1. President’s Advisory Panel on the Biosciences hosted town halls to seek input

    February 24, 2015

    Dear Colleagues:

    Last October, President Schlissel convened the President’s Advisory Panel on the Biosciences and charged it with developing a recommended strategy that will propel Michigan to the forefront in critical areas of life science research by optimally leveraging our comprehensive excellence. As an important part of its work, the panel seeks input from the broad campus community, and will be soliciting that in two ways.

    First, we will be holding a series of town halls for faculty, fellows and graduate students to share their ideas. There will be four town halls, at different times and locations, and you are invited to attend any of them:

    • Monday, March 9, 5:00-6:30, Johnson Rooms, Lurie Engineering Center, College of Engineering
    • Wednesday, March 11, 4:30-6:00pm, M5330 Med Sci I
    • Friday, March 13, 11:30am-1:00pm, 2140 Kraus
    • Monday, March 16, Noon-1:30pm, Room G378, School of Dentistry

    To focus the discussion, we specifically invite responses to the following questions:

    1. If  given a “clean sheet” of paper with the ability to re-construct any part of the educational/research programs on a campus-wide scale, what might you recommend?
    2. What are the best mechanisms to facilitate interactions between bioscientists in disparate fields (i.e. basic scientists and clinical  investigators as well as biologists in different colleges)?
    3. Can you identify any “grand questions” that might bring diverse groups together?
    4. What structures have you seen that enhance research excellence and productivity?

    Second, we will be hosting a survey to enable faculty, fellows and graduate students from across campus to provide written feedback. Please look for details on the survey to be forthcoming soon.

    On behalf the panel, I hope you will attend a town hall and/or complete the survey: your input is extremely important to us.


    Martha E. Pollack