Unlocking the Legacy of Henrietta Lacks: A Must-Read for Research Administrators
Feb 08, 2024 by Amanda Breeden
In the world of scientific research, the story of Henrietta Lacks stands as a towering testament to the complex interplay of ethics, race, and medical discovery. Rebecca Skloot's book, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks", unravels this narrative with a compelling mix of investigative journalism and rich storytelling. For research administrators, this narrative is more than a book; it's a crucial framework for understanding the past and shaping a more ethical future in medical research.
Henrietta Lacks was a Black woman whose cancer cells were taken without her knowledge or consent in the early 1950s. These cells, known as HeLa cells, became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and much more. Yet, Henrietta's family remained in the dark for decades about the scientific breakthroughs her cells facilitated, living without the benefits of the advances their mother's cells contributed to.
Bad Blood: Lessons in Ethics and Accountability for Research Administrators
Jan 10, 2024 by Amanda Breeden
John Carreyrou's gripping narrative, "Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup," unfolds the meteoric rise and scandalous fall of the biotech company Theranos and its enigmatic founder, Elizabeth Holmes. For research administrators, this exposé is more than a cautionary tale; it is a vivid case study loaded with insights into the importance of integrity and oversight in research.
Holy Plaque! Amanda Breeden Receives Award for Operational Excellence
Aug 02, 2023 by Amanda Breeden
Recently, I attended, presented, and chaired the Operational Excellence panel at the 6th European Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management. More info on the IEOM Society here. As an added surprise, I also received an award for Operational Excellence.
Amanda Breeden named one of top 50 thought leaders in operational excellence for 2023
Jun 07, 2023 by Amanda Breeden
Today, PEX Network presented its guide to the top 50 people leading operational excellence around the world in 2023. And guess who was named one of top 50 thought leaders in operational excellence for 2023
10 Ways to Improve your Work Life with Standard Work
Feb 24, 2023 by Amanda Breeden
Learn ten ways lean standard work can improve your work life.
Happy Research Administrators Day
Sep 22, 2022 by Amanda Breeden
National Research Administrator Day on September 25th recognizes the contributions made by research administrators every day.
Sponsored Projects and Research Office team members play a critical role when it comes to supporting project directors and researchers in their efforts to generate funding and advance science, as well as provide critical grant-funded patient care services.
Research Administrators serve an important role in supporting research. They assist PIs and research teams, protect the institution, and guarantee sound stewardship of research dollars. Their roles are multifaceted. From study feasibility, to award management, contract negotiations, to invoicing, to compliance and review, Research Administrators serve the lifecycle of a research or sponsored project. They keep a project on course. Most importantly, their management allows others to maintain focus on their individual roles as well.
Five Reasons to Deploy Lean in Research Administration
Mar 30, 2022 by Amanda Breeden
Here are five reasons to deploy Lean in your research admin shop:
The 8 Wastes of Lean
Mar 21, 2022 by Amanda Breeden
Do you, in your research administration office, require signatures on grant proposals or forms that aren't technically required? You may have "waste" in your Research Admin processes.
Why Research Admins are the perfectly suited to be lean practitioners
Feb 28, 2022 by Amanda Breeden
Research Admins are the perfectly suited to be lean practitioners. I'm not just saying that because I am one. Here's why.
Using the Value Diamond for a Customer-Centered Approach to Lean Research Administration
Feb 08, 2022 by Amanda Breeden
Lean is all about creating more value for customers while optimizing resources. Simple. Effective.
Lean Kool-Aid Person
Jan 14, 2022 by Amanda Breeden
How did I become the equivalent of the Lean Kool-Aid man? I wanted to make complex processes easier for my team and for my customers, while respecting the people involved.
Bring it on, 2022
Jan 01, 2022 by Amanda Breeden
Alright, 2022. Do your thing. And to all of you making resolutions, by all means my research administration and lean friends, try to be better. But remember, in the words of the wise Daniel Tiger, "We love you, just the way you are."