This Week in Illinois Research
There Is a Season ...
It's a season of change in the OVCRI, and with apologies to the Byrds (Turn! Turn! Turn!), I'm thinking a lot about transitions as we race toward the end of the semester and the year's shortest days.
In January, Patricia Jones will join our team to lead the OVCRI's research support and compliance programs. Patty, who comes to us from the Beckman Institute, recently served as the Interim Director of the Office for the Protection of Research Subjects. Patty's unique combination of research and administrative skills make her a superb successor to Jan Novakofski, who is retiring at the end of the month after more than 40 years of faculty impact, including leading campus safety and compliance programs for more than a decade. It's hard to overstate the impact that Jan has had on the Illinois research community, and we will miss his encyclopedic knowledge of federal regulations every bit as much as his wry sense of humor.
Please join me in welcoming Patty to the OVCRI, and in wishing Jan every happiness in this next season of life!
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UK finance minister Jeremy Hunt recently made assurances that the country's economic crisis will not harm ambitious plans for research spending, alleviating fears from universities and researchers that the government might use funds promised for science to reduce the nation's deficit.