2017 ACOR Retreat Agenda

September 5, 2017 | The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel

2017 ACOR Retreat – AGENDA
September 5, 2017  – The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel


/Registration - Deans Hall Lobby (Food and beverage available)



“Caught in the Middle: The Ethical Challenges of Research Administration” – Deans Hall
John Hanold & Tim Balliett

9:30-9:45 Financial Project UPDATE
Debbie Meder


Welcome – Deans Hall
Dr. Nicholas P. Jones –
Executive Vice President and Provost


ACOR Award Presentation – Deans Hall
Joe Doncsecz
, Associate Vice President of Finance
John Hanold, Associate Vice President for Research - Director, Office of Sponsored Programs
Debbie Meder, Functional Lead, Financial System Project


Break (Food and beverage available)


Break-Out Session #1

  1. “What’s Your Problem???”
    Brenda Brooks & Eric Reinhard
    As Research Administration and University Development move forward to outline new procedures for working together we want to hear your biggest challenges and ideas for improving collaboration.  Add your voice to the conversation!
  2. “Data Security Compliance – Breathe, it’s not that bad!”
    Stacey Bucha & Joe Gridley
    This session will discuss University data security an outline of the OSP Data Security Review Process, its impact on the Faculty’s sponsored research projects and College/Department research offices. 
  3. You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers!
    Niki Page & Lisa Allen (Pre-Award) – Barbara Rigg & Corry Bullock (Post-Award)
    Not sure who to ask?  Afraid to ask in a forum?  Here is your chance to ask those lingering questions about pre- or post-award topics while remaining anonymous.  Submit your questions early so the panel experts can provide the answers you have been looking for (or not looking for). If you register for this session, you will receive instructions on how to submit your questions anonymously. 


Lunch – Deans Hall


James Adair – Deans Hall
College of Earth & Mineral Sciences
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Biomedical Engineering and Pharmacology

Trials and Tribulations: Developing and Working in New Research Areas, Inventions and Penn State Proprietary Research Prior to Invention Disclosure, and Fostering Commercialization of Penn State Inventions, and a Few Additional things...
We have the culture at Penn State to do all of the explicit activities in the title as well as a bunch of other things.  As my science and engineering has evolved our University has also evolved.  This talk is about my foray into nano medicine starting in  August 2003 after spending most of my career in mainstream materials science and engineering.  Over forty years ago when I first began doing research in graduate school, I had a carefully worked out planned.  After that plan failed rather spectacularly, verifying my almost complete lack of prescience, I decided to focus on basic research around nanoscale particles and see where that led rather than predicting the future.  Why I turned to nano medical applications and how we developed the science and technology to the current realm of FDA approved Clinical Trials will also be presented.    As I have evolved our University has also evolved.  The science and intellectual property has developed and evolved together.  Penn State has also evolved with respect to research driven entrepreneurship and outreach under the current administration.  It will be shown that our Penn State team of faculty, staff, students and administration has arrived at a tipping point with respect to where at least some of the future lies for our academics and research efforts.




Break-Out Session #2

  1. Collecting all the Marbles:  Tips and Tools for Interdisciplinary Proposal Development
    Allison Eisenhower, Lorraine Mulfinger, Marc Rigas & Justin Whitmer
    Developing proposals that are responsive to solicitations requiring interdisciplinary collaborations across larger teams of faculty requires strong leadership and can benefit from a number of common research development and project management techniques. Research administrators are in the best position to share these processes with their lead faculty and, in some cases, serve as facilitators to lead teams of faculty through the proposal development process. In this session, representatives of the Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Office will share proposal development techniques through collaborative discussions and group activities. The topics will include but are not limited to; Proposal Timeline Planning, Technical Section Review Best Practices, and Large Proposal Budgeting Tactics.
  2. UG for You and Me
    Kimberly Croft & Jen Rowles
    A discussion of expressly unallowable costs as defined by the Uniform Guidance.  We will discuss selected items of cost, common issues, and how unallowable costs impact the F&A rate.  This session is focused specifically on x-coding of general funds accounts for University Park and College of Medicine. 
  3. Sub Monitoring: Leaving a trail of bread crumbs on your way to closeout
    Penny Brewer, Sarah Kronenwetter & Amanda Brown
    If you have a burning desire to learn about Subs this is the session for you!  We will take a brief walk through the land of Subawards… from what is required at the proposal stage and completing the sub request form to Subrecipient monitoring and closeout.


Break (Food and beverage available)


Break-Out Session #3

  1. "Tearing Down the Pre/Post Wall:  Flexible Organizations that Build Community"
    Jennifer Lear
    This session will provide an overview of the recent reorganization of the EMS Research Office from a traditional pre/post model to a more flexible hybrid cradle-to-grave approach, with a discussion of pros/cons and strategies for implementation.  It will also include a discussion of ways to reach beyond the research office to create opportunities and build community, such as leveraging department-level staff and two options for sharing resources between colleges.
  2. "Industrial Proposal; You Gotta Know When to Hold Them and Know When to Fold Them"
    Jen Hoffman, Youyou Cheng, Barb Johnson, Jill Brasher & Alexandra Marquis
    Industrial proposals need not be as mysterious as they sound.  Join us for a talk on the similarities and differences between industry proposal and federal proposal.  
  3. IAF to AURA, 12 Facts you may not know.
    Lynn Mitchell, Mike Forsberg, Cim Besecker, Tammy Fetterolf, Chris Woods, Wendy Peck & Chris Lose
    From enlightening to entertaining, you will never look at account creation the same again.


Break (Food and beverage available)


Zach Papalia
Kinesiology Instructor at Penn State University – Deans Hall
Working on Your Wellness: Fitting fitness into your day 
Aside from sleeping, Americans spend more time at work than anywhere else.  Many of us spend eight hours per day, forty hours per week, 52 weeks per year working on our jobs.   How often do we think of how all of that time can actually be working for us?  From how our desk is laid out and where we park to what snacks we keep in our desk drawer and the shoes we wear, there are dozens of little things we all can do each and every day to "hack" our workday, reduce our stress, and make our day work for us.