What this survey is about...
A group of interested faculty and administrators have been discussing the possibility of setting up a shared research space that could be used to facilitate faculty and student research. A technician (or faculty member) would manage the facility (perhaps in the former Math-Science center), allowing faculty (and students) to have supervised access to specialized equipment (such as a DNA sequencer, scintillation counter, confocal microscope...etc) and a place to work.
Some advantages of a core research facility are listed below. Ideas are just being circulating now, and the group would greatly appreciate your input.
A- Save Money:
• Allow shared equipment requests both for internal equipment funds and external grant applications.
• Save money in equipment maintenance, -(pooled service contracts, regular attention and use is often better for equipment)
• Decrease the need to duplicate the purchase of some chemicals and other supplies.
B- Facilitate Research:
• Access to shared equipment could make it easier for faculty to try out new techniques or ideas, facilitating pilot studies.
• Increase the chances of interdisciplinary collaborations as scientist from different colleges work together.
C- Increase Safety:
• Help mitigate an important safety concern, decreasing the number of students working alone.
• Facility –safety –related Standard operating procedures (SOPs) could facilitate training of faculty and student researchers.
• Central location for some lab procedures (such as radioactive labels) may facilitate monitoring and decrease the costs of waste disposal.
• Central workspace could decrease the number of places chemicals are stored, making it easier to share, track and dispose of materials.
D- Enhance the institution:
• Development of this facility aligns with the University’s Educational Mission and Vision statements.
• Strengthen our ability to recruit talented faculty and students.
• Increase student involvement in research
• Strengthen External Grant Proposals by demonstrating institutional support for research.