Message from the Senior Associate VP for Research and Graduate Education
As we mark approximately six months for our new team in the office, and begin the new year, it is a good time to highlight some recent activities as well as those planned in support of our education and research missions in 2016. I am thrilled that in addition to Drs. Berrebi, Cuff and Salati, Dr. Linda Davis joined us December 1st to lead the Biomedical Sciences Masters degree program. As many of you know, Linda is amazingly dedicated to our students and this will expand her role and her impact. We are all working around a unified goal of service to our HSC faculty, staff and students as well as the community. With that emphasis, we are near completion of an “onboarding” guide for incoming faculty to provide key points of contact, are participating in the HSC wide faculty orientation as well as developing an orientation workshop focused on laboratory based faculty who will train students, are expanding our pre-award support team, and have developed rChat - an online research chat feature (“research concierge”) that will operate on our website to serve all faculty, students and staff at the HSC as a point of immediate information. In January, we will host the “WVU Foundation – Office of Sponsored Programs” Summit to help investigators connect with leaders in both groups and to better understand the workings of each in identifying funding opportunities and the grant submission process. Working lunches with Protea and HSC based scientists have provided a venue for informal interaction and connection around new technologies and will be continued into 2016. Innovation and commercialization opportunities are also being emphasized in our education mission through exciting joint initiatives led by Lisa Salati and Rich Giersch.
In an effort to move our service commitment from the office to the community, “iServe” service hours have remained a continued commitment. With participation in the “Day to Serve” through donation of supplies to the Rosenbaum house and a celebration of the holiday season by providing supplies to the medical student led “MUSHROOM” project, we continue to attempt to serve as a team beyond the HSC.
I’m extremely grateful for the wonderful team in our office that has embraced change with enthusiasm, partnerships across the HSC and the University, and the very generous support from colleagues as we continue to try to optimize our support of the critical missions of Research and Graduate Education. Never hesitate to call us or stop by if there is anything we can do to support you and your work. We always welcome your ideas!
All the best as we enter a new and very exciting year,