A Minicourse Sponsored by the CBI Program

January 2005

Chem/ChemE 797J (1 credit)

This course is designed to provide graduate students working at the interface of chemistry and biology with a solid background in research ethics.  It is arranged in four two-hour sessions (see below for content).  Each session will be structured as follows: (1) introduction/background for the topics to be discussed; (2) discussion groups and analysis of relevant case studies illustrating ethical dilemmas encountered by laboratory researchers; and (3) concluding summary and wrap-up.  Case studies will be distributed to students in advance and students are expected to read assigned material before the beginning of each session.  During each session, discussion groups will be asked to come to a consensus for each case study on the ethical issue at hand and to suggest an appropriate course of action to address the situation.  Each group will present their case study followed by a class-wide discussion.  Students should contact Prof. Weis (602 LGRC) on Monday, January 10th to obtain the case studies to be discussed on Tuesday, January 11th, etc.  Grades will be based on attendance (mandatory for all four sessions) and completion of the online computer-based training for researchers and research staff at the NIH Office of Human Subjects Research (this will be further discussed on January 11th).

January 2005 Schedule:

Tuesday, January 11th
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Prof. Bob Weis

Science and society

  • Moral, civil and safety implications of scientific research
  • Animal and human subjects

Thursday, January 13th
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Michael Jaremchuk, CVIP

Intellectual property

  • Ownership of scientific data
  • Assignment of credit
  • Proprietary information

Tuesday, January 18th
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Prof. Danny Schnell

Ethics in the laboratory/Research misconduct I

  • Introduction: definition of ethics, morality, misconduct
  • Data management
  • Conflict of Interest

Thursday, January 20th
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Prof. Susan Roberts

Ethics in the laboratory/Research misconduct II

  • Data falsification and fabrication
  • Plagiarism
  • Mentoring and institutional guidelines