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2020 Research & Innovation Discussion Series

Updated March 17, 2020.

OVPRI will host a Spring Discussion Series around topics of interest to the Virginia Tech research and innovation community. Each discussion will start with information sharing; e.g., status updates, introductions, and financial outlooks. Time will be allowed for discussion, networking, and feedback. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend.


Scholarly Integrity and Research Compliance

January 28
3:00–4:30 p.m.
310 Kelly Hall

Lisa M. Lee, Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation and Director of Scholarly Integrity and Research Compliance, will discuss how SIRC facilitates scholarly excellence across the university by fostering ethical decision-making and assisting investigators with meeting the regulatory requirements related to their research.

Foreign Influence

February 25
3:00–4:30 p.m.
310 Kelly Hall

Following up on VPRI Memo dated October 7, 2019, Trudy Riley (Sponsored Programs), Cristen Jandreau (Conflict of Interest program), and John Talerico (Office of Export and Secure Research Compliance) will provide an update from the Foreign Influence Committee and take questions on how the research division is approaching this evolving topic.

Investment Institutes

*This discussion has been postponed until fall 2020.

A panel of investment institute directors -- Stefan Duma, Ben Knapp, Sally Morton, and Karen Roberto -- will provide a brief overview of each institute and how Virginia Tech's investment institutes support and promote faculty and students.

Strategic Alliances

*This discussion has been postponed until fall 2020.

Steven McKnight, Vice President for Strategic Alliances, will provide an update on the Office of Strategic Alliances. Based in the Greater Washington, DC metro area and serving Virginia Tech as a whole, the Office of Strategic Alliances develops and supports strategic partnerships with federal agencies, Washington DC area-based foundations and business groups, and academic institutions while focusing on targeted initiatives with an acknowledged strategic importance and stated priority for the university.

Suggestions for future topics may be sent to Kim Borkowski.