The University Record, March 22, 1999

Research Reporter

Therese Maxwell joins the DRDA Staff

Therese (Terri) Maxwell has joined the DRDA staff as an assistant project representative in the DHHS area. She will work with Jim Randolph, taking principal responsibility for training grants, fellowships, and career development awards; non-competing renewal applications; and subcontracts from other education institutions, where DHHS is the prime source of funds. She will also partner with Jo Anne Painter in guiding the University¹s participation in the NIH Commons.

Terri came to us from the Department of Biology, where she had served as business manager since 1996. Earlier she worked as an administrator in the Space Physics Research Laboratory. Her experience in both these settings has equipped her well to join DRDA, bringing the user perspective to our team. Terri¹s phone number is 764-7246 and fax is 764-8510; you can reach her by e-mail to: tmax@umich.edu.

Live Teleconference about Award Administration and Budget Costs

DRDA will sponsor "Straight Talk: A Primer on Award Administration" via satellite downlink at 11:10 a.m.­4:30 p.m April 8. The conference is presented by the National Council of University Research Administrators and the Council on Governmental Relations. "Sessions will provide the background for many of the policies and procedures which are in place regarding costing, compliance, approvals and the myriad of actions that make up life after award." Five self-contained modules will cover:

  • Overview of Federal Regulations‹11:10 a.m.­12:05 p.m. (Julie Norris, MIT)

  • Roles and Responsibilities‹12:10­12:50 p.m. (Geoffrey Grant, Stanford)

  • A-21 Made Easy‹1:05­1:55 p.m. (John Richards, Cal Tech)

  • What You Should Know About Costing‹2­3 p.m. (Bob Killoren, Penn. State)

  • Day to Day Administrative Issues‹3:15­4:25 p.m. (Gunta Liders, U Rochester; John Case, Nevada; Carol Quintana, New Mexico State)

    The teleconference will be shown at the following locations: Anderson Room, Michigan Union and the Teleconference Center (Room 1180), Media Union on North Campus. These locations will be interactive with an opportunity for real-time questions from the audience through the use of 800 numbers and on-site handouts. There is no charge for participants. Interested staff and faculty members should register for modules of choice on the research Web site under Workshop Registration. More detailed information about the modules is also available on the Web at www.research.umich.edu.

    Staff and faculty members also will be able to access the conference on April 8 through Channel 12 on UMTV. The campus cable system is available in 80 buildings on the Ann Arbor campus. If you are unsure whether you have UMTV in your area, contact your system administrator. The teleconference will be videotaped, and if there is demand, it will be rebroadcast at another time.

    NIH Training Grants‹How to Stay on Top of All the Paperwork

    This workshop, presented by Doreen Graden, will cover all the various forms used for the training grants, as well as when to use them and where to send them. It will also address such issues as who qualifies to be a trainee and how to determine the stipend level. This workshop is designed for the person who manages the day-to-day operation of NIH training grants. Please come and bring all your questions with you. The workshop will be held 10 a.m.­noon April 13 in Room G378, School of Dentistry. To register for this workshop, consult the research Web site (www.research.umich.edu) for on-line registration or contact Janet Seegert, jseegert@umich.edu. There is a $10 fee to cover materials.

    Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science Mentoring

    The National Science Foundation is inviting nominations for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (NSF 99-69), which honor individuals who have demonstrated outstanding mentoring and guidance at the K-12, undergraduate or graduate education level or institutions that have helped students underrepresented in science pursue and complete relevant degree programs. NOTE: Colleagues, administrators, institutions or students must nominate candidates. The award carries a $10,000 grant. Deadline: March 31. DRDA Contact: David Plawchan, 764-7237, or davedrda@umich.edu. Web site: www.nsf.gov/pubs/1999/nsf9969/nsf9969.txt.