A Personal Welcome

Education A Personal Welcome

Welcome to the NCURA 65th Annual Meeting

A time to come together and celebrate Research Administration

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to NCURA’s 65th Annual Meeting at the Washington Hilton, our home away from our home institutions, where we come together to engage, network, and learn.

We are very passionate about our meeting theme Inclusion. Inclusion is an intentional practice to ensure people are embraced and integrated to make meaningful contributions to an organization's success. Research administration and research itself must have proactive approaches to integrate different people, perspectives, approaches and thinking. Inclusion encourages people to feel valued for their unique qualities and experience and develop a sense of belonging in an organization. Working together through collaboration, communication, and compassion builds stronger outcomes in research administration.

There are 14 conference tracks. You will hear from a mix of new and experienced speakers from institutions of all type and sizes bringing together diverse perspectives on our panels and in our discussions. New this year will be a series of “Get Engaged” sessions that highlight the ways to be involved and engaged with NCURA and research administration. We will provide avenues for you to be involved to share your perspectives, approaches and thinking on research administration.

You won’t want to miss this keynote. The family of Henrietta Lacks will join us. Medical researchers took samples of Henrietta Lacks’ cancerous tumor during her treatment. These cells are known as “HeLa” cells - derived from the first two letters of her first and last name. HeLa cells were a breakthrough in cell research . It was not until 20 years after Henrietta’s death that her family would learn how science retrieved her cells and of her enormous contribution to medicine and humanity. You can learn more about Henrietta Lacks by visiting the Lack’s Family website or reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. In addition to the keynote, there will be an engaging panel book discussion organized by distinguished members of NCURA’s Select Committee for Diversity Equity and Inclusion.

In addition to the deep learning, there will be networking opportunities including a private evening reception on Sunday night at the stunning Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery (two venues under one roof!). The exhibitions at both venues are culturally rich representing a diverse group of artists.

There will be much learning, reflection, opportunities to network and fun. "Us" is at the center of Inclusion. AM65 focuses on "us"--we are all in this work together to advance and support research.


Kris Monahan, NCURA Vice President, Chair, 65th Annual Meeting

Nancy Lewis, Co-Chair, 65th Annual Meeting

David Smelser, Co-Chair, 65th Annual Meeting

Kris Monahan

NCURA Vice President

Providence College

Nancy Lewis

AM65 Co-Chair

University of California-Irvine

David Smelser

AM65 Co-Chair

University of Tennessee

65th Annual Meeting Program Committee


Brian Sevier, Yale University
Donna Smith, Massachusetts General Hospital
Jane M. Casteline, North Carolina State University
Csilla Csaplár, Stanford University
Executive & Senior Leadership
Quincy Byrdsong, Lipscomb Health Sciences
David Richardson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Jeff Derr, California Institute of Technology
Mike Kusiak, University of California-San Diego
Greg Smith, Huron
Financial/Post Award
Debra Murray, University of Maryland, College Park
Shannon Sutton, Western Illinois University
Dina Adly, American University in Cairo
Sinnamon Tierney, Boston University
Matthew Michener, Washington State University
Laneika Musalini, Columbus State University
Scott Davis, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Darren May, Auburn University
Trisha Southergill, Colorado State University
Roger Wareham, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Professional Growth
Liz Grinstead, University of Chicago
Abby Guillory, North Carolina State University
Shuna McMichael, Occidental College
Brittany Norman, Midwestern State University
Research Compliance/Ethics/Integrity
Becky Castillo, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Jeff Seo, Northeastern University
Research Development
Karen Markin, University of Rhode Island
Denise Wallen, University of New Mexico
Lori Ann Schultz, University of Arizona
Rosemary Madnick, Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Denise Moody, Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Presenter Liaison
Glenda Bullock, Washington University in St. Louis


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