Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.21
Liaison Gary Cocke
Submission Date Sept. 11, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

The University of Texas at Dallas
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Gary Cocke
Associate Director for Sustainability and Energy Conservation
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability? :
No

A brief description of the student research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:
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Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability topics?:
Yes

A brief description of the faculty research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The UT Dallas Seed Program for Interdisciplinary Research (SPIRe) program is an internal funding mechanism designed to stimulate interdisciplinary research collaborations that will lead to external funding. Successful proposals will include faculty members serving as PIs from different UT Dallas departments, programs, or schools. This program is well-suited to support the endeavors of those faculty with STEM backgrounds and project interests, although there is no limitation for faculty affiliations.

Incentives
Supplies, equipment, reagents, and publication costs
Graduate student stipend and benefits
Postdoctoral or Research Scientist support and benefits
Travel, conference/workshop attendance, or conference/workshop hosting for team-building to support the proposal submission for external funding


Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s support for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:
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Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The McDermott Library provides exceptional resources in sustainability research and learning collectively called "green" libraries. Green libraries emphasize stewardship of resources, impact on the natural environment, economy, ecology, and equity. Economy is the management, or stewardship, of the resources; Ecology is the relationship of the community with its environment, particularly the natural environment; and Equity is fairness to all.

The Sustainability Reference Center collection offers full-text coverage of content relevant to sustainability initiative management. It is designed for sustainability experts and information professionals and covers topics such as corporate social responsibility, environmental stewardship, and governmental regulations.

During the Spring 2019 semester, the university held its first Sustainability Themed Semester highlighting the global water crisis. The library was able to effectively display resources and references towards educating students, faculty, and staff on this topic.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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