Changes in the Office for Research & Discovery

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Changes in the Office for Research & Discovery

To: Campus Community


Andrew Comrie, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and Kimberly Andrews Espy, Senior Vice President for Research

Subject: Changes in the Office for Research & Discovery

Date: August 2, 2016

Many opportunities for increased funding for our research activities are coming from overseas, either from established or emerging relationships, or from programs driven by governments as a part of their overall economic development strategies. For the UA to win these international research partnership opportunities, our efforts need to be aligned with, and built upon, University research strengths and enterprises.

To maximize the University's success in international research, Dr. Randy Burd, currently Assistant Vice President for Program Innovation in the Office of Global Initiatives, and key members of his team now will join the Office for Research & Discovery, led by Senior Vice President for Research Dr. Kimberly Andrews Espy. This restructuring of internationally oriented research development efforts under ORD will expand the UA's competitive presence within the international research environment, will align our approach to international research with other activities oriented to federal and industry sources and will increase our research support capacities to nimbly address the operational intricacies of this complex arena.

As the newly appointed Associate Vice President for Global Research Alliances, Dr. Randy Burd will lead strategic efforts in ORD to advance excellence in research by developing new strategic interdisciplinary research and collaborative engagements that create international funding opportunities to advance synergies, both inside and outside of the University. In collaboration with the Office of Global Initiatives, he will oversee ORD's international priorities identification aligning with University research goals and capacities, including identifying emergent international research priorities. With additional support from ORD, Randy and his team also will work alongside researchers on strategy development for building, as well as scaling, academic and industry-based research programs to advance comprehensive international research underpinned by sustainable funding mechanisms.

Dr. Burd's efforts under ORD will complement those of UA's Office of Global Initiatives (OGI), which will continue to initiate and support a range of international activities worldwide and in strategic international locations. ORD's Global Research Alliance team will continue to coordinate closely with the OGI to expand our international capabilities within the full spectrum of instruction, outreach and research. Dr. Burd comes to ORD well-poised to direct strategic, systematic and proactive processes for effectively developing international opportunities to increase research activity growth.

"Our office is pleased to see this additional level of administrative commitment to the research efforts of UA faculty worldwide. The fact that Randy will fill this role provides an additional benefit since he was instrumental in building the OGI's research facilitation efforts, and we look at this as a significant enhancement of institutional capability," said Mike Proctor, UA Vice President for Global Initiatives.

Dr. Burd is also a professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Originally trained in molecular and cellular biophysics, Dr. Burd's research interests have focused on improving tumor radiation response through a genomics-based approach that utilizes bioactive nutritional components such as bioflavonoids, and compounds that regulate tumor cell metabolism. Dr. Burd has headed many international scholarly initiatives, and that experience led to his administrative roles in developing research alliances around the globe.

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