Catalyst


SRA International’s monthly newsletter is your gateway to what is trending in research administration.  The Catalyst features insights from the top professionals in research management as well as keeping you up-to-date on the unbeatable educational offerings from SRA International.

by Zoya Davis-Hamilton on Monday, December 15, 2014

Whether, and how, to combine central pre- and post-award offices has recently become a hot topic in the research administration field. As institutions decide whether or not to combine their central pre- and post-award offices, they are faced with questions such as which division the combined office should fall under, and what services to assign to central pre- and post-award offices. Some may wonder what other institutions are doing in that regard.... Read more

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by Debra Shaller-Demers on Monday, November 17, 2014

It has been my pleasure to serve as the Editor of the SRA Catalyst since November 2011. I have enjoyed this role immensely and have taken satisfaction in seeing the e-Newsletter flourish and grow over the past three years. For 2014-15, I have agreed to Co-chair the Education and Professional Development Committee (EPDC) with Dr. Mark Hochman. As I do have a “day job” I must relinquish my editorial responsibilities and pass the torch. I do so with great enthusiasm to Susanne Van Weelden.... Read more

Tagged with: Kudos Korner, Leadership

by Katie Porter on Monday, November 17, 2014

The workplace is more diverse than ever before, with four generations of actively engaged workers, more mobile employees, not to mention the variety of skill sets and work styles required in today’s modern work world. For such a wide assortment of employees to function effectively in a research administration team, understanding is key. We need to understand how employees in today’s new world of work operate and collaborate.... Read more

Tagged with: Leadership, Learn Succeed Lead

by Katie Watkins on Monday, November 17, 2014

These are exciting times for SRA’s Membership Committee. Enhanced outreach, opportunities to participate in membership activities, and a new recruitment program are all part of the plan. The Membership Committee plays an important role in SRA’s Strategic Plan. I am enthusiastic about my appointment as SRA’s new Membership Chair. I would like to thank Elizabeth Turner-Nichols, the previous membership chair, for her past leadership of the Committee.... Read more

Tagged with: Leadership

by Kara Charmanski on Monday, November 17, 2014

Indirect costs are funds that cover real costs paid by an institution to carry out sponsored research on a per project basis. While most institutions have a set indirect cost rate for federal proposals, many corporate and foundation sponsors do not allow for indirect costs or have an indirect cost rate that is less than the institution’s rate. Budgeting realistic and accurate costs for research sponsored by corporations and foundations can be a gray area.... Read more

Tagged with: Compliance

by John Westensee on Monday, November 17, 2014

The 2014 SRA Annual Meeting in San Diego was a massive success. We had a record number of attendees and a fabulous program. Let us break the record again in Las Vegas in 2015! There also was a change in leadership. Sandra Nordahl's highly successful presidency has ended and our society is at its strongest. A big round of thanks from all of us. And as the incoming president, I presented my vision for the next two year at the board meeting in San Diego.... Read more

Tagged with: Leadership

by Annedorte Vad on Monday, November 17, 2014

The International Section of SRA is growing! The 2014 Annual Meeting saw more international delegates and more sessions within the international thread than ever before. But remember, activities are not limited to the annual meeting. The membership of SRA International gives you a network of colleagues worldwide and opportunities to learn and grow by exchanging best practice and attending meetings and training throughout the year.... Read more

Tagged with: Professional Development

by Debra Shaller-Demers on Monday, November 17, 2014

RA International members rock! As research administration professionals, they never stop improving, learning, achieving, or earning new heights of success. We love sharing good news and offering a well-deserved slap on the back for recent personal and/or professional achievement. In keeping with that sentiment, please join with us as we congratulate Dr. Mark Hochman receiving the inaugural Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS) Janet Dibb-Leigh Award.... Read more

Tagged with: Kudos Korner, Leadership

by Katie Porter on Monday, October 20, 2014

With deadlines, deliverables, and ever-increasing responsibilities how is the professional research administrator supposed to find time to develop professionally? I have some suggestions for those who find it a challenge to leave behind their everyday work obligations and take time for professional development. No matter what avenue you choose for professional growth, remember that by improving your skills, you are demonstrating a commitment to life-long learning.... Read more

Tagged with: Learn Succeed Lead, Professional Development

by Debra Shaller-Demers on Monday, October 20, 2014

SRA International members rock! As research administration professionals, they never stop improving, learning, achieving, or earning new heights of success. We love sharing good news and offering a well-deserved slap on the back for recent personal and/or professional achievement. In keeping with that sentiment, please join with us as we congratulate former SRA International At-Large Board Member and former NE Section President, Kate McCormick on her new job.... Read more

Tagged with: Kudos Korner, Leadership

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