Location: DeCafe (1302 Perloff Hall)
Date and Time: Nov 8 2012 – 9:30am – 11:30am
Myron P. Gutmann is Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation, where he leads NSF’s Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate. He is also Professor of History and Information and Research Professor in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining NSF, he was Director of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). Gutmann has broad interests in interdisciplinary historical research, especially health, population, economy, and the environment. Since 1995 he has led a multi-site research program about population, agriculture, and environmental change in the U.S. Great Plains.
Drawing upon his deep knowledge and experience with large-scale research and data infrastructure, Gutmann will discuss his sense of campus research infrastructure trends, share lessons learned from his experience building and maintaining data infrastructure systems, reflect on where NSF is now and is likely to go in the future, and conclude with thoughts about how all of that intersects with the fundamental instructional mission of universities like UCLA.
This presentation and discussion is the opening session of UCLA’s North Campus Research Infrastructure Planning Summit. The second session, to be held from 11:30 am – 1:15 pm, will look to results from a north-campus faculty survey on IT resources, one-on-one faculty interviews, and research on discipline-specific research trends to define the strengths, challenges, and priorities for research infrastructure at UCLA. The final discussion session, to be held from 1:15 – 4:00 pm, will cover specific IT resources as prioritized by the faculty with a focus on meeting current and future demand. These sessions are open to interested members of the UCLA community.