Dr. Alcaine to serve as president of SRAI Virginia Chapter

From left: Dottie Walsh, Jose Alcaine and Carla Dannouf.
Dottie Walsh, Jose Alcaine and Carla Dannouf.

Jose G. Alcaine, Ph.D., director of research services in the Office of Research and Faculty Development and affiliate faculty in the Department of Foundations of Education at the VCU School of Education, will serve as president for the Virginia Chapter of the Society of Research Administration International (SRAI), the premier international research management society, which provides related professional development and education to its national and international members.

Alcaine helped organize a recent statewide chapter meeting on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.  He will serve as chapter president this coming year and will preside over the meeting in 2023 with the location still to be determined. The recent meeting in Blacksburg included participants from various Virginia universities, including VCU and the School of Education. Carla Dannouf from the Literacy Institute and Dottie Walsh from the Center for Teacher Leadership were among those in attendance.

“It was a great meeting in a beautiful setting, and it was so wonderful to be meeting, learning and networking in person!” said Alcaine. Programming included concurrent speaker sessions on team building, subrecipient determination and monitoring, conflict of interest management, agency electronic portal submissions, foreign influence, teleworking and preparing for audits. The event also included a plenary talk from Lisa M. Lee, Ph.D., Virginia Tech’s associate vice president for research and innovation, and director of the Division of Scholarly Integrity and Research Compliance. Dr. Lee's talk focused on research integrity and the collective and intentional actions researchers and stakeholders at universities and institutions must take to ensure the highest level of transparency and ethical standards in research activities.

Additional meeting activities included tours of the Virginia Tech Drone Research Park and the Smart Road Research Facility where attendees learned about the centers and ongoing work and research. The group was also able to test fly drones as part of the tour.