NCURA Region II 2013 Spring Meeting

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April 21 – 24, 2013walenda_niagara

Buffalo Marriott Niagara

1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst, NY  14221


On-line registration is now open! Early bird rates have been extended until Friday, March 29 2013.



If you are unable to register on-line, please download the registration form and mail/email to Greg Slack.


The 2013 meeting will be held at the Buffalo Marriott Niagara, centrally located and within walking distance of the State University of New York at Buffalo North campus. The hotel is also minutes away from the splendor of Niagara Falls, Buffalo Niagara International Airport and the majestic waterfront in downtown Buffalo.

Room rates at the Buffalo Marriot Niagara are $128 per night (single or double), plus applicable tax.  To make your reservation, call 800-334-4040 and let the reservations agent know you are with the NCURA Region II group. You may also use the online reservation system available on the hotel Web site.  When filling in the reservation information in the grey box at the left of the screen, click the “+” next to the heading “Special Rates & Awards.”  A box in which you can enter the group code will appear; please use the group code NCUNCUA.

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Final Program

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We are pleased to announce our plenary speakers:

Jacque L. Waggoner, Chief Executive Officer, Hunter’s Hope Foundation

Hunter’s Hope Foundation was established to address the acute need for information and research on Krabbe Disease and related leukodystrophies. The Foundation supports and encourages those afflicted and their families as they struggle to endure, adjust to, and cope with the demands of these fatal illnesses. Jacque L. Waggoner was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation in July 2007. Ms. Waggoner joined Hunter’s Hope Foundation in October of 1997, serving as Chairman of the Board. During her 10-year tenure, she has played an instrumental role in the development and expansion of the Foundation’s mission, while assisting Pro Football Hall of Fame member and former Buffalo Bills quarterback, Jim Kelly and wife Jill, after their infant son, Hunter was diagnosed with Krabbe leukodystrophy, an inherited, fatal nervous system disease.  Ms. Waggoner is the mother of Jill Kelly and grandmother of Hunter Kelly.

Martin Wachadlo, Architectural Historian and Preservationist

Buffalo is home to much of the finest late 19th and early to mid- 20th century architecture in the United States. Learn more about Buffalo’s place in architectural history with renowned architectural historian and preservationist Martin Wachadlo. Beginning in the early 1990s, Wachadlo has intensively researched the architects and architecture of Western New York, focusing on Buffalo. He will share with us his findings and his passion for Buffalo architecture.

CRA Review

In conjunction with our meeting, the Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC) will hold a review session for the CRA exam on Saturday, April 20 on site at the Buffalo Marriott Niagara.  Registration is directly through RACC.  For more information and to register, please visit the RACC Web site.

Plan to attend a Sunday half-day workshop!

Pre-Award Basics – Denise Clark, University of Maryland, College Park, and Dennis Paffrath, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Principal investigators and other university staff expect research administrators to play a major role in facilitating their proposals through various stages of development, review and the successful submission to external sponsors. If that isn’t enough, we have to be on top of the continuous changing of rules and regulations governing proposal review and submission. In this workshop we will begin to explore the pre-award requirements involved in the submission of proposals and award acceptance phases of the sponsored projects life cycle. We will also examine some key elements of award negotiation and acceptance. Key elements will be applied through the use of case studies.

Reviewing, Negotiating, and Accepting Federal Contracts – John Hanold, Pennsylvania State University, and Jill Frankenfield, University of Maryland, College Park

This workshop is intended to answer all of your questions about contracting with the Federal Government! We will discuss what to do at the proposal stage, important information to know before you start negotiating, troublesome clauses to be aware of when negotiating, and everything in between!

Maintaining Balance and Composure in Departmental Research Administration – Brenda Kavanaugh, University of Rochester, Erin Bailey, University at Buffalo, and Michele Codd, George Washington University

This workshop will focus on giving departmental administrators knowledge, tools and strategies to succeed in research administration. Topics will include proposal preparation and submission, award management, cost sharing, assisting faculty with project management, record retention and the departmental administrator’s role in audits.


Please feel free to contact any members of the 2013 Program Committee with your questions or suggestions.

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