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Future of the Field: Rise and Shine

Future of the Field: Rise and Shine WE know that YOU know at least one or two (maybe you!) bright, dedicated, knowledgeable research administration professionals that have chosen Research Administration as their career path and are dedicated to taking the field to the next level. SRAI is...


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Note from the Editor | New Look for Spring

Note from the Editor | New Look for Spring Just as spring is a time for looking forward, for growth and for new beginnings, the April Catalyst has these same tell-tale signs. First of all, we are proud to present a new look for the Catalyst. We hope this new layout is more readable and will...


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View from the Top | Travel Memories

View from the Top | Travel Memories Oh, how I miss travel! One of my favorite things about Facebook is the memories feature. Each morning I check to see what I posted on this day in past years. This time of year is heavy with SRAI travel memories. In the last week or so I was in Boston,...


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Looking Back at the iSRA Financial Management Conference: A Virtual Academy and A Virtual Success!

Looking Back at the iSRA Financial Management Conference: A Virtual Academy and A Virtual Success! Thank you to everyone for participating in the inaugural iSRA Financial Management Conference! This meeting was a new online training event that served to highlight all things Post-Award....


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Background Noise | How to Zoom When This is Over?

Background Noise | How to Zoom When This is Over? Background Noise is a column devoted to conceptual ideas of interest to the research administration community. This month, we want to share with the larger community our thoughts on what both synthesis and work-life balance look like in...


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Adaptive Work in Research Administration During COVID-19: Part 1

Adaptive Work in Research Administration During COVID-19: Part 1 Introduction Adaptive leadership is defined as leading change in a time when both the problem and the solution are unsettled, and new learning is required by everyone on the team. 1 An adaptive challenge often requires...


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Conferences: Virtual vs. In-Person – Inside or Outside the Octagon?

Conferences: Virtual vs. In-Person – Inside or Outside the Octagon? With the pandemic’s arrival and transformation of the way we do business, one aspect has not been addressed: that of professional conferences. While in-person meetings clearly were not recommended, a clear alternative was not...


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Monthly Poll | Conference Networking: In-Person and Virtual

Monthly Poll | Conference Networking: In-Person and Virtual We had a fantastic number of responses to last month’s poll about our physical working locations. While the vast majority of us, 73%, are still working from home 100% of the time, 14% are splitting their time between home and work...


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Kudos Korner | Catherine Thompson

Kudos Korner | Catherine Thompson 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...


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WFH Tips & Tricks | Sometimes It’s the Little Things…the Snipping Tool

WFH Tips & Tricks | Sometimes It’s the Little Things…the Snipping Tool In the current COVID-19 world of Work From Home (WFH), Remotely Working offers tips and trick to make WFH easier. If you have an issue you would like discussed or a favorite trick you’d like to share, let us know and...