2021 Virtual Research Roundtables

1. Auburn University’s Partnership with the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)

Time:  9:00-10:00am

This roundtable will discuss CCTS resources available to facilitate YOUR research (resources include: health data access, career development activities, study design and biostats consultations, and grant pre-review discussion panels). Facilitators also will cover CCTS funding opportunities for AU investigators (examples are: NRSA training for predocs, mentored career development for young faculty, CCTS pilot programs, and research vouchers).


  • Dr. Jennifer Croker (CCTS; University of Alabama at Birmingham)
  • Dr. Richard Hansen (Harrison School of Pharmacy)
  • Dr. Tom Denney (Samuel Ginn College of Engineering)

2. The AU-UAB Telehealth Network 

Time:  10:30-11:30am

This roundtable will introduce participants to the Telehealth Network formed in May 2020 by Auburn University and the University of Alabama Birmingham faculty and administrators. The network includes a broad collective of educators, clinicians and scientists ranging from those interested in learning more about telehealth to those actively engaged in diverse telehealth projects. Significance of telehealth has grown as need for innovation along with new technologies for extending the reach of health-related research and services have expanded. Funding for telehealth research and practice also has increased. The roundtable will cover the aims, activities, and benefits of the network. After receiving a summary of what the network provides for learning about current projects, resources, funding opportunities and potential collaborators, roundtable participants will be engaged in dialogue aimed at exploring interests that might benefit from involvement with the network.

Facilitator: Dr. Jennifer Kerpelman, College of Human Sciences, Auburn University

3. Maximizing the Impact of Auburn Innovation through Resources for Entrepreneurship and Commercialization  

Time:  1:00-2:00pm

Auburn University is building an innovative ecosystem that faculty, staff, and students can leverage to help maximize the impact of their ideas and discoveries. This panel will discuss campus-wide resources available for helping you develop, evaluate, protect, and even launch your innovation to the marketplace. Come hear about resources at the Innovation and Research Commons for creating your idea, how the Office of Innovation Advancement and Commercialization in collaboration with outside Patent Counsel can help you evaluate and protect it, and how you can launch a company with the help of incubator space and seasoned mentors at the Auburn Research Technology Foundation and the New Ventures Accelerator.

Facilitators from: 

  • Office of Innovation Advancement and Commercialization, Auburn University
  • Innovation and Research Commons, Auburn University Libraries
  • Nick Landau, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP
  • Auburn Research and Technology Foundation
  • New Venture Accelerator

4. Attracting the Media Spotlight: Why it’s Worth Your Time, What Makes News, and How to Work the Process  

Time:  2:30-3:30pm

Communicating scientific research to the public through the media can provide many benefits, such as leading to more partnerships with agencies and industry, increasing funding, attracting students and new faculty, creating professional growth, and, ultimately, helping citizens apply research to solve pressing issues. Representatives from the Office of Communications and Marketing will discuss why it’s worth your time, what makes news, and how to work the process.


  • Preston Sparks, Office of Communications and Marketing, Auburn University
  • Charles Martin, Office of Communications and Marketing, Auburn University