Workshops

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:30pm

WS2: How We Do Better: Improving Our Teams and Services

This workshop will provide various methods that will assist participants improve their customer service. It will provide a method of recognizing a person's behavior style and that style's attributes. Also, methods for problem solving. These methods assist in team building to enable the team to provide better customer service. A customer is defined as anyone who has needs we fulfill.

Content level: Intermediate

Learning objectives:

  1. Strengthen the level of service we provide our customers.
  2. Create a more positive work environment.

Prerequisites: None

Speaker(s):

Rene Hearns, CRA, MPA, Assistant Director/Study Coordinator/Budget Analyst, US Department of Veterans Affairs Cleveland Medical Center 
Kate McCormick, CRA, Senior Grant Administrator, Suffolk University

WS6: Export Controls and OFAC Compliance

Export and sanctions compliance continue to be important areas of compliance risk in research institutions.  Under Export Control Reform, military and dual-use controls have undergone extraordinary changes in the past several years.  OFAC sanctions similarly have undergone fundamental changes in long-standing sanctions regimes against Cuba, Iran and Sudan.  This session will provide an overview of the regulatory frameworks, with emphasis on recent changes.  It will also provide strategies, and checklists to manage export risk in research activities.  The session will use case studies and encourage interaction to keep the focus practical.

Content level: Intermediate

Learning objectives:

  1. Identify activities that may present export compliance or sanctions risk.
  2. Determine which control measures may be appropriate to mitigate this risk.

Prerequisites: None

Speaker(s):

Jill Williamson, JD, Partner, CKR Law

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

WS4: Fundamentals of Research Administration and Management

This workshop, intended for individuals with fewer than three years' experience, is designed to give newcomers to research administration a big picture of the profession. Topics covered will include finding funding opportunities; orienting new faculty to the research environment; pre- and post-award administration; proposal development, submission, review and award negotiation; administrative and fiscal regulations; accountability and risk management; and research, fiscal and professional ethics. 

Content level: Basic

Learning objectives:

  1. Identify pre and post-award activities for sponsored research activity.
  2. Understand the components of and prepare a proposal and manage the post-award process.

Prerequisites: None

Speaker(s):

Jennie Amison, Director, Sponsored Research Development, San Diego State University Research Foundation
Kimberly Page, BA, Manager,  Pre-Award Services, Boise State University 
Anne P. Schauer, CRA, MA, Director of Research and Sponsored Programs, Miami University
 

WS5: It's About the Money: Budgets, Costing, & Sponsor Guidelines

This workshop examines key issues related to budget development, review and monitoring, and explores the research administrator's role in service to the sponsor, institution and investigator. Special attention will be paid to assessing project costs, including personnel, consultants, equipment, supplies, travel, subcontracts, total direct cost, income, F&A, MTDC vs. salary and wage base, and cost sharing.  In addition, sponsor guidelines, institutional policies and the financial precepts of 2 CFR 200 for pre- and post-award administration will be covered. "Why do we have to do this?' and "Where are the guidelines that say that?" are key questions that will be answered throughout the workshop. 

Content level: Basic

Learning objectives:

  1. Identify core cost related compliance expectations associated with federal funding.
  2. Individuals will be able to support proposal and award management activities consistent with federal regulations.

Prerequisites: None

Speaker(s):

Kris Rhodes, Director, MAXIMUS

WS8: Guide to Clinical Trials Administration

Clinical trials are a rapidly changing field in research administration. Many of the skills needed to administer more traditional investigator initiated, grant funded research projects can be adapted to managing clinical trials. This teaching workshop will examine the basics of clinical trial administration from recruiting projects to archiving records, explore the differences between industry and federally funded studies, highlight special concerns and discuss best practices for managing clinical trials. A CD of useful documents, links and tools will be provided. 

Content level: Basic

Learning objectives:

  1. Identify three milestones in the development of clinical research regulations and describe the importance of each.
  2. Identify three important regulatory differences between clinical research conducted in the US and in non-US/International regions.

Prerequisites: None

Speaker(s):

Bruce Steinert, PhD, CCRA, Director of Clinical Research, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 1:30pm to 5:00pm

WS3: Difficult Conversations-Breakthrough Collaborations

Consulting psychologist, Stan Sack, PhD, shares with you: (1) the lost opportunity of problematic /difficult conversations; (2) the expense of non-alignment and disagreement in terms of efficiency and expense; (3) how filters and poor communication play the "lead role" in a doom loop of escalating conflict or avoidance; (4) self-fulfilling prophecies -"I knew it all along", "I thought so" "I could have predicted she'd say that;" (5) The Process Chain of interdependent skills to create understanding and collaboration-to-actual problem solving and resolution. Dr. Sack shares with you his formula for success and offers you instruction in his Language of Collaboration and Language of Possibilities.

Content level: Intermediate

Learning objectives:

  1. Identify Avoidant, Dreaded Conversations and Amplifiers of these difficult conversations.
  2. Understand the model of collaboration and the skills to facilitate successful resolutions to conflict.

Prerequisites: None

Speaker(s):

Stanley Sack, PhD, Organizational Psychologist, Persona, Inc.