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Accomplishments, Current Initiatives, Future Activities
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Accomplishments:

2017

Rhododendron research network is established.

2017

Website created, rhodo-research.net.

2018

Additions and improvements made to the R-RN website.

2018

Steering committee established. Bi-annual newsletter begun. Published Journal and magazine articles about R-RN.

2019

Research issue of Rhododendrons International published.

2019

R-RN governance page, charter documents page and R-RN annual reports added to web site.

2019

Rhododendron literature database created using Mendeley.

2020

Created online chat capabilities at R-RN web site for members.

2020

Added website links to online rhododendron resources for researchers.

2020

Increased visibility of R-RN via Twitter and Facebook.

2020

Supported transition of new ARS Research Committee Chair.

2020

Researched potential grant application from the NSF Research Coordination Networks program.

   

Current Initiatives:

2021

Organize three half-day virtual R-RN meetings with theme: "Building Community Partnerships".

2021

Rhododendron literature database.
 Create online instruction set. Enter new references and PDFs. Manage participants.

2021

R-RN website: maintenance and promotion.
  Update content as needed. Submit an application note about the website to a technical journal.

2021

R-RN discussion forum: Create quarterly mailings to highlight posts.

2021

Search Rhododendron genomes: Facilitate more genome availability.

2021

Seek funding to support pilot expansion of the RA-METRICS database.

2021

Publish biannual R-RN newsletter and maintain mailing list.

2021

Create and share R-RN content on social media.

2021

Identify grant opportunity & prepare proposal to fund collaborative work.

   

Future Activities:

Publish collaborative review papers on Rhododendron peer reviewed scientific journals. We will communicate the network objectives to the broader scientific community through at least one review article published in a peer-reviewed journal. Articles will provide a technical summary of past work in Rhododendron, and also suggest pressing questions and future directions in Rhododendron research.

Establish collaborative experiments and community science experiments. Collaborative experiments are the hallmark of a robust research network, and they provide opportunities for scientists to engage in interdisciplinary projects that would otherwise be out of reach. A long-term goal of the rhododendron research network will be to support development of such projects.

Seek funding for Rhododendron Research Network activities. We will seek funding for these efforts from a variety of sources to support a scientific research conference, collaborative experiments and web resource development.

 

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