Scientific Ethics

Fall 2016, Winter 2017

*Please note: Course sections will be finalized once registration closes. The Research Ethics Program will email your section assignment based on your indicated preferences.

Instructors

Fall 2016: Mary Devereaux, Ph.D. | Email
Assistant Director, Research Ethics Program and Director, Biomedical Ethics Seminar

Winter 2017: Camille Nebeker, Ed.D., M.S. | Email
Assistant Professor, Behavioral Medicine

Time and Location

This course consists of 7 meetings, which will occur on the following dates/times, depending on whether you enroll in Fall 2016 or Winter 2017:

Section Instructor Meeting Day(s) Meeting Dates Time Location

Fall 2016

Mary Devereaux

Thursday

9/22, 9/29, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10

1-3 PM

Leichtag Biomedical Sciences Building, Room 205

Winter 2017

Camille Nebeker

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

1/20, 1/23, 1/25, 1/27, 1/30, 2/1, 2/3

3:00-5:00 PM

Medical Teaching Facility, Room 175

Course Objectives

The purpose of this course is to engage researchers in reading about, considering, and discussing the responsible conduct of science. The course is designed as an option for meeting current NIH and NSF requirements for training in the responsible conduct of research. Specific learning objectives with respect to research ethics include:

  1. To know rules, issues, options, and resources for research ethics
  2. To understand the purpose and value of ethical decision-making
  3. To have a positive disposition toward continued learning about research ethics

Course Format

Course topics will be covered by a combination of lectures, readings accessible on the Web, and discussion in class. In addition to those readings linked below, additional required readings may be sent out in advance of some class meetings. Attendance, participation in presentation groups and completion of assignments will be the basis for credit. NOTE: The course schedule or organization may be changed if necessary to better achieve the course objectives.

Credit

This course is available for credit (i.e., pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory or a certificate of completion), not for a letter grade. To receive credit for the course or for the purpose of NIH or NSF training requirements, you must complete all assignments. This includes attending all 7 class meetings, completing assigned readings, participating in class discussions, and contributing to group assignments. If you need credit for this course, but find that you cannot meet these requirements, then you should contact one of the instructors as soon as possible.

Tentative Schedule

Lecture Topics (Required Readings)
1 Introduction, Overview, and Research Misconduct
2-6 Selected topics, including: Data Management, Bias, Conflict of Interest, Animal Subjects, Human Subjects, Stem Cells, Authorship, Publication, Peer Review, Collaboration, Mentoring, Social Responsiblity, and Whistleblowing. (also, Gunsalus, 2010)
7 Faculty Panel (to be announced)