Longwood Focused Topics

Focused Topics are one to one-and-a-half hour sessions on a specific topic.  Topics have been chosen based on requests from departments, areas of risk or a new policy or procedure.  For all Focused Topic sessions:  Please register on the OFS/iSite/Training Sign up page.

eCRT Refresher

 Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., Kresge 200

Presenter: Judy Lo, Manager of Cost Accounting

Description:  Come to this session to review the eCrt certification requirements for Quarterly Project Effort Certifications.  Have you wondered what happens after you have processed a salary journal that causes the reopening of a previously certified statement?   What are the steps you need to follow to close the reopened statements?  How to effectively use the Review Period to avoid recertifications?  How does the Cost Transfer policy apply when you need to process a journal that will affect a previously certified statement?…. We will have real life examples to illustrate different scenarios and ask your help to pick the best practice.   This is an interactive session and your participation is greatly encouraged.

Audience:  SPH financial administrators responsible effort certification.

Action Memos

Tuesday, March 8, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., Kresge 202A

Presenter: Elaine Kiley, Associate Director of Sponsored Programs Administration; TAs: Heather Duverna, Sponsored Research Administrator; Jenille Plummer, Sponsored Research Administrator

Description: GMAS Action Memos summarize pertinent details about awards in a standard format across the University.  An Action Memo provides the blueprint for recording and maintaining award data for all Harvard sponsored projects.  During this focused topic, we will examine the components of Action Memos.

Audience: Action Memo Recipients and anyone with a financial role interested in learning more about Action Memos.

Demystifying the Biohazard/rDNA GMAS approval – For GMs, ADFs & SRAs

Tuesday, March 15, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., Kresge 202

Presenter: Sean Brennan Fitzgerald, Laboratory and Biosafety Officer

Description: A business process for biohazard approvals was recently implemented to ensure projects involving biohazards/rDNA are appropriately reviewed prior to the start of work.  However, reviewing the research strategy can be daunting, and there may be uncertainty in determining the nature of a project and whether or not it requires biohazard approval.   Proper identification of projects requiring biohazard approval will ensure awards are properly set up to avoid interruptions and delays.

Audience: This session is geared towards GMs, ADFs & SRAs and will provide an overview of biohazard and rDNA research and how to identify projects involving these materials when preparing and reviewing proposals and setting up awards.