Board of Directors Voting Ends Soon

NORDP’s 2018 election for Board of Directors ends at midnight on Thursday, May 31. Please cast your vote if you have not already done so!

Board of Directors voting information was provided in a May 7 email sent by “NORDP Election Coordinator <mailto:noreply@directvote.net>.” Only individuals whose memberships are current may vote. If you believe you are eligible to vote but did not receive an electronic ballot, please check your spam or junk mail folder and notify me at nlm@unl.edu if you are unable to locate the election email.

As those of you who attended the candidates’ forum during the annual conference in Arlington saw, we have a tremendous slate of Board candidates this year. Please honor them all by taking the time to review their candidate materials and submitting your vote today.

Thank you!

Nathan Meier
Chair, NORDP 2018 Nominating Committee

NORDP 2018 Conference Cameo: David Widmer

#NORDP2018 starts Monday, May 7 in Arlington, VA. Keep checking back here at the blog and on our Twitter feed (@NORDP_official) for live conference updates. Register here: http://www.nordp.org/conferences.
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Who: David Widmer, PhD, Manager of Scientific Development
Where: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Number of years in research development: 8
Length of NORDP membership: 8
Number of NORDP conferences attended: 4
What is the most interesting place you’ve visited? Of course, it will be Arlington, VA for NORDP 2018!

In the 17 years since coming to MSK’s Grants & Contracts unit as a slightly-used neuroscientist/historian of medicine, I have had several grant management roles before leading our Funding Development Team today. We provide funding searches, proposal development resources, complex grant project management, outreach and training for our faculty and fellows.David Widmer

From my very first interactions with NORDP members back in 2010, I found a friendly, collaborative, and wise group of colleagues willing to help navigate the new world of a Research Development Professional.

Learning the “secret” of grant proposal fundability is grounded in real-life for me: I believe my Fulbright grant was awarded because I focused on the review criteria, the mission of the organization, and the scientific research interests of my host country, Switzerland.

The research experience that I gained during my masters’ and doctoral work at Rutgers, my two years at the Université de Fribourg, and a post-doc at MSK allow me today to stand in an investigator’s shoes when supporting my PIs with research development best practices learned from NORDP.

But it’s interacting and learning from NORDP colleagues online and at the conferences that inspires me in my role. I love the ever-present and growing culture of mentorship. That is why I try to give back to other NORDP-ites as a member (and 2017-2018 co-chair) of the NORDP Mentoring Program Committee and as a mentor myself. I look forward to seeing everyone in Arlington!

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We hope to see you at the Conference, which will be held May 7-9, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA. For more information about the conference program or to register, visit http://www.nordp.org/conferences. Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2018 updates.

NORDP fosters a culture of inclusive excellence by actively promoting and supporting diversity, inclusion and equity in all its forms to expand our worldview, enrich our work, and elevate our profession.

NORDP 2018: Blog Link Edition

NORDP 2018 starts Monday! Pretty much everything you need to know (and more) is linked below if you need a refresher or want to catch up on the cameos while you’re traveling to the conference.

Must read:

Keynote and Plenaries:

Other important info:

All the NORDP 2018 Cameos!

Many thanks to the Conference Marketing Committee for pulling all of these blog posts together. See you next week!

Michael Thompson, Conference Marketing Chair

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We hope to see you at the Conference, which will be held May 7-9, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA. For more information about the conference program or to register, visit http://www.nordp.org/conferences. Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2018 updates.

NORDP fosters a culture of inclusive excellence by actively promoting and supporting diversity, inclusion and equity in all its forms to expand our worldview, enrich our work, and elevate our profession.

NORDP Board of Directors Voting Opens May 7th

It’s Almost Time . . .

Voting for NORDP Board of Directors opens May 7, 2018. All NORPD members in good standing are encouraged to cast a vote. You will receive an email from our election provider, Survey & Ballot Systems, in advance of voting opening that will provide you with electronic ballot login information. The ballot will provide a bio, candidate statement, and CV for each of the candidates. You will be able to vote for any number of candidates, up to the four slots available in this year’s election.

The candidates for 2018 are:

  • Leigh Botner, University of Delaware
  • Kimberly Eck, University of Tennessee Knoxville
  • Jill Jividen, University of Michigan
  • Kerry Morris, Valdosta State University
  • Michael Spires (incumbent), Oakland University
  • Paul Tuttle, North Carolina A&T State University
  • Etta Ward (interim), Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

If you will be at the 2018 Annual Meeting, be sure to attend the Candidates Forum on Wednesday, May 9 at 8 am to see the candidates in person and ask questions.

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We hope to see you at the Conference, which will be held May 7-9, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA.  For more information about the conference program or to register, visit http://www.nordp.org/conferences. Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2018 updates.

NORDP fosters a culture of inclusive excellence by actively promoting and supporting diversity, inclusion and equity in all its forms to expand our worldview, enrich our work, and elevate our profession.

Funding Agency Sessions at NORDP 2018

It’s almost conference time! Concurrent Session abstracts are linked on the NORDP Conference Schedule. Below, four sessions hosted by representatives from funding agencies are highlighted: 

Building Research Resilience Through International Cooperation: The Example of Horizon 2020 (Concurrent Session 1, Tidewater 2, 2nd floor)

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  • Mary Kavanagh, Delegation of the European Union
  • Claire Chen, National Council of University Research Administrators
  • Viktoria Bodnarova, EURAXESS North America
  • Cole Donovan, U.S. Department of State

Perspectives from Federal Funding Agencies: NSF / DoD/ USDA (Concurrent Session 2, Potomac III)

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PRESENTERS

  • Dale Ormond, Principal Director, Research, Assistant Secretary of Defense, Research & Engineering
  • Brian Bornstein, Program Director, Law and Social Sciences, National Science Foundation
  • Mark Mirando, National Program Leader of Animal Nutrition, Growth and Reproduction, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, US Department of Agriculture
  • Moderator: Mary Beth Curtain, Binghamton University

Perspectives from Federal Agencies NEH and IMLS (Concurrent Session 3, Roosevelt, 3rd floor)

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PRESENTERS

  • Brett Bobley, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Ashley Sands, Senior Library Program Officer, Institute of Museum and Library Services

Plenary: Dr. Michael Lauer, Deputy Director for Extramural Research, NIH: “Update from NIH: Perspectives on Extramural Scientists and Science,” Regency Ballroom (Wednesday, 11:45am-12:30pm, Regency Ballroom)

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We hope to see you at the Conference, which will be held May 7-9, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA.  For more information about the conference program or to register, visit http://www.nordp.org/conferences. Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2018updates.

NORDP fosters a culture of inclusive excellence by actively promoting and supporting diversity, inclusion and equity in all its forms to expand our worldview, enrich our work, and elevate our profession.

NORDP 2018: What to Know Before You Go

Greetings NORDP 2018 Attendees:

Are you ready for NORDP 2018? We’re all set and looking forward to welcoming you to the Hyatt Regency Crystal City!  We are expecting a record breaking attendance for the 10th Annual Conference! Here are a few important details that should help you prepare for your arrival in Arlington, VA (metro Washington D.C. area).cq5dam.thumbnail.744.415

Arrival:

The Hyatt Regency Crystal City provides a courtesy airport shuttle. Due to construction at Reagan National Airport (DCA), the pickup and drop-off locations have changed.

  • The shuttle will now pickup and drop-off on the upper level (Departure level) right outside doors #2 and #4. After retrieving your luggage from baggage claim you’ll need to go back up to the departure level (airline ticket counter level) to catch the shuttle.
  • The shuttle DEPARTS the hotel for return to the airport every 20 minutes on the hour from 4:40am – 12:00am. (Times subject to change.)

Taxis

  • From Dulles Airport (IAD) to the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, the cost is approximately $65 to $55.
  • From Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, the cost is approximately $85 to $90.

Metro Subway Access

  • From the Crystal City Metro Station (corner of 18th St and S. Bell Street) the Blue and Yellow lines are available, the hotel is a 10-minute walk.
  • Courtesy Hyatt Metro Shuttle to and from Crystal City Metro Station departs the hotel front drive every 30 minutes on the hour from 6:00am – midnight Monday thru Friday, and 7:00am – midnight Saturday and Sunday. (Times subject to change). When traveling to the hotel via Metro, once you are at the top of the escalators, turn to the left and walk toward 18th St.  The shuttle will pick up underneath the overpass.
  • Upon request, the shuttle will drop guests off at Crystal Drive & 23rd St. In addition, the shuttle will drop off and pickup at 23rd St and S. Eads St. These stops are based on request only and are not regular stops made during regular travel (Subject to change)

Amtrak

  • Taxi to / from Union Station is approximately $17 – $20.

Parking:

Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport offers valet only parking at a rate of $40, with unlimited in-and-out privileges for overnight guests. We offer the option to park at our hotel and fly from nearby Reagan National Airport. Clearance is 6’ 8” in our underground parking garage.

Valet Parking Rates:

  • Up to 2 hours – $16
  • 2-4 hours – $25
  • 4-6 hours – $35
  • 6 – Overnight – $40

Oversized vehicles, greater in height than 80 inches will incur an additional $5 surcharge. In & out privileges pertain to overnight parking rates only.

On-Site Registration

Please check in at registration outside the Regency Ballroom foyer to pick up your badge and conference materials.

Registration Hours
Monday:           7:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday:           7:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Wednesday:     7:30 AM – 3:15 PM

Conference Program

This year, in our effort to maintain greener standards, we will not be offering a printed program. To assist you with planning, the full conference program schedule is available online. View or download it here. We will have an abbreviated Schedule at a Glance you will be able to insert into your name badge holder, as well as a detailed program schedule on the mobile app!

NORDP Conference Mobile App!

Partnering with Attendify, we have created a conference app for your convenience at NORDP 2018. To download, go to your app store, and search for and download the ATTENDIFY app. Then search for “NORDP 2018” and click on “Join.” You will need to create a profile. You will then be connected to your fellow conference attendees, you will be able to receive push notifications about happenings and updates during the conference, locate sessions and rooms, find information on sponsors and speakers, and create your personal schedule! Download the app today and see how informative it is, yet easy to use. Give it a try on your smartphone or tablet, and get ready for NORDP 2018.

Conference Attire

The attire for the conference is business casual. The forecast is for seasonal temperatures—warm during the day and cool at night, and a spot of rain is may be possible. We suggest that you be prepared for air-conditioned meeting rooms as well.

Stay Connected on Social Media

Do you Tweet? Follow NORDP on Twitter @NORDP_official, and connect with other conference attendees by Tweeting with the hashtag #NORDP2018. A gift card prize will be awarded on Wednesday at the conference for the attendee who Tweets the most using the hashtag! You can also sign up to be a Social Media Volunteer at the conference.

Wifi!

Complimentary wifi is available throughout the meeting space at the Hyatt. The network is Hyatt_Meeting, and the password is nordp18.

Welcome Reception – 5:00 p.m. Monday

Please join us in the Regency Ballroom foyer area at 5:00 on Wednesday evening to meet and greet other NORDP 2018 attendees! If you are a NORDP mentor or mentee, please look for the sign in the Atrium for the Mentor/Mentee Meetup and meet your fellow members of the Mentoring Program there before proceeding to the Welcome Reception.  The opening keynote address from Saul Kaplan will follow.

Morning Roundtables over Breakfast

During the continental breakfast on Tuesday morning, we will have some tables in the ballroom area designated for discussion of specific topics that were suggested by the membership at large. Please check the program book or the app for further details.

A Favorite! The Idea Showcase and Reception, Tuesday, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

We highly encourage you to attend this afternoon event: The Idea Showcase is a poster session designed for individuals or small teams to present their own approaches to problems and solutions in research development, to showcase best practices, or to introduce innovative ideas. Get a glass of wine, visit the posters and presenters, and engage in some great conversation before heading off to dinner.

Optional Networking Dinners

Join other conference attendees for dinner at some great local establishments in the Arlington area on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Some dinners will also feature an informal discussion around a research development topic of interest. Each dinner guest pays his or her own way and groups are limited in size. Registration is required. Please visit the following links to sign up:

Monday, May 7

Tuesday, May 8 

Morning Walks & Runs

Some fabulous conference volunteers are on point to lead you in a short walk or run each day.

Groups will depart from the hotel lobby each morning at 6:00 or 6:15 am. Check out the morning walk/run sign-ups below for specific trail routes and departure times.

Lead a Run/Walk/Bike Group

Join a Morning Run/Walk/Bike Group 

NORDP Sponsors

Please make time to stop by our sponsor exhibits in the Regency Ballroom Foyer to chat with them and find out what’s new in their businesses.  There will be fantastic sponsor giveaways!  Our sponsors make the conference happen!

Evaluation: Make the annual Research Development conferences better every year!

NORDP conference planners need your feedback! Each day during the conference, you will receive an e-mail asking you about that day’s activities.  To continue to provide you with the most valuable conference experience possible, the surveys will have questions about session content and format, as well as the venue and its services.  We’ll want to know if the sessions are relevant to you, and what your suggestions are for future meetings. If you complete your daily survey, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win cool stuff.

Want to visit the new Smithsonian NMAAHC?

No passes needed for National Museum of African American History and Culture on Wednesdays during May. More on this here.

Thank you for registering and we look forward to seeing you there!

The NORDP 2018 Team

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We hope to see you at the Conference, which will be held May 7-9, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA.  For more information about the conference program or to register, visit http://www.nordp.org/conferences. Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2018updates.

NORDP fosters a culture of inclusive excellence by actively promoting and supporting diversity, inclusion and equity in all its forms to expand our worldview, enrich our work, and elevate our profession.

NORDP 2018 Conference Cameo: Maria D. Garcia

#NORDP2018 starts Monday, May 7 in Arlington, VA. Keep checking back here at the blog and on our Twitter feed (@NORDP_official) for live conference updates. Register here: http://www.nordp.org/conferences.
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Who: Maria D. Garcia, MS, MBA, Sr. Manager of Research Operations
Where: University of Texas Medical Branch, Center for Addiction Research
Number of years in research development: 4
Length of NORDP membership: 2
Number of NORDP conferences attended: 1
What is the most interesting place you’ve visited? The giant Redwoods of California, the most magical of places.

I assumed my current role in RD as a serendipitous development stemming from need and availability. I’ve been involved in research management, compliance, and financial oversight for over a decade. Arriving to this position with a wide breath of knowledge and experience allowed me the opportunity to develop depth in addiction research RD projects. Coming from a scientific background in pharmacology provided me with a natural inclination to delve deeper into these proposals and follow the science in a much more intimate manner than I had in previous roles. My current role includes the support and development of multi translational teams. This provides me with an exciting opportunity to work with a very diverse group of individuals ranging from bench scientists and physicians to technology companies and industry representatives. The diversity of the proposals composed by these individuals is as varied as the group, and presents constant new growth opportunities for our Center. Under the tutelage of my RD mentor, Dr. Marcy Jordan, I have begun building on personal and departmental strengths to provide our faculty with superior RD support.Garcia_Maria

I first learned about NORDP from my co-worker and mentor who recommended I join. I signed up in 2017 and attended my first conference in Colorado that same year. My favorite thing about the NORDP conference is the absolute wealth of knowledge provided during the sessions (including the pre-conference workshops). This conference presents an opportunity to access quality learning as well as networking opportunities that can lead to fruitful professional relationships. To this end, I recommend that new attendees plan to meet with their regional groups, as well as join dinner groups during the conference period.

As addiction research reaches new levels in funding opportunities, my goal is to learn new strategies to expedite the processing of proposals while increasing the quality of the final product. I would like to augment my current skills set in areas including multi-project proposals, NSF funding mechanisms (I manage predominantly NIH funds at the moment), and multi-site clinical trial proposals.

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We hope to see you at the Conference, which will be held May 7-9, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA.  For more information about the conference program or to register, visit http://www.nordp.org/conferences. Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2018updates.

NORDP fosters a culture of inclusive excellence by actively promoting and supporting diversity, inclusion and equity in all its forms to expand our worldview, enrich our work, and elevate our profession.