Concurrent Sessions

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 10:00am to 10:45am

Consequences of Research Misconduct: Papers, Purse, Prisons and Patents

This session will discuss the impact of an allegation of research misconduct on publications and manuscripts, funding and patents, and will discuss cases in which researchers were criminally convicted for actions associated with a research misconduct finding.


Debbie Parrish, Parrish Law Offices

Starting a Committee of Research Administrators

You will learn how and why the University of Pittsburgh started a University recognized committee to assist CRA’s with their recertification process. We will identify the objectives of the Committee of Research Administrators (CoRA), the benefits to the University Community and how we measure the effectiveness of CoRA.


Nancy Harter, Holly Gergely, Thomas Berkhoudt, University of Pittsburgh and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

How to Turn Your Research Administation Software from Zero to Hero

In this session you will learn how to research and explore a shadow system to manage all aspects of your research portfolio. How we developed tools, user manuals, a campus wide user group, electronic downloads, etc., to save time and cost to the department and university. We will look at different reporting methods and methodologies. Feedback and class participation will be advantageous for a lively discussion and idea sharing.


Yvonne Brewster, MPM and Beverly Savage, CRA, University of Pittsburgh

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 10:55am to 11:40am

Contracts for Non-Lawyers

Understand how parts of a research agreement impact you. You will be able to articulate reasons agreements, take time to identify parts of the research agreement that can delay the process and walk through a research agreement template.


Linda Duffy, Carnegie Mellon University

How Do I Prepare for the CRA: Various Perspectives, Different Strategies

In this presentation we will address a few way in which you can prepare and study for the Certified Research Administrator's (CRA) test.


Teresa Cameron, CRA, University of Pittsburgh. and Lisa Vento, CRA, Carnegie Mellon University

Changes at the National Science Foundation

With the world ever-changing, NSF is making changes of their own. This session will introduce you to the significant changes NSF has recently instituted. You will be given the resources on how to successfully submit a compliant NSF proposal. The information is from a presentation made by Jean Feldman, Head, Policy Office, at the NSF Grants Conference hosted by Carnegie Mellon University in November 2016.


Sophie Park, CRA, and Anita Conelly, Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:00pm

Process Improvement and Implementation


Mariana Rieke and Tom Berkhoudt

Clinical Trial Budgeting – Putting Together the Pieces

In this session there will be discussions covering various aspects of successfully budgeting for clinical trials – inclusive of formatting budgets that are understandable to clinical / corporate sponsors, discussion of typical budget items, and more!

In addition we will discuss how  to make sure all your costs are accounted for, including personnel time, IRB costs, pharmacy fees, service centers, hospital costs, facility fees, etc.


Angela Yost, University of Pittsburgh, and Michelle Jarvis, Rand Corporation

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 2:15pm to 3:00pm

Managing expectations up, out and down

This workshop is designed to help participants understand the multiple cultures that exist within academia and how those cultures impact research administration. In particular, the workshop will illuminate the nuances of effective communication within management and how to manage expectations.


Christine McClure, MBA, MPPM, and Alice Lawson, CRA, University of Pittsburgh

Thriving in Times of Transition

During our careers, we all will be faced with transition in the workplace: change in our supervisors, our chief executives, and even our own employment status. While undeniably uncertain, these times of turnover can provide us with rich opportunities for growth and even advancement. This interactive presentation will explore options for not only surviving professional transition but thriving.


Michael P. Grzesiak; Washington & Jefferson College