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Taking On the National Institutes of Health

Taking On the National Institutes of Health The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the largest funder of biomedical research in the world. The sheer volume and breadth of research, programs, forms, and associated policies covered by the agency is staggering, overwhelming many a research...


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Late Career Challenges

Late Career Challenges Late-stage career periods do not need to be periods of remote inactivity. They can be as invigorating as early-stage periods. The challenge is that it’s incumbent on you to identify what can so vivify you during this time. Careers go by quickly. When you begin your...


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What Office Space? Who Wants It? Who Needs It? Can We Live Without It? Yes and…

What Office Space? Who Wants It? Who Needs It? Can We Live Without It? Yes and… Research administration and improvising go hand in hand. If we have learned anything this past year, it is that “we” need to give ourselves some grace. We have to be flexible and realize that we can pretend to be...


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Reflections – Working from Home During COVID-19

Reflections – Working from Home During COVID-19 The coronavirus pandemic forced us to work from home. But as long as we had positive attitudes and the will to do the work well and to solve the problems, we could always find ways to overcome the obstacles and even gain benefits during the...


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Foreign Influence and Its Impact on Research Integrity – A Four-Part Series | Part 4: A Global Concern

Foreign Influence and Its Impact on Research Integrity – A Four-Part Series | Part 4: A Global Concern In this four-part series, we will discuss Part 1: What is Foreign Influence ; Part 2: Federal Agencies’ Policies on Foreign Influences ; Part 3: Recent Developments in...


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Determined to Make a Better Tomorrow

Determined to Make a Better Tomorrow Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The significance and meaning of these terms will vary depending on the perspective of the individual. I have personally watched the conversation evolve beyond equality for African Americans to cover all under...


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Literature Review | Headlong, by Michael Frayn

Literature Review | Headlong, by Michael Frayn This series of articles explores literary works that intersect with our professional interests in research, research administration, and university life. If you enjoyed The Da Vinci Code —or perhaps especially if you didn’t enjoy it—dive...


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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...