Coffee Talks

Coffee Talks

Join us on your afternoon break for a casual conversation with peers to discuss and explore different topics from research administration. Coffee Talks are free for SRAI Members.  

  • 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!

For questions, contact Debbie Appler.

Upcoming Coffee Talks

Controlled Unclassified Information
October 5 | 2:00 pm ET

Working with research that involves Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) requires wading through alphabet soup. NIST…CMMC…FCI…and the list continues. Joint our experts for this Coffee Talk as they navigate how this type of information makes its way into research. We will discuss recent updates, federal regulation and enforcement, and take a look at the various ways each expert handles this protected information. 

Content Level: All Levels

Discussion Leaders:

David Furman
Information Security and Risk Compliance
University of South Alabama

Gina Hedberg
Executive Director
Office of Sponsored Projects Administration
University of South Alabama

Shannon Pipes
Senior University Counsel
Office of University Counsel
University of Louisville

Russ Ward
Information Systems Security Manager
The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Moderator: Gina Hedberg, Executive Director, Office of Sponsored Projects Administration, University of South Alabama

Click here to register by October 4!.

Registration is free for SRAI Members. You need to register to receive the login information. 

Not an SRAI Member? Review benefits and become a member

Submit questions for the Discussion Leaders in advance at

Goal Makers and Gifted Writers: SRAI Mentoring
November 8 | 2:00 pm ET

SRAI has an incredible knowledge base within our organization. Through our mentoring programs, we seek to pair those with that knowledge with those who are looking for guidance and to develop new skills.

The Odyssey Program pairs or groups experienced mentors with mentees who are looking for guidance on their career or developing new skills.

The JRA Author Fellowship Program pairs prospective authors with published Peer Advisors for a supportive fellowship.

This opportunity is for those interested in giving back to our colleagues as a mentor or learning more about finding ways to be mentored. Join us and ask our Discussion Leaders what it's like to be involved as a mentor or mentee, about their experience in an SRAI Mentoring Program, or any other question you may have about mentorship!

Content Level: All Levels

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn why mentoring is important
  2. Find out about the current SRAI Mentoring Programs: Odyssey Program and JRA Author Fellowship Program
  3. Learn what it takes to be a Mentor
  4. Learn how to get the most out of being a Mentee

Discussion Leaders:

Katherine Buie, MS, CRA
Clinical Trial Research Process Manager
Standford University
JRA Author Fellowship - Fellow

Keith Berry, Jr.
Research Development Specialist
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
JRA Author Fellowship - Peer Advisor

Katelyn Chambliss
Administrative Officer
Vanderbilt University Peabody College
Odyssey Program - Mentee

Jason Claes

Oncology Clinical Research Manager
TriHealth Cancer Institute
Odyssey Program - Mentor

Moderator: Tonya K. Edvalson, MHA, CCRP, CHRC, Operations Manager, University of Utah

Click here to pre-register by November 7.

Registration is free for SRAI Members. You need to register to receive the login information. 

Not an SRAI Member? Review benefits and become a member

Submit questions for the panel in advance at

See what others are saying about Coffee Talks!

"Keep up the great work! Loved the interactive questions. Panelists were very adept at keeping the discussion on track and answering questions succinctly."
"I really enjoyed the format of this, and it was more interactive than I expected, which was nice. Great job!"
"I came away with several ideas that will help our office staff. I was happy I took the time to attend. An hour is manageable right now."
"The moderator of the session was exceptional. Exceptional!"