Joe Schumaker is an eRA Communication Specialist for the Office of Extramural Research. Joe joined the team in November 2011. Previous to this, Joe was the Director of Services for a small IT consulting company based out of Decatur GA. As such, he travelled extensively around the country and Canada implementing, consulting on, and customizing a communications and collaborative solution called FirstClass. His current responsibilities for eRA include communications about the status of eRA Commons, writing the NIH’s eRA Items of Interests articles, and the development and production of tutorial videos on various aspects of the grant process. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Stetson University and a Master’s of Science Education from the University of Florida.