Catalyst by Month: August 2017

by seema.dhindaw@nyumc.org on August 31, 2017

We know that it is still August, but in less than a month it is again this time of the year: National Research Administrator Day, September 25.... Read more

Tagged with: Professional Development, Research Administration, Webinars

by SRA International on August 31, 2017

The Education and Professional Development Committee (EPDC) of SRAI, provides educational programming and support to respond to daily challenges and changes in the profession, while enhancing professional development for SRA International Members.... Read more

Tagged with: Membership, Volunteer

by Katie Watkins on August 31, 2017

Are you interested in writing articles on different topics and want to be part of a committee? If so, the Catalyst committee is calling out our volunteers!... Read more

Tagged with: Volunteer

by Annedorte Vad on August 31, 2017

I became a member of SRA in 2012 when I attended my first ever SRA Annual Meeting and I distinctively remember the Section business meeting where I walked up to Mark Hochman, the new Section President, and said I would like to volunteer for the organization too.... Read more

Tagged with: Membership, Volunteer

by SRA International on August 31, 2017

Our employees are what truly make SRAI a diverse and unique place to work. We have some pretty amazing people with many backgrounds and different personalities who have a real passion for what they do.... Read more

Tagged with: Membership, Research Administration

by Debra Schaller-Demers on August 31, 2017

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 Michael Owen on his new position at Brock University.... Read more

Tagged with: Kudos Korner, Leadership, Membership

by Devin Kreuger on August 31, 2017

‘Bonjour!’ from the Great White North, eh! Worry not. I guarantee that there will be no sign of snow, white or otherwise, when you visit us in Vancouver for the 2017 Annual Meeting.... Read more

Tagged with: 2017 Annual Meeting, Membership

by Tonya Edvalson on August 31, 2017

As a Membership Committee, we are always wondering what our new members are thinking about us. We thought, “Why not ask?”... Read more

Tagged with: Membership, Networking, Professional Development

by SRA International on August 31, 2017

American research universities currently face an environment of change, marked by broad opportunities for growth in terms of research development, as well as many challenges (Brint, 2005).... Read more

Tagged with: Membership

by SRA International on August 31, 2017

Change. It is a very small word...only six letters...and yet, the meanings connoted arouse great emotions, including fear, anxiety, and occasionally great enthusiasm.... Read more

Tagged with: Membership

by snordahl@sdsu.edu on August 31, 2017

San Diego State University Research Foundation was established in 1943 as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, auxiliary organization with the mission of furthering the educational, research and community service objectives of San Diego State University.... Read more

Tagged with: Membership, Research Administration

by dennigm@auburn.edu on August 31, 2017

Who set out to be in an RA position? I know I did not—just a few short years ago, I had never even heard of Research Administration; let alone think it would ever be how I would want to spend my time!... Read more

Tagged with: Research Administration

by Pamela F. Miller on August 31, 2017

Email is an essential tool for research administrators, but our email habits can have negative effects on our work. Which email behaviors do we see as “sinful” and do we engage in those particular behaviors ourselves?... Read more

Tagged with: The Pulse

by jgalcaine@vcu.edu on August 31, 2017

As the field of research administration grows in complexity and purpose, it is easy to constantly go ninety-miles per hour between grant submissions, project management, compliance training, and human resources.... Read more

Tagged with: Membership, Research Administration

by SRA International on August 31, 2017

This year, SRAI is heading to Vancouver, the 3rd largest city in Canada. We are going to celebrate together the 50th anniversary of SRAI in this great metropolitan city.... Read more

Tagged with: 2017 Annual Meeting

by Jim Hanlon on August 31, 2017

As you are no doubt aware, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of SRA International. Actually, the society was formed in 1966 but the first meeting was held in 1967.... Read more

Tagged with: 2017 Annual Meeting, 50th Anniversary, Membership

by tony.onofrietti@hsc.utah.edu on August 31, 2017

We are looking forward to our Northeast/Western Section Meeting at Omni Parker House in Boston March 18-21, 2018 and we hope you are, too.... Read more

Tagged with: Networking, Northeast Section, Western Section

by SRA International on August 31, 2017

NIH first moved to electronic application submission using Grants.gov in 2005. It was an interesting time for technology – YouTube was founded, Google Maps was launched, Microsoft released the Xbox 360, Facebook started branching out to the general public and using Grants.gov downloadable forms (based on PureEdge forms, not Adobe, at the time) was the only way to meet NIH’s requirement to submit applications electronically.... Read more

Tagged with: NIH

by SRA International on August 31, 2017

As a part of their research to understand the evolution of the human brain and how it differs from those of other primates, scientists from Kent State University discovered proteins associated with Alzheimer's disease -- believed to be unique to humans -- in a sample of brains of aged chimpanzees.... Read more

Tagged with: NSF

by SRA International on August 31, 2017

Science must re-evaluate its open-data policy after retracting a controversial study on microplastics and fish in May (“Editorial Retraction,” J. Berg, 26 May, p. 812 and “Fishy business,” M. Enserink, News Feature, 24 March, p. 1254).... Read more

Tagged with: Compliance, Research Administration

by SRA International on August 31, 2017

In response to calls for change from within and outside the scientific community, funding agencies, journals, and professional societies are developing new requirements to promote reproducibility and integrity in research.... Read more

Tagged with: Research Administration

by SRA International on August 31, 2017

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $4.8 million for 10 new projects that will pilot, test and validate innovative and potentially transformative ways to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in graduate education.... Read more

Tagged with: NSF

by SRA International on August 31, 2017

Scientists have been tinkering with the DNA in humans and other living things for decades. But one thing has long been considered off-limits: modifying human DNA in any way that could be passed down for generations.... Read more

Tagged with: Research Administration

by SRA International on August 31, 2017

Scholars want peers to find—and cite—their research, and these days that increasingly happens on social media. The old adage ‘publish or perish’ could soon go digital as ‘clicks or canned.’... Read more

Tagged with: Research Administration

by SRA International on August 31, 2017

Nancy Kanwisher, a cognitive neuroscientist, has spent her career pinning down how the human brain responds to visual inputs such as faces.... Read more

Tagged with: NIH

by SRA International on August 31, 2017

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is moving its headquarters to Alexandria, Virginia. NSF will have a new mailing address effective Monday, October 2, 2017.... Read more

Tagged with: NSF

by jason.claes@cchmc.org on August 1, 2017

It has become apparent to me within the last several years of my career that as a research administrator I have been so focused on the paperwork that I have missed the true mission of my responsibilities until this past winter.... Read more

Tagged with: Membership, Volunteer