Wow ~ That’s a lot of Research Integrity at UNH

Wow ~ That’s a lot of Research Integrity at UNH

Oct 13, 2015
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The UNH Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarly Activity (RCR) Committee recently held two RCR trainings involving over 125 participants.

The first training on October 2, 2015, co-hosted by the UNH Graduate School, was for incoming doctoral students.  Since Fall 2011, the UNH Graduate Council has required all incoming doctoral students complete RCR training the end of their first semester.  Ninety-four doctoral students attended the afternoon session, having completed UNH’s 11 Web-based RCR modules.

During the afternoon session, the students participated in group discussions of different case studies focusing on research integrity issues.  These included cases about real academics ~ Marc Hauser, Jan Hendrik Schön, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Eric Poehlman, and Michael LaCour ~ all of whom have been involved in cases of research misconduct (or alleged misconduct). The following faculty and staff facilitated student case study discussions throughout the afternoon:

  • Summer Cook, Kinesiology
  • Kurk Dorsey, History
  • Maria Emanuel, UNHInnovation
  • Yannis Korkolis, Mechanical Engineering
  • Jill McGaughy, Psychology
  • Ricardo Medina, Civil Engineering
  • Dawn Meredith, Physics
  • Rebecca Rowe, Natural Resources & The Environment
  • Nathan Schwadron, Physics and EOS
  • Chris White, Mechanical Engineering
  • Jim Wible, Economics

The second RCR training on October 9, 2015 met the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) RCR training requirement.  This training is held triennially.  While primarily directed at postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate students, any member of the UNH community could attend. Thirty four individuals from a wide range of disciplines attended the afternoon session, facilitated by Professor Thomas Pistole and Professor Summer Cook. Having completed UNH’s 11 Web-based RCR modules, attendees spent the afternoon discussing research ethics, including via case studies.

UNH’s RCR program is based on the following:

  • As a land-grant institution, UNH is accountable to both New Hampshire residents and the university community to ensure the safe and ethical conduct of research and scholarly activity.
  • To maintain its extensive research endeavors and the involvement of undergraduates and graduate students in research projects, UNH has an obligation to teach and actively promote integrity in research and scholarship.

More information about the doctoral student RCR training requirement is available at  Information about UNH’s RCR program is available on the UNH Research Office RCR webpage.  The next RCR training session open to the campus community will be held in February 2016.

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