Research Ethics Series

Workshops throughout 2021-2022 Sponsored by the Office of Research Organized by Dr. Chris ChoGlueck


Researchers face many ethical challenges in their work. For instance, while 5% to 10% of researchers admit to falsifying data, fabricating results, or plagiarizing, around 50% of researchers struggle with more “questionable research practices” such as selective citations and not reporting negative results (De Vrieze, 2021; Gopalakrishna et al., 2021). This new series, sponsored by the Office of Research, aims to provide more robust education in research integrity to handle these challenging ethical issues that go beyond the bare minimum of avoiding obvious misconduct.

There will be 4 events throughout the 2021-22 academic year, based on topics selected in a survey of the NMT community. All events are free, recorded, and open to any NMT students, faculty, and staff, including all NMT affiliates. Please share this event with your colleagues, labs, research groups, students, and friends. *Additionally, for any labs or research groups that attend at least 3 workshops, your team will be eligible for a free dinner raffle.*

  1. Conflicts of Interest & Sponsorship Bias

Date & Time: Tuesday 9/21/21 from 12-1:30 PM

Location: MSEC 101

Description: The series begins with a talk on financial conflicts of interest and sponsorship bias. The speaker is Dr. Chris ChoGlueck of the CLASS Department. He will lead a discussion questions on the sources of conflicts of interest and potential solutions, as well as small group discussions of case studies.

Register here: https://nmt.edu/calendar/index.php?eID=3426

  1. Ethical Data Management

Date & Time: Tuesday 11/9/21 from 12:1:30 PM

Location: WEIR 102 and ZOOM

Description: The series continues with a workshop on data managment ethics. This event will feature two NMT scientists: Dr. Matt Heizer (Bureau of Geology, NMT Earth & Environmental Science) who will discuss data integrity and ethical standards, and Dr. Becky Reiss (NMT Biology) who will explore data transparency and ownership. There will be small group discussions of case studies, and the event will be available with a hybrid option via Zoom.

Register here: https://nmt.edu/calendar/index.php?eID=3651

  1. Responsible Mentoring

Date & Time: Thursday, Feb. 17 from noon to 1:30 PM

Location: Zoom (register below)

Description: The series continues with a community panel on responsible mentoring. This event will feature the following NMT students, staff, and faculty:

  • Olivia Berding, Majoring in Biology, NMT Class of ‘23, Peer Mentor
  • Sooraj Bhatia (he/his), BS (Biology), NMT Class of ‘21, grad student & former Student Support Coordinator for Peer Mentor Program
  • Jamie Kimberley (he/his), PhD, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Stacy Kuykendall, MS, Environmental Engineer, EMRTC
  • Snežna Rogelj (she/her), PhD, Professor, Biology

Panelists will share their diversity of experience as mentors and mentees, and the audience will have ample time to ask them questions.

Register here: https://nmt.edu/calendar/index.php?eID=3855

  1.  Replication & Reproducibility

Date & Time: Tuesday April 12th from 12:30 PM - 02:00 PM

Location: Weir Hall 102 / Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96479960010?pwd=RVRtY1cvWjJ5ejVJVThxNG5SVWlNdz09 

Description: The series concludes with a workshop on replication and responsibility.  This event will feature two scientists from our community, who will be sharing their experiences of building trust and replicating results: Dr. Nelia Dunbar (Interim Vice President for Research) and Dr. Joel Sharbrough (Assistant Professor of Biology). There will be small group discussions of case studies, and the event will be available with a hybrid option via Zoom.

 

Questions? Email Christopher.ChoGlueck@nmt.edu

 

Works cited:

De  Vrieze, Jop de. “Large Survey Finds Questionable Research Practices Are Common.” Science 373, no. 6552 (July 16, 2021): 265–265. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.373.6552.265.

Gopalakrishna, G., Wicherts, J. M., Vink, G., Stoop, I., Van den Akker, O., Riet, G. t., & Bouter, L. (2021, July 6). Prevalence of responsible research practices and their potential explanatory factors: a survey among academic researchers in The Netherlands. https://doi.org/10.31222/osf.io/xsn94