Note from the Editor | Changeable Weather for Research Administrators
In North America, the month of March is noted for its changeable weather, with the well-known phrase, “in like a lion; out like a lamb.” (As I pen this in early March, it looks like we are in for a wild month, with tornadoes in Texas, flooding in California, snow for the Midwest and Northeast US, and a heat wave in Florida.)
So too, life for research administrators tends to jump around a lot in March, and this month’s edition a good reflection of this.
On the compliance side, Carly Pigg’s final article of the Spotlight feature on Research Data focuses on responsible publishing. Rani Muthukrishnan recounts the importance of Export Controls Programs and resources available to institutions, including free outreach offered by the FBI.
With respect to staff activities and work life, Mimi Davis outlines the key elements to consider in on-boarding new staff, and Dara Little provides some time management tips.
On the personal level, Gloria Greene, in the View from Top, reminds us that saying thank you to colleagues and loved ones spreads happiness to others and ourselves while Lyset Castillo recounts her experience as a Latinx attending the Las Vegas 2022 Annual Meeting.
And finally, don’t forget to check out the myriad of upcoming SRAI activities including Chapter meetings, the Joint Section Meeting, coffee talks and more.
We hope that whatever comes your way in March that you take time to connect with our Catalyst authors and SRAI. Have a good one and hang on to your hat!
Authored by Terry Campbell, Assistant Vice President, Research Services
University of Ottawa
SRAI Catalyst Co-editor