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Howard Gobstein
Executive Vice President
Bethany R. Johns, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Research Policy

Ny'lyjah Cain
Program Associate

COR Working Groups

COR has established four new working groups to address current policy issues affecting research institutions.  Each group will organize activities that benefit COR membership. The working groups will facilitate discussion, connect similar efforts, inform potential actions, and engage key leaders and communities.

Please join a working group to offer your leadership and expertise on these important research policy issues. To join a working group, please contact Karen Bramow at

The Safe and Inclusive Research Environments Working Group is committed to changing the culture of academic research to eliminate discrimination and bias based on gender, race and ethnicity. Co-leaders: Cynthia Sagers, Vice President for Research at Arizona State University, and Ramesh Kolluru, Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

The Research Security and Related Compliance Working Group will focus on collecting accurate information and provide practical guidance for reducing risk and increasing research security to efficiently navigating a growing landscape of competing compliance mandates.  Co-leaders: Rob A. Rutenbar, Senior Vice Chancellor for Research at University of Pittsburgh, and Laurie E. Locascio, Vice President for Research at the University of Maryland.

The Research Transparency Working Group will build capacity for public access to research data, track new policies related to publication access, and integrate research transparency and open science into current discussions. Co-leaders: Mark McLellan, Vice President for Research and Innovation at the University of North Texas, and Kevin Gardner, Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation at University of Louisville.

The Public Impact Research Working Group seeks to support and bring together multiple efforts as a national campaign to convey how a large portion of university research, across all academic disciplines, seeks a positive societal impact. Co-leaders: Sandra Brown, Vice Chancellor for Research at UC San Diego, and Robin Kaler, Associate Chancellor for Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.