SRAI Catalyst

SRAI’s monthly electronic newsletter, Catalyst, features insights from top professionals in research management and administration, informs readers of SRAI’s extensive conference and educational offerings, recognizes members for their achievements and provides a space to network and learn more about the structure, functions and people of SRAI.

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by Debra Schaller-Demers on Monday, March 17, 2014

First impressions mean a lot – often they frame what we think about someone or something for a long time to come. In this column, we generally share members’ “first impressions” and hopefully those firsts turn into “lasting memories” that keep us coming back to SRA International year after year. In this month’s column, Diana Coates shares how her first experience at the 2002 SRA International Annual Meeting led to her involvement in INORMS 2014.... Read more

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by Katie Porter on Monday, March 17, 2014

Leadership involves such diverse responsibilities – from diffusing tense team interactions to championing strategic change at institutions. Simply put, leaders set the tone for their teams and organizations. While some may scoff at the concept of emotional intelligence and its accompanying responsibilities, studies show that nearly fifty percent of employees’ perceptions of organizational climate is determined by their direct leader’s behaviour and actions.... Read more

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by Michael "Spanky" McCallister on Monday, February 17, 2014

I introduce to you the Favog-based method of self-blurblization as a path to self-awareness and possible entry into Star Fleet Academy. As usual, you won’t have a clue about what I’m nattering about until you read my column. Let’s cut to the chase, blow off “Once upon a time” and get with the program, OK?... Read more

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by Katie Porter on Monday, February 17, 2014

Do you suffer from fear of feedback? No matter what your role in our diverse world of research administration, the ability to receive and effectively process feedback is an ability that will help you grow as a productive research administrator and as a leader. Given the dynamic and ever-changing nature of the field of research, the ability to see feedback from your stakeholders as an opportunity for positive professional change, rather than a negative, can set you apart as a leader.... Read more

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by Sarah Lampson on Monday, January 20, 2014

Research administrators have many customers – their teams, other administrators, government officials, sponsors, donors, students and anyone else who happens through the door. Even those naturally inclined towards providing excellent service, certain customers demand more – more time, more help and more patience – and those are not always our most grateful clients. If you have a need for renewed energy and resilience, take a moment to focus on the benefits your service provides to you:... Read more

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by Michael "Spanky" McCallister on Monday, January 20, 2014

I kind of stuck my toe back into the pre-award business as a volunteer this last week. I needed something for my head to do and the opportunities popped up. It’s funny how being back at the meeting table after a break is so comfortable and at the same a mirror of daily life.... Read more

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