Brandi Wampler | June 7, 2020
Mark Berends, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity, has been named an associate vice president for research at the University of Notre Dame effective July 1, 2020. Berends will be responsible for ensuring Notre Dame’s compliance with all federal and University rules in relation to human subjects research, animal research and other areas of mandated research compliance required by sponsors.
“Being a part of the Provost Advisory Committee has increased my appreciation for the impact of the remarkable research and scholarship happening across campus. I am impressed by the growth of the University’s research programs in recent years and I’m looking forward to being a part of the next phase of research progress at Notre Dame,” Berends said.
Berends takes the place of Cindy Bergeman, professor of psychology, who has served in the role since 2015. Bergeman’s leadership was central to restructuring and developing the compliance team within Notre Dame Research (NDR).
“Cindy played a vital role in building and professionalizing the research compliance office at Notre Dame. Her leadership has been essential to the growth and development of this team,” said Robert J. Bernhard, vice president for research and professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering. “We are very grateful to Cindy for serving in this role over the last five years and we wish her all the best in her new role as chair of the Department of Psychology. It has been a pleasure to work closely with her.”
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