Schedule of Events

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The 2017 Annual Meeting Agenda (with optional Tour Agenda included) is viewable below.

Printable pdfs of the agendas:

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - Doubletree Hotel

11:45 – 4:00 p.m.              Optional Tour of Manhattan National Historical Park (U.S. Citizens Only); See below for in-depth agenda

4:00 – 7:00 p.m.                 Registration – DoubleTree Hotel Lobby

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.                 New Councilor Orientation Session – Room TBD


Manhattan Project National Historical Park Facilities Tour Agenda

11:45 a.m.                   Depart Doubletree Hotel for American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE)

11:50 a.m.                   Arrive at AMSE

11:50 a.m. –                Boxed Lunch and Overview of Manhattan Project National Historical Park

12:45 p.m.                 by the National Park Service

1:00 p.m.                     Bus(es) departs AMSE for tours

1:00 – 1:10 p.m.          Travel to Y-12 National Security Complex, New Hope Center

1:10 – 1:25 p.m.          Obtain Visitor Badges

1:25 p.m.                     Bus(es) departs New Hope Center for Building 9731   

1:35 – 2:35 p.m           Tour of the Calutron Electromagnetic Separation of Uranium Historic Structure 

2:40 p.m.                     Bus(es) departs Y-12

2:40 – 3:10 p.m.          Travel to ORNL

3:10 – 3:55 p.m.          Tour of ORNL Graphite Reactor

4:00 p.m.                     Bus(es) departs for Doubletree Hotel 

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.          Travel to Doubletree Hotel

4:30 p.m.                     Arrive at Doubletree Hotel


Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - Pollard Technology Conference Center

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.             Registration and Continental Breakfast – Pollard Lobby

Networking Opportunity

8:30 – 8:40 a.m.             Opening Remarks

  • Andy Page, President and CEO, ORAU
  • Arlene Garrison, Vice President, University Partnerships

8:40 – 8:45 a.m.             Introduction of Keynote Speaker

8:45 – 9:30 a.m.             Keynote Addresses

Recalibrating Regulation of Colleges and University: Report of the Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education, Nicholas S. Zeppos, Chancellor, Vanderbilt University; and Task Force Co-Chair

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.             Keynote Q&A

9:45 – 10:05 a.m.          Break

10:05 – 11:35     Panel Session 1: Conduct of Research

Purpose: The Impact of the Changing Federal Landscape on Research and Innovation
Facilitator: Eric Abelquist, Executive Vice President, ORAU

Panel Speakers

  • Harmonization of Export Control Requirements Across the Federal Agencies, Doug Backman, Co-Chair, Federal Demonstration Partnership Project; and Director, Research Compliance, University of Central Florida
  • America Invents Act and Its Impact on University Research, Carl Mahler, Executive Director, Office of Technology Transfer, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Faculty Consulting: Conflicts of Interest and Beyond, Karen A. Mullin, Chief General Counsel and Director of Technology Development, The Forsyth Institute

11:35 – 12:00 p.m.       Panel Q & A

12:00 – 1:15 p.m.          Lunch – Pollard Lobby 

Networking Opportunity

1:15 – 2:45 p.m.             Panel Session 2: Enhancing and Supporting a Diverse Faculty Environment

Purpose: New Challenges and Strategies to Recruit and Retain Faculty
Facilitator: Craig Layman, Associate Director, Scientific Assessment & Workforce Development, ORAU

Panel Speakers

  • Title IX by the Numbers: The Administrator-Researcher Campus Climate Collaborative Survey, Meredith Smith, Title IX Coordinator, Tulane University
  • Building an Effective Compliance Program, L. Lee Tyner, General Counsel, University of Mississippi, and Immediate Past Chair, National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Academic Freedom and the New Challenges to Faculty Rights, Robert Shibley, Executive Director, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

2:45 – 3:05 p.m.             Panel Q & A

3:05 – 3:25 p.m.             Break

3:25 – 4:45 p.m.             Business Meeting – Pollard Auditorium (all attendees invited)

5:30 – 6:15 p.m.             Reception – Doubletree Hotel

Networking Opportunity

6:15 – 7:00 p.m.             Dinner      

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - Pollard Technology Conference Center

7:30 – 8:20 a.m.             Continental Breakfast

Networking Opportunity

 8:20 – 8:25 a.m.             Opening Remarks

Arlene Garrison, Ph.D., Vice President, University Partnerships

8:25 – 8:35 a.m.             The New Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)

Jim Vosburg, Director, ORISE

8:35 – 8:50 a.m.            Comments by Member Institution Representatives

8:50 – 8:55 a.m.             Introduction of Keynote Speaker

8:55 – 9:40 a.m.             Keynote Address

Optimizing the Nation’s Investment in Academic Research: A New Regulatory Framework for the 21st Century, Larry R. Faulkner, Chair, Committee on Federal Research Regulations and Reporting Requirements, National Academy of Sciences; and President Emeritus, University of Texas at Austin

9:40 – 9:55 a.m.             Keynote Q & A

9:55 – 10:15 a.m.          Break

10:15 – 11:45 a.m.            Panel Session 3: Balancing New Policies and Practices

Purpose: Creating New Models to Strengthen the Future of Higher Education
Facilitator: Rachel Lokitz, Associate General Counsel, ORAU

Panel Speakers

  • Evolving Higher Education Business Models: Leading with Data to Deliver Results, Louis Soares, Vice President, Center for Policy Research and Strategy, American Council on Education
  • The Impact of Emerging Technologies in Colleges and Universities: A Five-Year Horizon, Malcolm Brown, Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative
  • Additional panel speaker TBD

11:45 – 11:55 p.m.       Panel Q & A

11:55 – 12:00 p.m.       Wrap-up

Andy Page, President and CEO, ORAU

12:00 p.m.                         Adjourn

12:00 p.m.                         Box Lunches Available – Pollard Lobby

12:30 p.m.                         Bus departs from Pollard Auditorium for Knoxville’s McGhee-Tyson Airport


Ann Farler

University Partnerships Office