Nominations Open for NORDP 2019 Rising Star of Excellence Recognition Awards

Active NORDP members are invited to nominate deserving recipients for a NORDP 2019 Rising Star of Excellence Recognition Award for outstanding volunteer contributions to NORDP.  Awardees will be recognized with a lovely engraved glass plaque at the Annual Conference in Providence in April/May, and will receive waived registration for a future NORDP Annual Conference.

Nominee Eligibility: Any active NORDP member who has made significant volunteer contributions to NORDP and who exhibits strong potential for future contributions is eligible.  “Contributions” can include NORDP committee service, conference volunteer, conference presenter, etc.  Previous Rising Star Award recipients and Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski Service awardees are not eligible.  (For previous recipients and awardees, see https://www.nordp.org/service-award.)

Nominator Eligibility: Active NORDP members

Nomination Process: Each nomination consists of a completed form (see attached) that describes why the nominator feels the nominee deserves the Rising Star recognition.  The nominator should speak to past and current contributions to NORDP, the potential for future contributions to research development and/or NORDP, and examples of excellence in research development.

The nomination must also include a short statement (~50 words) to be used as a citation if the nominee is selected for this recognition.

Please send completed nomination forms to Member Services Committee chair Kathy Cataneo at k.cataneo@unh.edu no later than Wednesday, March 20 at 5 p.m. EST and use this in the email subject line: Rising Star Nomination for (nominee’s last name). The nomination form is here: Rising Star Nomination Form

Selection Process: The Awards Subcommittee of the Member Services Committee will review nomination materials and forward recommendations for awardees to the Board of Directors for its consideration.  Nominations will be evaluated on the extent to which the nominees have served NORDP and the research development profession, as documented by compelling evidence and testimonials in the nomination form.  The Board will select no more than three nominees for awards in any given year.

Awardees are announced and presented with their recognition plaques at the NORDP Annual Conference.

Posted on behalf of the Member Services Committee

Visit the NORDP Store online now through March 15! 

We hope to see you at the Conference, which will be held April 29 – May 1, 2019, at the Omni Providence Hotel in Providence, RI. 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 #NORDP2019 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: 2019 Call for Nominations and Applications

NORDP members are encouraged to submit nominations and applications for Board of Directors positions in advance of the 2019 election cycle. Nominations for Board positions are due March 15, and applications for Board positions are due April 1.

Three Board of Director positions are open for election in 2019. Two seats are open to all eligible NORDP members; one seat is designated for an eligible NORDP member affiliated with a minority-serving institution and/or a regional institution. New Board members are elected for four-year terms.

As a volunteer-led organization, NORDP’s momentum and mission are driven by its member leaders. Individuals elected to the Board of Directors have the primary responsibilities of ensuring the organization’s effective governance, fiscal responsibility, and strategic direction.

Board members also play a leading role in advancing the organization’s processes and priorities. These range from member services, mentoring, and strategic alliances to inclusive excellence and New Opportunities in Research Development (NORD). Individuals elected to serve on NORDP Board spend 10 to 12 hours per month fulfilling their duties.

According to current and past members of the Board, this service yields significant professional and personal gains. Examples include helping to organize and advance the research development community, strengthening professional networks, and building new friendships.

If you or someone you know is ready to contribute time and talent to the future of NORDP, consider submitting a Board application or nomination today. More information about these processes is available here.

Please contact Nathan Meier, Nominating Committee Chair (nmeier@uab.edu or 205-934-0934), if you have questions regarding the Board of Directors nomination, application, or election processes.

Conference Cameo: R. Krish

#NORDP2019 starts Monday, April 29, in Providence, RI. Keep checking back here at the blog and on our Twitter feed (@NORDP_official) for conference updates. Register at https://www.nordp.org/conferences.

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Who: R. Krish, Director of Research Services & Center Initiatives
Where: Prairie View A&M University
Number of years in research development: 3
Length of NORDP membership: 2 years
Number of NORDP conferences attended: 1
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A professor

I actually transitioned into research administration from the “dark side”—I always wanted to become a college professor. When I was a high school or college student, I loved watching movies that portrayed teachers or universities as the central theme. After getting a Master’s degree in chemistry, I worked for a couple of years in the Emulsion Department of a photo-film manufacturing company in India. I was so captivated by the Eastman Kodak research publications that I wanted to pursue doctoral studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). However, a chemistry doctorate was not offered at RIT in 1978, so I earned my PhD from the University of California-Davis in 1983.Krish

Following post-doctoral work at Purdue and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I had a fulfilling career as a faculty member in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics at Kansas State University, Manhattan from 1986 to 2015.

I left K-State to join my wife and son, as my wife, whom I first met at UC-Davis as a fellow graduate student with a bright smile, was hired by Texas A&M University at College Station. I joined Prairie View A&M University, a member of the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), as Director of Research Services. I metamorphosed into Director of Research and Sponsored Programs the following year, and for a year and a half, I have been the Director of Research Services and Center Initiatives, overseeing, among other tasks, the performance of 14 research centers on the campus. Sponsored Research Services (SRS) at TAMUS prepared me well to take on a role I had no idea about before. I have attended annual conferences of SRAI and NCURA to augment my research administration knowledge.

I first attended the NORDP Annual Conference last year. I received information about the conference by email, and after going through the NORDP website, I very much wanted to attend the conference. And I am glad that I did! Networking with colleagues from other universities was fun. The topics discussed were more relevant to me; a research development person has the unenviable task of motivating and assisting faculty members in the development and submission of grant proposals solely by cajoling.

I particularly enjoyed the workshop on Large Proposals. It covered RFA requirements, elements of a good proposal, stages of proposal development, execution, and submission of the proposal with the enthusiastic participation of the attendees. The discussion on how to assemble a team of investigators and get that team to stick to a schedule and make progress was especially interesting and useful to me. I also have been using the practical tips I got from the other attendees to develop and submit multi-disciplinary proposals.

No matter how many NORDP Annual Conferences you have attended, you will always get useful information and tips from your colleagues!

Visit the NORDP Store online now through March 15! 

We hope to see you at the Conference, which will be held April 29 – May 1, 2019, at the Omni Providence Hotel in Providence, RI. 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 #NORDP2019 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.

Conference Cameo: Christine M. Blaumueller

#NORDP2019 starts Monday, April 29, in Providence, RI. Keep checking back here at the blog and on our Twitter feed (@NORDP_official) for conference updates. Register at https://www.nordp.org/conferences.

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Who: Christine M Blaumueller, Director of Scientific Editing and Research Communication Core
Where: The University of Iowa
Number of years in research development: 12
Length of NORDP membership: 3 years
Number of NORDP conferences attended: 1
What is the most interesting place you’ve visited?: Sarajevo and other parts of Bosnia-Herzogovina, on a teaching trip.

I first entered the RD world in 2006. I came from a science background, obtaining my PhD in the life sciences, training as a post-doctoral researcher, and working as an editor at a molecular biology journal in Europe. When I was ready to move closer to home again, I was excited to find a way to combine the skills I’d attained working in the laboratory and as an editor – establishing an editing service at the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine. My role suddenly shifted from journal gatekeeper to author advocate, a transition I found incredibly fulfilling.

Blaumeller~ChristineMy main role as a writing consultant is to help researchers make their grants (and research manuscripts) more compelling. I provide input on everything related to readability – mechanics, aesthetics, clarity – as well as on scientific aspects of the work. I also regularly teach scientific writing and, occasionally, help to organize large-scale proposals and guide authors to funding opportunities and collaborators. Finally, I have had several opportunities to train scientific editing interns; this facilitated the transition of my two-department editing service to a core facility for the college in 2017.

I first heard about NORDP from Debbie Frank, a colleague at Washington University in St. Louis whose position was similar to mine. We thought that attending a NORDP conference might be a good way to find more people like us. We presented a poster, hosted a networking dinner for writer/editors, and started a list of the people who came to see us (at the poster, the dinner, or both). Eventually, with the help of Meagan Ramsey at the University of Michigan, we converted this list into a network (Scientific Editors Network, a.k.a. ScENe), which is quickly becoming a fabulous forum for information exchange.

This is my first opportunity to return to the NORDP conference. I’m greatly looking forward to learning about new strategies to bring back to my office – whether in relation to editing, mentoring, or broadening the impact of our services. NORDP conference participants are amazing with respect to both their openness in sharing their knowledge and their willingness to take on organizational roles at the meeting. If this is your first time, be sure to attend a networking dinner or participate in a morning activity (a walk, a run, or whatever). You’ll be sure to make at least one contact who will have a surprisingly significant impact on your work!

Visit the NORDP Store online now through March 15! 

We hope to see you at the Conference, which will be held April 29 – May 1, 2019, at the Omni Providence Hotel in Providence, RI. 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 #NORDP2019 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.

Calling All Mentors

Applications for the NORDP Mentoring Program are open through Wednesday, March 6! The Mentoring Program is an excellent way to get to know your NORDP colleagues and share knowledge and resources.

Are you ready to take your learning up a notch? Mentoring is an excellent way to:

  • Learn by teaching
  • Build your professional network
  • #PayItForward
  • Create and continue a culture of mentoring within NORDP
  • Share knowledge and exchange ideas

To make it easy, the Mentoring Committee has developed an OnBoarding Packet with resources for mentors and mentees to use in setting up an initial conversation, set goals for individual professional development, and more. The Committee is continuing to develop and hone these resources to meet the needs of both mentors and mentees. In addition, each mentor-mentee pair is assigned a facilitator who is available to answer any questions.

A Mentoring Toolkit, which includes the OnBoarding Packet, webinars, and a list of publications and web resources, is also available to all NORDP members.

If you have already signed up as a mentor for 2019, thank you! If you have not yet filled out this year’s mentor program application, would you consider becoming a mentor?

Apply to the NORDP Mentoring Program

Questions? Let us know! mentorprogram@nordp.org

Interested in learning more? See what previous mentors and mentees say about their experiences (for a full listing of blog posts, search for “Spotlight: Mentoring Program in Five” on the NORDP blog):

Mentor/Mentee Spotlight: David Widmer

Mentor/Mentee Spotlight: Vanity Campbell

Mentor/Mentee Spotlight: Faye Farmer

Mentor/Mentee Spotlight: Karen Eck

 

Conference Cameo: Jennifer Schaefer

#NORDP2019 starts Monday, April 29, in Providence, RI. Keep checking back here at the blog and on our Twitter feed (@NORDP_official) for conference updates. Register at https://www.nordp.org/conferences.

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Who: Jennifer Schaefer, Research Concierge Administrator
Where: Penn State College of Medicine
Number of years in research development: 5
Length of NORDP membership: 4 years
Number of NORDP conferences attended: 4
How do you unwind? Spend time with my dog & horse

My journey to a career in Research Development could best be described as unconventional. After earning my Master’s degree in Geography, I spent the better part Jennifer Schaefer_DSC8703of 18 years in private consulting,  working my way up the career ladder with a Pennsylvania-based firm that specializes in community planning and funding strategies. As a senior associate, I supported a wide variety of projects for clients in both the public and private sectors, doing everything from writing grant proposals and drafting support letters to facilitating focus groups and briefing elected officials. A significant focus of the firm’s work was the development and implementation of public funding strategies – a government relations function that required direct engagement with local communities, strong relationships with state and federal legislative delegations, and a working knowledge of the federal appropriations and state budget processes. As a project manager, I was frequently responsible for managing client communications, developing congressional briefing documents, and project white papers. I enjoyed the challenges of my work, but after 18 years in consulting, I was looking for a  career opportunity that would allow me to grow in new directions.

In Summer 2013, I came across a job posting for a Research Concierge Administrator at the Penn State College of Medicine. The position was established to strengthen the research support infrastructure for investigators at the College of Medicine and would work closely with the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute (Penn State CTSI). Because the Research Concierge Service (RCS) was a newly created unit in the Office of the Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, I would have an opportunity to build the unit from the ground-up, working in partnership with the Director of Research Development. The position has afforded me the opportunity to leverage the skills I amassed in private consulting and presented me with new learning opportunities. At its core, the Research Concierge Administrator serves as a physical and virtual coordinating hub for research support services at the College of Medicine. As a service of Research Development, I work closely with a variety of key stakeholders to connect investigators to potential research collaborators, to help build research teams, to strengthen grantsmanship skills, to maintain web-based resources through the Research Concierge Service website, to promote the field of interdisciplinary research by organizing seminars and talks, and to serve as a project manager for strategic initiatives. At first glance, it might seem that my previous work experience is incongruous to my current role. But I have found that, in many ways, the skills I amassed in private consulting were invaluable preparation for my current role.

I attended my first NORDP conference in Spring 2015 and have continued attending NORDP conferences since that time. NORDP conferences are a great place to network with peers from a diversity of institutions. This broad exposure to professional colleagues is a value-added of NORDP conferences. If you are attending the conference with other team members from your institution, I recommend you review the conference schedule as a team to determine which sessions each of you will attend. To achieve the greatest return on investment, “divide and conquer” by spreading team members across the conference schedule. If you are attending the NORDP conference as your organization’s sole representative, review the conference schedule with your team members to identify key questions you will keep in your back pocket for presenters. Whether flying solo or attending the conference with co-workers, remember to step out of your comfort zone — introduce yourself to someone new. We all find comfort in the familiar, but it is often when we step outside of our comfort zone that growth happens.

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Visit the NORDP Store online now through March 15! 

We hope to see you at the Conference, which will be held April 29 – May 1, 2019, at the Omni Providence Hotel in Providence, RI. 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 #NORDP2019 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.

Conference Cameo: Susan Gomes

#NORDP2019 starts Monday, April 29, in Providence, RI. Keep checking back here at the blog and on our Twitter feed (@NORDP_official) for conference updates. Register at https://www.nordp.org/conferences.

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Who: Susan Gomes, Director of Research Development and Strategy
Where: Harvard University
Number of years in research development: 20
Length of NORDP membership: 8 years
Number of NORDP conferences attended: 8
What is the most interesting place you’ve visited? I lived in Costa Rica for six months as a graduate student doing field research.

I’ve been in the research development field for nearly 20 years and had the good fortuneGomes_Portraits087(WEB) to work in both public and private research universities and at the department, central, and school level. Starting out at the department level working with faculty in a large research center was wonderful training for my later work in a central office—it made me very aware of the challenges department colleagues face and the value of their contributions. In the central office position, I supported proposal development efforts across the University for large scale grants and individual investigator grants, and developed programming and resources for new faculty. During my time in that position we were successful in increasing our annual research volume from $60M annually to $100M with no additional resources. We also received an EPSCoR grant to build our state’s research infrastructure. In 2010, I was offered an opportunity to build a new research development office at Harvard University in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. With the help of wonderful colleagues and an incredibly talented team, we built a new office. We have since expanded our team to serve our engineering school as well.

The colleagues I have met through NORDP and the programming at the conferences have been an essential part of my professional development. I attribute my success, in part, to the wonderful group of NORDP colleagues I have cultivated over the years. I have attended all of the NORDP annual conferences with the exception of the very first annual meeting in 2008. When I interviewed for my current position, I mentioned that I was a NORDP member and that I would be able to leverage my relationships and the expertise of a strong national network of colleagues across the country.

I encourage any new NORDP attendees to take full advantage of all of the opportunities for networking at the conference and to build new relationships with colleagues as well as new knowledge of your profession. For me, the best part of the organization has been the relationships I have built and the opportunity to learn from my colleagues.  I have also enjoyed the opportunity to share best practices and ideas with colleagues in informal settings at the conference, over coffee or dinner. I look forward to this year’s conference and to connecting with colleagues, both new and old.

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Visit the NORDP Store online now through March 15! 

We hope to see you at the Conference, which will be held April 29 – May 1, 2019, at the Omni Providence Hotel in Providence, RI. 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 #NORDP2019 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.