Academic journal article Journal of Research Administration

The Journal of Research Administration: An Introduction to the Anniversary Edition

Academic journal article Journal of Research Administration

The Journal of Research Administration: An Introduction to the Anniversary Edition

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The figure of Prometheus has captured the human imagination from ancient Greek times to the Romantic poets of American and British literature, and into our modern day. Prometheus provided humankind with the knowledge and crafts to live and survive in a dauntingly turbulent world. He was teacher, mentor, and guide for mortals. He stole for humans the fire of the gods--a volatile act for which he paid dearly until his release by Hercules. Prometheus, his name meaning "forethought," was the immortal who the ancients credited with our having the capacity for genius and innovation. At the root experience of his daring, he gave because he cared.

In many ways, the gift of research administration and leadership is a promethean act. It is the ever present striking of flint that sparks genius, adaptation, innovation, and creativity. It is the essential art and science that facilitates the scholarship and genius of research for the good of human society. Indeed, research administrators are often like Prometheus stoking the fires of enthusiasm within the communities of researchers we serve. Hence, it is fitting that this special edition of the Journal, celebrating the SRA 40th anniversary, bears a cover image that calls to mind the fire that Prometheus dared to give to others in need.

This edition includes a special introductory section that captures the spirit of this anniversary. Dr. Phillip Myers, SRA Historian, offers us an important summary of our origins. …

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