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December 3, 2019

Meet Alison Gill, B.A., Project Specialist, BioVentures, LLC.

Allison Gill

How many invention disclosures do you work on each year?
My desk handles approximately 35 invention disclosures and their associated legal documents each year. Additionally, legal documents and government reporting for 150 active patent cases and the financial processing for $1.68 million in income and $1.60 million in expenses are managed annually.


October 2, 2019

Meet Lisa Smith, Program Coordinator, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology

Lisa Smith

Are there any challenges?
I like to finish my work the same day it hits my desk. You cannot always do that here. There is so much is happening. You have to be flexible and work on those pop-up priorities that can delay your regular departmental priorities.


July 30, 2019

Meet Jimie Jarry, Executive Assistant III, Office of Research

Jimie Jarry

What is your favorite part of the job? 
I enjoy the fast pace and the satisfaction of meeting deadlines.  My current position has provided the wonderful opportunity of building relationships campus-wide.  In my former UAMS position, I was located off site. I definitely prefer the energy that being on campus provides.


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

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…



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