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1 RESEARCH ETHICS: Record Keeping and Integrity Matthew Ronning Associate Vice Chancellor Research Administration

2 Regulatory Compliance  Human Subjects  Animal Subjects  Conflicts of Interest  Export Controls Scientific Misconduct And waterskiing to boot! Introduction

3 Quiz

4 Fabrication Falsification Plagiarism Other non-scholarly behaviors  Fiduciary  Egocentricity I suppose I’m guilty! Definitions

5 Lack of documentation Lack of communication Lack of caring Pressure to finish Leadership is missing It starts in 2 nd grade Where are the problems?

6 Where are the problems? Source: 2003 Office of Inspector General – National Science Foundation

7 Laboratory Notebooks Challenges in the digital age Fraud more prevalent with digital records Forensics are available but not infallible DO IT! Two Words on Documentation

8 Digital Records Systemize storage  Naming conventions  Back ups - tracked  Log / diary Keep the failures  What’s more important, validation or invalidation when testing a hypothesis?  Arguably, invalidation is more important Repeating mistakes is stupid Failure to document what has been tried and failed is a tragedy to the body of knowledge.

9 Pay Attention to YOU Record – Keep it clean and be religious about it Review – Remind yourself what you did the last few days. Instruct – Document instructions given and received. Share docs. Counsel – Let your subordinates and others know how to behave. Think! – Stop for a moment and think about where you’ve been and where you are headed Double Check – Lit search is not a one-stop shopping spree Heal – Shore up adversarial relationships

10 Some Real Examples Who thought of it first? – Plagiarism resulting from a case of “I don’t like you” Change the numbers, then run the program. – Instructions for an NIH grant application or for an educational exercise? XXX – 18 and older only


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