Executive Director’s Report
SAAESD Spring Meeting
ESCOP Activities
National Research Support Project (NRSP) Guidelines
The NRSP Guidelines were adopted by the Experiment S...
Relations with CSREES are also very good. Gary Cunningham is an active member of the EDs group
which meets biannual...
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National Institute for Agricultural Security (NIAS)

Published on: Mar 3, 2016

Transcripts - National Institute for Agricultural Security (NIAS)

  • 1. Executive Director’s Report SAAESD Spring Meeting Orange Beach, AL March 29-31, 2004 SAAESD Activities SAAESD Office Donna Pearce has settled in as the Assistant to the Director and continues to become more familiar with our Association’s members and procedures. Beginning Oct 1, 2004, Donna and I will be supporting D.C. Coston as the Chair of ESCOP. This will add significantly to our workload in 2004/05, particularly for Donna related to meeting organization and follow-up, conference calls, and correspondence. Website We are continued to update and add to the SAAESD web site to increase its usefulness by SAAESD members. One of the more recent changes is how we will track current assignments of Southern directors to multistate activities and to regional and national committees. An Excel spreadsheet will now be linked to assignments within the Infobook section of the web site. This spreadsheet will be easier to reference current assignments either by individual or by committee/activity and facilitate updating. SERA Approvals Five SERAs were approved at our meeting last fall for a one-year period with an additional four years contingent on the project group addressing certain questions about membership and expected outcomes. Two of those have been approved for an additional four years by Ron Brown (ASRED Executive Director) and myself, and we continue to work with the Administrative Advisors of the others. Multistate Research Committee The MRC has been very active this winter and its members working hard to assure we have a high quality multistate portfolio. I met with the MRC in February at the SAAS conference for the first time in their advisory capacity to me on policy and procedure issues related to multistate activities. Topics discussed included peer reviews, multistate activities nomenclature, and development committee requests. Multistate Collaboration Support In an effort to facilitate multistate collaborations among Southern experiment stations, two different database tools have been developed in collaboration with Jay Ritchie (SSRC Monitor Lab, MS State Univ.). The first tool is an interactive spreadsheet of faculty in SAAESD member institutions, 1862 institutions in bordering states, and 1890 institutions. This database is intended to assist Directors in locating particular faculty expertise in other institutions that might complement their own faculty through collaboration, shared positions, providing missing expertise, or some other form of multi-institutional cooperation. It is currently accessible from the password protected section of the SAAESD web site. The second tool is a web site which will allow mapping of Southern Region outlying research stations based on research activity with a particular commodity; ie. all stations that have research on cotton, dairy cattle, peanuts, etc. This is intended to be used to facilitate collaborations in high-cost field research activities where results are applicable across states. SAAESD Assignments S-1014, Mineral Controls on P Retention and Release in Soils and Soil Amendments, Administrative Advisor AC-6, Horticulture, Administrative Advisor Joint Cotton Breeding Advisory Committee and Tecoman Winter Nursery Steering Committee T-STAR Caribbean Basin Advisory Group Liaison to the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors Liaison to the Association of Research Directors (1890s)
  • 2. ESCOP Activities National Research Support Project (NRSP) Guidelines The NRSP Guidelines were adopted by the Experiment Station Section and supported by CSREES. Gary Lemme (Michigan State Univ.) was elected chair of the NRSP Review Committee and I was selected as one of two EDs to serve on this committee. All protocols for the Committee’s operation have been established, including forms to be used for submission, evaluation and budgets of NRSPs. These forms will be incorporated into NIMSS by July 2004. The first recommendations of the NRSP Review Committee will be made at the ESS meeting this fall. Multistate Activities Impact Statements In an effort to document the impact of multistate activity, each regional ED was asked to develop impact statements from selected multistate activities. Eight of these statements were developed, primarily by the project’s administrative advisors, and were forwarded to the BRT lobbying group for use in support of the FY 05 federal budget. These statements have also been submitted to the national impact writing team for use in developing the impact document published by CSREES each year. National Information and Management Support System (NIMSS) NIMSS is undergoing significant reconstruction and version 2.0 will be released in mid-May. The new version should be much more friendly to first-time or infrequent users. I am now chair the NIMSS Oversight Committee, a position previously held by Daryl Lund, and Tom Fretz, NE Executive Director, is the database manager. The 2004 NIMSS budget was approved by the ESS at its fall meeting for $30,000 to be taken from the ESCOP reserves held by NASULGC. 2004 SAES/ARD Workshop and Joint COPs Meeting By virtue of his position as ESCOP Chair-elect, D.C. Coston serves as the program chair for the 2004 Joint COPs meeting and SAES/ARD Workshop. As the ED of D.C.’s region, I am primary staff support for both of these meetings. A preliminary program for the SAES/ARD Workshop, to be held Sep 28-29 in Oklahoma City, can be found through a link on our homepage. NASULGC – DOE/EERE Collaboration In an effort to develop closer relations with other federal agencies to increase collaborations and influence funding priorities, an agreement has been signed by NASULGC President Magrath and DOE Assistant Secretary Garman for five collaborative projects. Jim Fischer, as a member of the Board of Directors of DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy section, helped develop this agreement along with Stan Johnson, Dan Bartel and Jim Zuiches. The regional and national experiment station, extension and academic program Executive Directors are serving as support staff to these projects. Tom Fretz and I support project 4, Engaging the Research Capacity of the Land Grant Universities and State Colleges. The results of these projects will be reported at the NASULGC annual meeting in November. The EDs will continue to look for these types of opportunities to collaborate with federal funding agencies other than USDA/CSREES. NASULGC Relations between the NASULGC staff in the office of Federal Relations–Food, Environmental and International Affairs and the experiment station Executive Directors is very good and communications have improved significantly over the past year. The EDs are now included in all of Mort Neufville’s staff meetings, either in person or by phone. These meetings serve to keep everyone in the loop on developments in Washington and with the EDs for extension, academic, and international programs who work out of NASULGC.
  • 3. CSREES Relations with CSREES are also very good. Gary Cunningham is an active member of the EDs group which meets biannually and includes all the regional and national EDs for academic programs, extension, and research. The EDs met with many of the CSREES National Program Leaders and Deputy Administrators last fall to discuss agency priorities, changes, and issues. We also interacted with Colien Hefferan on the draft Civil Rights Guidelines for review of SAES and Extension compliance with EEO regulations. As a result of that meeting, Colien agreed to appoint a committee of SAES directors (Margaret Dentine and Bill Trumble), Extension Directors, and her staff to review the guidelines to assure these reviews are efficient and cause the least burden as possible on college personnel. National Institute for Agricultural Security (NIAS) In response to the invitation for membership in NIAS sent to all experiment station directors in early February, thus far 10 southern directors have committed to membership, 1 has declined, and 4 are undecided. Invitations for membership will go out soon to the extension directors and those institutions that have both the experiment station and extension join will receive a 20% discount on the fee. Integrated Leadership Development Program For the past two years I have served on the Advisory Committee of the ESCOP/ACOP Leadership Development program and as liaison to the National Extension Leadership Development (NELD) Advisory Council. These two groups agreed over a year ago to pursue the creation of a new leadership development program that would meet the needs of academic programs, extension, experiment stations, and CSREES. The leaders of these four groups endorsed this idea last summer and charged a joint planning committee to develop a proposal. The primary goal of this program will be to facilitate formation of “integrated leaders” that can lead within or across functions and partners in a manner that enhances integration. A draft proposal will be presented to the COPS and to CSREES this July and a final plan completed by November. Implementation of the new program is scheduled to begin in mid-2005. ESCOP Assignments Science and Technology Committee (Executive Vice-Chair) NIMSS Oversight Committee (Chair) Joint COPs Program Committee (Executive Vice-Chair) SAES/ARD Workshop Program Committee (Executive Vice-Chair) NRSP Review Committee NIAS Board of Directors ESCOP/ACOP Leadership Development Advisory Committee NASULGC – DOE/EERE Collaboration Projects Committee Farm Bill Committee National Multistate Coordinating Committee

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