Your chance to ask Espy about UO research issues

9/7/2013 update: An OSU correspondent reminds us of a previous post comparing research reporting by UO and OSU, and notes that OSU’s research office does day long meetings with faculty, and even posts them online:


9/6/2013: Or maybe not. Sounds like she’s sending a substitute for this 2.5 hour meeting with the faculty:

From: Kimberly Espy <kaespy@uoregon.edu>
Subject: deans-dirs: RIGE Faculty Orientation
Date: September 4, 2013 5:16:49 PM PDT
To: “deans-dirs@lists.uoregon.edu” <deans-dirs@lists.uoregon.edu>

Dear Deans, Directors and Department Heads,

This year, for the first time, Research, Innovation and Graduate Education (RIGE) is sponsoring a faculty orientation session. This session is designed to assist both new and current faculty with accessing services that will aid them with their research careers here at UO.

RIGE Orientation will be led by Moira Kiltie, Assistant Vice President for Research
and divisional Chief of Staff, and include brief presentations from the Graduate School, Research Development Services, Sponsored Project Services, Research Compliance Services (e.g. information on IRB and IACUC), Innovation Partnership Services as well as a brief overview of our electronic proposal clearance (EPCS) system which routes externally sponsored activity proposals for proper review and authorization.

Our objective is to ensure that all of our new and current faculty members are aware of the services and staff who are here to assist with their research activities.

RIGE Orientation will be held on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 from 1:00 – 3:30pm. All faculty members are encouraged to attend. Please register for this session by contacting Research Development Services, rds@uoregon.edu or 541-346-8308. Once registered, faculty members will receive a confirmation and details about the session. Space is limited so please contact our office soon.

Please share this information with your current faculty and with new faculty members who will join your departments for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Thank you,
Kimberly

Kimberly Andrews Espy
Vice President for Research & Innovation
Dean of the Graduate School
203 Johnson Hall
1266 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1266

Email: kaespy@uoregon.edu; Phone: (541) 346-2090; Fax: (541) 346-2023
http://research.uoregon.edu

Espy goes for transparency with new research dashboard website

8/15/2013: Refreshingly open, transparent, and even updated in real-time:

Oh wait, sorry, that’s for Oregon State. If you’re curious about research activity at UO, you’ll have to wade through a bunch of outdated pdf’s, here. Or you could make a public records request to UO for emails on our AAU status:

Organization: Oregon Daily Emerald
Initial Request Date: 05/23/2013
Status: Awaiting Payment 06/03/2013 

I am writing to request any emails and letters between AAU officials and University of Oregon Administration officials, Jim Bean or President Gottfredson, between September 1st, 2012 and May 20th, 2013 containing any of the key words: expulsion, suspension, revocation, disqualification, probation, cancellation or review.

but Dave Hubin is charging the student paper $96 for those, and they can’t afford it.

After reading today’s RG Op-Ed by Jim Reichman comparing UO research successes with athletics, and hearing AD Rob Mullens brag about his budget growing from $88M to $95M in one year, I wanted to update the Civil War information below. I’ll try again when Espy gets around to posting her numbers, because from what I hear she’s on the verge of driving a few more top PI’s away from UO.

12/29/2012. Diane Dietz has the story and data on UO here. I got the OSU data from their very complete Research Office data page, here. Both are “Federal Flow Through” totals, which are the easiest to find directly comparable data. They include spending on outreach and instruction, but it’s mostly research money and the trends look similar no matter how you cut it. That’s the table on the left. The table on the right shows athletic department spending, from USAToday. (Official UO and OSU numbers for 2012.)

The five years since Interim Provost Jim Bean took over have been a self-inflicted disaster for UO research. First there was Bean’s silly “five big ideas” effort. No disrespect to those who participated – but look at the funding sources data – that’s not where the money that might have kept UO in the AAU was to be found.

Then there was the large and continued diversion of funds from UO’s core academic mission to things like UO-Portland. Sure we need a presence there, but have you seen how expensive, and empty, the White Stag building is? Remember the Old Town sign? Like Bend, this all probably started before Bean – but why didn’t he have the guts, or the brains, to reign in Frohnmayer and Moseley?

Then there’s the millions UO has taken from the academic side to spend on sports. $1.83 million a year for athlete-only tutoring – straight out of the Provost’s budget. $467,000 a year to the athletic department for Mac Court – for the next 30 years. Millions of subverted overhead funds. Why didn’t you just say no, Jim?

On top of this all is the developing disaster that is Bean’s hire as VP for Research, Kimberly Espy. He got her straight from Nebraska – just after they got kicked out of the AAU. WTF? People ask me to try and keep track of how many PI’s Espy has chased off campus so far, and how many searches she’s blown. Sorry, I don’t have the time, gotta write a grant proposal. But the comments are open.

Kimberly Espy here to stay?

8/5/2013 update: Word around the faculty club poker table is that Gottfredson has doubled down on his Espy bet. Should I call or raise?


7/12/2013 update: Sorry, very sorry. Alabama has just announced the search failed, and they’re keeping their interim Provost on for another 18-24 months instead. Maybe Nebraska will take her back – their provost search page is here. The search firm is Diversified Search, the same people Bean hired to bring us Espy.

7/9/2013 update: Our contact at the NSA reports that new metadata intercepts hint at an increased likelihood Alabama will make an offer to Espy.

5/20/2013 update: Word from the UO Matters branch office in Tuscaloosa is that the Espy is still a live contender for the UA Provost job.

5/14/2013 update: Disappointment all around as UAB hires Robert Palazzo, not Kimberly Espy, as CAS Dean. No word on UA Provost search. Also no word from the Senate Administration joint review of RIGE. The written report to the Senate is due tomorrow.

4/18/2013 update: Also a finalist for UAB Dean of CAS – on campus today. Thanks again, Anon. Dr. Espy has learned a lot from her experiences at UO, and would make an excellent Dean. Maybe they need a General Counsel too?

4/8/2013: Thanks to an alert reader for the link:

Tuscaloosa, AL – Interviews will happen during the month of April 2013 to pick the next University of Alabama Provost. … 

* Dr. Kimberly Espy, vice president for Research & Innovation, dean of the Graduate School, The University of Oregon – April 30, Heritage Room, Ferguson Center

Dr. Espy has been a highly effective VP for Research and Innovation here at UO. She helped overcome serious financial problems facing UO’s research program by developing innovative funding strategies for science start-up packages. We also note her efforts to foster harmony with key PI’s in psychology and biology, as well as in the humanities. Her work developing UO’s systems neuroscience program has been particularly effective, as was her key role in the funding, construction, and allocation of research space in UO’s new Lewis Integrated Science Building. 
We wish her the best in her job search, and we of course welcome helpful comments about her valuable service to UO.

VP for Research budget (updated with UO submissions and awards)

3/30/2013. Comments welcome. Between 2008 and 2013:

  • F and A (indirect) from grants increased from $14.7M to $17.2M, or 17%.
  • The VP for Research Office admin salary budget increased from $450K to $1.14M, or 153%.
  • ORSA’s salary budget increased from $787K to $1.7M or 116%.

VP for Research Office administrative budget for 2012-2013:

2007-08 (5 years ago):

ORSA 2012-13:

ORSA 2007-08:

Here’s a comparison of UO and OSU research funding – UO’s is flat.

UO’s ORSA reports are available here. (Thanks to X for the link – these are very informative, the 2012 report has a lot of historical info.) Submissions and awards look like this:

JH goes wild for spring break

3/21/2013: The faculty and students are drifting out of town. Now’s the time for JH to pull the crazy shit on us. Gottfredson’s response to the union raise proposal is due starting at 8AM in 122 Knight library. At 4:30 yesterday Bean called an emergency meeting of the ION PI’s, for 8AM in the JH conference room. No proxy votes allowed – I wonder who that rule is aimed at excluding? And rumor has it there’s been another major fuck-up in Espy’s RIGE, and no it’s not another helium boil-off. Meanwhile the PSU and UO Board proposals are winding through committee. What’s really going on? The journalists are trying to find out, and Gottfredson and Hubin are pulling out all their public records tricks to keep the truth out of the news cycle:

The University of Oregon has received your public records request for ” all records generated or received by University of Oregon employee Betsy Boyd and UO President Gottfredson regarding proposed or draft legislation that would create a University of Oregon governing board or otherwise change the relationship between the UO and state government.The time period for the request is Nov. 1, 2012 to the present”, on 03/20/2013, attached. The office has at least some documents responsive to your request.  By this email, the office is providing you with an estimate to respond to your requests.

The office estimates the actual cost of responding to your request to be $ 1065.29. The University has agreed to reduce this fee by 40%. Accordingly, upon receipt of a check made payable to the University of Oregon in the amount of $639.18, the office will proceed to locate, copy, and provide the records you have requested that are not exempt from disclosure.  Your check may be sent to the attention of Office of Public Records, 6207 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-6207.

They waited more than two weeks to even give this exorbitant estimate and deny the fee waiver – not in the public’s interest to know what’s happening to their public university. The UO faculty assembly voted to support this proposal on Nov 30, 2011. It’s soon going to be time to reconsider that support, as the PSU faculty senate is apparently considering.

Updated with Senate debate: Senate vote for investigation of Espy’s office

3/13/2013: From the Senate meeting, video soon.


3.5 Motion (Legislation): Senate-Administration Joint Review of the Office ofResearch & Innovation (RIGE); Bill Harbaugh, Professor (Economics) & UO Senator.

Kyr: Supported by Pres Gottfredson.

Harbaugh: “This committee could recommend to President Gottfredson that UO needs a new VP for Research.”

Ed Kamenui: Chair of the RAP report, points out the extent of the work involved in review, encourages committee to build on the RAP report. Of course the Senate was never shown that report… 
Martinez: Broad charge – good idea? Back and forth. The COE people are trying to stall, but fail.
Motion passes unanimously with 5 abstentions. Espy has some friends, but not the sort of friends willing to go on record.
After the fact, Anon posts this:

Here’s the membership of the search committee that hired KE, as noted in an email from Bean dated 6/16/2010. Interesting that 2 of the 3 RAP committee members had earlier been on the search committee (with one of them as the chair), putting them in a clear conflict of interest.

Colleagues:

We have formed a search committee and chosen a search firm for the Vice President for Research position from which Rich Linton has indicated his intent to step down.

Search Committee

Geri Richmond, chair
Betsy Boyd
Frances Bronet
Kathy Cashman
Frances Dyke
Michael Hames-Garcia
Ed Kameenui
Moire Kilte
Sandi Morgen
Patrick Phillips

A selection committee of Geri Richmond, Beverlee Stillwell and myself have chosen Kim Morrisson of Diversified Search to assist us. Kim ran the VP Development search this year that brought us Mike Andreason from Michigan. We will communicate more on timelines and format when appropriate.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Regards, Jim
James C. Bean
Senior Vice President and Provost

3/12/2013: I still can’t find anyone who will admit to being on the search committee, but here’s the job ad, from April 2011. The search was run by Kim Morrison from Diversified Search – I wonder if they have a refund policy?

A world-class public teaching and research university of 23,000 students located in Eugene, UO is the flagship institution of the Oregon University System and one of only two AAU universities in the Greater Northwest. … As part of the Academic Plan, faculty developed a series of “Big Ideas” for overarching multidisciplinary programs to inspire the future of University research and outreach activity. …  

S/he must have strong organizational ability, demonstrated skills in building and strengthening collaborative relationships, a strong sense of accountability, and the ability to leverage limited resources while achieving innovative results. 

S/he must fit an Oregon culture that values collaboration, teamwork, equity, clarity of decision-making, independent thinking, an understanding of egalitarian ideals, and a level of sophisticated leadership that will balance priorities and place the good of the institution first. …. 

3/11/13: At the Wed 3/13 Senate Meeting I will introduce a motion calling for a committee to evaluate the performance of VPRI Kimberly Espy’s RIGE office, to be appointed jointly by Senate President Kyr and President Gottfredson. I’ve been advised that this would make more sense than an immediate Senate vote of no confidence. The review committee can of course recommend new leadership for the office, etc.

This is the job that Jim Bean said he would do after the RAP report was delivered to him in January, while he was at the Fiesta Bowl. Three weeks later he wrote the heads:

As a follow-up to this report, Vice President Espy has been meeting with individual faculty to discuss some of the issues presented to me last fall in a meeting at the new Lokey Labs. We are scheduling a town hall meeting to discuss the research environment at UO, report on progress from the RAP Report, and discuss other ideas for significantly enhancing research at UO. More details on that event will follow.

Obviously none of this got done, just as Bean never did anything to follow up on the 2011 academic plan, etc. Word down at the faculty club darts tournament is that Gottfredson is going to garnish a month of Bean’s $320K pay and divide it among the faculty who agree to add to their teaching and research work load by serving on this evaluation committee. Chair gets to drive the beamer. Previous Espy posts at the link below.

Espy’s VPRI contract expires 7/1/2014, but she also has tenure in the Psych department, at $241K.

Updates: Senate March 13: Agenda and Live-Blog

Synopsis: Most of the Senate meeting time was spent doing things the administration should have been doing, but hasn’t:

  • Senate votes to do Interim Provost Jim Bean’s job for him one last time, and evaluate the performance of VPRI Kimberly Espy’s office. Report by May. Gottfredson approves of the measure, and promises to dock Bean’s pay and split it among the committee members as administrative stipends.
  • Senate votes to set up an actual committee to look at applicants before President Gottfredson appoints a new interim provost. 
  • No motion is filed for a vote of no confidence in GC Randy Geller – as of yet.

Prologue: Lots of interesting stuff: Evaluation of Espy’s office, Provost search process, CoC denies Law CnC and CRES courses. Gottfredson’s out of town, no Bean. Presumably Kyr will talk about governance issues. I’ll live blog.

Disclaimer: This is my opinion of what people said, were thinking but didn’t say, or should have said. Nothing is a quote unless in quotes.

Live-blog: I missed the first part, filled in by a helpful guest-blogger.

Senate Meeting Agenda – March 13, 2013

2012-2013
Agendas

Knight Library Room 101, 3:00‐5:00 pm
3:00 pm 1. Call to Order
1.1 Approval of the Minutes of the February 13, 2013 Senate Meeting

3:05 pm 2. State of the University
2.1 Remarks by Robert Kyr, Senate President

Shortest update ever?  Gottfredson schedule conflict.  Bean is
obviously no stand in, so they found a conflict for him, too.
Kyr introduces people to some new “big ideas.”  Scratch that.  I meant
“big changes”
– do not stand when you make comments. stay seated.
– do not read/write email.  keep your head up.
– do not grumble, or otherwise utter sub-vocalizations
– speakers list introduced.  look at Margie, the list manager
– trust that senate operated on Robert’s Rules.  no conversation about
process (which is, of course, a per se violation of robert’s rules,
no?)

3:15 pm 3. New Business

3.1 Winter Curriculum Report (Motion for Legislation): Paul Engelking, Chair;
Committee on Courses

Winter curriculum: from visitor’s mike… weird.

3.2 Motion (Resolution): Senate Support for the Addition of an Ombuds Office
at the UO; Emilio Hernandez, Chair; Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Respectful
Workplace

Support for Ombuds office, or Obmuds if taken as written on the slide:
No mention of specifics on money.  Jamie Moffitt assures that it is a
cost savings.  No citation of research that supports this.  Implicitly
we just trust her.  Kassia takes the floor to tell everyone that she
supports it.  (Looking for an admin job, are we?)
Hubin: “Pres Gottfredson wants to get this done.” Details will be worked out. Ombud will report directly to Pres. Emami: Can the Senate bring this forward without a financial impact statement? Hubin: This is a resolution encouraging admin to make a decision. Advisory only.
Approved with one nay.

3.3 Motion (Legislation): Clarifying the Wording of UO Diplomas;
John Bonine, Professor (Law) & UO Senator

Altmann speaks in support, good for international students. Sample diplomas here. Bonine: Common at other AAU institutions. Prevents people from claiming “I’m no economist” when in fact their PhD outs them as exactly that. Passes unanimously.

3.4 Motion (Legislation): Establishment of a Provost Search Process;
Bill Harbaugh, (Economics) & UO Senator

Kyr reads the motion: “The university administration and the Senate Executive Review Committee are currently drafting recommendations for a formal policy for faculty input into the hiring of executive administrators, to be adopted by UO (as specified by US12/13-03: Faculty Input into Hiring Executive Administrators). However, the position of Provost will become vacant as of July 1, 2013. The university needs a process to involve faculty in the selection of a permanent Provost and an interim Provost. This motion gives the University President the Senate’s recommendation regarding this process.” 

Harbaugh advocates. Kyr says yes, Pres Gottfredson supports this. Sinclair: Tenure track members too? Harbaugh: OK with me. Kalsa: Amend to add another NTTF. Bonine: How many are we going to add? Long back and forth on adding another OA. Sullivan: Can we call this a resolution instead of legislation? Harbaugh: Yes. Martinez makes point that it already includes three OA’s. Amendment to add another OA passes. Motion passes unanimously.

3.5 Motion (Legislation): Senate-Administration Joint Review of the Office of
Research & Innovation (RIGE); Bill Harbaugh, Professor (Economics) &
UO Senator.

Kyr: Supported by Pres Gottfredson.
Harbaugh: “This committee could recommend to President Gottfredson that UO needs a new VP for Research.”
Ed Kamenui: Chair of the RAP report, points out the extent of the work involved in review, encourages committee to build on the RAP report. Of course the Senate was never shown that report… Martinez: Broad charge – good idea? Back and forth. The COE people are trying to stall, but fail.

After the fact, Anon posts this:

Here’s the membership of the search committee that hired KE, as noted in an email from Bean dated 6/16/2010. Interesting that 2 of the 3 RAP committee members had earlier been on the search committee (with one of them as the chair), putting them in a clear conflict of interest. 

Colleagues: 

We have formed a search committee and chosen a search firm for the Vice President for Research position from which Rich Linton has indicated his intent to step down. 

Search Committee 

Geri Richmond, chair
Betsy Boyd
Frances Bronet
Kathy Cashman
Frances Dyke
Michael Hames-Garcia
Ed Kameenui
Moire Kilte
Sandi Morgen
Patrick Phillips 

A selection committee of Geri Richmond, Beverlee Stillwell and myself have chosen Kim Morrisson of Diversified Search to assist us. Kim ran the VP Development search this year that brought us Mike Andreason from Michigan. We will communicate more on timelines and format when appropriate. 

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Regards, Jim
James C. Bean
Senior Vice President and Provost

 Motion passes unanimously with 5 abstentions. Espy has some friends, but not the sort of friends willing to go on record.

4:40 pm 4. Open Discussion

none?

4:40 pm 5. Reports

5.1 Summary of Reports and Postings; Robert Kyr, Senate President

Kyr: Be on alert, you will get these as emails and online. Senate will deal with Geller crap in April: legal services, etc.

4:55 pm 6. Announcements and Communications from the Floor

6.1 Notice of Motion (Resolution): Comparator Study of Senate Agenda Time;
Christopher Sinclair (Mathematics), UO Senator

WTF?

Will Steiner: Efficiency of meetings. Invites Senators to sit in on a nine hour ASUO meeting, starts tonight at 6 in the Walnut room. Sorry, I’ve got a worrying hot-tub malfunction to investigate.

5:00 pm 7. Adjournment:

3 minutes early! Senate kicks administration’s ass, with 3 minutes left on clock.

Update 2: In life, timing is everything

3/4/2013 update: NSF sends out “Dear Colleague” letter on funding for Obama’s new neuroscience initiatives.

Update: Vote of no confidence in Espy can take place as soon as the 3/13 Senate Meeting. List of Senators is here. Not many scientists, I suggest talking those Senators you know in other departments.

I will try an arrange an informational meeting for faculty and senators prior to the Senate vote, should it come to that. Tentative time: 5:30 PM, Monday 3/11, place TBA.

I may also invite Espy. Let me know in the comments or by email if you are interested in attending this. Jim Bean was supposed to organize public discussions on the problems in the VPRI office – but then Bean was supposed to do a lot of things that never got done.

Timeline:

2005-2011: From the CV Espy gave UNH when applying there.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Research UNL’s total research awards have increased 181% since 2000 to $139.2M for FY2010, the 12th largest gain among AAU schools. Since 2005, I have been directly responsible for large-scale interdisciplinary efforts and strategic initiatives, faculty development, and research compliance. In this role, I work closely with Vice Chancellor for Research & Economic Development (P. Paul) and his team on all matters, including budget, policy, planning, administration, facilities, communication, and economic development. 

April 2011: VPRI Kimberly Espy is hired by Jim Bean from Nebraska, and charged with keeping UO in the AAU by increasing external science funding and UO research. Previous VPR Rich Linton was paid $186K, Espy is getting $295K.

May 2011: The AAU kicks Nebraska out for low research funding, the first university ever told to leave. Espy had been their Associate VP for Research equivalent for the preceding 6 years.

May 2012: Espy botches hire of a senior fMRI imaging neuroscientist for UO.

June 2012: Espy messes with retention offers for two professors in neuro and biology working with transgenic mice. Both reluctantly leave. One goes to Kavli, gets a large R01 a few weeks later. The other takes his two large grants with him to UVa.

October 2012: Espy grandstands at opening ceremony for LISB, taking credit for years of groundwork by UO faculty and administrators.

February 2013: President Obama uses State of the Union address to unveil a 10-year $3 billion brain-mapping initiative, to be based on, yes, techniques from fMRI imaging and transgenic mice. Bittersweet news to ION and IMB.

March 2013: Junior faculty sent out to do the recruiting are told “I’d love to work with you, but the word is out that you’ve got an administration problem. Well, we’ve got a VPR with a vision, and understanding and respect for faculty and their work. How about you come here, instead?” Actually, this is already happening.

March or April 2013: Gottfredson fires Espy, or the UO Senate holds a televised no confidence vote where she can explain her view of things.

May 2013: AAU meets to vote on kicking UO out of the AAU.

Espy’s hand picked advisory board:

Name Email Department Rank
Patricia Dewey pdewey@uoregon.edu Arts and Administration Associate Professor
Ron Mitchell rmitchel@uoregon.edu Political Science Professor
Josh Snodgrass jjosh@uoregon.edu Anthropology Associate Professor
Joe Stevens stevensj@uoregon.edu EMPL Professor
Miriam Deutsch miriamd@uoregon.edu Physics Associate Professor
Brendan Bohannan bohannan@uoregon.edu Biology Professor
Laura Lee McIntyre llmcinty@uoregon.edu School Psychology Associate Professor
Andrew Nelson ajnelson@uoregon.edu Management – LCB Assistant Professor
Jim Hutchison hutch@uoregon.edu Chemistry Professor
Brook Muller bmuller@uoregon.edu Architecture Associate Professor
Lynn Fujiwara fujiwara@uoregon.edu Ethnic and Women’s Studies Associate Professor
Adell Amos aamos@uoregon.edu Law Associate Professor
Ed Kame’enui ekamee@uoregon.edu CTL – COE Professor
Dana Johnston adjohn@uoregon.edu Geological Sciences Professor/CAS Assoc. Dean

3/1/2013.

Research Advisory Panel (RAP) Report to the Provost

Several people have now sent me copies of this, thanks. It was written after a multitude of complaints about how VP for Research Kimberly Espy was handling her job, and concern over the consequences for UO’s research mission and our efforts to stay in the AAU.

The authors are 3 very well respected UO faculty PI’s, there was a lot of input from others, and a lot of drafts and back and forth. This final version has sat on Bean’s desk since he got back from the Fiesta Bowl. A snippet:

Given its importance to UO’s efforts to stay in the AAU I’ve posted the part of the report with 7 specific recommendations here. I’m leaving out the background material though. That part is very blunt, and I think making it public might discourage future honest discussion.

For the Potemkin Village view of UO’s research situation, check out this Around the O report. Word has it that Espy closed the event with a rousing rendition of “Mighty Oregon”. Comments welcome. 2/1/2013.

VP Kimberly Espy’s key role in UO’s scientific research output

Editor’s note: The research article below was recently received by our editorial office. After careful peer review and several rounds of revisions, I have accepted it for publication, and look forward to a press release about it soon in “Around the O”.

Title: VP Kimberly Espy is the driving force behind UO’s scientific research output

Author: No way I’m telling, she controls their budget and their future.*

*The author would like to thank VPRI Espy for her invaluable role in this study.

Abstract: UO VP for Research and Innovation Kimberly Espy has a key role in almost all of UO’s scientific research output.

Data: We obtained data by searching uo press releases for “espy”. In keeping with NSF data disclosure rules, primary data is below, and a complete data set is available at http://uonews.uoregon.edu/search/node/espy

Methods: We analyzed the most recent 12 months of UO’s press releases about research using standard textual analysis procedures.

Results: 98.6% of UO releases included references to or quotes from VP Espy. In a comparison group randomly drawn from other AAU public research universities, an average of 0.7% of press releases mentioned their VP for Research.

Conclusion: VP Espy has a key role in the vast majority of UO’s research. If President Gottfredson fires her, scientific research at UO, or at least self-promoting press releases funded by money that should have gone to scientific research, would quickly grind to a halt.

2/21/13: See below for RAP report. I’ve got a bunch more documents to post later. Keep them coming, friends.

2/20/2013. Espy was Bean’s pick, and she’s been a disaster. Let’s end it:

Dear Senate President Kyr:

I would like to make a motion for a vote of no confidence in VP for Research Kimberly Espy at the next Senate meeting, to be followed by a vote at the following meeting.

The next scheduled meeting is for March 13, and I’m wondering when the next possible date for a vote would be after that.

Gottfredson can defend her in the Senate if he really believes in her. Chip Kelly did good with that no-huddle offense, time for the faculty to take a clue from the athletic side.

2/21/2013: Bean’s Feb 1 email on Espy, with full report link below. (Note how Bean sat on it for 3 weeks before he even sent it around to the heads. He was off on his Fiesta Bowl junket for part of the time.)

Subject: Research Advisory Panel Final Report

From: Office of the Provost

Colleagues:

Attached please find the final report of the Research Advisory Panel (RAP) consisting of Ed Kame’enui (chair), Geri Richmond and Pete von Hippel.  The report deals with recent issues between a subset of faculty and institutes, and office of the Vice President of Research and Innovation.  It goes beyond that to analyze the overall environment for research at UO.  Given our strong desire to expand the AAU metrics, as noted in Goal 1 of the Academic Plan, improving this environment it critical to the future of the University.  They present several recommendations for moving forward.  Some of the recommendations have already been accomplished, some we are starting to implement immediately, and some will lead to healthy discussion.  All will serve our process of improvement.

As a follow-up to this report, Vice President Espy has been meeting with individual faculty to discuss some of the issues presented to me last fall in a meeting at the new Lokey Labs.  We are scheduling a town hall meeting to discuss the research environment at UO, report on progress from the RAP Report, and discuss other ideas for significantly enhancing research at UO.  More details on that event will follow.

I want to thank the Research Advisory Panel for an exceptional piece of work.  They were chosen for the committee because they held a variety of opinions on the issues at hand.  Through hard work and deliberation they came to understand the actual data surrounding the research enterprise here, and to understand each other’s perspectives.  In doing so, they give us a well-informed and well-balanced perspective to begin our discussion.  We owe them our gratitude.

Regards, Jim

 

AAU, Bean, Espy rumors

The latest rumors, from the faculty club hookah room:

UO is now on an unofficial AAU watch list for underperformance – not enough federal grants or grad students. Johnson Hall is going to try and hang our expulsion on the faculty, or the union, or the weather, but we all know where Frohnmayer and Bean spent our research money – athletics and a pack of stupid pet projects.

The faculty are no longer wondering about Bean’s wisdom in hiring a VP for Research from Nebraska, the most recent university to be dropped by the AAU. Instead people are openly calling this the last mistake Gottfredson should ever let Bean make. After some high profile science departures and botched searches, Bean has a classic Dilbert response: he’s hired an “executive coach” to teach Espy (whom we pay $295,000) how to do her job.

I’d make a public records request for that contract, but what’s the point? Everyone knows the score, we just don’t understand why Gottfredson is leaving these two in the game. Tublitz’s Senate motion on Interim Provost Bean is Jan 16th. Should be a fun debate – and yes Jim, the video will be on youtube. 12/11/12.

And a commenter points us to this RFP that UO put out 2 weeks ago, for a consulting firm to do what Espy and her new hires are supposed to do. In FY 2011 the VPR’s Office Admin budget had $437,430 for admin salaries. For FY 2013, Espy’s got $1,111,007 to spend. Full report here. The consultants are on top of that. As a commenter notes:

Look at Acct code 20000 – Service and Supplies. That’s Espy’s black hole of consulting:
2011 $2,164,191
2012 $4,546,478
2013 $5,154,632

Speaking of administrative bloat, does anyone know what happened with that multi-million dollar Huron consulting contract? Is it worth me getting attacked by Dave Hubin and Jamie Moffitt for making too many public records requests? If so, you know what it takes for me to dull that pain.

Plan B for Espy and Bean

10/15/2012: Word down at the faculty club steam room is that the pressure on Interim Provost Bean to do something about his VPR, Kimberly Espy, is coming to a head. Expect nothing from Bean, who ignored faculty complaints about Frances Dyke, Charles Martinez, Russ Tomlin, and Don Harris for years. Bean knows that if UO starts holding administrators accountable he’s a short-timer himself. He’ll try and convince Gottfredson the complaints come from a few of the usual malcontents.

Espy has a solid plan B: research grants and a gig in the psych dept as UO’s most highly paid professor at $241,364. But Bean’s alternative is grim: $185,733 a year teaching the simplex method to bored BADM undergrads five times a year. Unless he can convince his friend George Pernsteiner that the clause in that contract Frohnmayer wrote, letting him go back to being UO B-school dean, is still operative. You guys over in Lillis knew about that part, right?

Former UO Prof Hsu has opinions about stuff

10/7/2012: Physics Prof Steve Hsu left UO this fall, to be VP for Research at MSU. Matthew Miller of the Lansing paper has a report. Not the usual generics, it deals in part with an email sent to MSU colleagues by UO Prof Daniel HoSang about Hsu’s views and research on IQ, but mostly about plans to link MSU research to local economic success. His blog has his response.

For contrast, I looked at what the RG has written about UO VPR Kimberly Espy and her efforts to keep UO in the AAU, etc: nothing. The ODE had generic puff piece on her when she replaced Linton, here. We need more serious journalism about this issue at UO.

Update: But meanwhile, we’ve got our readers, one of whom posts this:

Forget the genetics stuff, I’m more interested in this…
The Strategic Partnership program provides major grants ranging up to $400,000 over three years for areas of research growth. They are used to leverage matching support from other sources, to provide seed funding for the development of new knowledge, and to initiate new centers of excellence. These grants are treated as investments in the future development of MSU as one of the nation’s leading research universities.
…as compared to, oh I don’t know, maybe this…
Projects which fund Graduate Research Fellows will be prioritized and eligible for funding to a maximum of $8,000 if fully matched by funds from non-RIGE sources… Projects that do not provide support for Graduate Research Fellows will be eligible for funding to a maximum of $5,500.