The AM59 Program Committee has been finalizing the 59th Annual Meeting program, “Exploring the Possibilities … Navigating into the Future”, scheduled for August 6-9, 2017 at the Washington Hilton. Please take this opportunity to reconnect with your colleagues and expand your NCURA ohana (family) network.  We are confident that you will be able to increase your knowledge, enhance your work effectiveness and expand your potential career options with the sessions in the program. Register for the meeting and make related travel plans today!

This conference offers a myriad of concurrent sessions, discussion groups, and workshops that provide a venue for the sharing of critical information, best practices, and strategies for success with subject matter experts from around the country and the globe.  Not to mention that more than ten Federal agencies are represented on the program.   There will be new venues including tracks on Research Evaluation and Data, Technology for the Research Administrator,  an enhanced Global track with sessions targeted to both US and non-US participants, high-energy Ignite sessions, a Genius Bar where you meet with experts one-on-one, and Poster Sessions that will showcase the cutting edge research on research administration/management.   Topical area certificate programs are available and sessions are identified for varying levels of expertise.

This year five special events are planned that start on Sunday evening as we expand our horizons and explore new cultures with our “OHAHA NIGHT” with delicious food and exciting Polynesian entertainment.  We will continue exploring the possibilities with our Keynote Mae Jemison, the first African American female astronaut. 

Our sincere thanks to the Program Committee and the NCURA staff for supporting our vision and creating a program with over 300 educational offerings and opportunity for networking and connecting with a global network of colleagues.  We look forward to seeing you in DC!

Chair and NCURA Vice President

Georgette Sakumoto, University of Hawaii



Twila Reighley, Michigan State University

Denise Wallen, University of New Mexico


Program Committee

Clinical Research/Clinical Trials: Gary Smith, Massachusetts General Hospital

Compliance: Denise Moody, Harvard University

Elizabeth Peloso, University of Pennsylvania

Contracting and Working with Industry: Michiko Pane, Stanford University

Departmental:  Vicki Krell, Arizona State University Main

Andrea Marshall, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Research and Evaluation: Jo Ann Smith, University of Central Florida

Global for US Participants: Amanda Snyder, University of Washington

Global for Non-US Participants: Simon Kerridge, University of Kent

Management:  Derick Jones, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute

Post-Award (Financial): Twila Fisher Reighley, Michigan State University

Post-Award (Non-Financial): Jeff  Silber, Cornell University

Pre-Award: Matt  Berry, University of Oklahoma Norman Campus

Predominately Undergraduate Institutions: Alice Doyle, Loyola Marymount University

Julie Guggino, Central Washington University

Regulatory Updates/Federal: Gunta Liders, University of Rochester

Dennis Paffrath, University of Maryland Baltimore

Jean Feldman, National Science Foundation

Research Development Support:  Denise Wallen, University of New Mexico

Self-Management: Judy Fredenberg, University of Montana

Senior Level: Kim Moreland, University of Wisconsin Madison

Kerry Peluso, Emory University

Technology/Electronic Systems for Research Administrators: Dan Nordquist , Washington State University

Poster Sessions:  Marianne Woods, Johns Hopkins University

Workshops: Rosemary Madnick, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Robyn Remotigue, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth