NORDP 2018 Annual Research Development Conference

Opening Keynote: May 7, 2018 • 6-7pm

Saul Kaplan

Saul Kaplan

From Tweaks to Transformation: Do Research Development Professionals need to explore new business models to ensure institutional competitiveness?

Saul Kaplan, Founder and Chief Catalyst of the Business Innovation Factory (BIF), argues the answer is yes. For Kaplan, the barrier to delivering better value are humans and our institutions—both stubbornly resistant to change—impeding our ability to network people, resources, and capabilities within and across organizations. Kaplan calls for a safe, manageable environment to explore new business models, a real-world testbed to innovate collaboratively without disrupting current operations.

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Plenary Session: May 8, 2018 • 9-10am

Inclusive Excellence and the Research Enterprise: the Role of Research Development Professionals

  • Kyle Lewis, Chair and Professor, Technology Management Program, University of California Santa Barbara
  • Beth Mitchneck, Vice Provost for Faculty Success, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Roland Owens, Director of Research Workforce Development, Office of Intramural Research, National Institutes of Health
  • Moderator: Barbara Endemaño Walker, Director of Research Development and Special Assistant to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Diversity Initiatives, University of California Santa Barbara

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018 • 11:45am - 12:30pm

Michael Lauer

Michael Lauer

Update from NIH: Perspectives on Extramural Scientists and Science

Michael Lauer, M.D., is the Deputy Director for Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he serves as the principal scientific leader and advisor to the Director of the NIH on all matters relating to the substance, quality, and effectiveness of the NIH extramural research program and administration. Dr. Lauer will review recent extramural research developments and priorities, including the resilience of the biomedical research workforce and the performance of the biomedical research enterprise.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018 • 1-2pm

Laura Lindenfeld

Laura Lindenfeld

Effective Communication for Research Development Professionals: Building Basics with the Alda Method™

Dr. Laura Lindenfeld is director of the Alda Center and professor in the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University. She holds a Ph.D. in cultural studies from the University of California, Davis. As a communication researcher, her work draws inspiration from the idea that we can make better, more informed decisions about how we shape our collective future. This interactive session will introduce you to the Alda Method™, a sequence of improvisational theater techniques developed to help you speak more vividly and expressively about research. The Alda Method™ helps you to create common ground and use conversational language to foster more genuine connections with your audience. The techniques introduced will help you focus on listening, relating, ordering information and defining meaningful goals to make your message stick

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