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MINUTES OF COMMITTEE MEETING TRB Committee ABG10, “Conduct of Research” Tuesday, January 23, 2007 Washington Hilton Hotel Washington, D.C. Laurie McGinnis, Chair

CALL TO ORDER AND INTRODUCTIONS

Laurie McGinnis

Laurie McGinnis called the meeting to order at 8:20 am. She gave a brief introduction to all attendees, and welcomed committee members to the meeting. REVIEW OF THE MINUTES Laurie McGinnis

The minutes from the July 31st summer meeting were reviewed by the committee, and there was one correction noted. Under Goal 5, instead of reading “Goals 1 and 5 are merging” it should read “Goals 1 and 5 will coordinate activities.” With this correction, the minutes were accepted. TRB STRATEGIC PLAN DISCUSSION Laurie McGinnis

A copy of the draft Strategic Plan Update dated November 2006 was discussed. The TRB requested that all committees review the four goals to see if they were getting the correct information out to the right people. They also wanted a discussion of particular objectives that should be reinforced. Particular points concerning the objectives included:  Key research agendas to the critical issues.  Summaries of annual reports, research activities are important. Summaries could be done by topical area. To increase ease of use and dissemination place them on the Web.  With the new technologies and the increase in the number of people who can’t travel, it would be useful to look at other means of outreach rather than meetings. This is particularly addressed in Goal 4b. It was noted that the workshop on Sunday (Use of Technologies in Communicating) spotlighted means to provide information/training, etc. over the internet. It was noted that Goal 4 is of special interest to the Committee. It promotes better technology transfer and knowledge transfer. Enhanced communication could be a means to implement Goal 2 that concerns expanding coverage and relevance of TRB. Debra Elston noted that collaboration is not addressed in the plan. TRB could have a role in supporting, coordinating, facilitating collaboration across all levels, national, internationally, government, academic, and corporate. There was agreement that this role should be addressed.

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TRB STAFF REPORT

Mark Norman

Mark spoke on the TRB staff report and highlighted two programs: 1. Meeting the Challenge to Achieve a Nationally Coordinated Research Program (228) 2. People and Deals of Research Collaboration: Keys to Building a Robust Research Program (642) The theme for 2008 is Partnering for Progress. TRB has had budgetary issues. The “State of TRB”, also referred to as “The Cheat Sheet”, summarizes TRB actions to address these issues. The goal is to generate additional income as well as to provide new services. Mark announced the new Research Needs Statements database. It is expected to be released to the public mid-year. The Transportation Research Records will be available online. The release is expected in the spring of 2007. Sponsors will have free access to the papers. Others may subscribe either online, continue print, or subscribe to a combination package. Pricing information was given to attendees. A TRR publications board has been established. Members of the board will include academic members, the remaining half are practitioners. The goal of the board is to enhance the value of the publication to both communities and to increase the citation value of the publication. The Conduct of Research mid-year meeting will be held in conjunction with the state representatives meeting at the Beckman Center, Irvine, California on April 4th and 5th, 2007. RESEARCH AND EDUCATION SECTION REPORT Bill Carr

TRB is asking all of the committees to review their mission, strategic plan, and membership details. Bill noted that the Section’s five committees are encouraged to partner. There is increased emphasis on increasing the diversity in gender, age, race, discipline, modal issues, and international membership. PRESENTATION Alberto Albahari Surface Transport Management Projects in the 6th framework Programme of the European Union Mr. Albahari, a doctoral student at Univeridad de Malaga, made a presentation based on a paper he had submitted to the committee. The presentation will be linked from the CoR website. Discussion noted that it would be of interest to the Committee to know who

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would be our equivalent organization in Europe. Mr. Mikulik noted that it is the Special Directorate for Research. He will provide us with a link to the organization. European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC) Josef Mikulik Mr. Mikulik reported on the upcoming Young Researcher Seminar and on Vision 2020. He will send a link on Vision 2020 for the CoR website.

ONGOING ACTIVITIES

Laurie McGinnis

Recognition of committee members: Laurie presented certificates of appreciation to several committee members for their work as Goal Team Leaders, Subcommittee chairs, and session planners. TRB 2007 Annual Meeting Technical Sessions Technologies for Communicating: The workshop had low attendance, however there were interesting programs and interaction. The details of the various presentations will be posted on the Committee web site. Debra Elston reported that Meeting the Challenge to Achieve a Nationally Coordinated Research Program (228) was an e-session. Barbara Harder reported on upcoming People and Deals of Research Collaboration: Keys to Building a Robust Research Program (642) Goal Team Reports It was noted that the goals may need revision or rewriting as much has been completed since the process started:  Goal 1: Debra Elston. Goal 1 is largely accomplished. Partnering and collaboration is emphasized. There is a strong conncetion with Goal 5.  Goal 2: Gary Frederick and Barbara Harder. The tri-fold has been published and is available in an e-version. Two of the seven keys are covered each year.  Goal 3: Bonnie Osif. This is an ongoing goal that is addressing web issues and availability of program materials, as well as determining other items of value to the transportation community. A guide for creating presentations is under consideration for addition to the web page. The team co-leader resigned last year and a new co-leader is needed.  Goal 4: Jason Bittner. Formal liaisons have been set up with CUTC and RAC. Need to determine a liaison with RITA. Marketing and promotion to other committees with research subcommittees has been done with the assistance of Bonnie Osif

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Mark Norman. They are now on the distribution list for the newsletter. Additional strategies are needed since most have been accomplished or are continuing. Goal 5: Sue Sillick. Sue is the new chair of the goal. She is currently reviewing past materials. Goal 6: Mike Bonini. They are continuing activities to identify and build a diverse membership. He attended the new members reception on Sunday. Several new members have been added to increase modal diversity. An orientation package for new members will contain overall TRB schemes, how the committee fits into TRB structure, and what the committee does. A mentoring program will be developed. Bonnie Osif will take the lead. Barbara Harder volunteered to help. Mike will send a list of potential volunteers for the various goals to the team leaders based on responses from the committee sign in sheet.

There is interest in having research subcommittee members invited to attend CoR meetings and share information about research activities of their committees. This will be investigated by Mike. Subcommittee Reports: Communications Jason Bittner

In regards to the website, Jason is working on organization to increase usability. Interested individuals should contact Jason for a subscription to the committee newsletter. He is looking for volunteers to write on collaboration for the Newsletter. Ed Johnson, Nancy Chinlund, Richard Long and Dick McReynolds volunteered. Each will write an article for one of the next three issues. Jason is planning on a more regular publication schedule. There was discussion of various places to host the newsletter. Lisa Pogue of the Technology Transfer Committee is hosting their materials on Google Pages. Options will be considered as it is thought that it would be useful to be able to have more than one person edit the site. 2007 MIDYEAR MEETING Laurie McGinnis

The midyear meeting will be held April 4th and 5th, 2007 in Irvine. Time will be allotted for planning of the 2008 sessions as well as to review and revise the strategic plan. The Committee’s research problem statements need to be reviewed within the framework of the new Research Needs Statements database. This database will indicate the needs of other committees and allow the Committee to consider how it might address these needs. PRESENTATION Caltrans Research Selection Process Presentation will be linked from the CoR website. Nancy Chinlund

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UPDATES AASHTO RAC Sue Sillick RAC held a meeting on Sunday. They will be partnering with the UTCs. Sue provided the attendees with a handout on the RAC Proposed Standing Task Groups. Seattle will host the next meeting on August 6th through 9th. Policy Study on Transportation Information Management Leni Oman

The Policy study is developing a business plan to address the issues presented in Special Report 248. Richard Long SCOR will meet in March to discuss a new strategic plan. The task forces will look at the various research needs and liaisons. They plan to have non-RAC members work on the task forces. One of the goals is to accomplish their tasks faster. It was noted that CoR could have a role in this process. Scanning tours. More information is available at www. transportation.org. Search under the term “international” for NCHRP 20-63, thirteen projects were recommended, three have advanced. SCOR will review in March. NCHRP 20-63 Performance Measurement Tool Box Beta testing is about to start. After the results are received there will be evaluation and a determination regarding when to go national. FHWA advanced research activities Debra Elston

Debra distributed a brochure soliciting proposals. An announcement concerning proposals went out last week NCHRP 20-78 Communication the Value of Research Laurie McGinnis

The study is to develop a guide for successfully communicating the value of transportation research projects and programs. The contract is under negotiation. The meeting was adjourned at 11:55.

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