Tuesday, July 13, 1999 / 3 p.m. / 827th Meeting
Members Present: Drs. Steven Knapp, James Anthony, Robert Black, John Breitner, Robert, Lawrence, Roger McMacken, Alfred Sommer, Donald Steinwachs, James Yager, Charles Rohde (representing Scott Zeger), and Barry Zirkin; and Ms. Amanda Cline, staff (for Robin Fox).
Members Absent: Drs. William Brody, Diane Griffin, John Groopman, Bernard Guyer, Ellen MacKenzie, Edward Miller and Jonathan Samet.
Guests: Drs. Miriam Alexander, Sharon Krag, Noel Rose and Ernst Wm. Spannhake. Provost Knapp convened the meeting at 3:00pm.
Approval of the Minutes Minutes of the 826th meeting on June 22, 1999 were approved.
Remarks by the Provost Provost Knapp updated the Board on the status of several searches for senior University positions.
Remarks by the Dean Dean Sommer commented on the recent School Retreat to kick off the School's strategic planning process. He reported an anonymous donation of $10 million to go towards the new additions to the School. In addition, Dr. Harry Feinstone has given an additional $3 million to the Department of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology to endow the chairs position.
Dr. Sommer announced Dr. Marty Wasserman will have more of a presence in the Department of Health Policy and Management as he directs the State's tobacco control initiative. The first internet MPH program is underway on the web with 30 students enrolled. This year marks the largest MPH class in the School with 209 students (excluding the iMPH group).
The Dean acknowledged Dr. Zirkin's final Advisory Board meeting as past-president of the Faculty Senate and thanked him for his thoughtful input over the past several years.
Report of the Faculty Senate There were no items to report.
Revisions to the Academic Programs PPM on the MPH Program Dr. Alexander reviewed previous discussions concerning the adoption of new language for the PPM. After discussion, the Advisory Board voted to approve the changes to the PPM for the MPH program.
Biochemistry Self-Study Dr. McMacken summarized the Self-Study of the Department of Biochemistry. He noted a particularly critical need to develop financial resources for competitive start-up packages that will permit the hiring of outstanding new faculty at the junior level. This hiring is required to accommodate for faculty who will soon retire or have already retired. Integration of the faculty of the Reproductive Biology group into the department has gone well. A recent research retreat attended by all members of the newly enlarged department was very helpful in this regard. Dr. McMacken anticipates that one probable outcome of the Human Genome project will be enhanced opportunities for Department students and postdoctoral fellows for employment in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. As a result of the Department's self-study process, Dr. McMacken proposed changing the name of the Department to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to more accurately reflect the nature of the current and future research, teaching and training within the Department. The Advisory Board voted to approve the name change to the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
MHS degree in International Health for other doctoral students Dr. Black briefly discussed the proposal for IH to offer an MHS degree to doctoral students in other departments (analogous to the program in Biostatistics). After discussion, the Advisory Board voted to approve the proposed degree program.
Annual Hot Topics Day Dr. Sommer reiterated the plans for the School to host an annual Hot Topics Day open to the Hopkins community from Virginia to Pennsylvania. We will plan around events such as the dedication of TR2 and the end of the development campaign for 2000 to draw people to the School where global health issues can be discussed.
Request for authorization for the Dean or his designee to act on the Board's behalf in consultation with those Board members available during the summer months The Advisory Board voted to approve this request.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:00pm.
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