Metropolitan Affairs Committee
Thursday, February 2, 2006
Bioethics Center Conference Room
Minutes from previous meeting accepted by consensus.
Lorraine Blackman called meeting to order and Amy Warner introduced Professor Sandra Petronio, Department of Communications Studies. Professor Petronio was invited to meeting to brief members on TRIP (Translating Research into Practice). TRIP is a new IUPUI campus initiative whose mission is to illustrate, celebrate, and promote “how research makes a difference in people’s lives.”
According to Professor Petronio, TRIP is part of a broader national movement interested in showing how research connects to people’s everyday lives. In launching the initiative, IUPUI can be connected to this movement and become the first “translational” campus in the nation. TRIP intends to showcase IUPUI research in the community by promoting the work of IUPUI faculty in the community, create translational research opportunities, and bring translational research scholars to the campus to share their work and offer models to emulate.
Professor Petronio also shared the first two programs the initiative has undertaken. The “Inside Out” program will invite the community to take advantage of IUPUI faculty presentations and lectures on how research is addressing real community issues and problems. The “Research in the Everyday World program” will bring to campus scholars with national and international reputations in translational research to share their work with faculty, students, and the community. A third program, still in preparation, will focus on providing translational research opportunities to faculty.
The discussion following
Professor Petronio’s presentation turned mostly on
defining the committee’s role in the initiative. There was general agreement
that the initiative was very much in keeping with the committee’s mission, and
that it connected as well with the campus’ ongoing efforts related to civic
engagement. It was also agreed that the committee
could play a very useful role in focusing the project on local issues and
needs. As Charles Feldhaus put it, we need to “keep
it local” and focus on “the issues in
In terms of next steps, the
committee will be kept abreast of TRIP activities and will participate in an
advisory role as requested. Through
Next meeting: Tuesday, March 2, 12:00 PM – 1:30PM in ES4112.
José R. Rosario