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 Sandra Nordahl on Monday, July 14, 2014

SRA International is always striving to increase its many perspectives. This month Mark Hochman and Margo Gross provide Section and Chapter insights. The Society continues to evolve into a stronger organization because of what our members contribute whether it is at the Chapter, Division, Section or crosscutting levels. All participation is important! Please contact me at Snordahl@foundation.sdsu.edu if you would like to become more involved.... Read more

Tagged with: Leadership

by Mark B. Hochman on Monday, July 14, 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 Keiko Okano, SRA member since 2013, from Kyoto University in Japan.... Read more

Tagged with: International Section

by Kara Charmanski on Monday, July 14, 2014

While defining subcontract and consulting arrangements seems simple, determining which to use in a given situation can be challenging. Modes of collaboration are rarely black or white, and instead fall into a difficult-to-navigate gray area, particularly at the time of grant application. Responding to the reviewers’ comments provides an opportunity to take a closer look at the mechanisms of collaboration.... Read more

by Zoya Davis-Hamilton on Monday, July 14, 2014

Service evaluations help users communicate their needs, and provide research administration offices with data about where they are meeting their goals, and where there are areas for improvement. We surveyed offices of research administration in order to find the current “pulse” of how they are evaluating their services.... Read more

Tagged with: Surveys, The Pulse

by Katie Porter on Monday, July 14, 2014

What makes some people keep working toward a goal, while others, also working toward that same goal, give up? What makes some people able to persevere and even emerge stronger from trying circumstances, while others falter at the first sign of adversity? The answer is “resilience.” No longer just a buzzword on a child’s report card, resiliency has emerged as a key skill in one’s professional portfolio... Read more

Tagged with: Learn Succeed Lead, Professional Development

by Debra Shaller-Demers on Monday, July 14, 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, SRA Board Member, Debra Schaller-Demers shares her first impression of ARMA (sister organization to SRA International) as both an attendee and a presenter.... Read more

Tagged with: Partner Societies

by Debra Shaller-Demers on Monday, July 14, 2014

SRA International is a professional networking community of learners. One way to gain knowledge and expertise is to share our stories of successful achievements with our peers and colleagues. Often research administrators are cast in the role of promoting, supporting and applauding others. While this may be gratifying in many respects, it is also healthy to have pride in one’s own accomplishments. Kudos Korner offers SRA members a wonderful and respectful venue for sharing and “bragging.”... Read more

Tagged with: Kudos Korner

by Debra Shaller-Demers on Monday, June 16, 2014

SRA is a professional networking community of learners. One way to gain knowledge and expertise is to share our stories of successful achievements with our peers and colleagues. Often research administrators are cast in the role of promoting, supporting and applauding others. While this may be gratifying in many respects, it is also healthy to have pride in one’s own accomplishments. Kudos Korner offers SRA members a wonderful and respectful venue for sharing and “bragging.”... Read more

Tagged with: Kudos Korner, Leadership

by Pamela F. Miller on Monday, June 16, 2014

Do you sometimes think PIs must be from another planet? Or, is what we have here just a failure to communicate? This Stump the Champs column provides a “formula” for communicating effectively with PIs that is easy to remember, easy to implement, and (almost) guaranteed to work every time. Check it out and see if you think this scientific approach will work with your PIs.... Read more

Tagged with: Leadership, Stump the Champs

by Katie Porter on Monday, June 16, 2014

The ability to find happiness in one’s professional journey is more important than ever. After recently leading a webinar entitled, “Consciously Cultivating Happiness at Work” for CAURA (the Canadian equivalent to SRA) , I thought it would be interesting to explore how our community of research administration professionals, despite time and budget constraints so prevalent in our respective institutions, can learn the skills to grow their work life “happiness quotient.”... Read more

Tagged with: Learn Succeed Lead, Professional Development

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