July 2008 August 2008 September 2008 October 2008 November 2008 December 2008

July 22, 2008

New Employees

  • Jeffrey Blume will begin work on 8/1/08; his office location is D2215.
  • JoAnn Rudd, Biostatistician II, will join the department on 8/25/08.
  • Ben Saville's employment date is 8/14/08; his office location is T2318.
  • Zhiguo Zhou, Biostatistician II, joined our Cancer Biostatistics group on 7/21/08.

New Positions

  • Two Computer Systems Analyst positions have been posted in the Job Line.

Office Assignments and New Furniture Installation

  • Linda stated that all office assignments are to be coordinated/approved by her.
  • Linda will contact IDS regarding installation date, and will make sure John Miller's group is notified. Sherry will arrange telephone moves.

Post doc Appointment

  • Sherry has completed initial letter for Pingsheng Wu's post doc appointment; letter is enroute to be signed by Dr. Ann Richmond.

JSM Recruitment

  • Diane shared that seven applicants (both Staff and Faculty) have been identified pre-JSM.

State Contract

  • The State contract will be discontinued effective 8/30/08; due to this, Zhouwen Liu will have 25% available effort and Angel An will have 22.5%.

Supervisor Retreat

  • Linda will contact Susan Mezger to confirm her presentation.

Professional Development/Travel/Discretionary Centers

  • WJ will continue to maintain a spreadsheet to track professional development; part of the value is being able to determine "average" costs for categories of expense.
  • Travel authorizations will be maintained in a central location; WJ will let traveler know when approval has been received. In addition, he will check reports regularly to ensure expenses are submitted in a timely fashion.
  • Unless it is a teaching center, discretionary centers are "protected" for department members' use and are not to be utilized for professional development.

eProcurement

  • Eve and WJ attended training on 8/17/08.
  • Because it will save money for the Department, Eve is utilizing Guy Brown (rather than Staples) for office products.
  • Diane suggested that our IT group develop an automated system of price checking. Linda will make the request.

Student Employment and Job Fair

  • It was discussed that employing relatives presents a conflict of interest.
  • A TWiki page will be developed for Student Employment and supervisors will be requested to meet with employees to review expectations.

Administrators Luncheon

  • Since a team member will be on vacation, the luncheon is postponed.

July 28, 2008

August 4, 2008

Good News

New Employees

  • Alex Zhao joined Cancer Biostats on 7/21/08 as Biostatistician II.
  • Jeffrey Blume began work on 8/1/08; office location is D2215.
  • JoAnn Rudd, Biostatistician II, will join the department on 8/25/08.
  • Ben Saville's employment date is 8/14/08; his office location TBD. Linda is asking existing faculty about their interest in the T corridor office in order to give them first priority.

New Positions

  • Two Computer Systems Analyst positions have been posted in the Job Line.
  • Pingsheng's appointment will not be post doc: UPDATE since meeting: She will be placed in a Staff Scientist position.

JSM Recruitment

  • Diane has set up a TWiki page for Staff and Faculty candidates identified pre and post JSM.

State Contract

  • UPDATE since meeting: Linda talked with Zhouwen and he will work with Mac Buchowski at 25% level.

Computing Clinic

  • Topics: Include V-Net code in personal page (Donna's suggestion)

Supervisor Retreat

  • Eve was recognized for her coordination of a very successful event.

Administrators Luncheon

  • Date will be scheduled in the near future.

August 12, 2008

Good News
  • PEOPLE
  • SERVICE
    • Business Diversity Fair. Eve reported on the event; Guy Brown was major vendor showcased and tee shirt vendor introduced herself.
    • Procurement & Disbursement Services New Online Reports. Donna, WJ and Eve will attend this training on 8/14/08.
  • QUALITY
    • Account number review: 60032. Follow up to determine if this account number should be used for recruitment mailings.
  • GROWTH
    • WALDO viewer access for Business Objects reports. In order to access BO reports, a WALDO Security form must be completed.
  • FINANCE
    • PAF/PMF signature: Linda reminded the group that the initiating department should sign document(s) first.
    • PCard for purchasing coordinator (EAA). Eve has completed an application; Linda has reviewed it and signed off.

August 18, 2008

Good News
  • PEOPLE
  • SERVICE
    • Overcommunicate; who to cc on e-mail
  • QUALITY
  • GROWTH
    • Space
  • FINANCE

August 25, 2008

Good News
  • PEOPLE
  • SERVICE
    • Cabinets A, B and C
  • QUALITY
  • GROWTH
    • Life Sciences Building; Temporary space in VMG Blakemore office (beginning May 2009)
    • Graduate Program
  • FINANCE
    • Travel authorization and expense report process
    • Food reimbursement (12, 16 and 30)
    • Keys for Finance/Accounting offices

September 4, 2008

September 12, 2008

  • Department calendar updates + department e-mail

September 15, 2008

September 22, 2008

  • Benefits issues; who handles? (i.e., Saville)

September 29, 2008

October 2, 2008

October 8, 2008

  • Game plan for department five-year celebration

October 23, 2008

  • Department collections efforts
  • Budget report
  • Staff promotions
  • Travel dinner costs (48/60-0004)
  • Administrator meeting 4 Nov
  • Other department personnel changes: Rob Harper, Finance to Ortho; Shelley Meredith, DOM to Div Gen Med

October 30, 2008

  • OS database
  • Ongoing training
  • Department library
  • FWS students

November 6, 2008

November 13, 2008

November 20, 2008

November 27, 2008

December 4, 2008

Good News

  • PEOPLE
    • Potluck luncheon
    • January short course
  • SERVICE
    • International fees
  • QUALITY
    • Administrator involvement in decision-making
  • GROWTH
  • FINANCE
    • ENAR/JSM
    • Coffee maker purchase deferred

December 11, 2008

Good News

  • PEOPLE
    • Steven Chen, Asst Prof Basic Science Educator track 3/1/09
    • UAB potential faculty recruit
    • Sandeep Parvathapuram and Jing He, new CSAs
    • 1-5-09 Department meeting (Diane will ask Lisa to arrange for chocolate chip cookies)
    • January short course; Linda called and e-mailed Joe Goff about meeting room support
    • R01 eSNAP (Bill Dupont PI)
    • Administrator days off during holidays; the Team is doing a great job with on-line personal calendars
    • 2/9/09 potluck (Linda will ask Lisa to request that all employees be responsible for picking up their own dish.)
  • SERVICE
    • International Services; Sherry is doing a great job and will be updating TWiki with more information about permanent residency applications.
  • QUALITY
    • Career/Education purchase review by Budget/Accounting Analyst
    • Federal purchase review by Business Manager
    • Department Travel Policy; Frank's e-mail was superbly done.
    • ENAR/Bayesian conferences; Patrick has volunteered to pay Lisa's travel to ENAR and JSM. Chris S will lead a Jr. Investigator's workshop at ENAR and has received a $550 travel supplement.
    • Communication strategies
    • Space Survey
    • Share drive file organization; Donna suggested reducing the number of folders and Diane volunteered to consolidate and streamline.
  • GROWTH
    • Chun Li's R01; modular format and spend rate/New systems analyst @ 100% effort
  • FINANCE
    • Decrease in development and operating budgets over next 7 mos by 10 and 3% respectively
    • Software Store on-line ordering/approval system
    • Recruit's recent travel expense; LDS has spoken with fac member about department reimbursement for meals.

December 18, 2008

Good News

  • PEOPLE
    • Team retreat
  • SERVICE
    • Staff Applicant Tracking System (Ceridian's Recruiting Solutions to Evolve)
    • Last minute requests; autoreply e-mail.
  • QUALITY
    • Improving efficiency of weekly meetings; shortened or deferred discussions. Sideline prolonged discussions and ask "When can we meet to resolve the issue?"
    • Email efficiency; who to copy and when - to be discussed at Computing Clinic
  • GROWTH
    • Biosketch Training Session: Eve reported that the training was informative.
  • FINANCE
    • Teaching funds (gift cards unallowable)
    • Clinic luncheons; SSS will no longer sponsor Wednesdays - Eve will follow up with Frank.

Topic revision: r3 - 20 Dec 2011, JohnBock
 

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