Catalyst by Month: April 2016

by Sandra Nordahl on April 30, 2016

Wow! Another year has zoomed by and it’s time to consider running for an SRA International office. This year the position of Secretary and two At-Large Board of Director positions will be voted into office. In addition, there are many officer positions at the Chapter, Section, Division, and International levels. Whether you are nominated by a colleague or self-nominating for a position, SRA International would encourage each and every person to consider volunteering their time.... Read more

Tagged with: Elections, Leadership

by Debra Schaller-Demers on April 30, 2016

SRA International members rock! As research management and 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 Kathy Brownbridge on her upcoming retirement.... Read more

Tagged with: 2016 Annual Meeting, Kudos Korner

by SRA International on April 28, 2016

You may have heard rustling in the leaves or whispers in the wind about a new catalyst platform. Maybe you’ve found and tinkered around with the new website module online. Well it’s finally here! Today, we here at SRA International are proud to announce the launch of the new SRA Catalyst Newsletter platform!... Read more

by SRA International on April 28, 2016

This is the first in a series of monthly insights from your co-Chairs on the behind-the-scenes planning for the SRAI Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas in October 2016. There are three conference co-Chairs - Ed Black, Andrea Deaton and myself, Kathy Brownridge from the UK. We were all very excited to be invited to play such a major role in pulling together the conference on your behalf.... Read more

Tagged with: 2016 Annual Meeting, Leadership

by SRA International on April 26, 2016

“WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 26, 2016) — The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors today approved $44.4 million in funding for 21 new patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) studies.... Read more

Tagged with: Funding Opportunities, PCORI

by SRA International on April 25, 2016

We're happy to announce the first winner of the SRA International Strategic Plan Survey drawing!... Read more

Tagged with: Surveys

by Angela Yost on April 25, 2016

Introducing the SRA Catalyst Crossword Puzzle! Check your research chops and rediscover your diction and definitions! Take this trial of terminology and look for the answers for this month's puzzle in the next SRA Catalyst!... Read more

by Catherine J. Clevinger on April 22, 2016

Reminder: Pre-Registration is still available through April 28. To register, find out contact information for recommended hotels, review the program agenda, and other details go to: SRA Portland Meeting Website. We sincerely hope you can join us and take this opportunity to get involved in SRA International!... Read more

Tagged with: Midwest Section, Western Section

by Zoya Davis-Hamilton on April 22, 2016

This month we wanted to learn where five common research administration tasks sit at various institutions. We were interested in task distribution between central versus departmental research administrators, as well as whether specific tasks may reside in pre- or post-award area. A brief anonymous survey was sent to the subscribers of RESADM-L listserv asking respondents where several tasks sit at their institution.... Read more

Tagged with: Surveys, The Pulse

by Gloria W. Greene on April 22, 2016

Hello, as the newly inducted President of the Southern Section I would like to take this moment to introduce myself and say thank you. There is so much to learn. I have an outstanding mentor, Ellen Zavala, Past President and I am so deeply appreciative of her willingness to share all she knows with me. I am the Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. I have twenty plus years of sponsored programs experience. Prior to..... Read more

Tagged with: Alabama-Mississippi Chapter, North Carolina Chapter, Puerto Rico Chapter, Southern Section

by SRA International on April 22, 2016

With over 140 concurrent sessions and 26 pre-conference workshops, the 2016 Annual Meeting Program is available online with full course descriptions. Design your Schedule Today!... Read more

Tagged with: 2016 Annual Meeting

by SRA International on April 22, 2016

The purpose of this conference is to provide participants with a broad overview of the various aspects involved in research administration. The 2.5 day intensive course will discuss all the research administration process from beginning to end: finding funding, pre award, award acceptance, compliance, and post award.... Read more

Tagged with: Professional Development

by Dilyana Williams on April 22, 2016

The Society of Research Administrators International is proud to announce that the 2016 Award Nomination process is now open! The nominator must be a current member of SRA International (exceptions apply), and may only submit one nominee for each award. For the Excellence Award, a nominator may only submit one nominee for each category. Deadline: May 9... Read more

Tagged with: Leadership

by Debra Schaller-Demers on April 22, 2016

SRA International members rock! As research management and 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 Katie Porter on her recent award recognition and Gail Hamilton on her upcoming retirement.... Read more

Tagged with: Kudos Korner

by William F. Hoffman, Jr. on April 21, 2016

I hope everyone had a terrific and restful Spring Break! The weather in the Northeast has been crazy….beautiful and 80 degrees one day and snow, hail, and freezing rain, as I write this. Anyway, as we “Spring forward” the Northeast has two Chapter meetings upcoming in the near future.... Read more

Tagged with: Chesapeake Chapter, Delaware Valley Chapter, Northeast Section, Professional Development

by SRA International on April 21, 2016

The Educational Programming (PROG) Subcommittee of the Education and Professional Development Committee (EPDC) is working on webinar and other training venue offerings for the future and we would like to hear about what you would like to see in future educational offerings.... Read more

Tagged with: Surveys

by Annedorte Vad on April 21, 2016

The International Section of SRA is growing! 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. So keep an eye on the Catalyst. Here you will find information on future activities, impressions from recent activities, and profiles of International section members who wish to engage globally.... Read more

Tagged with: International Section

by Michael "Spanky" McCallister on April 21, 2016

Thinking of retiring from research administration? When is “enough” “enough already!”? Are you really ready for this step? What will you do without proposals, awards, invoices, financial reports, fund advances, no cost extensions, audits and PIs to make your life interesting? What will take the place of your typical non-stop adrenaline filled workday? This issue of STC provides a glimpse into what awaits you on the other side of the decision to retire.... Read more

Tagged with: Stump the Champs