#NORDP2018 By the Numbers

I hope everyone who attended NORDP’s 2018 10th Annual Research Development Conference in Arlington last week had a safe and uneventful return home, and that you didn’t find your inboxes and desks too cluttered with things to attend to when you went back to work.

Just a few brief statistics about the meeting that I thought might be of interest. This year, we had:

  • 1 leadership forum
  • 1 short course
  • 4 workshops
  • 4 plenary or keynote addresses or panels
  • 16 sponsors (a record!)
  • 33 networking dinners over the first two nights of the conference, with 250 participants
  • 40 individual or panel presentations
  • 54 posters (not including NORDP’s own committee and programmatic posters)
  • 598 registrants (plus 6 on-site registrations, for a total of 604; also a record!)

If you weren’t able to attend the meeting this year, or if you’d like to re-live a little of the experience, check out the conference recap video:

(It’s also available on the NORDP homepage, in case this link doesn’t work.).

We won’t have the full picture until the Evaluation Committee submits its report to the Board of Directors (probably in September), but all of the comments I heard (or overheard in passing) were uniformly positive. (Speaking of evaluations, if you haven’t yet completed all of yours, please do so: that information is of tremendous help to the Board and the planning committee as we start the process for putting together next year’s meeting.)

Kudos to everybody who helped make this meeting as successful as it was. And a very special thanks to our two stalwart conference co-chairs, Karen Eck (Old Dominion University) and Kari Whittenberger-Keith (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee). We couldn’t have done it without you!

If you’re looking for presentations or materials from sessions at the conference that you either attended or wanted to browse because you couldn’t make the session, please be patient. The conference team will be contacting the presenters to get final copies of presentation materials shortly. Once they’re available, they’ll be posted to the conference program page. If you don’t find a hyperlink next to the presentation you’re looking for, that means the materials haven’t been made available yet. Also please note that we do not post materials from the leadership forum or the workshops, as that content is only available to the participants in those sessions.

Lastly, if you missed the announcement at the conference, save the date for #NORDP2019: April 29-May 1, 2019, at the Omni in Providence, Rhode Island!

Michael Spires
NORDP President

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 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: BreeAnn Brandhagen

#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: BreeAnn Brandhagen, Program Manager
Where: BioSNTR
Number of years in research development: 4
Length of NORDP membership: 1
Number of NORDP conferences attended: 1
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be either a doctor or an event planner.

After completing my PhD, I was a Lecturer for one year but found myself missing research. I knew I did not want a traditional faculty career, but I wanted to be engaged with research in some way. An opportunity to work with a new research center came up and I jumped in without really knowing what I would be doing!

DSC_3590In 2014, I started  as the first Program Manger of BioSNTR (pronounced “bio-center”), a state-wide distributed research center in South Dakota. I work with faculty across the state on large collaborative research projects. In addition to managing the finances of the center, I also monitor and evaluate project progress, assist faculty in finding and applying for new funding, coordinate public and university relations’ information, and assist in creating new partnerships amongst academic researchers and the local biotech industry. Every day looks different and that’s what I love most! I also really enjoy getting to interact with faculty from a variety of disciplines – I’m always learning something new!

I attended the NORDP conference for the first time last year, and had an amazing experience. There was so much good information presented in all of the sessions, and I brought back a lot of new ideas to implement in our center. I joined as a NORDP member after attending the conference and have continued to be impressed by the resources and information provided by the organization and the other members. As someone new to the field, and in a state that does not have a lot of people working in this area, finding NORDP was a huge benefit.

I would highly recommend attending a Networking Dinner at the NORDP conference and/or participating in the run/walk sessions in the morning. I found that these events were a great way to meet and connect with other attendees, in a very non-intimidating setting (which was perfect for an introvert like me!)

Social Media Links:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/breeann-brandhagen
Twitter: @DrBrandhagen

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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 Conference Cameo: Cathy Borgesen

#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: Cathy Borgesen, Assistant Director of Research Development
Where: MIT
Number of years in research development: 1
Length of NORDP membership: 1
Number of NORDP conferences attended: 2018 will be my first one!
What is the most interesting place you’ve visited? Ephesus, Turkey

Working in Research Development was not something I had planned to do and I have only been working in this capacity for one year. Prior to becoming involved in RD, I spent time as a graduate student, an adjunct college instructor, a prep school English teacher in Istanbul, a Research Administrator at Boston Children’s Hospital, and a Fiscal Officer at MIT.

0I took my current position last May after two years as a Fiscal Officer (FO) in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE), one of MIT’s largest research labs. While I was at RLE, I worked on two successful Manufacturing USA proposals: AIM Photonics and AFFOA. Working to coordinate between multiple stakeholders across MIT, other academic institutions, and governmental agencies was extremely exciting and challenging. I realized that I wanted to do more work on large, complex proposals, especially those that were cross-disciplinary in nature and would further the larger institutional research mission.

I joined the Office of Research Development in May 2017 and became a NORDP member that same month. Since joining NORDP, I have attended regional meetings at Wellesley College and Harvard University which were both extremely helpful. At the first meeting I felt comfortable as a newcomer and met several individuals from New England colleges and universities with whom I still communicate about possible collaborations. At least one collaboration between my institution and another local college arose from these regional meetings. I went to my first meeting knowing no one in the RD field and I left knowing many people from different types of colleges and universities. I felt that I could easily reach out to all of the people I met if I had any questions or just wanted to find out how they were doing something at their institution.

I’m looking forward to attending the sessions at the 2018 annual meeting, but I’m most excited to meet people from other parts of the country who are involved in RD. It seems that RD can vary dramatically by institution–between different types of institutions (State/Private), different sized institutions (under 1,000 students to up to 40k+), and different “ages” of RD offices (MIT’s Office of Research Development is only two years old). I want to get a better understanding of what RD professionals at a wide range of organizations do, how they do it, and how they prioritize their work within their organizations and the current funding climate.

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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 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.