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Monday, October 8, 2018 at 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT

The Chemistry of Research Administration

The ACS International Center is collaborating with NCURA to produce a webinar on the chemistry of research administration. NCURA advances the profession of research administration through education and professional development programs, the sharing of knowledge and experiences, and the fostering a diverse, collegial, and respected global community. This webinar will feature Dr. Richard Tankersley as moderator and Dr. Simon Kerridge, Dr. Tim Hanks, and Claire Chen as speakers, and provide insight into the importance of international research collaboration and the role that research managers play in facilitating collaborative opportunities worldwide. #ChemOfRA

Enjoy the full recording of the webinar below!


Dr. Richard (Rick) Tankersley (moderator) assumed the roles of Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development and Executive Director of the Charlotte Research Institute (CRI) in May 2018. He oversees the research enterprise for UNC Charlotte and leads a team tasked with promoting disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and developing strategic partnerships aimed at growing the university’s research portfolio and infrastructure.  He is committed to strengthening the role of research, scholarship, and creative activity across the university, rewarding research excellence, and promoting economic development and community engagement. Prior to joining UNC Charlotte in 2016, Tankersley spent four years as a Program Director at National Science Foundation (NSF). Tankersley has been a faculty member, administrator, and researcher for over 25 years, holding positions at Gonzaga University, the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), and the Florida Institute of Technology. Tankersley earned his PhD in Biology from Wake Forest University.  He also holds a Master of Science in Marine Biology from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Wake Forest University.


Simon KerridgeDr. Simon Kerridge, Director of Research Services at University of Kent, has been a research manager and administrator for over 20 years. He is the chair of CASRAI, the international Consortium Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information.  He is a longstanding member of the Universities UK Open Access Coordination Group and has served on various other national committees, project boards and working groups on topics such as open access, grant management systems, research development, research assessment and research information management, and was a panel secretary for REF2014.  He was also part of the group that produced The Metric Tide report.  Simon holds a doctorate in research management and administration and led the recently completed NCURA funded international Research Administration As A Profession (RAAAP) project.  Simon is responsible for all aspects of research support at the university, including Research Development, Contracts, Finance, and REF & Systems, and Ethics & Governance.  Prior to his time at Kent, he worked at the universities of both Sunderland and Durham.


Dr. Tim Hanks, professor and chair at Furman University’s Department of Chemistry, received a B.S. in Chemistry from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Montana State University. He is currently Professor of Chemistry and Department Chair at Furman University and an Adjunct Professor in the Chemistry Department at Clemson University. He has held positions as a Visiting Professor in the Clemson School of Materials Science, and Visiting Scientist at Départment du Recherche Fondamentale sur la Matiére Condensée, Commissariat á l’Energie Atomique in Grenoble, France. In 2011 he spent six months as a Fulbright Senior Scholar and Visiting Scientist at the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Dr. Hanks is a Councilor for the Western Carolinas Section of the American Chemical Society and a member of the ACS International Activities Committee. He is also a recipient of the Ann Nalley Volunteer Services Award for the Southeast Region and the 2017 South Carolina Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Research at an Undergraduate Institution.

Claire Yuqi Chen is the Manager for Global Operations at the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), where she served as the Horizon 2020 National Contact Point for Legal and Financial Affairs for the U.S. She specializes in technology and innovation policy, project management, creative workshop facilitation, and cross-cultural communications. In her current role, she supports the advancement of research administration and management globally to facilitate international scientific cooperation between the U.S. and other countries. She is currently working on two Horizon 2020 funded projects- the BILAT USA 4.0 and ENRICH in the USA. In the past, she has consulted and facilitated on projects with the Arab League, Eurasia Foundation, the Atlantic Council, and other programs in the Washington D.C. science & technology community. She received her Master’s degree in International Communication from American University, her Bachelor’s degree in Culture Studies from Humboldt State University, and a second Bachelor’s degree in English from Xi’an International Studies University in China.