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Note from the Editor | Stay Healthy, Happy and Uniquely Yourself #InThisTogetherRA

Note from the Editor | Stay Healthy, Happy and Uniquely Yourself #InThisTogetherRA Dear Readers, This month’s issue of the Catalyst features a very special article by Cary E. Thomas that pays tribute to the beginnings of research administration. Our current research funding avenues, the...


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WFH or not WFH | Monthly Poll

WFH or not WFH | Monthly Poll Last month we asked you what you missed most about your office and here’s a look at the results: The write-in responses highlighted the value of interacting with our co-workers; whiteboards; scanners; the privacy provided by cubicle walls and office doors;...


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Keeping Work at Work Even Though it’s in the Livingroom

Keeping Work at Work even Though it’s in the Livingroom Working from home has brought us challenges and opportunities. Some may even liken it to the title of the Catalyst April blog, “ Out of the Office: Teleworking in Research Administration is Here to Stay .” Given that, how do we keep up...


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Implications to IRB Operations Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Implications to IRB Operations Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic What is the impacts of human subject protections and IRB operations during a time of crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic? This has been a question at the top of the minds of anyone conducting clinical and translational research over...


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SRAI Intensive Training Programs Re-invented

SRAI Intensive Training Programs Re-invented Not many people embrace change. It can be scary and overwhelming. One thing the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us is that nothing stays the same and that to survive we need to be flexible, open-minded, and embrace new ideas. As a result, SRAI has...


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Congrats to Floris Van der Leest: New International Section President

Congrats to Floris Van der Leest: New International Section President My warmest congratulations to Floris Van der Leest who was elected as International Section President, and will formally take over in October, hopefully at the Annual Meeting in Boston, which we are still planning for. You...


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Explore the Educational Programming for SRAI’s 2020 Annual Meeting!

Explore the Educational Programming for SRAI’s 2020 Annual Meeting! We at SRAI are very excited for this year's 2020 Annual Meeting program ! For over 50 years, the SRAI Annual Meeting has offered the opportunity to research administrators from the US, and around the world, to...


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An Ode to My Office Chair | Monthly Poll

An Ode to My Office Chair | Monthly Poll After two weeks of working from my not so fabulous dining chair, I was inspired to write the poem below. After three weeks of working from home, I was seriously considering purchasing a fancy desk chair from Amazon that had an unreliable delivery...


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Note from the Editor | Stay Healthy, Stay Yourself, and Stay Connected! #InThisTogetherRA

Note from the Editor | Stay Healthy, Stay Yourself, and Stay Connected! #InThisTogetherRA In just a few months, Covid-19 has caused havoc by moving across the world, leaving many dead, economies stagnant, and the futures in limbo. As we shelter in place complying with stay at home mandates it...


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Out of the Office: Teleworking in Research Administration is Here to Stay

Out of the Office: Teleworking in Research Administration is Here to Stay How will teleworking impact research administration at American colleges, universities and research organizations even as stay at home orders are lifted? By many indications, teleworking is here, and it is here to stay....