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June 7, 2019

Meet Paula McCauley-Shelton, Senior Research Administrator

Paula McCauley

What is your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part of the job is working with faculty. Providing administrative support isn’t necessarily the most glamorous part of research, but as a non-scientist it is extremely rewarding to know that I play a part in the extraordinary work that our wonderful faculty are doing every day.


March 29, 2019

Meet Janice Rhodes, Biomedical Research buildings I & II, manager

Janice Rhodes

How do you handle problematic issues?
The key to my position is networking and relationships. By knowing who to contact, I am usually able to facilitate building issues in a timely manner and direct building issues to the appropriate department for addressing.


February 1, 2019

Meet Kay L. Shuttleworth, Ph.D., IRB Administrator for the DCOC (ISPCTN)

Kay Shuttleworth, Ph.D.

What is your favorite part of the job?
Knowing that I am, in the long run, helping children.


November 19, 2018

Meet Christina Hamilton, GMC, Office of Sponsored Programs Administrative Network (OSPAN)

Christina Hamilton

Are there any challenges?
It can be challenging to find a common language between all of the different roles that touch a grant – from the PI to the program officer to the research administrator to the grants’ accounting specialists, everyone looks at the grant from a different perspective. It can be hard sometimes to find where everything intersects and everyone speaks the same language.


September 28, 2018

Meet Executive Director, Cancer Clinical Trials and Regulatory Affairs (CCTRA) – Sandy Annis, B.A., CCRP

Sandy Annis

How do you/ your group handle problematic issues?
We handle problematic issues through communication and problem solving. Effective communication is key to everything, but it is most important in problematic situations. We have to tailor our communications to the person, the study and the situation. It’s a constantly moving target. Our goal is to address problems head-on and as quickly as possible.


July 23, 2018

Meet Amy Jo Jenkins, Executive Director, Translational Research Institute

Amy Jo Jenkins

How long have you worked at UAMS? Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I have been at UAMS for 9 years and in my current position for one year. Interestingly, I have worked on UAMS Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) grant applications for eight years. I have also taught two courses in the Regulatory Science program…


May 2, 2018

Meet Allen Gies, M.S., Research Associate, DNA Sequencing Core Manager

Allen Gies

How long have you worked for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences? I’ve worked at UAMS since May of 1997. I’ve had the same position for 21 years. How long have you been in your current position? I was recruited here from Kansas State to specifically start the DNA Sequencing Core. UAMS was badly…


March 30, 2018

Meet Jeff Kamykowski, M.S., Core Technologist for the Digital Microscopy Laboratory

Jeff Kamykowski

How long have you worked at UAMS? I have been at UAMS for ten years, 8 years in the Digital Microscopy Lab. What is your favorite part of the job? Everyday can be different, it never gets boring. It also helps when things work well the first time. What types of equipment does the Digital…


February 24, 2018

Meet Melinda Gunnell, B.A., Biology, Research Program Manager

Melinda Gunnell

How long have you worked in the University of Arkansas System? After college, I worked in the Animal Sciences Department at UA Fayetteville for a couple of years doing poultry research and also diagnostic work with industry clients such as Tyson Foods.  I joined UAMS in 1986 and worked briefly with Dr. Phillip Rayford in…


January 17, 2018

Meet GibAnn Berryhill, M.A., Senior Research Administrator, OSPAN

Gib Berryhill

How long have you worked at UAMS? Since 2005. Previously, I was teaching college freshman/sophomore writing and co-directing a National Writing Project site at UALR. How long have you been in your current position? I came to OSPAN as a research administrator in July 2016. Before that I was in the Department of Internal Medicine…



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