One world connected through research
When asked why we enjoy our jobs in research administration, many of us have traditionally responded with a statement indicating that, in research administration, no two days are alike and there are always new challenges and changes to face. This commonly expressed sentiment is especially true of today's environment. Since the last time we gathered in Washington D.C. we have witnessed unprecedented events that will shape our history within the profession of research administration for years to come. The global financial crisis has reinforced that while countries may have separate names, borders, and currencies; the world we occupy is unified by a global economy.
With the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, we research administrators find ourselves on the forefront of our country's attempt to defend against another Great Depression. Over the course of the next few years, billions of dollars will be invested into research with the goal of creating discoveries that will lead to new cures and new efficiencies and just as important, new jobs.The events of this past year remind us that we are globally tied together and that we are truly "One World Connected Through Research."