Conference Spotlight: Two-Hour Sessions

For the first time, the annual NORDP conference will offer a full day of long-form content that includes 2-hour sessions, in addition to our regular 4-hour workshops. Two-hour sessions will allow a deeper dive into topics of interest and more interaction between facilitators and attendees. These courses will be held from 10 am to 5:30 pm on Monday, April 29; the full listing is posted online here.

To highlight a few options:

Writing and Editing for Impact
Presenters: Alan Paul, Giant Angstrom Partners; Joanna Downer, Duke University

The quality of presentation—i.e., whether our writing and graphics are effective—is a key factor in the impact of a proposal. Effective proposals meet the needs of both author and audience and tell a story that convinces reviewers to fund the project. This two-hour workshop will teach RD professionals how to recognize effective writing and presentation for grant applications, how to incorporate approaches to effective writing de novo, and how to deploy techniques for effective editing and guidance.

Understanding the Faculty Lifecycle
Presenters: Anne Windham, Brown University; Kimberly Mowry, Brown University Faculty; Judith Bender, Brown University Faculty; Erica Larschan, Brown University Faculty

Faculty are subject to many competing demands over the course of their careers—tenure review, family commitments, sabbatic leave and teaching obligations are just some of these. The RD professional must think strategically about how and when to communicate and offer support and opportunities, keeping in mind that research funding is one important element in an academic’s career.

This is a Test: Adapting NRMN’s Maintaining Effective Communication Module to the RD Profession
Presenters: Erica Severan-Webb, Xavier University of Louisiana; Paula Carney, University of Chicago; Kathryn Partlow, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Etta Ward, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

This team is working to adapt the National Research Mentoring Network curriculum to become specific to research development professionals. RD people can then access the NRMN curriculum for their campuses. The NRMN curriculum spans undergraduate through junior faculty across the biomedical sciences and beyond.

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Visit the NORDP Store online now through March 15! 

#NORDP2019 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.

Conference Cameo: Hilda McMackin

#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.

Who: Hilda McMackin, Director of Research Development and Support
Where: Vanderbilt University
Number of years in research development: 5
Length of NORDP membership: 2 years
Number of NORDP conferences attended: 2
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A psychic. I was inspired by Commander Deanna Troi from Star Trek.

McMackin2I was involved in research development before I knew it was a field.  I worked as a lab manager in my first job after getting my PhD and found out about research administration from an internal training program.  After looking for positions in research administration, I was recruited into the School of Engineering to work on an NSF Engineering Research Center proposal and then became the grants manager in the largest engineering research institute on campus.  I heard about research development when a new Vice Provost for Research started at Vanderbilt and was hiring for a position to start a dedicated research development program at Vanderbilt.  I was immediately hooked when I heard of the opportunity, and my grants management experience with large proposals luckily made me a strong candidate.

I am the Director of Research Development and Support, and I founded this office at Vanderbilt, growing from a staff of 1 to 5 people.  My office oversees some services that support research compliance (export controls) in addition to research development.  Our research development programs focus on proposal support for strategic opportunities, managing limited submission opportunities, relationship building with sponsors, and providing workshops for faculty to learn best practices for seeking funding or applying to certain agencies.  We focus specifically on federal agencies and cover all 10 schools and colleges at Vanderbilt, including arts & sciences, engineering, basic sciences, education, and nursing.

I joined the Mentoring Committee at my first NORDP conference without ever having participated in the mentoring program.  It has been a great way to connect with more of the RD community as well as hone some professional development skills.  I presented my first webinar with them last summer and will be co-presenting some sessions at this year’s conference.

At my first NORDP conference I was taken aback by how welcoming the NORDP community is compared to other professional conferences I’ve attended.  I recommend identifying a few people that do work you’re interested in or have experience that you want to learn more about.  Take note of who is presenting sessions that spark interest in you and make a point of connecting with them at the networking events.  I attended a workshop my first conference and ended up seeking out one of the presenters that I was particularly impressed by.  I followed up with her after the conference and asked if she’d mentor me and this past year we participated in the mentoring program as a self-matched pair.  Never be afraid to advocate for yourself!


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 Tool: Venmo

venmo-logo-and-textAs we move headlong into a cashless society, apps like Venmo stand in for paper money. Venmo is a smartphone app that enables you to send money to anyone else with a Venmo account, and it works regardless of smartphone device (i.e., no Apple v. Android confusion). The app uses encryption to securely connect to your bank, so you can draw money right from your checking account, like a debit card, or accept money from someone to deposit in your account. There’s no need to have cash on hand, and no waiting time, like with personal checks.

How will this work for you at the conference? One of the most fun and worthwhile activities we coordinate are nightly Networking Dinners. While 8-10 dinner pals might make for lively conversation, it’s often a headache for servers to split checks accurately (and some restaurants may refuse to split them at all). In this case, a single payer could be reimbursed instantly with Venmo.

We also are planning to use Venmo for members to buy NORDP products onsite–our online store will offer limited stock (and some special items) at the conference, and Venmo will be one way to make a purchase.

How do you get it? Download the app on your phone. Create an account (add a photo to make it easier for friends to identify you).  Connect the account to your bank (the app will walk you through). Use “Search People” to find your friends. It’s fairly self-explanatory from there (select “Pay or Request” and enter how much), but Mashable has a great Venmo beginner’s guide with screenshots here.

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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.

Conference News: New to #NORDP2019

The 2019 NORDP Research Development Conference in Providence, RI, will be chock-full of exciting events. Based on member feedback, the Conference Planning Committee has livened up this year’s program with new formatting and fun activities to boost your networking and professional growth opportunities. New to #NORDP2019:

  • A full 3 days of content: A welcome reception will be held Sunday evening as attendees arrive, and programming will run ALL DAY Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Workshops: 2-hour and 4-hour workshops will be held concurrently all day on Monday, April 29. While 4-hour workshops are now on waiting lists (email lnakoneczny@FirstPointResources.com to be added), attendees will have 17 2-hour workshops to choose from, including:
    • Using Technology to Facilitate Team Building from the Bottom Up
    • Strategies for Successful Broader Impacts
    • Developing the Research Enterprise: International Perspectives and Experience
    • Hubs & Spokes: A Comparison of Central, Distributed and Hybrid RD Models
  • Fresh formats: The 2019 program will offer a series of lively 5-minute lightning rounds (based on Ignite talks) and 1-hour roundtables for deeper discussions of valuable topics.
  • Career Center: All hiring managers/recruiters are invited to complete the 2019 Employer Career Center Application on or before March 8. Our conference planning team will provide you with access to potential applicants and assist you with scheduling interviews.
  • NORDP swag: Visit our online store for your own NORDP gear! T-shirts, hoodies, hats and more are available for purchase until March 15!

You asked and we listened: members wanted more content. Our 2019 conference will be bigger and better, and registrations fees have increased this year to cover the extra half-day of conference. Early Bird registration ($640 for members) will be available until March 15.

Our full conference program will be posted soon! Conference questions can go to rdconf@nordp.org.

Conference Cameos: Did you miss our kick-off conference cameo this week? Learn about long-time member Anne Pascucci here.

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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.