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Where are we now and where are we going?: 

Where are we now and where are we going? “…in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.” Rachel Carson

A Troubled River Mirrors China’s Path to Modernity By JIM YARDLEY The polluted Yellow River is being sucked dry by factories, growing cities and farming — with still more growth planned. : 

Annan Faults ‘Frightening Lack of Leadership’ for Global Warming By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan also said the poorest people in the world bear the brunt of rising temperatures. A Troubled River Mirrors China’s Path to Modernity By JIM YARDLEY The polluted Yellow River is being sucked dry by factories, growing cities and farming — with still more growth planned. For Clues on Climate, Seeing What Packrats Kept By ELIZABETH SVOBODA Published: November 14, 2006 Geoffrey Spaulding and Kenneth L. Cole lifted off from a high plateau in the Grand Canyon, their helicopter laden with so many packrat nests that it could barely climb. Reforestation and Deforestation Published: November 20, 2006 Almost anyone who lives in the rural Northeast can attest that the forest has expanded its range in the past century. That is why all those stone walls — the edges of cleared fields once upon a time — are now orphaned deep in the woods. A new study published by the National Academy of Sciences and based on a recent international assessment of forests confirms that reforestation has become a widespread pattern in well-off countries and also in a few that are not so well off. Black Soot and Asthma Published: November 19, 2006 New York has some of the worst rates of asthma in the nation. Chemical Burns By ARLENE BLUM Published: November 19, 2006 THIRTY years ago, as a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, I published papers in Science magazine calling for the ban of brominated and chlorinated Tris, two flame retardants used in children’s sleepwear. NY Times Environmental Headlines, Yesterday and Today

At the most basic level, humans depend upon the earth:: 

At the most basic level, humans depend upon the earth: Atmosphere Hydrosphere Lithosphere Biosphere

At the most basic level, humans depend upon the earth:: 

Atmosphere…air to breathe Hydrosphere Lithosphere Biosphere At the most basic level, humans depend upon the earth:

At the most basic level, humans depend upon the earth:: 

Atmosphere…air to breathe Hydrosphere …water to drink Lithosphere Biosphere At the most basic level, humans depend upon the earth:

At the most basic level, humans depend upon the earth:: 

Atmosphere…air to breathe Hydrosphere …water to drink Lithosphere …food to eat Biosphere …food to eat At the most basic level, humans depend upon the earth:

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Short timescale response of the atmosphere We need to understand and model how we are transforming the atmosphere

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Observed anthropogenic CO2 in oceans (top: Sarmiento + Gruber, 2002) We need to understand and model how we are transforming the oceanic hydrosphere

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Percent change in calculated runoff for period 1971-1998 compared to 1900-1970 (calculated in 20C3M experiments) Milly et al., 2005 We need to understand and model how we are transforming the terrestrial hydrosphere

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From Hooke, R. LeB., 2000, Geology, Vol. 28, No. 9. We need to understand and model how we are transforming the surface lithosphere "the bottom line is, we move about 10 times as much sediment as all natural processes put together," –Bruce Wilkinson, U. Michigan, Nov. 2004, GSA Meeting Slide from M. Hochella

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We need to understand and model how we are transforming the surface lithosphere Land use change from 1700 to 1990 U.S. land use and total carbon 1700-1990, kg/m2 (Sarmiento+Gruber, 2002) Green = primary vegetation, yellow = crops, blue = pasture

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We need to understand and model how we are transforming the biosphere Human actions have been a major cause of extinction for one-quarter of bird species on earth

Critical Zone supports all terrestrial life: 

Critical Zone supports all terrestrial life The zone of earth, identified from the outer canopy of vegetation down to the lower limits of groundwater, that supports all terrestrial life on the planet including all human life (NRC, 2001)

We need to be able to understand past transformations and predict future transformations. If we can forecast weather, why can’t we “earthcast” changes in the Critical Zone? : 

We need to be able to understand past transformations and predict future transformations. If we can forecast weather, why can’t we “earthcast” changes in the Critical Zone?

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Predicted terrestrial carbon uptake till 2100 with various models (IPCC, 2001)

Many if not most important environmental processes are coupled with each other and coupled with human activities. “Earthcasts” require interdisciplinary understanding at a variety of spatial scales and timescales. : 

Many if not most important environmental processes are coupled with each other and coupled with human activities. “Earthcasts” require interdisciplinary understanding at a variety of spatial scales and timescales.

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Three Genesis GCM simulations for modern, 6ka and 10ka BP (different orbit, CO2, ice sheets). Calculated annual and seasonal temperatures, precipitation, soil moisture fluxes extracted over Mississippi Valley transect. Enlarged view of pink box. Soil profiles on Loess studied from Minn to Louisiana showing increased soil development to the south After Muhs er al., 2001 Can we predict soil development on dust deposited after the last glaciation? (climate calculations by D. Pollard, soil calculations by Geosc grad Jennifer Williams)

How is the cryosphere responding to climate change?: 

How is the cryosphere responding to climate change? Finite Element grid for Greenland showing the "fine-ing" of the grid at the coasts, where all the action is likely to be.  Jakobshavn glacier, where PSICE is working over the next 3 years is in the West and has almost doubled in speed over the past decade -  driven by a smaller ice shelf in front and more surface melting

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Slide and data from Dorothy Merritts Mill Dams in Centre County …how have they changed our land surface and how will that surface respond as we remove the dams? Dorothy Merritts, Rudy Slingerland, Eric Kirby

EESI and EMS strengths: We are one of the only institutions providing…: 

EESI and EMS strengths: We are one of the only institutions providing… Expertise that spans from meteorology to deep earth processes to human processes Expertise in both observational and modeling science Expertise in manipulation and visualization of large data sets A university context rich in related areas of agriculture, engineering, and materials science

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EESI Mission is to Capitalize on these Strengths… To encourage interdisciplinary examination of the chemical, physical, biological, and anthropogenic processes acting to shape our environment and our response to that environment To facilitate the modeling and manipulation of environmental data in new and innovative ways To facilitate dissemination of environmental research findings To develop innovative, interdisciplinary research and education programs in environmental science

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EESI History Began as the Earth System Science Center (ESSC) in 1985 when Eric Barron came to PSU as first ESSC director Brought together faculty in the Departments of Geosciences, Meteorology, Geography, Energy, Environmental, and Mineral Economics ESSC research included global change, the global water cycle, biogeochemical cycles, Earth System history, human impacts on the Earth system First centers: CIRA and CECG in 1998

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EESI History (Cont) ESSC renamed the Environment Institute in 1999 EMS EI mission: To enhance the visibility of EMS environmental research and educational programs, To create opportunities for collaborative research In 1999, computing and outreach components were also incorporated EI renamed the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute in 2004 Currently hosts activity in five Centers

EESI by the Numbers: 

EESI by the Numbers

People: 

People 52 receive salary (either in total or in part) 22 tenure line faculty (Gen funds) 23 research faculty and staff (4 Gen and 19 extramural) 7 administrative staff 40+ EESI associates have offices in the EES Bldg EESI associates from: Chemistry Civil Engineering Geography Geosciences Materials Science and Engineering Meteorology Energy and Geoenvironmental Engineering

Budget: 

Budget Averaged $4.3/yr* for the past three years Total for 05/06 $8.2M compared to $4.7M in 04/05** $7M are extramural funds $1.2M provided as general funds General funds expenditures 11% administrative staff support 8% tuition, grad assistantships, and student wages 9% supplies, materials, office operations 9% computational staff and system maintenance 7% other research initiatives (includes centers, commitments and misc. requests) 10% research faculty and staff salary support 46% tenure line faculty $65,331 RIF in 2005/2006 (this years figures are not available) 22 tenure line faculty releasing overhead * Only includes research awards administered by EESI (424-07).

Proposals: 

Proposals Averaged 47 proposals/yr for the past three years 22 tenure line EESI faculty experiencing proposal success Largest four awards 03-06: Northeastern Regional Center of the National Institute for Climate Change Research – Ken Davis & David Eissenstat ($1.4M) Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium – Lisa Brown ($1.9M) Center for Environmental Kinetics Analysis – Susan Brantley ($6.8M) Augmentation of the Pennsylvania Map Program Management and Administration – Todd Bacastow & Douglas Miller ($11M)

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Centers Receiving Institute Funds

Earth System Science Center (ESSC) ($22.5K/year) Michael Mann: 

Earth System Science Center (ESSC) ($22.5K/year) Michael Mann Approach Multi-tiered approach to climate modeling Long-term, high resolution climate model integration experiments Emphasis on "process" to bridge problems on multiple timescales Combining Modeling, Empirical Analyses, and Fundamental Processes Development of new educational tools

Center for Carbon Cycle Science and Management (CCSM) ($4.5K/year) Kenneth J. Davis: 

Center for Carbon Cycle Science and Management (CCSM) ($4.5K/year) Kenneth J. Davis Formed in 2001 Focuses on the science, engineering, economics and ethics of the global carbon cycle Collaborators are located primarily in College of Earth and Mineral Sciences College of Agricultural Sciences Interactions with the College of Liberal Arts have been initiated Collaboration with the Dickinson School of Law being explored. A focus-area within the ESSC to promote interaction among carbon cycle scientists and those interested in other aspects of the earth’s climate system Northeastern Regional Center for the National Institute for Climatic Change Research (DOE, ~ $2 million/yr)

Penn State Ice and Climate Exploration (PSICE) Center ($4.5K/year) S Anandakrishnan/R B Alley : 

Penn State Ice and Climate Exploration (PSICE) Center ($4.5K/year) S Anandakrishnan/R B Alley Mission is to facilitate interactions between geoscientists, meteorologists, and numerical modelers Some of the areas of ongoing work include Research into ice sheet stability and mass balance. Improved models of rapid change in ice flow. Impacts on sea level; interactions with climate. Web portal to Polar studies at Penn State and a virtual gathering place for Polar-interested researchers Hope to expand research into areas such as Satellite remote sensing Biology and ecology impacts of polar environmental chg Policy

Center for Environmental Chemistry and Geochemistry ($12.5K/year) Karl T. Mueller : 

Center for Environmental Chemistry and Geochemistry ($12.5K/year) Karl T. Mueller Sponsored by EMS and the Eberly College of Science Mission: Promote research and teaching in environmental chemistry and geochemistry Promote the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas among chemistry, geochemistry, hydrology, meteorology, biology, agronomy, environmental engineering, and geology Provide funding for interdisciplinary research in environmental chemistry and geochemistry; Promote interaction among faculty, staff, and students Provide support for environmental speakers and sabbatical visitors Center for Environmental Kinetics Analysis ($1.7 million) Cyberinfrastructure grant -

Center for Environmental Kinetics Analysis (CEKA) (two tuition waivers/year) Susan L. Brantley/James D. Kubicki : 

Center for Environmental Kinetics Analysis (CEKA) (two tuition waivers/year) Susan L. Brantley/James D. Kubicki Brings together chemists, geochemists, biochemists, soil scientists and engineers to measure and synthesize kinetic data for environmental systems, and promote modeling of the temporal evolution of such systems The primary research question is “How can we predict geochemical rates in the field? Creates broad interdisciplinary educational opportunities Incorporates post-doctoral research, graduate and undergraduate training, and public outreach components

Critical Zone Exploration Network (CZEN) (staff support) Susan L. Brantley: 

Critical Zone Exploration Network (CZEN) (staff support) Susan L. Brantley Addresses the complex response of the Critical Zone to climatic, tectonic, and anthropogenic forcings. The idea developed with support from NSF to build support for a national initiative. Currently consists of 8 seed sites including Shale Hills Current NSF RFO for Critical Zone Observatories is related to this effort

Environmental Computing Facility (ECF) John Miley : 

Environmental Computing Facility (ECF) John Miley A new model for HPC: EESI partners with PIs to fund HPC units and EESI personnel “buy in” for $5k/y for access $5k/y pays John Miley or Dave Pollard to assist each PI in getting science going on HPC clusters http://www.eesi.psu.edu/centers/ecf.php

EESI Strategic Plan 2005-2008 (written 1/6/2005) : 

EESI Strategic Plan 2005-2008 (written 1/6/2005) Further HPC and data storage capabilities Reach out to students with visualization tools Bridge Life and Earth Sciences to engage students Grow a relationship between EESI and UPR Provide competitive support of EESI centers Improve the grant-writing process Provide video conferencing facility in EES Building Develop the human-environment curriculum Promote observational environmental science Promote a small seminar series on the environment

EESI Strategic Plan 2005-2008 (written 1/6/2005) : 

EESI Strategic Plan 2005-2008 (written 1/6/2005) Established new model for HPC and data storage Reach out to students with visualization tools Bridge Life and Earth Sciences to engage students Grow a relationship between EESI and UPR Provide competitive support of EESI centers Improve the grant-writing process Provide video conferencing facility in EES Building Develop the human-environment curriculum Promote observational environmental science Promote a small seminar series on the environment

EESI Strategic Plan 2005-2008 (written 1/6/2005) : 

EESI Strategic Plan 2005-2008 (written 1/6/2005) Established new model for HPC and data storage Established GeoWall in EMS museum Bridge Life and Earth Sciences to engage students Grow a relationship between EESI and UPR Provide competitive support of EESI centers Improve the grant-writing process Provide video conferencing facility in EES Building Develop the human-environment curriculum Promote observational environmental science Promote a small seminar series on the environment

EESI Strategic Plan 2005-2008 (written 1/6/2005) : 

EESI Strategic Plan 2005-2008 (written 1/6/2005) Established new model for HPC and data storage Established GeoWall in EMS museum Initiating Earth Systems Ecology Search led by Taylor Grow a relationship between EESI and UPR Provide competitive support of EESI centers Improve the grant-writing process Provide video conferencing facility in EES Building Develop the human-environment curriculum Promote observational environmental science Promote a small seminar series on the environment

EESI Strategic Plan 2005-2008 (written 1/6/2005) : 

EESI Strategic Plan 2005-2008 (written 1/6/2005) Established new model for HPC and data storage Established GeoWall in EMS museum Initiating Earth Systems Ecology Search led by Taylor Promoting 2 proposals with UPR/PSU, REU ongoing Provide competitive support of EESI centers Improve the grant-writing process Provide video conferencing facility in EES Building Develop the human-environment curriculum Promote observational environmental science Promote a small seminar series on the environment

EESI Strategic Plan 2005-2008 (written 1/6/2005) : 

EESI Strategic Plan 2005-2008 (written 1/6/2005) Established new model for HPC and data storage Established GeoWall in EMS museum Initiating Earth Systems Ecology Search led by Taylor Promoting 2 proposals with UPR/PSU, REU ongoing Competitively chose 5 centers to receive funds Improve the grant-writing process Provide video conferencing facility in EES Building Develop the human-environment curriculum Promote observational environmental science Promote a small seminar series on the environment

EESI Strategic Plan 2005-2008 (written 1/6/2005) : 

EESI Strategic Plan 2005-2008 (written 1/6/2005) Established new model for HPC and data storage Established GeoWall in EMS museum Initiating Earth Systems Ecology Search led by Taylor Promoting 2 proposals with UPR/PSU, REU ongoing Competitively chose 5 centers to receive funds Promoted Denise Kowalski to facilitate grant writing Provide video conferencing facility in EES Building Develop the human-environment curriculum Promote observational environmental science Promote a small seminar series on the environment

EESI Strategic Plan 2005-2008 (written 1/6/2005) : 

EESI Strategic Plan 2005-2008 (written 1/6/2005) Established new model for HPC and data storage Established GeoWall in EMS museum Initiating Earth Systems Ecology Search led by Taylor Promoting 2 proposals with UPR/PSU, REU ongoing Competitively chose 5 centers to receive funds Promoted Denise Kowalski to facilitate grant writing Provide video conferencing facility in EES Building Develop the human-environment curriculum Promote observational environmental science Promote a small seminar series on the environment

EESI Strategic Plan 2005-2008 (written 1/6/2005) : 

EESI Strategic Plan 2005-2008 (written 1/6/2005) Established new model for HPC and data storage Established GeoWall in EMS museum Initiating Earth Systems Ecology Search led by Taylor Promoting 2 proposals with UPR/PSU, REU ongoing Competitively chose 5 centers to receive funds Promoted Denise Kowalski to facilitate grant writing Provide video conferencing facility in EES Building Facilitated committee on Human-Environment issues Promote observational environmental science Promote a small seminar series on the environment

EESI Strategic Plan 2005-2008 (written 1/6/2005) : 

EESI Strategic Plan 2005-2008 (written 1/6/2005) Established new model for HPC and data storage Established GeoWall in EMS museum Initiating Earth Systems Ecology Search led by Taylor Promoting 2 proposals with UPR/PSU, REU ongoing Competitively chose 5 centers to receive funds Promoted Denise Kowalski to facilitate grant writing Provide video conferencing facility in EES Building Facilitated committee on Human-Environment issues Funded activities in Shavers Creek watershed Promote a small seminar series on the environment

EESI Strategic Plan 2005-2008 (written 1/6/2005) : 

EESI Strategic Plan 2005-2008 (written 1/6/2005) Established new model for HPC and data storage Established GeoWall in EMS museum Initiating Earth Systems Ecology Search led by Taylor Promoting 2 proposals with UPR/PSU, REU ongoing Competitively chose 5 centers to receive funds Promoted Denise Kowalski to facilitate grant writing Provide video conferencing facility in EES Building Facilitated committee on Human-Environment issues Funded activities in Shavers Creek watershed Established EarthTalks seminar series on Mondays

The Big EESI Problems We need to…: 

The Big EESI Problems We need to… Improve budget and funding success Increase quality of life for EESI folks Improve communication Increase participation in and diversity of the Institute Clarify vision

The Big EESI Problems We need to…: 

The Big EESI Problems We need to… Improve budget and funding success Increase quality of life for EESI folks Improve communication Increase participation in and diversity of the Institute Clarify vision

EESI Deficit: 

EESI Deficit

Grants: 

Grants 05/06 16/53 proposals were funded (30%) 04/05 11/45 proposals were funded (24%) 03/04 19/43 proposals were funded (44%) Average ask constant $29.5 M/yr vs. $24 M/yr 03/04 Awards up from $1.9 M/yr in 03/04 to $5.2 M/yr RIF increased from $39,116 03/04 to $65,331 05/06 EESI-administered research expenditures increased from $3M/yr 03/04 to $7.06M in 05/06 (58% increase) EMS-administered research expenditures increased from $29M/yr 03/04 to $39.7M in 05/06 (27% increase)

The Big EESI Problems We need to…: 

The Big EESI Problems We need to… Improve budget and funding success Increase quality of life for EESI folks Improve communication Increase participation in and diversity of the Institute Clarify vision

Wilson Travel funds: 

Wilson Travel funds Available to EESI Associates Made at the discretion of the Director and on a first-come first-served basis Must match the guidelines provided by the Dean’s Office Apply at: http://www.eesi.psu.edu/WilsonFunds/WilsonFunds.php

Tuition waivers: 

Tuition waivers 16 one-semester waivers available per year Allocated as match Allocated for special projects by request to Director

SIR (Scholars in Residence) : 

SIR (Scholars in Residence) Application Deadline: Nov. 15 http://www.eesi.psu.edu/SIR.pdf EESI offers the dept of the SIR $10k to free the recipient from teaching responsibilities for one semester Recipient will use office in EESI Recipient will act in some advisory capacity to EESI Director

Fixed Term and Research Faculty Review Process: 

Fixed Term and Research Faculty Review Process Instituted policy with respect to review Constituted first review committee, coordinated with e-Education and Energy Institutes Promoted several faculty Increased responsibilities, reporting, and feedback

The Big EESI Problems We need to…: 

The Big EESI Problems We need to… Improve budget and funding success Increase quality of life for EESI folks Improve communication Increase participation in and diversity of the Institute Clarify vision

Increase communication: 

Increase communication Adding info to “This Week” Email occasional information Strategic Planning workshop held Annual All-Hands meetings Semi-regular coffee hours Regular meetings with Steering committee and Center directors

EESI Governance Committees: 

EESI Governance Committees EESI Steering Committee (Yaw Yeboah, Bill Brune, Tim Bralower, Roger Downs) EESI Center Directors Committee (Doug Miller, Karl Mueller, Ken Davis, Michael Mann, Sridhar Anandakrishnan)

The Big EESI Problems We need to…: 

The Big EESI Problems We need to… Improve budget and funding success Increase quality of life for EESI folks Improve communication Increase participation in and diversity of the Institute Clarify vision

Promote biological initiatives (e.g. Earth Systems Ecology) for the college at least in part to increase gender diversity: 

Promote biological initiatives (e.g. Earth Systems Ecology) for the college at least in part to increase gender diversity “…For 35 years the number of [science, mathematics, engineering, and technology] graduates has oscillated around one-third of the total B.A. pool.” (Norman Fortenberry, head of NSF’s undergraduate Programs, as cited in Science).

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To be sure, there have been shifts within the natural sciences and engineering, as interest in particular fields have waxed and waned. … Declining interest in [fields such as physics] has been more than offset by a spectacular rise in the life sciences, up 83% in the past decade after a dip during the 1980s… Overall, data from the National Science Foundation (NSF) show that the fraction of U.S. undergraduates choosing to major in science and engineering has stayed remarkably constant—roughly one in three—for more than a generation (Mervis, J. Science, 2001)

Why has faculty participation in Institute diminished?: 

Why has faculty participation in Institute diminished? Not all EESI associates participate with EESI or its centers Money for EESI faculty is partly tied up in salary of folks that do not participate because they are on to new and better things Hard to initiate new activities to involve new people due to lack of funds

What should be the rights and responsibilities of EESI associates? (charge to the SIR committee): 

Sir Kasting – Geosciences (Chair) Richard Alley – Geosciences Andrew Carleton—Geography Michael Mann—Meteorology Jenni Evans—Meteorology What should be the rights and responsibilities of EESI associates? (charge to the SIR committee)

Should EESI privileges be limited in some way to salaried associates? : 

Should EESI privileges be limited in some way to salaried associates?

SIR committee recommendation: Some benefits should be only available to salaried associates: 

SIR committee recommendation: Some benefits should be only available to salaried associates Tuition and/or research support for graduate students Money for postdocs Eligibility for the Scholars in Residence program, whereby faculty members are relieved of teaching responsibilities for one semester in order to concentrate on their research

SIR committee recommendation: Some benefits should be available to both Associates and Affiliates : 

SIR committee recommendation: Some benefits should be available to both Associates and Affiliates Access to EESI staff services, e.g., proposal preparation. Access to EESI-supported computer facilities, especially the PC clusters over at the main computer building

SIR committee recommendation: EESI support for Research Faculty: 

SIR committee recommendation: EESI support for Research Faculty Support can include space, tuition waivers, salary, other funds Limit such support for research faculty to those activities that widely involve the greater EMS community* *Currently, in 05/06, some salary on EESI general funds is provided to Bacastow, Brown, Pollard, Miley

SIR committee recommendation: TERM limits: 

Hire new associates for 7 yr term All EESI associates should be evaluated every 5 yrs (or 7 as above) Review to be done by Director and Advisory Committee Faculty maintaining appropriate ties with institute retain salary through institute and those that do not return to departmental funding For new hires that do not stay with EESI, funds return to EESI For historical hires that do not stay with EESI, funds should be traded for another faculty within the same dept by negotiation SIR committee recommendation: TERM limits

How does PSIE handle review? (info from Easterling): 

How does PSIE handle review? (info from Easterling) PSIE requires all department heads of PSIE co-funded faculty to put a PSIE/dept-written memo on file registering expectations for each co-funded faculty.  PSIE co-evaluates each faculty member at the beginning of the fifth year since appointment (or previous renewal) to determine whether to continue co-funding.  All PSIE co-funding is managed with the expectation that a co-funded faculty member in good standing will be supported by the PSIE until they retire or leave.  PSIE has had few problems with co-funded faculty over the last five or so year history of PSIE.

How does Huck Institute handle review? (info from dept head of Biochemistry): 

How does Huck Institute handle review? (info from dept head of Biochemistry) Huck funding is for the duration of person’s tenure.  However, if the person doesn't get tenure, funding returns to Huck.  Also, if it is determined that the person is no longer furthering the mission and goals of the Huck, the Huck funding can be terminated and funding goes back to Huck.

SIR committee description of responsibilities of EESI Associates: 

SIR committee description of responsibilities of EESI Associates An Associate who does not contribute to EESI goals and activities may be terminated at the end of their 5- or 7-year appointment. It would be up to the EESI Director (and Advisory Committee) to decide whether an Associate is satisfying their part of the bargain. Examples of what might be viewed as being meaningful contributions to EESI include direction or participation in an institute-related research initiative, relevant teaching, or supervision of graduate students in relevant, cross-disciplinary research.

The Big EESI Problems We need to…: 

The Big EESI Problems We need to… Improve budget and funding success Increase quality of life for EESI folks Improve communication Increase participation in and diversity of the Institute Clarify vision

SIR Recommendation: Establish an Advisory Committee: 

SIR Recommendation: Establish an Advisory Committee Chosen by Director and/or voted Would advise on strategic decisions Would advise on evaluation and targeting of EESI associates Would advise on funding issues

Proposed Constitution of Advisory Committee: 

Proposed Constitution of Advisory Committee SIR 1 nontenure-line EESI associate 1 tenure-line EESI associate 1 non-EESI associate 1 member voted at large

Advisory Committee: 

Advisory Committee To be implemented in spring 07 Vote to begin in Jan or Feb 07 Committee to consider clarification of vision and policy for term limits

Conclusions: 

Conclusions Scientifically interesting time with respect to environmental issues EESI experiencing significant change Budget issues are limiting flexibility and initiatives Budget issues are moving in right direction Good time for clarification of vision and implementation of Advisory Committee activity

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