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Research Administrator from University of Ghana visits Syracuse and Upstate Medical University
Danial Nana Yaw Abankwah is visiting Syracuse University and Upstate Medical University as an IREX University Administration Support Program (UASP) Fellow. He will be on campus Feb. 7-25. The Office of Research is hosting a virtual introduction with Abankway on Feb. 11 from 10-11 a.m.
Abankwah comes to Syracuse from the University of Ghana, where he serves as a research development officer in the Office of Research, Innovation and Development, specifically serving the College of Health Sciences. As a UASP Fellow, Abankwah is participating in a competitively awarded, short-term U.S. based training experiences for key mid- and senior-level university research administrators and faculty, which is supported by the Carnegie Corporation and managed by IREX.
The fellowship seeks to deepen fellows understanding of a specific area of research management from observing in real-time how U.S. research management teams are structured and operate while expanding their professional networks. Fellows then refine implementation plans—developed through an initial 10-month virtual leadership course—to guide them and their colleagues in implementing sustainable research management reform at their home institution.
The fellowships provide participants with a fully funded, five-week U.S. based training program that builds on the UASP Research Management and Leadership online course and virtual exchange they completed October 2020 – June 2021. Abankwah will spend approximately three weeks collaborating in-person with counterparts at Syracuse and Upstate, giving him opportunities to observe in real-time how U.S. research management teams are structured and operate. The program receives primary support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Abankwah’s primary interest in creating a non-paper-based review system for ethics review boards, as well as to discuss topics such as: competing for large grants, mentoring early career faculty, management of sponsored program and the processes and purpose for research data collection.
Faculty or research-related staff interested in meeting with Abankwah, or having him visit a laboratory, faculty meeting, research development discussion or other research-related activity should contact Christina Leigh Docteur in the Office of Research at email@example.com, or Abankwah directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.