Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Program Planning Committee, we warmly welcome you from all over the world to the 14th Annual Pre-Award Research Administration Conference in the beautiful city of San Juan, Puerto Rico.  We are privileged to be co-chairs of this important conference.

Traveling to Puerto Rico is one of the best ways you can help the island recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  The conference theme, Sustaining Research ... together! has been carefully chosen to mark Puerto Rico’s continuing sustainable recovery.  Our theme also reflects the contributions you make toward building a sustainable research environment at our institutions and throughout our profession.  Our vision for the future is to create even greater value to all corners of the globe.

We have an exciting program for the conference that will allow members to reflect upon and celebrate our past accomplishments, renew friendships and extend our networks, and jointly explore current and future research administration directions.  NCURA’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is being highlighted throughout the sessions.  PRA2020 will feature many new faces to the NCURA presentation platform as well as inter-institutional collaborative proposals that will sustain your desire for broad perspectives on complex issues. 

Jonathan Marvel, Puerto-Rican born architect, will deliver the keynote address.  Immediately after Hurricane Maria hit, Jonathan and his partners co-founded Resilient Power Puerto Rico (RPPR) in an effort to address Puerto Rico’s complete loss of power by bringing distributed solar generating capacity to the island.  Jonathan will speak to the need for sustainability due to climate change for Puerto Rico and for the world.

After two days immersing yourselves in workshops, concurrent sessions and discussion groups, we trust you will leave the conference thinking differently, planning differently, and acting differently, equipped to return to your institutions with new tools and ideas to help you sustain research.

Throughout the conference, we ask you to stay engaged, sustain a proactive mindset, and help shape the future of Research Administration.  We hope you will have a productive and fun-filled time at this very special conference. 

Sustaining research … together!

Anthony Beckman and Gai Doran

Career Development    
Katherine Kissmann  Texas A&M University Vicki Krell  Arizona State University  
Suzanne Rivera  Case Western Reserve University Jennifer Rodis  University of Wisconsin-Madison  
Csilla Csaplár  Stanford University Geraldine Pierre  Boston VA Research Institute  
Jennifer Harman  University of Rochester Timothy Schailey  Thomas Jefferson University  
Annika Glauner  ETH Zurich/University of Zurich  Amanda Humphrey  Northeastern University  
Erin Bailey  University at Buffalo Brenda Kavanaugh  University of Rochester Nirmala Thevathasan  Huron 
New Presenter Liaison    
Tricia Callahan  Colorado State University Nicole Nichols  Washington University in St. Louis  
Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions    
Robert Gutierrez  Bucknell University Laneika Musalini  Tri-County Technical College  
Research Development    
Cynthia Kane  Lehigh University Laura Letbetter  Georgia State University  
Senior Leadership    
Lisa Mosley  Yale University Marianne Woods   Johns Hopkins University  
Sponsored Research Administration    
Katherine Durben  Marquette University Darren May  Auburn University Diane Sheldon-Ku  Info Ready Corporation
Jeremy Miner  University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire    




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