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Quest for Research Excellence 2017

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Location: The George Washington University, Washington, DC
Date:  August 7-9, 2017

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The Office of Research Integrity, The George Washington University (GWU), and Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research are pleased to co-sponsor the 2017 Quest for Research Excellence Conference.  The event will be hosted by GWU.

The goal of the Quest for Research Excellence conference series is to fuel knowledge sharing among all the parties involved in promoting the responsible conduct of research and scientific integrity, from scientists to educators, administrators, government officials, journal editors, science publishers and attorneys. True to this ambition, the theme of the 2017 conference is “breaking down the silos”. The conference will focus on five topics from the perspectives of various stakeholders. These topics include research misconduct, the responsible conduct of research, the legal implications of research misconduct, scientific publications and open science. Each of these topics will be the focus of a 90-minute plenary session led by a panel of world-renowned experts. Breakout sessions will give participants an opportunity to discuss cross-cutting topics in small interdisciplinary groups.

We are pleased to announce that Sir Philip Campbell, Editor-in-Chief of Nature publications, will be delivering the keynote address.

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Source: https://ori.hhs.gov/Q4RE2017

5th WCRI 2017

I received this email today. - Ken

Join us in Amsterdam, for this not-to-be missed conference on Research Integrity

Dear colleagues,

The 5th World Conference on Research Integrity starts in 46 days in Amsterdam, on May 28th!

  • Registration will be handled online ⇒ to online registration form
  • We have interesting keynote speakers, varied concurrent sessions, poster walks, the Amsterdam Agenda and more. See the program at a glance.
  • Join us for a boat tour through the canals of Amsterdam to the Maritime Museum for the WCRI conference dinner on Tuesday May 30, 2017!

Please forward this e-mail to colleagues who may be interested.

We look forward seeing you in Amsterdam,

Nick Steneck, Tony Mayer and Lex Bouter

Co-chairs 5th World Conference on Research Integrity, May 28-31, 2017 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Brian C. Martinson sent me a link to a score or more of comment or news items; see Media Coverage: Fostering Integrity in Research. I won't be updating this post again.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report, Fostering Integrity in Research, has gotten some press.

  • ScienceInsider "U.S. report calls for research integrity board" by Jeffrey Mervis (Apr 11 2017 2:15 PM)*
  • National Public Radio "Top Scientists Revamp Standards To Foster Integrity In Research" by Richard Harris (Apr 11 2017 4:21 PM ET)*
  • MedPage Today “Scientific Research Needs Better Oversight, Report Says” by Joyce Frieden (Apr 11 2017)**
  • Bloomberg “Preventing Research Abuse Will Require Systemic Changes” by Jeannie Baumann (Apr 12 2017)
  • Healio "Report: ‘Deliberate steps’ required to preserve, foster integrity in scientific research" by Kristie L. Kahl (Apr 12 2017)**
  • The Scientist “National Academies Issue Advice to Improve Research Practices” by Kerry Grens (Apr 12 2017)
  • Xinhua News Agency “U.S. panel calls for new advisory board to strengthen research integrity” (Apr 12 2017)
  • Science Editorial: "Research integrity revisited" by Marcia McNutt and Robert M. Nerem (Apr 14 2017)
  • Science "U.S. report calls for research integrity board" by Jeffrey Mervis (Apr 14 2017)
  • C&EN “Protecting Scientific Integrity Requires Effort by the Entire Research System, Report Says” by Celia Henry Arnaud (Apr 17 2017)**
  • BioWorld “NAS highlights lack of reproducibility, seeks to strengthen integrity” by Nuala Moran (no date)**

* Thanks to Jason Borenstein.

** Thanks to Brian Martinson.

Prindle Institute New Home for APPE!

I received this announcement today via email from the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. - Ken

Sarah Pfatteicher of APPE and Andrew Cullison of the Prindle Institute at DePauw University have a toast
Sarah Pfatteicher of APPE and Andrew Cullison of the Prindle Institute at DePauw University.

The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics is happy to announce The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University as its new host institution.

DePauw University is a nationally recognized liberal arts University in Greencastle, Indiana and prides itself on “more than 175 years of creating an atmosphere of intellectual challenge and social engagement that prepares their students for lifelong learning.”

The entrance to the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw
The entrance to the Prindle Institute

The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics serves the DePauw students and the community with continuing the DePauw legacy of “helping people to think critically and to act creatively about how we – as individuals, as an institution, as a society, and as a world – ought to live today.”

Sarah Pfatteicher, chair of the APPE Executive Board, made the announcement at the opening reception of the 2017 APPE International Conference in Dallas, Texas, last month.  During a champagne toast, Pffateicher announced that the Association had reached an agreement in principle to move their headquarters to the Prindle Institute at DePauw University effective July 1, 2017.

“I’m thrilled about this collaborative partnership,” said Andrew Cullison, director of the Prindle Institute. “Having the APPE headquartered at Prindle is going to enrich all of our core program areas. Our online media, campus events, education and research initiatives, and community engagement projects will all be strengthened by APPE’s presence.”

Pfatteicher says the APPE Executive Board was “particularly drawn to Andy’s infectious enthusiasm and his forward-thinking vision for our partnership. The array of social media activities he has initiated at Prindle are excellent fits for an association seeking to attract a new generation of scholars as we enter our second quarter century as an association.”

The Association began its search for a new home late in the summer of 2016 with an announcement for a Request for Proposals from potential new host institutions.  We received nine proposals from institutions across the United States.

“In addition to a strong financial partnership, we were looking for close alignment of mission, a record of engagement with APPE, evidence of ongoing commitment by campus leaders, and an energetic and visionary director with whom to partner,”  Pfatteicher said, “At DePauw we found all of those things in spades.”

“Our missions are so closely aligned they are practically identical and we share similar visions for how to execute those missions,” Cullison said, “This collaborative partnership benefits both of us equally and we’re going to help each other get to the next level.”

The entrance to the Prindle Institute
The entrance to the Prindle Institute

We are already in the planning stages of transitioning the Association to DePauw and hope to be completely moved in by late June.  Our plan is for this to be a seamless transition for our membership.

“It’s going to be wonderful to have that team, with that kind of energy and vision right down the hall,” Cullison said. “I’m really excited to see what the future holds for Prindle, APPE, and the entire field of practical and professional ethics.”

We will release information regarding changes in contact information, website, payment processes and address as we finalize these items.  All current information is still valid and questions can be emailed to the APPE Office at appe@indiana.edu.

We look forward to serving our members and the international community of ethics from our new home at the Janet Prindle Institute of Ethics!

News from the NAE Center for Engineering Ethics and Society

I received this announcement via email this morning. - Ken

Special Issue on Engineering Ethics

The spring issue of The Bridge, the NAE’s flagship quarterly journal, is focused entirely on engineering ethics. Article topics include ethics in business, codes of ethics, environmental injustice, corruption, and teaching ethics. The issue is available online: https://www.nae.edu/Publications/Bridge/167495.aspx

New Report on Fostering Integrity in Research

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are releasing a new report on Fostering Integrity in Research, which examines challenges to scientific integrity facing the research enterprise and recommends steps that individual scientists, research sponsors, research institutions, journal publishers, and professional societies should take to meet these challenges and better protect integrity in research. To celebrate this reports release, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are holding a Public Briefing Event on Tuesday, April 11 at 2:00 PM EDT in the Lecture Room at the National Academy of Sciences Building at 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW in Washington DC.

During the Public Briefing Event, discussion of the report will be led by three members of the authoring committee:

  • Robert Nerem (chair), Institute Professor Emeritus, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
  • C. K. Gunsalus, director, National Center for Professional and Research Ethics, Urbana, Ill.
  • Brian C. Martinson, Senior Research Investigator, HealthPartners Institute, Minneapolis

Those who cannot attend the briefing in person may watch a live webcast at: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/COSEPUP/PGA_178288

Fostering Integrity in Research will be available after the release event at: https://www.nap.edu/catalog/21896/

Webcast Event: Ethics and Autonomous Vehicles

On April 24th the NAE and the AAES will host the annual professional societies convocation. This year’s meeting is focused on autonomous technologies and systems and the afternoon will specifically address the ethics of autonomous vehicles. Your may watch the live webcast on April 24th at: https://www.nae.edu/Projects/Events/155997/167521.aspx

Sincerely,

CEES Staff at the National Academy of Engineering

Frazier Benya, Program Officer (fbenya@nae.edu)
Rachelle Hollander, Director (rhollander@nae.edu)
Simil Raghavan, Associate Program Officer (sraghavan@nae.edu)

http://nae.edu/ethicscenter

CEES focuses the nation's talents on addressing the ethical and social dimensions of engineering, as both a profession and an agent of innovation. If you wish to learn more about CEES publications and activities, please visit the CEES webpage and checkout the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science for ethics education materials.

CEES focuses the nation's talents on addressing the ethical and social dimensions of engineering, as both a professions and an agent of innovation. If you wish to learn more about CEES publications and activities, please visit the CEES webpage and checkout the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science for ethics educator materials.

For comment

I recently received this email from Carolyn Broccardo, Ph.D., PMP, of Colorado State University, where she is the Responsible Conduct of Research Coordinator in the Research Integrity & Compliance Review Office. I am sharing this with Dr. Broccardo's permission. - Ken

I want to let you know that the RePAIR Consensus Guidelines are now posted for public comment by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). This document is the output of a 20 member working group convened during the July, 2016 conference entitled Keeping the Pool Clean: Prevention and Management of Misconduct Related Retractions. I would like to thank those of you who contributed to this document, and especially Noémie Aubert Bonn for her assistance in writing and revising this document. Noémie and I will be presenting this work at the 5th World Conference on Research Integrity this May in Amsterdam - perhaps we will see some of you there! Please submit any comments to me by May 1, 2017.

Invitation to a "report release and public briefing event"

I am pleased to share this invitation. - Ken

From: Arrison, Tom <TArrison@nas.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 2:38 PM
  To: Pimple, Kenneth D
Subj: Fostering Integrity in Research-Release Event and 
      Public Briefing April 11

Dear Prof. Pimple:

I am writing to invite you to attend a Report Release and Public Briefing Event for the report Fostering Integrity in Research.

The event will be held on Tuesday, April 11 at 2:00 PM EDT at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC.

Fostering Integrity in Research is a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. It examines challenges to scientific integrity facing the research enterprise and recommends steps that individual scientists, research sponsors, research institutions, journal publishers, and professional societies should take to meet these challenges and better protect integrity in research.

Here are the details:

Fostering Integrity in Research Report Release

2:00 PM EDT
April 11, 2017 (Tuesday)

Lecture Room
National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Those who cannot attend the briefing in person may watch a live webcast at: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/COSEPUP/PGA_178288

The report will be available after the release event at: https://www.nap.edu/catalog/21896/

We hope that you can join us on April 11. Please feel free to pass this invitation along to interested colleagues.

Best regards,

Tom Arrison
(Study Director, Fostering Integrity in Research)
Program Director
Development, Security, and Cooperation
Policy and Global Affairs
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Keck 510
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
T 202.334.3755
E tarrison@nas.edu

I hope I'll see you there (online and metaphorically).

In the December 2016 newsletter of the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), the article on page 5 begins as follows.

The purpose of the Short Course on RCR Instruction (SCoRCRI, pronounced “sorcery”) project is to help new or inexperienced responsible conduct of research (RCR) instructors to develop and implement “best practices” in RCR instruction. The course presenters, comprised of experienced RCR instructors and researchers, will define distinct topics, lead active discussions and exercises, and identify useful resources (case studies, short writing assignments, etc.) that will provide a foundational understanding of RCR and the tools needed for successful RCR instruction. The active learning approaches most effective for adult learners will be prominent.

In 2006, the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) started a project called RIO Boot Camp (Wright and Schneider 2010) as “part of a major ORI initiative to support and to professionalize the role of Research Integrity Officers,” or RIOs (ORI 2016). Until now, there was no analog for instructors of RCR.

I was the author of that article, and I can't think of a better topic for my inaugural blog post here on TeachRCR. I hope you'll read the whole article on the ORI Web site. There will be more news about SCoRCRI before long.