CoR 2020 Summer Meeting

2020 Virtual COR Summer Meeting Series: Sustainable and Resilient Research Enterprise During COVID-19 and Beyond

Join us each Thursday in June at 1:30-3:30pm ET


The 2020 COR Summer Meeting will be hosted virtually and will be focused on the theme, “Sustainable and Resilient Research Enterprise During COVID-19 and Beyond.” There will be no in-person summer meeting that was originally scheduled at the end of June.

There will be four main sessions during June on the same dates and time as our regular, weekly calls.  The first three sessions will discuss how the COVID-19 crisis has altered key ongoing issues of research security, safe and inclusive research environments, and promoting public impact research. The series will be capped with a fourth session exploring new challenges and opportunities for public university research.  These sessions are open to APLU senior research officers and one other, likely an Associate SRO.

The New and Future VPR/VCR Virtual Workshop will also only be virtual and offered in two parts. The workshop is open to anyone who is new to the VPR/VCR role or aspires to it.

  • Part 1: Comprehensive Overview of VPR/VCR Role, Opportunities, and Challenges will be on Thursday, May 28 at 1:30-3:30pm ET.
  • Part 2: Challenge Set Discussions will be scheduled in July

The schedule below has details for each Summer Meeting session. Details on how to join via Zoom will be sent out the week of the event. Please mark our calendars for a 90 min session. The final 30 min will be open forum for any pertinent COVID-19 issues. No registration required. This meeting series will not be recorded. Please Bethany Johns if you have any questions.


New and Future VPR/VCR Virtual Workshop Part 1

Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 1:30-3:30pm ET

Description: Comprehensive Overview of VPR/VCR Role, Opportunities and Challenges. Topics will include leadership approaches to sponsored programs, research compliance, core facilities, centers/institutes, economic development, internal funding opportunities, data management, research communications, and other research-related topics.

Open to anyone who is new to the VPR/VCR role or aspires to it.

Speakers: Terri Goss Kinzy, PhD, Western Michigan University, and Mark McLellan, PhD, University of North Texas


2020 Workshop Presentation

Session I: Managing International Research in the Post COVID-19 Era

Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 1:30-3:30pm ET

Goal: Hear from leading thinkers on how COVID-19 has created a new set of challenges for international research.

Description: Concerns about untoward foreign influence on the academic research enterprise were on the rise through 2019 and 2020. Now, during COVID-19, the topic has magnified into a broader landscape of concerns. We will hear from a keynote speaker, then a panel on their perspectives, ending with a guided discussion.

Keynote Speaker: Eric Hirschhorn, former Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security, US Department of Commerce, will share his perspectives on the current geopolitical environment.


  • Lora Weis, Senior Vice President for Research, Penn State
  • Patrick Shiflett, FBI, Counterintelligence Division
  • Randy Katz, Vice Chancellor for Research, UC Berkeley
  • Lynne Chronister, Vice President for Research and Economic Development, University of South Alabama


Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Students and Researchers from the Peoples Republic of China

FBI Private Industry Notification (PIN) regarding nation-state actors and cyber criminals widespread targeting of US biological and COVID-19 related research

Session I Slide Presentation

Sli.do Questions and Results

Session II: Toward Safe and Inclusive Research Environments: Eradicating Sexual Harassment

Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 1:30-3:30pm ET

Goal: Raise greater awareness on sexual harassment and provide concrete advice on creating safer, compliant and more inclusive research environments on university campuses.

Description: Most women in academia (58%) have been sexually harassed. Senior research officers have the authority and responsibility to re-engineer the research culture on university campuses to create safer, more inclusive work environments. Hear how campus culture can be redesigned and help develop a set of activities that could be implemented on university campuses.

Introduction: Dr. Sarah Nusser, Iowa State University, APLU COR Chair

Plenary: Dr. France Córdova, former Director of National Science Foundation (NSF), will speak about Eliminating Harassment in Academic Research Environments, moderating by Dr. Terri Goss Kinzy, Western Michigan University.

Facilitated breakouts discussions

Closing: Dr. Virginia Hinshaw, Chancellor Emeritus, Univ. of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Concluding remarks: Dr. Christopher Keane, Washington State University, Incoming APLU COR Chair


Leadership to change a culture of sexual harassment” by France Córdova. Science. 27 Mar 2020:1430-1431. The U.S. National Science Foundation is implementing and refining policies aimed at combating harassment.

Summary of the 2018 National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine report, “Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Session II Slide Presentation

Session III: Describing the Impact of University Research – Public Impact Research in the Time of COVID-19

Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 1:30-3:30pm ET

Goal: Showcase opportunities of Public Impact Research (PIR) and how universities provide societal value and impact during a time of immense societal challenge

Description: Share stories of how universities are even more relevant and critical to the return of a healthy, functioning society as the nation and the world face some of the most immense health, social and economic challenges of our lifetimes. PIR aligns with key stakeholders, such as Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS) and the Civic Science Initiative.

Introduction: Sandra Brown, VCR, University of California San Diego

Highlights of PIR during COVID-19:

Iowa State University, “Changes in physical activity and sedentary behavior due to the COVID-19 outbreak and associations with mental health in 3,052 U.S. adults,” Jacob Meyer, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology,

University of Maryland, College Park, “Research Study Showed Evidence that Wearing Surgical Masks in Public Could Help Slow COVID-19 Pandemic’s Advance,” Ted Knight.

Miami University, Ohio, “New Polymer Materials for Surface Coatings to Reduce Indirect Contact Transmission of SARS-CoV-2,” Dominik Konkolewicz and Rick Page.

University of Arkansas, “Biophysicist Develops 3D Simulations of Coronavirus Spike Protein,” Mahmoud Moradi, Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry.


Moderator, David Conover, Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, University of Oregon

Susan D. Renoe, PhD, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Extension & Engagement, University of Missouri, Principal Investigator and Executive Director, Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society

Rose Hendricks, Kavli Civic Science Fellow (American Society for Cell Biology)

Session IV: From Crisis to Strength: The Future University Research Enterprise

Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 1:30-3:30pm ET

Goal: Examine the future of the university research enterprise by both exploring lessons learned in recent times and proposing new models to fit future needs.

Description: Key topics will include creating more resilient research programs, maximizing funding opportunities, supporting and sustaining personnel, enhancing efficiency, and addressing gender and other demographic inequities. The session will synthesize new approaches for the future research enterprise.


Magnus Egerstedt, Steve W. Chaddick School Chair and Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology on building virtual techniques into resilient research programs

Kathy Johnson, Executive Vice Chancellor, Chief Academic Officer, Professor, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis on social environment and “social contract” issues facing the research enterprise

Develop best practices for the university research enterprise for:

  1. Developing more resilient research programs and
  2. Effectively sustaining research personnel.

Closing Speaker:

Maria Zuber, Vice President for Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on the future of the research enterprise, including key policy and legislative outlook. Slides and written remarks.

Session Slides

New and Future VPR/VCR Virtual Workshop Part 2

  • Thurs, July 16 at 1:30-3pm ET on Inclusion and Diversity
  • Thurs, July 23 at 1:30-3pm ET on Research Partnership
  • Wed, July 22 late afternoon Virtual Networking, Happy Hour

Description: Challenge Set Discussions. Two virtual sessions to be scheduled in July, 2020. Interactive problem-solving and discussions. Organizers are seeking volunteers among experienced VPRs/VCRs to participate (contact: Jane Strasser, strassje@ucmail.uc.edu)

Open to anyone who is new to the VPR/VCR role or aspires to it.