Catalyst by Month: January 2017

by SRA International on January 27, 2017

SRA International celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. 50 years that SRA International has been forward-thinking and shaping the future of research administration. In celebration of this special milestone, a 50th Anniversary website has been developed dedicated to celebrating SRA International's rich past... Read more

Tagged with: 50th Anniversary, Membership

by SRA International on January 27, 2017

NEI scientists find that stem cell exosomes promote survival of retinal ganglion cells in rats. A new study in rats shows that stem cell secretions, called exosomes, appear to protect cells in the retina, the light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye.... Read more

Tagged with: NIH

by SRA International on January 26, 2017

Premature death rates have declined in the United States among Hispanics, blacks, and Asian/Pacific Islanders (APIs) — in line with trends in Canada and the United Kingdom — but increased among whites and American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs), according to a comprehensive study of premature death rates for the entire U.S. population from 1999 to 2014.... Read more

Tagged with: NIH

by Tonya Edvalson on January 26, 2017

We thought this would be a great time to introduce you to the SRA International Membership Committee and your benefits as members. The Membership Committee is responsible for reviewing membership criteria and benefits, developing and recommending programs for the recruitment and retention of members, maintaining close liaison with the sections and divisions in relation to their membership programs... Read more

Tagged with: Membership

by SRA International on January 26, 2017

On this blog we previously discussed ways to measure the value returned from research funding. The “PQRST” approach (for Productivity, Quality, Reproducibility, Sharing, and Translation) starts with productivity, which the authors define as using measures such as the proportion of published scientific work resulting from a research project, and highly cited works within a research field.... Read more

Tagged with: Grants, NIH

by Debra Schaller-Demers on January 25, 2017

SRA International members rock! As research management and administration professionals, they never stop improving, learning, achieving, or earning new heights of success. We love sharing good news and offering a well-deserved slap on the back for recent personal and/or professional achievement. In keeping with that sentiment, please join with us as we wish Trudy Riley and Cira Mathis congratulations on their new jobs in new cities.... Read more

Tagged with: Kudos Korner

by SRA International on January 24, 2017

Studies may lead to advances in human health, agricultural productivity, use of natural resources. Millions of microbes living on and in the human body collectively make up our microbiomes. These microbial ecosystems help keep us healthy. The same processes are at work in other animals, as well as in plants.... Read more

Tagged with: NSF

by SRA International on January 21, 2017

Excerpt from original White House press release posted on from Reince Priebus, January 20, 2017. The President has asked me to communicate to each of you his plan for managing the Federal regulatory process at the outset of his Administration.... Read more

by on January 20, 2017

The Southern and Midwest Sections will be making beautiful music at the Southern / Midwest Section Meeting to be held in exciting Nashville, TN, May 7 – 10, 2017. Known as "Music City," Nashville is so much more! Travel professionals and consumer guides frequently name Nashville on lists of "places you must visit," with a reputation as an international landmark for music, home to an abundance of cuisines, and a rich collection of art and historical sites.... Read more

Tagged with: Midwest Section, Professional Development, Southern Section

by SRA International on January 19, 2017

Announcement of revisions to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was originally promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991. These revisions are an effort to modernize, simplify, and enhance the current system of oversight.... Read more

Tagged with: Compliance, Human Subjects, NIH

by SRA International on January 19, 2017

Don’t miss out on attending one of SRA International’s upcoming outstanding learning opportunities on February 16-17 in Atlanta, at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center!... Read more

Tagged with: Professional Development

by Tonya Edvalson on January 18, 2017

While many of us are braving the winter storms, below zero temperatures, and shoveling more than we want, Hawaii is looking better than ever!!! It’s just around the corner and a lot has been happening.... Read more

Tagged with: Northeast Section, Professional Development, Western Section

by SRA International on January 18, 2017

Updates Coming to FastLane on January 30 to Support PAPPG (NSF 17-1) Policy Changes and New and Enhanced Automated Compliance Checks. Effective January 30, 2017, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will implement the following changes in FastLane to support the policy updates in the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1) and to run new and enhanced automated compliance checks on proposals.... Read more

Tagged with: Compliance, NSF

by Lisa Walker on January 17, 2017

Join us on Friday, March 17th, for the 2017 North Carolina Chapter Meeting at the Benson University Center at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC.... Read more

Tagged with: North Carolina Chapter, Professional Development

by SRA International on January 13, 2017

Crowdfunding platforms, such as Kickstarter, have opened a funding spigot to startups in regions that have suffered from a venture capital drought, a new UC Berkeley study shows.... Read more

Tagged with: Crowdfunding, Finding Funding, Funding Opportunities

by SRA International on January 13, 2017

We are three colleagues — a humanities scholar, a social scientist, and a physician — who recently made it through a quagmire of disagreement over authorship order and lived to tell about it.... Read more

by William F. Hoffman, Jr. on January 12, 2017

The Northeast Section is in the process of electing new officers (President-elect and Treasurer). The deadline for this is Friday- February 3, 2017. Please consider running for an office….your Section needs you!!... Read more

Tagged with: Northeast Section

by Gina Hedberg on January 11, 2017

Save the Date – 2017 Alabama-Mississippi Chapter Meeting. With a theme of “Research United”, the inaugural chapter meeting of the Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of SRA International is fittingly named.... Read more

Tagged with: Alabama-Mississippi Chapter, Professional Development

by SRA International on January 11, 2017

This joint George Mason University and Society of Research Administrators International project will provide a two-day research integrity management intensive workshop (RIMI) that provides research integrity leadership training for administrative leaders.... Read more

Tagged with: Professional Development

by SRA International on January 10, 2017

Can you believe it’s already 2017? It is again this time of the year when you have to look ahead and plan for your professional development, perhaps even put it on your list with new year’s resolutions. And one of the most pressing deadlines coming up is the end of the Call for Proposals for the 2017 SRA International Annual Meeting.... Read more

Tagged with: 2017 Annual Meeting