Scientific Ethics

Spring 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

Fred Bonkovsky, Ph.D. | Email
Lecturer, Research Ethics Program

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

Cinnamon Bloss, Ph.D. | Email
Associate Professor, Psychiatry

Michael Kalichman, Ph.D. | Email
Director, Research Ethics Program

Lisa Eyler, Ph.D. | Email
Associate Professor, Psychiatry

Time and Location

This course consists of 7 meetings, which will occur on the following dates/times, depending on the section you are placed in:

Section Instructor Meeting Day(s) Meeting Dates Time Location

1

Cinnamon Bloss

Fridays 

 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, & 5/26

2pm-4pm

BRF2-4103

2

Fred Bonkovsky

Tuesdays, Thursdays

 4/18, 5/2, 5/4, 5/9, 5/11, 5/16 & 5/18 

4pm-6pm

BRF2-4103

3

Mary Devereaux

Thursdays

 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25, & 6/1

 1pm-3pm

MTF 175

4

Lisa Eyler

Mondays

4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15 & 6/5

2pm-4pm

MTF 175

5

 Mike Kalichman

Mondays, Thursdays

4/10, 4/17, 4/20, 4/24, 4/27, 5/1, 5/4

9:30am-11:30am

MTF 175

6

 Mike Kalichman

Mondays, Thursdays

4/10, 4/17, 4/20, 4/24, 4/27, 5/1, 5/4

  1-3 PM

MET-MedEd 313

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Responsibility, and Whistleblowing. (also, Gunsalus, 2010)
7 Faculty Panel (to be announced)