Scientific Ethics



Michael Kalichman | Email                                                                                                                                        
Research Ethics Program Director  

Mary Devereaux | Email                                                                                                                                            
Research Ethics Program Assistant Director; Director, Biomedical Ethics Seminars   

Lisa Eyler | Email                                                                                                                                
Associate Professor, Psychiatry

Wael Al-Delaimy | Email                                                                                                                                           
Professor, Family Medicine and Public Health  

Mana Parast | Email                                                                                                                                         
Professor, Pathology

Mark Lawson | Email                                                                                                                                        
Professor, Reproductive Medicine

Camille Nebeker | Email                                                                                                                                           
Assistant Professor, Family Medicine and Public Health


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:

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



Spring 2019

Please email if you have any questions
Sections Instructor Meeting Day(s) Meeting Dates Time Location
Michael Kalichman 

Tuesdays/ Wednesdays

April 2, 9, 10, 16, 23, 24, & 30

 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Biomedical Research Facility II, 2A03
2 Mary Devereaux 


April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, & 23

12:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m

Biomedical Research Facility II, 5A03
3 Lisa Eyler  Mondays April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, & 20


 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Biomedical Research Facility II, 5A03

Wael       Al-Delaimy

Tuesdays/ Wednesdays

April 23, 30, May 1, 7, 8, 14, & 15

10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m

Biomedical Research Facility II, 2A03

5 Mana Parast

Thursdays/ Fridays

April 26, May 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, & 17

 3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Biomedical Research Facility II, 1104
6 Mark Lawson

Mondays/ Tuesdays

May 6, 13,20, 21, 28, June 3, & 4 

1:00 p.m.-   3:00 p.m.

Leichtag, 2A05















Summer 2019

Please email if you have any questions
Sections Instructor



Meeting Dates Time Location
Camille Nebeker 




July 2, 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, & 19

11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Atkinson Hall, Room varies by date


Room Schedule

July 2: Room 4004 

July 9:Room 5004 

July 11:Room 3004 

July 12:Room 5004 

July 16:Room 4004 

July 18:Room 4004 

July 19:Room 4004 





















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.


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)