Associate Vice President for Research Development Announced
David Reed, vice president for research, announced the selection of the Associate Vice President for Research Development (AVPRD) — Kathy Halvorsen. She has been the interim AVPRD since early September and holds a joint faculty appointment with the Department of Social Sciences and the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science where her current main research foci are climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Halvorsen says she is excited to continue working with the AVPRD staff to ensure that campus researchers successfully pursue and carry out excellent research in a safe manner.
As the AVPRD, she will provide strategic leadership with a focus on the coordination and promotion of excellence and integrity in research. This includes the facilitation of developmental opportunities, the oversight of academic/virtual centers/institutes and shared facilities and activities related to the translation of research discoveries into application.
Amy Spahn is assisting Halvorsen with these duties. Her office is located in ATDC 210, where she will oversee the Research Development and Research Integrity. Within the Research Development Office, Pete Larsen, Brent Burns, Jess Brassard and Jake Manchester provide proposal and team development support, funding searches, networking and research development workshops.
As the director of Federal Relations and Corporate Research, Burns works within the Research Development Office to help identify industry and federal research sponsors and secure support/collaboration letters and agreements. Manchester assists with these activities as the Associate Director of Corporate Research.
Within the Research Integrity Office, Courtney Holzberger, Christina Lehmann and David Dixon oversee the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC); the Institutional Review Board (IRB); and Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).
Jeff Lewin oversees the safe use and disposal of chemicals with assistance from Joel Smith, John Lemay and Jesse Garrow in University Chemical Stores.
Steve Zapolnik, along with Lewin, Holzberger and Dixon, oversees programs for safe laboratory operations, including laboratory inspections, chemical fume hood inspections, and biosafety cabinet certification.