Dear Research Community:
I am happy to announce that after a long search we have been successful in appointing a Sponsored Projects Contract Officer for the Office of Research Services and Administration (ORSA). Ms. Liz Denecke, who most recently served as the UO Public Records Officer, joined ORSA in late October to work in the pre-award group. For a number of years, Liz provided legal assistance to the UO and other OUS institutions as a staff attorney in the Education Section at the Oregon Department of Justice. In addition, she provided legal services to both public and private colleges and universities as Counsel to Miller Nash LLP.
Liz and Contract Specialist Orca Merwin combined make up the ORSA contracts team who will process hundreds of awards and subawards received by UO researchers every year. Their goal is to further refine the cycle time for contract negotiation and execution and to work with their ORSA and unit colleagues on streamlining work-flow processes. Please join me in welcoming Liz to the ORSA team.