In the five months that our little blog has been on the intertubes, we’ve seen our readership grow from simply intra-office colleagues (and only then under threat of harm) to research administration personnel throughout the country. Our original goal was to provide information for the JHU populace at large, but we’ve generally tried to tailor our posts to RA folks at all institutions, since the issues faced there are similar to those that we encounter. It would appear that this approach is popular, and we’re greatly appreciative of our followers outside of the JHU network.
As part of a flurry of information dissemination, NIH recently announced the new stipend levels for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 NRSA awards.
Sheldon’s had a rough week, due in part to learning that he is violently allergic to the color purple. So, we thought we’d let the poor li’l guy sleep in today and give him a pass on his regular Fun-Day Friday postings. However, he should be back in action next week.
Mr. Zimmerman was right: The times, they are a-changin’. Today’s political climate, which includes a lingering economic crisis, a push by some for nationalism with less spending on international efforts, as well as attempts to prioritize spending and improve effectiveness, is forcing federal agencies to step up and get tough.
First of all, Beyonce had a baby and named it Color Plant. I was voting for something better like “Baby Almost As Awesome As Sheldon.” Even though I was disappointed that my preference wasn’t selected, it still wasn’t far off from her real name. Obviously, I sent a bouquet of orange slices and hope to god this child isn’t tone deaf. Since this is ALL I’ve heard about for days, I’ve realized that diva status is something I should strive to accomplish, especially since it seems you can get there without a whole lotta talent.
We’re asked a lot of questions here at ORA, and a great many are directed to the differences among several categories of “things” that fall under one common heading. (For example, we’ve previously touched on the various types of awards.) Today, we’ll begin a look at the characteristics that differentiate subcontractors, vendors and consultants.