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SENATE From the Senate Chair
September 29, 2009, Volume 56, No. 05

The following is published in accordance with the Faculty Senate Rules. Among other purposes, the publication of SEC actions is intended to stimulate discussion among the constituencies and their representatives. Please communicate your comments to Sue White, executive assistant to the Senate Office, either by telephone at (215) 898-6943, or by e-mail at senate@pobox.upenn.edu.

Faculty Senate Executive Committee Actions
Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Welcome and Introductions. Faculty Senate Chair Harvey Rubin welcomed the 2009-2010 Faculty Senate Executive Committee and brief introductions followed.

Chair’s Report. Faculty Senate Chair Harvey Rubin reported that Faculty Senate Tri-Chairs have been busy meeting and planning during the summer and are happy to report that all Senate committees are fully populated; committee chairs will meet this week and will be ready to begin their work after the approval of the Senate committee charges. Dr. Rubin reported that this year SEC will hold two meetings in the fall and spring featuring informal dialogues on topics of interest to the faculty.

Past Chair’s Report. Faculty Senate Past Chair Sherri Adams gave an overview to the Executive Committee on the work of the Academic Planning and Budget Committee and Capital Council.

Open Access. Vice Provost and Director of Libraries H. Carton Rogers explained that “Open Access” is a term used to describe any digital online resource that is free of most copyright or licensing restrictions and added that with open access individuals are free to access digital material without many of the permissions and cost barriers associated with traditional subscription methods. He outlined various current models used for open access publishing, and the growing interest from the government and numerous universities in the open access movement. He suggested that the increased visibility and accessibility that comes with open access publishing benefits authors as well as readers and is a way to make the research and scholarship happening at Penn more widely available to the global community of scholars. Vice Provost for Research Steve Fluharty also announced that Provost Vincent Price would be interested in forming a faculty committee to address Open Access issues in the Penn context.

Dr. Fluharty briefed SEC members on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy which requires that the author’s final version of any peer-reviewed journal article resulting from NIH-funded activities be submitted to PubMed Central (PMC), NIH’s digital repository, where it is available to the public within 12 months after the journal article is published.

Pandemic Planning. Vice Provost for Education Andy Binns reported on the work of the Pandemic Incident Management Team (IMT) in planning Penn’s response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic.  He reported that the Pandemic IMT produced a report that outlines influenza prevention and treatment measures for the Penn community including those at high risk, information on suspension of normal operations, H1N1 vaccine, and where to go for up-to-date information. Dr. Binns noted that the University is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Dr. Binns encouraged SEC members to visit the pandemic planning website:  www.upenn.edu/flu. He added that there is a Student Health Service webpage for students:  www.vpul.upenn.edu/shs and an International Program site for students studying abroad:  www.upenn.edu/oip

 Faculty Senate Committee Charges for 2009-10 Committees. SEC reviewed the proposed committee charges for all the Senate Standing Committees and there were no comments.


Almanac - September 29, 2009, Volume 56, No. 05