1st Cornell Symposium on Responsible Conduct in Research for Bioscience and Engineering

Cornell University, Tuesday January 10, 2012

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On January 10, 2012 the Bovay Program participated in the 1st annual Responsible Conduct in Research symposium for students in Bioscience and engineering. The symposium was developed and planned in the fall of 2011 by the Bovay Program, Prof. Andy Bass – Cornell Vice Provost for Research, Tillman Baumstark – Cornell Assistant Dean for Professional Development in the Graduate School, Prof. Mark Robertson – Chair, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, and Prof. Robert Oswald – Pharmacology. 130 graduate students and several faculty members participated in the symposium. At the start of the symposium, Bovay Lecturer Park Doing presented the case of the Harvard researcher Marc Hauser, who resigned from Harvard after questions were raised about his practices by students in his own research group and an investigation was conducted by Harvard that found him ‘solely responsible’ for 8 instances of misconduct in both published and unpublished research. After this presentations, the symposium followed the template of the Braudy Workshop on Engineering Management Ethics and the students broke into small groups of 8-9 (17 groups) and discussed both the case and the issues it raised for their own work at Cornell. After the small group discussions, the entire group reconvened and discussed the conclusions of each group in a session moderated by Park Doing and Mark Robertson. At the end of the symposium, Assistant Dean for Professional Development outlined for the students the channels available to them at Cornell in order to report research misconduct. After the symposium, a reception was held where students and faculty could talk and interact informally.

Dr. Park Doing presenting in front of a group

Bovay Lecturer Park Doing presents the Marc Hauser case at the 1st annual RCR Symposium for Bioscience and Engineering at Cornell

Symposium attendees at a reception

Reception following the 1st annual RCR Symposium for Bioscience and Engineering