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Updated Research Data Policy FAQs, FISMA guidance, and more

 May 23, 2022

Updates & Announcements


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Updated Research Data Policy Frequently Asked Questions

The Research Data Initiative (RDI) team appreciates the community's willingness to engage in thoughtful discussions and offer feedback on revisions to Duke University's research data policies.

As the team listened and incorporated feedback, there are a few questions that have arisen across units and disciplines. To respond to these questions and provide further insight into ongoing policy revisions, the RDI team will be updating the frequently asked questions section of the Research Data Initiative page.

Please contact the team with any questions at

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Armstrong Named Co-Medical Director of the Duke Research at Pickett Facility

Sarah C. Armstrong, MD, has been named the new Co-Medical Director of the Duke Research at Pickett facility where she will serve alongside Dr. Shruti Raja, Neurology. Her experience and expertise in both pediatrics and community-based research will help to build strong programs for research and training support.

Dr. Armstrong, Professor of Pediatrics and Population Health Sciences, conducts clinical and community-based research on the treatment of obesity in children. She also serves as the Division Chief of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health and Co-Director for the Duke Center for Childhood Obesity Research.

Learn More About Dr. Armstrong


Daniel Dardani Named Director of Physical Sciences and Digital Innovation Licensing and Corporate Alliances

In this new role within the Office for Translation & Commercialization (OTC), Dardani will coordinate the outreach, marketing, and licensing of physical sciences and digital innovations and the use of translational funds for investments in nascent technologies. He will also work in concert with the Office for External Partnerships (OEP) to provide strategic support to develop multi-year corporate alliances, corporate partners, and negotiation of IP terms for significant sponsored research agreements.

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Resources & Tools

FISMA Support and Guidance for School of Medicine Researchers

The Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) governs data and information security for federal agencies, including data generated or managed utilizing federally sponsored funds. The Duke University School of Medicine has recently formalized a strategy to better enable FISMA-compliant research and operations, via an initiative led by Dr. Eric Perakslis, Chief Science & Digital Officer for Duke Clinical Research Institute, Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences, and Chief Research Technology Strategist for the Duke University School of Medicine, along with Andy Mackelfresh, Associate Director, FISMA Operations.

Guidance is now available on myRESEARCHpath to support the successful application and implementation of federally funded research that requires FISMA controls and compliance.

View Guidance on myRESEARCHpath