Our research funding success (as reported in the recent media release) is a tribute, of course, to the brilliant, dedicated work of all in our research enterprise. I congratulate faculty, technicians, support staff, administrative units, post-docs, and students. In addition to the big-picture data that gains public attention are the back-door stories.
Increased funding means increased administrative tasks. In the Research Office, we have been working diligently to decrease the burden of red tape and paperwork on researchers. The new Cayuse electronic system for submission of proposals was an important move toward fewer human errors and greater efficiency. It also has involved learning curves for many. I thank Pat Hawk and her Office of Sponsored Programs staff for their flexibility, patience, and training efforts, keeping up with their amazing services while – mid-air – converting to a new system. We also appreciate all the faculty who have stepped outside their comfort zone to try that new system. We are celebrating that Cayuse indeed is galloping forward to make proposal processing easier for PIs. We greatly appreciate Eric Anundson, Cindy Rasberry, Kim Reese, Lin Reilly, Aedra Reynolds, Dawn Wagner, and Vickie Watkins (and, until recently, Laurel Neidigh).
Another story related to funding is our growing success in partnering with industry. We anticipate great results through innovative strategies being established by Ron Adams. Brian Wall and his Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development staff have steadily upped the pace of commercialization, licensing, and new business development. We have created new positions and recruited fantastic colleagues to support increasing opportunities to bring the benefit of research out to the public. Credit goes to Mitch Abrams, Shirley Chow, Kirt Fuller, Jianbo Hu, Mary Phillips, Denis Sather, Ann Schmierer, Susan Tillitt, and Berry Treat (and, until recently, Dan Whitaker).
The Office of Research Integrity plays an important role in our success. While we still seek a new director, Rich Holdren has been leading the efforts of the talented and smart people who help us ensure compliance with regulations, so our research progress is unencumbered. The team includes Kevin Buch, Stephen Durkee, Susan Glowacz, Jillian Grant, Helen Diggs, Lisa Leventhal, Candi Loeb, Mary Samuel, and Nicole Wolf.
Our Incentive Programs make the difference in moving many OSU projects forward. Across campus, work has been enhanced because Rich Holdren and Debbie Delmore make it possible to provide significant internal funding for general purposes, release time, equipment, and undergraduate projects. They also coordinate our university’s opportunities for limited-submission programs.
As director of Post Doctoral Programs, and liaison between the Graduate School and the Research Office, Barb Bond has been innovative in supporting researchers who are too-often unheralded. For one thing, the new Post-Doc organization will help strengthen the contributions of that important group.
I am well-aware that I could not keep up the front-line work without the many and varied services of our central staff. Please join me in thanking Tracy Elmshaeuser, Stephen Hotard, Deb Walker and Jana Zvibleman (and until recently, Erika Fleck) for their accomplishments. We all have also enjoyed help from some of Oregon State’s finest students.
“Space, the New Frontier!”
– Helen Diggs’ quip about the common challenge the Research Office shares with many across campus
While Research Office has bid farewell to a few members of our team this year, we have had a net increase in staff to carry the load, and so we’ve been knocking our elbows against the Kerr walls. The need for more office space to accommodate our new members has resulted – so far – in a temporary fix. That’s why, to find some of us, you’ll be coming to the 4th floor of Snell; others have shifted to different locations on the 3rd floor of Kerr. It is a priority that the services of the Research Office remain easily accessible to the campus community – stay tuned to hear of the better, long-term solution (i.e., where we’ll unpack our boxes).
Again I thank all in our research community for your perseverance and for your successes. We can all take pride in how, together, we are working to enhance health, the environment, and the economy – that’s still our news.
Rick Spinrad, Vice President for Research
Please see oregonstate.edu/research/contacts for photos of staff and more information about the Research Office services.
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