Trustees, Member and Affiliate Representatives, and URC Members,
Welcome to the website for the October 2003 UCAR
Meetings! I am looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks here in
This year’s Annual
Meeting will be held once again at our new Center Green Campus, and
I am very pleased to announce that Dr. James Duderstadt, President Emeritus
and professor of science and engineering at the University of Michigan
has agreed to be the keynote speaker. As many of you know, he is most
recently the author of Higher
Education in the Digital Age: Technology Issues and Strategies for American
Colleges and Universities. He has
also written The Future of the
Public University in America: Beyond the Crossroads and
A University for the 21st Century.
In his introduction to A
University for the 21st Century, Duderstadt says of the
current state of the university: “No question is out of bounds:
What is our purpose? What are we to teach, and how are we to teach it?
Who teaches under what terms? Who measures quality, and who decides
what measures to apply? Who pays for education and research? Who benefits?
Who governs and how? What and how much public service is part of our
mission? What are the appropriate alliances, partnerships and sponsorships?”
Provocative questions, and many that apply to research laboratories
as well as to colleges and universities.
The title of Duderstadt’s talk at the Annual
Meeting is “The Future of the American Research University”.
He will address some of the challenges facing our complex organizations;
a panel discussion featuring leaders from the academic community will
follow. After the panel discussion, six breakout sessions will consider
more specific topics: one of the sessions--the Next Generation Faculty--will
look at the challenges facing universities right now; the other four
sessions will explore how UCAR and the universities can work more closely
together on major scientific and technological topics: the water cycle,
biogeosciences, cyberinfrastructure, and the next generation observing
systems. I hope we have covered many of your interests with these topics.
We’ll ask you to register for one of the sessions in advance of
We are looking forward to seeing over 100 of you
this year—Trustees, Members’ Representatives, Affiliates,
and University Relations Committee members, a record number of attendees
for a year in which no Heads and Chairs Meeting is scheduled. During
these times of stress and unpredictability, it is more important than
ever that our community comes together to shine a light on the issues
most affecting our professional lives.
Please let me know if you any questions or comments
in advance of the meeting.