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Be Prepared for Surprises | Monthly Poll

By SRAI News posted 09-10-2020 10:42 AM


Be Prepared for Surprises | Monthly Poll

The motto of the wise prepared for surprises. The 1972 Around the World in 80 Days TV cartoon series was one of my favorite cartoons as a young child and this quote has come to mind so many times during this pandemic. Being quarantined for many months was quite the surprise of 2020. But in the blink of an eye, we’ve set up new processes and revised old processes to find ways to keep meeting the needs of our researchers and research administrators in a remote world. 
2019 SRAI Annual Meeting, San Francisco

In August, while thinking about SRAI’s first Annual Meeting being held virtually in this new remote world, we asked you to share your thoughts on what aspect of the Annual Meeting you find the most valuable and your memories of meetings past. You told us that you value the inspiration that comes from attending meeting presentations and various conversations with colleagues. 

2015 SRAI Annual Meeting, Las Vegas

You value the opportunity to network with other research administrators from other institutions.  You were remembering crab races in San Diego and torch lighting in Vancouver. You were cherishing your memories of presenting sessions with colleagues you see everyday and ones you only see once a year. You were kind enough to share your photos and we’ve included a few below. We look forward to making new virtual memories this year and can’t wait for years to come when we can gather around a table with coffee and morning pastries.

2014 SRAI Annual Meeting, San Diego

This month we ask for you to share your pandemic wisdom. I have a new appreciation for Trello. I’ve converted my to-do list and I love counting my board activities on days when I need to be reminded that I am still being productive in these unfamiliar times. What are some of the processes that you’ve improved this year? What new skills have you mastered during the quarantine?

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Authored by Heather Brown, Grants and Contracts Manager 
Seattle Institute for Biomedical and Clinical Research