Trainees Anthony Cassese, Jay Collins, Meaghan Dunn and Rantimi Oluwasegun Accept New Positions at PHS RM
Anthony Cassese joined Research Management as a member of the cohort training program in September, reporting to Cora Cheng-Chong, RM Post-Award Management. As a Post-Award Grant Administrator I, Anthony will be responsible for assigned departments, including the initial review of research grants and contracts from the time of award receipt. He is also responsible for creating fund numbers in InfoEd, fund monitoring through out the award life cycle and scientific reporting close-out activity.
Anthony previously worked as an intern investigating new marketing strategies focused on the opportunities and benefits of social networking interfaces as well as the recruitment of PTs, OTs, Speech Therapists and Psychologists at NexStep Health-care in Cleveland, OH. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biomechanical Engineering from Union College, Schenectady, NY in 2011.
Jay Collins is the newest member of the BWH Pre-Awards staff, having also been a member of the cohort training program, which began in September. Reporting to Sandie Robinson as a Grants Administrator I, Jay will have an assigned portfolio of departments, and will be responsible for the review of incoming proposals and subcontracts for accuracy and adherence to both BWH and NIH policies from initial proposal receipt in InfoEd through submission to a granting agency. He will also be responsible for progress reports and JITs.
Jay comes to us as a billing specialist for charge entry departments in the MGPO, as an administrator in BWH's Occupational Health Department, and an office assistant in the Pre-Admissions Testing Area. He received his BS in Business Administration (with a focus in Finance) from the University of North Texas in 2006.
Meaghan Dunn joined Research Management as a member of the cohort training program in September, reporting to Mary Colangelo, RM Post-Award Management. As a Post-Award Grant Administrator I, Meaghan will be responsible for assigned departments, including the initial review of research grants and contracts from the time of award receipt. She is also responsible for creating fund numbers in InfoEd, fund monitoring throughout the award life cycle and scientific reporting close-out activity.
Meaghan previously worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator II at the MGH/Gillette Center for Breast Cancer. She also brings a strong background in customer service as she was the Manager of Outreach and Customer Service at the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation. She received her BS in Business Administration from Stonehill College in Easton, MA and she is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator with the Association of Clinical Research Professionals.
Cohort training program graduate Rantimi Oluwasegun comes to us from MGH, where she spent the past 10 months working as a Research Assistant, and the past 2 years working as a Program Coordinator and AmeriCorps Fellow. She received her BS in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University, and expects to receive her MS in Nonprofit Management (with a Healthcare Specialization) from Northeastern University this September.
Reporting to Anna Rayz, Research Finance, Rantimi is responsible for a research grant portfolio of both BWH and MGH departments/divisions and oversees all the financial reporting, journal entry and close out needs for the assigned departments.
Research Finance employees work closely with their colleagues on Research Management’s Pre-Award, Post-Award and Contracts teams to support sponsored research projects throughout various stages in the lifecycle of an award.
Nick Lake, Research Finance Specialist- Cash, Joins the Billing Team
On November 14th, Research Finance welcomed Nick Lake into the role of a Research Finance Specialist - Cash on the Billing Team. Reporting to Patricia Gardner, Team Lead, Nick will work with the BWH Business Unit. Nick will be responsible for the posting and researching of payments regarding Subcontracts, Foundation Payments and IRB Fees.
Nick has most recently worked as a Practice Secretary at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In that role he was responsible for managing outpatient scheduling, processing clinical billing, and provided administrative support for eighteen physicians.
Research Finance looks forward to seeing Nick grow in his new role!
Cores Team Welcomes Emily Brems as Acting Manager of MGH Cores
The Research Finance Cores Office is pleased to announce that Emily Brems will join their team as Acting Manager of MGH Cores. Emily will temporarily fill the role previously held by Andy Bredemeyer. Emily has served in various roles in Research Finance since 2007, including as Team Lead for the Research Accounting Team. Emily brings a breadth of knowledge and experience to the position. She will report to Natalie Nguyen, Associate Director, Research Core Facilities.
The Cores Team is happy to welcome Emily and looks forward to working with her over the next several months.
P. Blair Trame is Promoted to Senior Cores Financial Analyst on the Cores Team
Blair Trame has been promoted to senior cores financial analyst, reporting to Natalie Nguyen, associate director, Partners Research Core Facilities. Since joining the Cores Team in July 2010, Blair has excelled in his position and proven to be a valuable contributor to the team. Blair was the main architect of the recently implemented new core revenue journal which was designed to be both user-friendly and to tighten controls on user-fee compliance.
In his new role, Blair will take on more challenging analytical responsibilities while strengthening the relationships he’s already built with the MGH research cores community. He is often recognized by his customers for his service-oriented approach and attitude.
Prior to joining RM, Blair was a Corp Member with City Year Boston and served as an Internal Audit Department Intern at The Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati. He currently serves as a Big Brother in the Big Brother/Big Sister of Greater Boston.
Congratulations, Blair, on your well-deserved promotion!
Danny Davis Takes New Role as Finance Specialist II for Research Finance
Effective November 30th, Daniel (Danny) Davis will be transitioning from the Effort Report team to the Research Finance team. Danny joined Research Management in May 2010 as the Effort Reporting Project Coordinator. During that time, Danny was the recipient of an individual Partners In Excellence Award for his work on the effort certification project, as well as on the team Partners in Excellence to the InSight - Effort Reporting Module Team. His promotion to the Finance Specialist II is well deserved.
Reporting to Rick Mancinelli, Manager, Research Finance, Danny will be responsible for a research grant portfolio of both BWH and MGH departments/divisions and will oversee all the financial reporting, journal entry and close out needs for the assigned departments. Danny holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University.
Employee Transitions on Research Management’s Training Team
As many of you are already aware Robin Cyr and Cristina Balboni have been given tremendous opportunities to continue their professional careers outside of Partners. Cristina has accepted a position with TJX to work on employee development. Her last day was Wednesday, November 30. Robin will take on the role of Associate Vice Chancellor for Sponsored Programs at North Carolina, Chapel Hill as and her last day will be December 16. We thank Cristina and Robin for their significant contributions to the RM training program and to the entire research community.
We are currently recruiting for a Training Manager and Coordinator who will report to Kate Hecht, Associate Director of Operations. These positions will be posted shortly and we encourage all interested candidates and referrals to apply. Employee activities, the Rewards and Recognition and On-boarding programs will be managed by Diana Steinberg, Senior Manager of Administration and the Lunch and Learn series schedule will be coordinated by Joanna Daniluk, Office Coordinator.
Weekly Open Position Report & PHS Corporate Employee Referral Bonus Program
Be sure to review the latest opportunities available in PHS Research Management and PHS Finance in the weekly Open Position Report. This report also includes a link to positions available within PHS Information Systems.
Referrals made for positions within PHS RM, Finance and Information Systems qualify as part of the PHS Corporate Employee Referral Bonus Program. This program is intended to help the RM, Finance and IS departments recruit external candidates in the Partners system that might not otherwise be known to us. Be sure to read about this great bonus program that can offer numerous incentives to current employees who make successful candidate referrals!
Congratulations to the 2011 RM PIE Award Recipients
Every year, Partners celebrates the many contributions of its employees who make the Partners mission possible. The Partners in Excellence (PIE) Award is so special because nominations come from employees’ colleagues based on their contributions in one or more of the following categories: Quality Treatment and Service; Leadership and Innovation; Teamwork; Operational Efficiency; or Outstanding Contributions to the Community. This peer recognition is a true testament to the positive impact each recipient has made at Partners.
This year’s celebration, the 16th in the organization’s history, will honor 30 PHS employees for their individual contributions, 27 PIE Team Awards and 16 PIE Network Team Awards.
The PHS Partners in Excellence Award Ceremony will be on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, at The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston. Please note that this is a new location for the PIE Awards. The ceremony will begin at 3:00 p.m. and will be followed by a reception.
You can get to the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center in a variety of ways:
Congratulations to all the 2011 PHS Research Management Award recipients! Please join Partners in thanking all of these outstanding individuals for their many contributions to Partners and our affiliated institutions on December 14th.
RM Individual PIE Award Recipient
PIE Team Award Recipient with RM Employees
PIE Network Team Award Recipient with RM Employees
PHS RM Rewards and Recognition Nomination Deadline Extended to Friday, December 9
Research Management’s Rewards and Recognition program aims to recognize employees who distinguish themselves by demonstrating outstanding performance in the areas of (1) exceeding job function expectations, (2) exceptional customer service and (3) having an innovative idea that can benefit an area (or areas) of RM. Recently, a change was made to the program, allowing nominations to come in on a rolling basis to encourage RM staff to recognize fellow colleagues in the moment, and not just within a predetermined time frame.
We would like to announce another modification made to the program, in response to feedback obtained through the Organizational Development & Culture Initiative survey. The R&R program will welcome our counterparts from the hospital departments to submit nominations on behalf of Research Management employees. It is our hope that this Rewards and Recognition program will be further strengthened by giving Departmental staff this opportunity to contribute. However, only Research Management employees (non-managers) will continue to be nominated as part of this program.
The next deadline for all nominations has been extended to Friday, December 9, and the next recipients of the awards will be announced at Research Management’s Holiday Party on Thursday, December 22nd.
Please be sure to submit all nominations to the Research Management Rewards and Recognition mailbox. (As a reminder, all past nominations will still remain in the pool of potential award recipients and will be equally considered for each nomination period.)
Stop by the December Lunch & Learn Sessions
Research Management is pleased to offer the December Lunch & Learn Series. These 30-45 minute mini-trainings are offered weekly and are meant to help staff develop skills and knowledge in specific areas, without having to attend lengthier half or full-day training sessions.
The December sessions include:
The Lunch & Learn sessions will be held in the 3rd floor large conference room at 101 Huntington and all RM employees are encouraged to attend. Registration is not required so please join us, bring your lunch (as it will not be provided), and be ready to learn! A Q&A will follow after each session.
If you have topic suggestions for an upcoming Lunch & Learn workshop or any questions, please contact Joanna Daniluk, Office Coordinator for RM.
PHS RM Monthly Metrics for October
The October RM monthly metrics are now available for viewing.
Upcoming Q&A Sessions for RM Staff, Hosted by Andrew Chase
All RM team members are invited to attend Andrew Chase’s Q&A sessions held in the 3rd floor Minot Conference Room. These sessions are an opportunity to present any questions or concerns directly to Andrew as well as learn about the latest efforts occurring at RM. No need to RSVP.... Just stop by!
Help Support the RM Toy Drive Benefitting ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development)
Research Management, inspired by the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative, is leading a Holiday Toy Drive benefiting ABCD's Citywide Boston Hispanic Center.
The RM Toy Drive will begin on December 5, 2011 and run through December 22, 2011 at the RM 101 Huntington Offices. Drop off locations include the 2nd and 3rd Floor Reception Desk areas. No need to wrap the toys, as requested by the ABCD organization!
Action for Boston Community Development, Inc (ABCD) serves 94,00,000 low-income families and individuals at every stage of their lives, from income maximization programs to empowering individuals and families to become active members in their community. ABCD's Citywide Boston Hispanic Center offers services and programs to families in need that include:
Please contact Karla Ventura (email@example.com) with any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the Toy Drive effort for ABCD.
101 Huntington Avenue Evacuation Drill Set for Tuesday, December 6
Boston Properties will conduct a fire alarm evacuation drill for low rise floors at 101 Huntington Avenue on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 beginning at 9:00 a.m. This exercise will simulate an emergency that requires occupants to relocate to the 101 Huntington lobby using the building stairwells. It is not necessary to fully evacuate the building unless directed to by public safety officers or building management. There is a drill in the spring where we practice a full building exercise.
Indoor Farmers Market Every Thursday at The Prudential
The Farmers Market has moved indoors! Running through the winter season, the Farmers Market will take place in Belvidere Arcade from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. The market offers fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables, unique breads, and other market-fresh wares. Stop by to check out the new location!
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