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University
at
Buffalo
The
State
University
of
New
York
Office
ofthe
President
September 27, 2012
MEMORANDUM
To:From:
RE:
Dr.
Nancy
L.
Zimpher
Chancellor, State
University
of New
York
Satish
K.
Tripathi
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President
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Shale
Resources
and
Society
InstitutePer the
September12, 2012 request of
the
SUNY Board
of
Trustees,
and
based
on
consultation
withthe
University
at
Buffalo Provost
and
College of Arts
and
Sciences Dean,below isa
report
summarizingthe facts
and
circumstances
regarding
theformationof theShale Resources
and
SocietyInstitute(SRSI)
at
the
Universityat Buffalo,
the
selection
of
itsdirector
s,
and
publication
of
its first report.Forthe Board's further information
and
context,
the
reportprovides
an
overview
of
university policies
and
practice
regarding
re
search centers
and
funding
in
general
and
their relevance to
the
ShaleResources
and
Society Institute
in
particular. Weinclude atimelineofactivities associated
with the
institute
's
formation.There
ha
s
been
significant publicmisinformation
andmisunderstanding
since thepublicationof
the
SRSI's May
15
,2012report, "Environmental Impacts
during
lyl:arcellus ShaleGas Drilling:Causes,Impacts,
and
Remedies."This re
port
seeksto clarify
any
resultingconfusion.
The University
at
Buffalo's
Mission
as
a Research
Institution
Irnpactful,groundbreakingresearch; transformativeeducationalexperiences;
and
deeply engagedservice
to our
local, state, national,
and
internationalcommunitiesdefinethe University
at
Buffalo'smissionas a
pr
emier, research-intensive public university.
UB
viewsthethree traditionalpillarsof the public higher education
mission-research,
education,
and
public
service-as
interdependent
endeavors that continuallyenrich
and
informeachother. Weare committedto bringing the benefitsof
our
research,scholarship,creative,
and
educationalexcellenceto the members
of
our
local
and
global communities
inways
thatenhance
both
our
understanding
of
our
world
and
thequalityof life forallpeople.
5
01
Capen Ha
ll
,
Buff
alo, NY 14260-1600 Tel:(716)645
-2901
Fax
:(716)645-3728Web:
www.buffalo
.edu
 
ChancellorNancy
L.
Zimpher
University
at
Buffalo Report
on
the Shale Resources
and
SocietyInstitute
2
University ResearchExternal
funding
for universityresearch generally comes
from
one ofthreesources:competitive(state,federal); philanthropic;or corporate/industryfunding. Foc
using
on
thethirdsource,asthat is a specific topic of inquiry
by
the Board of Trustees
regarding
this particularcase,corporate/industry
support
is acommon
and
essentialsource of university funding forresearchconducted
by
investigatorsacrossthe disciplines,
at
universities
around
the world. Asreported
by
theNational Science Foundationfor
2009,
the most recent year
that
data ispublished,nationaluniversityresearch expenditures
funded
by
industry
were almost $3.2billion(oftotalexpenditures equaling$54.9billion). Corporate
support
enableseducation, ensuresthat research
is
at
th
ecutting
e d g ~
,
and
focusesattention
on
timely issues.
In
addition,
undertaking
research sponsored bythe privatesectorisa critical
component
of
the
university's contributionsto
the
economic, social,
and
cultural vitality of
our
larger
communities-a
keyoutcomeof
our
mission. The impact ofuniversityscholarshipis enhanced
by
addressing concerns
and
exploringissues of importancetothe public good.
Overthe
past
several decades, university research has
produced
numerous
breakthrough
discoveries
that have
led to successful university-industry partnershipsformedtomaximizetheir
profound
scientific
and
societal impact.To cite just a few examples, universityindustrypartnerships
have
improved
the qualityof lifefor millions
worldwide
throughthe
de
velopment
and
disseminationoftests
used
for earlier detection
of
variouscancers
so
thatsurvivalratescouldbe
improved
,
drugs used in
cancer treatments,
the
MRIscanner
and
MRItechnology -developed
throughthework
offaculty
at
SUNYDownstateMedical Center
and
Stony Brook
ljniversity-and
the
battery-powered implantablecardiac
pacemaker-the
work offormer
UB
engineering faculty
member
Wilson Greatbatch.Working
with
a
broad
array
of
partners
,including the privatesector, is therefore criticaltoadvancing UB'sresearch missionas well asSUNY's
more
broadly. The Universityat Buffalois engaged
in
a
number
of major research projects
that
receive corporate
and/orindustry
funding. Beloware a few examples illustrating the scope
of
these projects
and
their impact:
Toshiba
Research
Stroke
Center/CTRC-
The Toshiba Corporation,which fundstheToshiba Research StrokeCenter,providesthat center
and
UB's
new
Clinical
and
TranslationalResearch Center
with
state-of-the-artimaging
equipment
advancing lifesavingmedical research,
as
well
as
fundingtranslational research projects
in the
center:• Allstate
Minority
and
Women's
Emerging
Entrepreneur
(MWEE)
program
Supported
by
the
AllstateFoundation, the
program provides
wom
en
and
minorityentrepreneurs
with
practicalbusinesstools,training,
and
one-on-onementoring
by
localbusinessexecutivesto developsuccessful strategic businessplans.
 
Chancell
or
Nancy
L.
Zimpher
University
at
Buffalo
Report
on
the
ShaleResources
and
SocietyInstitute
3
IBM-
IBM
has donated
key
equipment
itemsfora Clean Room
in
UB
Eng
in
eering
's
new
building (Davis Hall)
as
well asscientific
equipment
to
be used
for teac
hing
and
research
in
the
UB
Departm
e
nt
sofChemistry
and
Physics.
Center
for
Computational
Research (CCR)-A state-of-the-art supercomputingfacility
thatsupports groundbreaking work in
bioinformatics, materials informatics,
and
otherhigh-impact fields,
the
CCR
was
established
in
1998
with
a major
equipment
grantfromSGI,along
with
university
funds and
aMajor Research Instrumentation
grant
from theNational Science Foundation. The CCR
has
also
been
enhanced
with
a
pre
stigio
us
SharedUniversity Research
grant
from
IBM,
aswell
asequipmentdonat
ed
by
SunMicrosystems.
Center
for Protein
Therapeutics-A
dv
ancing treatment of major disorderslike Alzheimer's,multiplesclerosis,
and
othercentral
nervoussystem
diseases,
UB
'pharmaceutical sciences researchershavejoinedforces
with
scientistsfromsixof the
world's
largest pharmaceuticalcompanies (AbbottLabs,Amgen, Eli Lilly
and
Company,Merck
&
Company,Pfiz
er
and
Roche) to develop promising protein-based
drug
s-
themost rapidly
expanding
class of
drug
treatments for
many
cardiovascular,renal, gastrointestinal, rheumatologic
and
neurologicalconditions
and
di
seases-a
nd
totrainthescientists
needed
to build
an int
ellectual infrastructure in this developingfield. Academic
Freedom
and
Conflict
of
Interest
The
Universityat Buffalo
's
policies
and
p
ra
ctices
requ
ire thereporting ofall funding sourcesfor s
pon
sored research. Asisthe case
at
everymajor research
univers
ity,
so
me facultyresearch isfunded
in
part
by
indu
s
tr
y so
ur
ces.Toens
ure
transparency
and
adher
ence torigo
ro
us s
tandard
s
of
academic integrity,we focus
on
identifying
and
managing
potentialconflictsof
int
erest.
If
the conflictsaredetermined to
be
unmanageabl
e,
UB
will
not
acceptthefundin
g.
As
with
all research
at
UB
,regardless of thesource of
the
funding, it is nei
th
er
the role of
the
uni
versity
nor
of
the funding
sourcetodictate the conclusions
drawnby
facultyinvestigators.This core principleiscritical tothepreservation of academic freedom.
UB
re
co
gnizesthat
conflicts-both
actual
and
perceived-can arise
between
sourcesofresearch funding
an
d expectations of
ind
ependencew
hen rep
or
ting
research results.
Th
eseconflicts are
bro
a
dl
yrecognized
and
,following national be
stpra
ctice,
UB
has
establishedpoliciesthat governdisclos
ureof
significantfinancialinterests
an
dsources
ofsupportthat
co
uld
impa
ct theindependence
and
integrity of
th
escholarship
and
research
undertaken
byfaculty,staffand s
tudents
.
Our
faculty,staff,
and
students
are expected tofollowinternatio
nal
norms
fordisclosing financial interests
and
so
urcesofs
upport
for theirresearch
when
reportingtheresults of theirscholarship.

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