team consisting of Bob Benedetti, Roy Childs, Joanna Royce-Davis, Barbara Shaw, Linda Thomas, and Jason Velo presented the proposal for a certificate in Civic Leadership focusing on responsible leadership in the community. The program will follow the structure of a minor to be completed in 1 or 2 years. It will consist of 6 courses, 18 units, with pricing being very competitive. It is a distinctive program with a sustainable budget.

Collaboration Vision Team Innovation Proposal: Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Overall objective: to foster a vibrant climate for students (undergrad and graduate), faculty and community entrepreneurs interested in creating and commercializing new ideas such that Pacific becomes a catalyst in regional economic development.

There are four phases:

  • Phase One: information gathering on incubators - get people together to exchange ideas/information
  • Phase Two: establishment of a Pacific innovation and entrepreneurship network
  • Phase Three: implementation of a Health Care Innovation Symposium
  • Phase Four: implementation of a Health Care Innovation Incubator

If not-for-profit, this proposal could be funded by P.G.&E., Congress, NSF, etc..

Summary of benefits:

  • Create an ongoing climate of innovation throughout the campus
  • Forge highly interdisciplinary relationships, linking professional schools among one another and with the sciences, and the arts
  • Leverage strengths of Pacific's academic programs, while building on existing innovation/entrepreneurship efforts
  • Establish Pacific's visibility and reputation in Health Care Innovation
  • Offer opportunities for both students and faculty as sources of inventions and/or as service providers
  • Serve the community of inventors and entrepreneurs beyond the campus
  • Benefit regional economic development by fostering new enterprises

Because of the lack of time, remaining agenda items will be discussed at future meetings.

Next meeting: May 30, 2006, 2-5pm

Meeting adjourned at 4:32