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Research Ethics and Integrity Lecture Series


The Office of the Chief Scientist hosted a lecture series entitled “Research Ethics and Integrity” to introduce principals and best practices for the conduct and reporting of research.

The series included four lectures:

  1. Research Integrity: Beyond “Don’t Be Evil!”
    • The opening lecture in the Research Ethics and Integrity Lecture Series (Research Integrity: Beyond “Don’t Be Evil!”) was given by San Jose State University Professor, Dr. Janet Stemwedel, who provided guidance on research integrity and maintaining ethical standards when conducting research. Key topics covered include:
      • Research integrity is driven by internal values and external obligations to the public.
      • Research integrity is an individual and collective project.
      • Behavior not considered explicit misconduct but which may be considered close or harbor potential for misconduct.
      • Recognizing research is conducted by humans and the potential for oversight and biases because of it.
    • Slides from Research Integrity: Beyond “Don’t be Evil”
  2. Everyday Ethics for Scientific Researchers
    • The Research Ethics and Integrity Lecture Series continued with Dr. Anita Ho of UCSF/University of British Columbia delivering a lecture entitled “Everyday Ethics for Scientific Researchers.”
      The second lecture included:
      • Guiding principles: honesty and fairness
      • Knowledge-building, teamwork, and competition (including discussion of objectivity and conflicts of interest)
      • Mentoring the next generations of knowledge-builders
      • Responsibilities to the public (including science communication)
    • Slides from Every Day Ethics for Scientific Researchers
  3. Human Subjects Research
    • Dr. Mildred Cho of Stanford University delivered the third lecture entitled Ethics of Human Subjects Research.
      Highlights include:
      • Defining human subjects research
      • Regulating human subjects research
      • Ethics and its relation to regulations
      • Strategies for thinking about ethical issues
    • Slides from Human Subjects Research
  4. Animal Research
    • Dr. Lawrence Carbone of University of California, San Francisco delivered the final lecture entitled Animals in NASA Research: Ethical, Regulatory & Biological Challenges.
      Highlights from the lecture include:
      • Public sentiments and regulatory context
      • Responsible use of animals & maximizing animal welfare
      • Understanding the IACUC
      • Harm/benefit analysis and the three Rs (replacement, reduction, refinement)
    • Slides from Animals in NASA Research: Ethical, Regulatory & Biological Challenges

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