Coffee Talks

Coffee Talks

Join us on for a casual conversation with peers to discuss and explore different topics from research administration. Coffee Talks are free for SRAI Members. Not an SRAI Member? Review the benefits and become a member

  • Coffee Talks are a series of a one-hour virtual discussions.
  • Participants can earn a CEU (1 contact hour of education).
  • Subjects can range from hot topics in research administration to soft skills for the workplace.

SRAI's membership has a diverse roster of folks with many interesting perspectives and backgrounds. Let's get together and chat!


Securing the Frontiers of Science: The Research Security Landscape
April 23 | 2:00 PM ET

Join us for a critical and timely panel discussion featuring key contributors to the newly released National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Security training program. This coffee talk will dive into the core elements of research security, exploring the essential aspects of the recently released NSF training series emphasizing community education, disclosure processes, and organizational preparedness. Our panelists will then guide us through the evolving landscape of research security, highlighting emerging threats and evolving strategies to protect intellectual integrity and promote a secure research environment. Whether you are a researcher, involved in research administration, or just interested in the security of scientific inquiry, this Q&A discussion promises valuable insights into protecting the advancements of our time.
Content Level: All Levels

Discussion Leaders:

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Lisa Nichols
Executive Director of Research Security 
Office of Research Ethics and Compliance
University of Michigan

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Michael Shannon
Executive Vice President - Government Solutions

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J. Michael Slocum, JD
Slocum & Boddie, PC
SRAI Distinguished Faculty

Moderator: Thomas Gilbertsen, Managing Partner, Dueffert Gilbertsen PLLC

Click here to pre-register by April 22.
*Registration is free for SRAI Members. You need to register to receive the login information. 

Grace Under Pressure: A Discussion on Deadlines and Stress
May 14 | 2:00 PM ET

Any career in research administration is marked by a ceaseless cascade of overlapping deadlines, each of which presents its own series of challenges. Successful administrators learn to navigate not only the practical logistics of deadlines, but also the stress that hyper-demanding periods create for themselves and their teams. This discussion will focus on strategies for managing deadline-driven stress both as an individual and a leader, and review lessons learned by experienced administrators during times of peak pressure. 
Content Level: All Levels

Discussion Leaders:

Zack Byrnes
Associate Director
Grants Management and Contracting
University of Pittsburgh

Cassie Moore

Contract Manager
University of Maryland College Park

Moderator: Zack Byrnes, Associate Director, Grants Management and Contracting, University of Pittsburgh

Click here to register by May 13
*Registration is free for SRAI Members. You need to register to receive the login information. 

Click here for information regarding Continuing Education Credits. If you have any questions about Coffee Talks or would like to submit questions for the panel in advance, please email