US DOE Office of Science Releases Digital Data Management Statement and Requirements for Future Proposals

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science has released a Statement on Digital Data Management. The focus of this statement is sharing and preservation of digital research data.  The statement includes requirements that will apply to all Office of Science research solicitations and invitations for new, renewal, and some supplemental funding issued on or after October 1, 2014.     Details: http://science.energy.gov/funding-opportunities/digital-data-management/.

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UNH Research Digest ‒ June 2014

The UNH Research Digest collects research news stories from across the University and provides brief summaries that showcase the breadth and depth of our research, scholarly activity, and artistic endeavors.

Preview a few of June’s stories below. Find the rest of the June Digest articles at the UNH Research Office web site: http://www.unh.edu/research/unh-research-digest.

MOOCs: A New Realm for Educational Research & IRBs

A recent post on the Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research’s Ampersand blog focused on massive open online courses (MOOCs) and the implications of conducting research on participants’ experiences in these courses.  The purpose of the June 2014 Asilomar Convention for Learning Research in Higher Education was to "specify the ethical challenges and obligations that accompa

Update on OMB Reform

Following up on an earlier communication from the Senior Vice Provost for Research, Jan Nisbet, and the CIO and Associate VP for Finance and Administration, Joanna Young, I am writing to provide an update on the UNH effort to implement the Uniform Guidance issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  As a reminder, the Uniform Guidance represents a significant change in the requirements applicable to receiving and managing federal funds, including contracts and grants.  The full text of the guidance can be found in the Federal Register: 

Strong, Positive Safety Culture in Chemical Labs Requires Support From All Levels Within Research Institutions

Everyone involved in the academic chemical research enterprise—from researchers and principal investigators to university leadership—has an important role to play in establishing and promoting a strong, positive safety culture, says a new report from the National Research Council.

4th World Conference on Research Integrity: Call for Proposals

The 4th World Conference on Research Integrity will be held May 31 – June 3, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  The conference theme is Research Rewards and Integrity: Improving Systems to Promote Responsible Research.  The call for proposals outlines two categories: research papers on research integrity, and reports or analyses of related issues.  For more information, visit the conference website.

UNH Professor is Keynote at International Workshop on Research Ethics in Economics

UNH Professor of Economics, James Wible, is a keynote speaker at the International Workshop on Scientific Misconduct and Research Ethics in Economics next month in Izmir, Turkey.  His paper is entitled, Economic Dimensions of Research Misconduct and the Responsible Conduct of Research in Science and Economics.   Jim is a member of the UNH Responsible Conduct of Research a

Learning from the Mistakes of Others: In This Case, Plagiarism

This week the New York Times ran a series of articles about plagiarism by Senator John Walsh in his final paper for his master’s degree from the US Army War College.  The article provides an instructive page-by-page analysis of the final paper, identifying sources and whether the text was used without attribution or with improper attribution.

Study of Academic Economists' Research Practices Reveals Scientific Misbehavior

In a recent post on the London School of Economics and Political Science Impact of Social Science blog, Sarah Necker highlights results of her recent study about academic economists’ research conduct.   While the finding that “…surveyed economists almost unanimously reject the fabrication or falsification of research as well as plagiarism” is good news, of great concern are the findings that “cardinal sins such as the correction, fabrication or partial exclusion of data or the


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