Vice president for research announces appointments

Author: William G. Gilroy


Robert J. Bernhard, vice president for research at the University of Notre Dame, has made three new appointments to his office.

Randy Ruchti, professor of physics, has joined the office as associate vice president for research in a part-time capacity. He will continue his teaching and research activities in the Department of Physics in a reduced role.

Ruchti will assist primarily with research development, which includes helping faculty indentify and secure contracts and grants, and with the launch and management of centers and research cores, particularly in the area of new awards.

Ructhis research areas include elementary particle physics and experimental high energy. A Notre Dame faculty member since 1977, he is the founder of the Notre QuarkNet Center, a nationwide program that gives high school students and their teachers an opportunity to be involved with ongoing experiments at particle accelerators, such as Fermilab. He recently returned to Notre Dame after a three-year assignment as a program director at the National Science Foundation.

Liz Rulli, formerly director of financial affairs in the office of the vice president for research at Purdue University, will become assistant vice president for research on Sept. 15.

Her Purdue career includes six years in sponsored program administration of industrial, foundation and state of Indiana projects, two years as business manager in the Department of Physics, five years as the business manager for the College of Science, six years as director of financial affairs in the office of the vice president for research, and two years in the enterprise software effort at Purdue.

In office of the vice president for research at Purdue, Rulli supervised several of the business managers in significant research units, including Discovery Park, Purdues new interdisciplinary research campus.

Tracey Poston has been named director of research compliance for the office.

She previously served as associate director of research compliance at Missouri State University and as special projects/research integrity officer in the office of the vice chancellor for research at St. Louis University.

Poston, who recently earned a doctorate from St. Louis University, will evaluate, implement and manage Notre Dames research compliance programs.

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