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Tyndall named director of research protections

BOONE—After a national search, Robin Tyndall has been named director of research protections at Appalachian State University. Tyndall has served as the interim director since August 2014, and previously was assistant director.

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The Office of Research Protections facilitates research and creative endeavors at Appalachian by administering programs that provide ethical and regulatory oversight of research involving human participants, animals, recombinant DNA, radiation, and export control regulations. The office supports innovation and commercialization of research to promote Appalachian’s mission of transmitting and applying knowledge to address the needs of society. It is one of three units that comprise the Office of Research: Research Protections, Grants Resources and Services, and Sponsored Programs.

In her new position, Tyndall reports to the vice provost for research, and will work collaboratively with federal and state regulatory agencies, the chairs of campus regulatory committees, institute and center directors, the director of Sponsored Programs, director of Proposal Development, Special Funds Accounting and the vice provost for faculty, as well as other university units responsible for research compliance and workplace safety. She worked for IBM and Lenovo in non-fiscal compliance and management positions prior to joining Appalachian.

“We are excited to have Robin in this role as she brings a wealth of experience and dedication to human research protection,” stated Dr. Alan Utter, interim vice provost for research.