A Minicourse Sponsored by the CBI Program

January 2008

Chem 797J (1 credit)

This course was designed to provide graduate students working at the interface of chemistry and biology with a solid background in research ethics.  The course 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 eamil Carrie Penland, CBI Program Assistant, at to obtain the case studies to be discussed.  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 training can be accessed at, and the certificate will be required for the successful completion of this course.

January 2008 Schedule:

Tuesday, January 8th
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
321 LGRT
Alejandro Heuck

Ethics in the laboratory/Research misconduct I

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

Thursday, January 10th
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
321 LGRT
Mike Maroney

Science and Society

  • Moral, civil and safety implications of scientific research
  • Animal and human subjects
  • Talking to the public

Tuesday, January 15th
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
321 LGRT
Maria Santore

Ethics in the laboratory/Research misconduct II

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

Thursday, January 17th
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
321 LGRT
Michael Jaremchuk

Intellectual property

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