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Main Topics:
Main Topics:
===Faculty Size/Curriculum===
===Faculty Size/Curriculum===
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**Increase number of electives
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Increase number of electives
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***From Survey:
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*From Survey:
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***Statistics Class focused on Biology
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**Statistics Class focused on Biology
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***Tissue Engineering
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**Tissue Engineering
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***Graduate Lab Technique class:Imaging,Biochemistry,Basic Biology
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**Graduate Lab Technique class:Imaging,Biochemistry,Basic Biology
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***Cellular,Physiological,Organ level biology
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**Cellular,Physiological,Organ level biology
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***Genetics
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**Genetics
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***Metabolics
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**Metabolics
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***Mathematical modeling
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**Mathematical modeling
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***Ethics
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**Ethics
===Advisor Selection Process===
===Advisor Selection Process===
*First year funding is critical, need for more fellowships?
*First year funding is critical, need for more fellowships?
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*Working for two advisors - one in BE, one not
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*Working for two advisors - one in BE, one not.  Is this working well for people?
===Research Areas===
===Research Areas===
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**Epigenomics
**Epigenomics
**Immunology
**Immunology
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===Space===
===Space===
**Currently de-centralized,lack of collaborations?,social interactions?
**Currently de-centralized,lack of collaborations?,social interactions?
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**Tech Square people generally happy over there, would not necessarily want to move
**Tech Square people generally happy over there, would not necessarily want to move
**Not enough space for new faculty
**Not enough space for new faculty
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===BE Department Staff===
===BE Department Staff===
**Compared to other engineering departments, less staff; asking them to wear a lot of hats
**Compared to other engineering departments, less staff; asking them to wear a lot of hats
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***ChemE has dedicated Web Site developer, Communications/Events people
***ChemE has dedicated Web Site developer, Communications/Events people
***EECS has Alumni Relations
***EECS has Alumni Relations
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===Jobs===
===Jobs===
**Current grads are finding jobs, but new web portal might offer more help
**Current grads are finding jobs, but new web portal might offer more help
**How to attract recruiters - currently Merck actively recruits, but few others
**How to attract recruiters - currently Merck actively recruits, but few others
**Alumni contacts/database?
**Alumni contacts/database?
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*Is the department paying sufficient attention to helping people get academic positions?
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===Undergraduate Effects===
===Undergraduate Effects===
**Increase in number of semesters as TA?
**Increase in number of semesters as TA?

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Contents

Visiting Committee Visit Planning '08

Main Topics:

Faculty Size/Curriculum

Increase number of electives

  • From Survey:
    • Statistics Class focused on Biology
    • Tissue Engineering
    • Graduate Lab Technique class:Imaging,Biochemistry,Basic Biology
    • Cellular,Physiological,Organ level biology
    • Genetics
    • Metabolics
    • Mathematical modeling
    • Ethics

Advisor Selection Process

  • First year funding is critical, need for more fellowships?
  • Working for two advisors - one in BE, one not. Is this working well for people?

Research Areas

What research areas lacking?

  • Synthetic Biology
  • From 2006 survey:
    • Strengthen core subjects already emphasized
    • Neuroscience
    • Metabolic engineering
    • Energy/Environment
    • Epigenomics
    • Immunology

Space

    • Currently de-centralized,lack of collaborations?,social interactions?
      • Labs in the Biology Building can definitely feel isolated from department
    • Tech Square people generally happy over there, would not necessarily want to move
    • Not enough space for new faculty

BE Department Staff

    • Compared to other engineering departments, less staff; asking them to wear a lot of hats
    • minimal web site activity, low student input, other departments seem to do more self-promotion (related to staff issue)
      • BE: 7, ChemE: at least 9, EECS: at least 9
      • ChemE has dedicated Web Site developer, Communications/Events people
      • EECS has Alumni Relations

Jobs

    • Current grads are finding jobs, but new web portal might offer more help
    • How to attract recruiters - currently Merck actively recruits, but few others
    • Alumni contacts/database?
  • Is the department paying sufficient attention to helping people get academic positions?

Undergraduate Effects

    • Increase in number of semesters as TA?

Visiting Committee Meeting 2006

Notes from previous Visiting Committee Meeting - have these issues been addressed significantly?

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