Showing Appreciation for Research Administrators
On Tuesday, October 25, 2022, the offices of grant support and of research finance teamed up to hold a special appreciation event for Einstein’s research administrators, to mark Research Administrators Day, which fell on a Sunday this year, on September 25.
At the event, members of both offices, led by Suzanne Locke, director of research finance, and Dr. Dhanonjoy Saha, director of grant support, greeted research administrators and their support staff while offering them a special “thank you” lunch. Because COVID-19 safety practices for gathering of groups over nine people were still in place at the time, the lunches were individually wrapped for everyone to take away.
“Research administrators are the life blood of research,” noted Dhanonjoy. “They help researchers navigate the complex rules and regulations involved in completing grant applications and with managing the funding awards that are received.”
Suzanne agreed. “They are the unsung heroes of our research enterprise. We appreciate and value their work, day in and day out. This research administrator day represents a small token of our appreciation for their hard work.”
About 40 research administrators turned out to collect a lunch and accept thanks for their important contributions to the College of Medicine.
“It was great to see team members from grant support and research finance in person to share a moment of appreciation and acknowledging the significant contributions that we make to the institution,” said Jaye Thomas, grants administrator for the Montefiore Einstein Cancer Center.
"The Einstein research leadership team provided a wonderful lunch that was much appreciated,” added Cevita Webb, administrative director for research in the medicine department. “And it was so nice to see faces in person, even if it was for a short time."
Leslie Jefferson Goodwin, administrator for biochemistry, and Shaunice Dawkins, administrator for medicine and the divisions of nephrology, gastroenterology, hepatology, and hospital medicine, agreed. Each noted, “It feels good to be appreciated.”
Even those unable to stop up by the Founders Wall, where lunch options and beverages were set out amid festive fall decorations, indicated their gratitude for the event. “While I couldn’t attend, it was a lovely appreciation and acknowledgement of our work,” said Anna Cioffi, certified research administrator for the departments of molecular pharmacology, orthopaedic surgery, and urology.
Posted on: Tuesday, November 22, 2022