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Committees of the OVCR
Committees of the OVCR
The OVCR regularly consults with a number of advisory groups, including both standing committees and ad hoc teams. See below for a list of current committees and working groups, or click here for archived committees.
Campus Research Board
Established in 1932, the Research Board serves the campus as a conduit for the distribution of funding to support tenured/tenure-track faculty members’ research projects
Peter Schiffer, Chair
John Caughlin, Executive Officer
Elvira de Mejia
R. Christopher Fraley
D. Fairchild Ruggles
Henry (Hal) Schenck
Campus Scientific Diving Control Board
Ensures that all scientific diving under the auspices of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is conducted in a manner that maximizes the protection of scientific divers from accidental injury and/or illness.
Rhanor Gillette, Chair
Committee on Natural Areas
The CNA guides the research and educational uses of the University’s natural areas; coordinates and supervises the maintenance and protection of these areas.
Brian Allan, Chair
Steve Buck, Affiliate
James Ellis, CNA Coordinator
Conflict Review Committee
Advises the Vice Chancellor for Research on the implementation of the University’s Policy on Conflicts of Commitment and Interest on the Urbana campus.
Jonathan Beever, Chair
Beth Namachchivaya, Vice-Chair
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
Federally mandated committee charged with implementation of federal regulations involving animals in research and teaching, including review of protocols for all animal use conducted on campus. Appointed by the Chancellor.
Philip Solter, Chair
Kelly S. Swanson, Vice-Chair
Sarah O. Allison
Jennifer M. Criley
Timothy M. Fan
James Fraley (non-affiliated member)
Dennis D. French
Lyndon J. Goodly
Vickie L. Jarrell
Jan Novakofski, OVCR Liaison
Michael Vitoux (non-affiliated member)
Institutional Biosafety Committee
Works to protect the health and safety of faculty, staff, students, and the public from potential hazards associated with the use of biological materials and organisms in research or teaching, and to ensure the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign complies with all applicable federal, state and local regulations.
Carol Maddox, Co-Chair
Joanna Shisler, Co-Chair
Elvira de Mejia
Institutional Review Board
Federally mandated committee responsible for reviewing all human subjects research conducted at or sponsored by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to ensure that it complies with federal regulations and campus policies for the protection of human subjects. At Illinois, there are two Institutional Review Boards (one for Social and Behavioral Research, and one for Biomedical Research).
Board Members, Institutional Review Board #1 - Social and Behavioral
Rebecca Sandefur, Chair
Diane Beck, Vice-Chair
M. Kathleen Buetow
Board Members, Institutional Review Board #2 - BioMedical
Patricia Jones, Chair
Sharon (Shelly) Nickols-Richardson, Vice-Chair
Belinda De La Rosa
Lyndon J. Goodly
Office of Technology Management Advisory Committee
Works to support, guide, and empower the economic development activities of the OTM and enhance innovation and commercialization of faculty, staff, and student inventions and creative works.
Plant Variety Review Committee
Makes recommendations for new plant varieties and crops developed by University of Illinois faculty and staff, including:
- applications for Plant Variety Protection on new crop varieties via Plant Variety Protection certificate
- certification and release of new crop varieties
- terms of release of new crop varieties, including levels of fees or royalties to be collected on protected and/or release varieties
- release of plant populations and germplasm
Fred Kolb, Chair
Jack A. Juvik
Randy L. Nelson
Radiation and Laser Safety Committee
Oversees the use of radiation sources and lasers on campus; and has authority to permit, deny or revoke authorization to obtain and use radiation sources and lasers at Illinois.
Scott Silverman, Chair
Research Policy Committee
Appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Research in accordance with the Senate By-Laws; advises the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor for Research, and the Senate on issues related to research policy.
Jennifer Bernhard, Chair
Feng Sheng Hu
Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center Faculty Advisory Committee
Advises the Director of the Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center on policies, finances and operations, including array of services to campus, based on the interests and expectations of the faculty and departments who use the Biotech Center.
Lois Hoyer, Chair
Wilfred van der Donk
Groups and committees convened by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Campus Research Administrators Working Group
Facilitates communication among senior unit administrators and campus administrators who have research as their primary mission.
Members are either administrators of units reporting to the campus administration whose primary function is the support of research, scholarly, and creative activities, or the senior administrator from each academic college whose primary responsibility is the support of research, scholarly, and creative activities. A CRAWG member will typically be the associate dean for research in a college or the director of an institute or administrative unit. Senior staff reporting to the VCR who have campus-wide responsibilities for research support are included ex officio, as are directors of units that are primarily focused on the translation of Illinois research.
Working Group members
J. Stephen Downie
Faculty Profiles Advisory Committee
Guides the implementation of a new researcher profile system for the campus, working with staff from the Library and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.
Beth Namachchivaya, Chair
J. Stephen Downie
Marilyn O’Hara Ruiz
Robin Fretwell Wilson
Research Communications Council
Works to coordinate communications activities and campus information flow to support the work of the Illinois Research Community.
The group has three distinct charges:
- To share information about events, discoveries, and policies that affect the Illinois research community
- To develop and maintain best practices for promoting U of I research events and discoveries to external audiences
- To build and support member literacy in topics related to research administration and the communication of science
Assists campus safety units in understanding how best to support the health and safety needs of investigators and to provide a channel of communication to strengthen cooperation between the safety units, principal investigators, and the responsible unit administrators. Convened by the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Executive Director of Facilities & Services.
Feng Sheng Hu
Sara Jo Myers
J. Mark Niswander
Jesse Ryan Southern
The primary goal of this committee is to advise the offices of the Provost and the Vice Chancellor for Research on the development and potential implementation of the Social and Behavioral Science Research Incubator as outlined in the working group report. More information is available on the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Initiative website.
Brent Roberts, Chair
Advises the offices of the Provost and the Vice Chancellor for Research as we consider the recommendations in the Humanities Working Group Report.
Provides recommendations and suggestions to the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research regarding swine research facilities at Illinois. Log into the Illinois Box system to view the final report.
Lyndon Goodly, Chair
OCR Visioning Group
Evaluates how the campus engages with companies, how the Office of Corporate Relations can best assist Illinois students, staff, and faculty in this engagement, and how the Office of Corporate Relations will support campus economic development efforts.
The group is charged with looking at four particular areas:
Responsibilities: What should be the responsibilities of OCR in fostering engagement with corporations and how would those relate to the responsibilities of departments, colleges and other units?
Resources: How should the OCR prioritize its limited resources to support multiple objectives with companies of varying relationship maturities and different relevance to various campus units?
Activities: What activities should be undertaken by other units to increase the breadth and effectiveness of corporate engagement on the campus? How can the OCR best assist units in supporting the campus mission of economic development?
Communications: How can the OCR best establish strong two-way communication with all internal stakeholders, so that its resources are well-used? How can the OCR and campus leadership best communicate the realities of corporate cultural norms and corporate relationship development lifecycle to faculty? How can the OCR and campus leadership best communicate the opportunities presented by engagement with companies, without creating unrealistic expectations?
Paul Kenis, Chair