13th Annual NORDP
Research Development Conference

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Concurrent Sessions 4 | Tuesday, May 4 | 2:15 - 3:45 pm EDT


RD Strategies for Promoting Team Success in the Online Environment

Andrea Stith, University of California, Santa Barbara; Kim Baeten, Stanford University; Christine Erlien, Duke University School of Medicine; Sandra Holden, Stanford University School of Medicine; and Elizabeth Seckel, Stanford University School of Medicine

Strong teams emerge from clearly articulated shared interests, mutual trust, and joint commitment. Building effective, dynamic and nimble teams is essential to team success and the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many standard practices. 2020 has thus been a year for trying new things and adapting best-practices to the on-line environment. Anticipating that online interactions will remain a significant element of RD into the future, we reflect on what has been learned over the past year and what we will carry into our future work. This session will include interactive elements, with participants contributing effective strategies for supporting successful virtual teams. (Fundamental | Strategic Research Advancement)

The Importance of Government Relations Efforts for Research Development: a Panel Discussion

Michael Helms, Stanford University; Eric Dickey, Western Oregon University; Barbara Sasso, University of the Pacific; Susan Emerson, Oregon State University; and Katie Lindl, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

What’s the deal with Government Relations? What do they even do? Does your institution have a Government Relations office? Does it want one? What’s the connection with Research Development? If you’ve ever wondered, then this panel is for you! This panel will provide an opportunity to engage in a focused session with Government Relations personnel from a wide variety of institutions. Attendees will come away with information to bring back to their home institutions. Understanding the important, and often overlooked, connection between Government Relations and Research Development is vital to sustaining a resilient Research Development enterprise. The panelists for this session are: Megan Arleth, Stanford University, Bill Bruner, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Gina Daly, University of California, Berkeley, David McDonald, Western Oregon University, and Gabrielle Serra, Oregon State University (Intermediate | Enhancement of Collaboration)

Meaningful Engagement (ME): Creating and Cultivating Your Professional Network

Vanity Campbell, University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Melinda Boehm, University of California, Merced

Engaging in strategic relationship-building is integral to successful collaboration, team-building, and professional growth. For the Research Development (RD) professional, there is a real and present need to have the skills and confidence to create and sustain collaborative relationships in our increasingly interdependent funding world. This session presents a holistic approach to cultivating a professional network that utilizes key communication tools to facilitate collaboration-building for both personal and professional development. Participants will explore the application of each tool in RD settings, and interview a seasoned RD professional who will demonstrate the "real-world" value of the approach. (Intermediate | Communication of Research and Research Priorities)

Advocacy and Inclusion for underrepresented minorities and females in university research centers

Camille Coley, American Museum of Natural History; Theresa Lant, Pace University; and Susan Day, Research Development Services

The session offers RD professionals a platform to exchange knowledge and cultivate a community in the area of broadening the participation of underrepresented students and scholars in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine (STEMM). Investigators struggle to build teams, and to create pipeline and pathways that implement the principles of team science and take advantage of what we know about making teams work to recruit and retain underrepresented students and scholars. The goal of this session is to help RD professionals think strategically about research planning for broadening participation of underrepresented groups using the principles of team science. (Intermediate | Enhancement of Collaboration)

Using data as a strategic asset for research development professionals

Joey Figueroa, Clarivate; Anand Desai, Clarivate 

Clarivate consultants will lead the audience through a number of examples of leveraging data as a strategic asset for research development professionals.  Specific examples include generating institutional research landscapes, scanning the horizon for emerging research, identification of key opinion leaders in strategic areas, showcasing institutional strengths and experts, and matching funding opportunities along with industrial partnering opportunities to research expertise.