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Report of the Research Infrastructure Task Force


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The future of research at Kansas State University deserves serious discussion as we move forward with the K-State 2025 initiative. Since January, the Research Infrastructure Task Force (RITF) has been meeting with the charge of taking a broad, overarching approach in examining our research enterprise. The task force has issued its final report, which is published here (pdf, 3.03MB).

Research will serve as a major component in our future and we encourage you to read this report in its entirety. Please take some time to consider the role played by research, scholarship, and creative activities in our collective, collaborative futures. Thank you in advance for your review of this report.

Task Force Chair:

Chris Sorensen, Cortelyou-Rust University Distinguished Professor, Department of Physics, College of Arts and Sciences.

Task Force Members:

Betsy Cauble, Associate Professor of Social Work and Department Head, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work; Faculty Senate President-Elect.

Kara Dillard, Doctoral Candidate in Sociology, Graduate Student Council President.

Shannon Fisher, Associate Controller, Controllers Office.

James Guikema, Associate Vice President for Research and Professor, Division of Biology.

Mike Haddock, Assistant Dean, Research, Education and Engagement Division, K-State Libraries.

Loretta Johnson, Associate Professor, Division of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences.

John Leslie, Professor and Head, Department of Plant Pathology, College of Agriculture.

Daniel Marcus, University Distinguished Professor of Anatomy and Physiology, College of Veterinary Medicine.

Denis Medeiros, Professor and Head, Department of Human Nutrition/Associate Dean, Scholarship and Research, College of Human Ecology.

Mary Rezac, Professor and Co-Director Center for Sustainable Energy, Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering.

Carol Shanklin, Dean of the Graduate School and Professor, Hospitality Management and Dietetics.

Kerry Taylor, Assistant Vice President for Research (Animal Care); Director, Comparative Medicine Group.

Karin Westman, Associate Professor and Department Head, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences.

Administrative Assistants:

Caron Berges, Senior Administrative Specialist to the Vice President for Research.

Lisa Shubert, formerly Assistant to the Director of Governmental Relations.