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 Kara Charmanski on Monday, May 19, 2014

The NIH defines a Senior/Key Person as an individual who contributes to the “scientific development or execution of a project in a substantive, measurable way, whether or not they request salaries or compensation.” While this seems like a clear definition, there are gray areas in who meets these criteria, and when to use the Other Significant Contributor or Consultant designations.... Read more

Tagged with: Compliance, NIH

by Katie Porter on Monday, March 17, 2014

Leadership involves such diverse responsibilities – from diffusing tense team interactions to championing strategic change at institutions. Simply put, leaders set the tone for their teams and organizations. While some may scoff at the concept of emotional intelligence and its accompanying responsibilities, studies show that nearly fifty percent of employees’ perceptions of organizational climate is determined by their direct leader’s behaviour and actions.... Read more

Tagged with: Leadership, Learn Succeed Lead, Professional Development

by Mark B. Hochman on Monday, March 17, 2014

This column is dedicated to introducing you to the members of the International Section. Many of our global members cannot travel easily to a meeting in the US, but participate via webinars, podcasts and other resources found on the World Wide Web. This month, International Section President Mark Hochman, from the University of Tasmania, would like you to meet Moody Altamimi from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia.... Read more

Tagged with: International Section

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

First impressions mean a lot – often they frame what we think about someone or something for a long time to come. In this column, we generally share members’ “first impressions” and hopefully those firsts turn into “lasting memories” that keep us coming back to SRA International year after year. In this month’s column, Diana Coates shares how her first experience at the 2002 SRA International Annual Meeting led to her involvement in INORMS 2014.... Read more

Tagged with: Partner Societies

by Katie Porter on Monday, February 17, 2014

Do you suffer from fear of feedback? No matter what your role in our diverse world of research administration, the ability to receive and effectively process feedback is an ability that will help you grow as a productive research administrator and as a leader. Given the dynamic and ever-changing nature of the field of research, the ability to see feedback from your stakeholders as an opportunity for positive professional change, rather than a negative, can set you apart as a leader.... Read more

Tagged with: Leadership, Learn Succeed Lead, Professional Development

by Michael "Spanky" McCallister on Monday, February 17, 2014

I introduce to you the Favog-based method of self-blurblization as a path to self-awareness and possible entry into Star Fleet Academy. As usual, you won’t have a clue about what I’m nattering about until you read my column. Let’s cut to the chase, blow off “Once upon a time” and get with the program, OK?... Read more

Tagged with: Leadership

by Sarah Lampson on Monday, January 20, 2014

Research administrators have many customers – their teams, other administrators, government officials, sponsors, donors, students and anyone else who happens through the door. Even those naturally inclined towards providing excellent service, certain customers demand more – more time, more help and more patience – and those are not always our most grateful clients. If you have a need for renewed energy and resilience, take a moment to focus on the benefits your service provides to you:... Read more

Tagged with: Learn Succeed Lead, Professional Development

by Michael "Spanky" McCallister on Monday, January 20, 2014

I kind of stuck my toe back into the pre-award business as a volunteer this last week. I needed something for my head to do and the opportunities popped up. It’s funny how being back at the meeting table after a break is so comfortable and at the same a mirror of daily life.... Read more

Tagged with: Leadership