13th Annual NORDP
Research Development Conference

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Concurrent Sessions 3 | Tuesday, May 4 | 12:15 - 1:45 pm EDT


Building, Maintaining, and Sustaining Productive International Research Partnerships: Perspectives of Principal Investigators

Kim Patten, University of Arizona; John Tsapogas, Research Foundation of The City University of New York; Tisha Gilreath Mullen, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Karen Eck, Old Dominion University; and Rachel Dresbeck, Oregon Health & Sciences University

Developed by the Strategic Alliance Committee’s International Working Group this session features successful international research project Principal Investigators as they discuss what is needed to embark on an international collaboration. Joined by research development professionals, the panel will discuss the effort from ideation to implementation. This panel complements the, “Support for International Scientific Research at a Critical Time in History: The role of NSF, NIH, and the National Academies,” session. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists in this introductory session. Panelists include: Charles Wood, PhD, Lewis Lehr University Professor, School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln;  Anu Ramaswami, PhD, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies and the High Meadows Environmental Institute; Cathy Whitlock, PhD, Regents Professor, Director, MSU Paleoecology Lab (Fundamental | Enhancement of Collaboration)

Leveraging and building the RD toolbox to support institutional DEIB goals

Gretchen Kiser, University of California San Francisco; Crystal Botham, Stanford University; Debra Karson, Stanford University; and Barbara Endemaño Walker, University of California Santa Barbara

The RD professionals’ toolbox, central to advancing the research enterprise, can also be used to advance institutional diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB). In this session, we will describe a few programs and practices employed by RD professionals to improve institutional DEIB. We hope these examples spark attendee creativity toward identifying their own novel approaches. Using a logic model exercise, developed by team diversity experts in UCSB’s CREDITS Team Science Institute, we will explore a strategy to ideate new diversity-building programs and implementation details. Participants will then have the opportunity to share DEIB-supporting strategies – both established and newly ideated. (Intermediate | Strategic Research Advancement)

Increasing External Faculty Recognitions: Critical Considerations from Essential Partners

Petrina Suiter, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Nathan Meier, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Receipt of external honorific awards are an important career benchmark for faculty and a key indicator of institutional success. For these reasons, efforts to help increase faculty recognitions represent a growing focus for many institutions and an opportunity space for research development (RD) professionals. This interactive session features University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty, college- and departmental-level administrators, and RD professionals who actively pursue faculty external recognitions and celebrate their receipt. Panelists include: Dawn Braithwaite, Willa Cather Professor, Department of Communication Studies; Eileen Hebets, Charles Bessey Professor, School of Biological Sciences; Martha Mamo, John E. Weaver Professor and Head, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture; and Lily Wang, Professor, Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction, and Associate Dean for Faculty and Inclusion, College of Engineering. Panelist discussion, Q&A, and breakout conversations will help participants deepen their understanding about honorifics and develop ideas, gather advice, and access resources for enhancing faculty recognition efforts at their institutions. (Advanced | Strategic Research Advancement)

Strategies for Creating Collaborations That Can Tackle Society’s Grand Challenges

Heidi Becker, Dimensions

In this talk, we will share data-driven approaches to building research teams that are well-equipped to tackle society’s Grand Challenges. Through the lens of Dimensions, a research intelligence database, and the topic of opioid addiction, participants will learn how to find and recruit experts to join research teams and grants; create networks of peer universities, industry partners, and funders innovating in niche topic areas. The strategies shared in this session can be applied in a diverse set of disciplinary and institutional contexts.