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Texas Tech to Host Responsible Conduct of Research Conference

Conference will be held April 22; registration is required.

Written by Jourdan Scruggs

Responsible Conduct of Research Conference is free and open to anyone interested in responsible research practices.

Registration for the Third Annual Responsible Conduct of Research Conference hosted by the Texas Tech University Ethics Center is now open.

The conference will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on April 22 at the Museum of Texas Tech, and the keynote speaker will be Stephanie J. Bird. The conference is free and open to anyone interested in responsible research practices, but preregistration is required.

The topics of the conference include research with vulnerable populations, data management and image manipulation, lab safety, replication of data and ethical conduct of research.

“This year’s conference includes participation of TTU and TTUHSC faculty across a broad array of disciplines, exemplifying the growth of the responsible conduct of research (RCR) and ethics culture at Texas Tech,” said Marianne Evola, senior administrator for responsible research at the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR).

This event is again sponsored by the Ethics Center, OVPR, Museum of Texas Tech University and the Graduate School.

“Our ongoing collaboration allows this conference to target new areas of responsible research relevant to the wide range of research endeavors at Texas Tech,” said Alice Young, associate vice president of research.

“As Texas Tech continues to strive for AAU- like status it is important that our researchers be kept up to date on responsible research practices and to have a place to discuss ethical conduct of research,” said Justin Louder, assistant vice provost and director of the Ethics Center.

Bird is a laboratory-trained neuroscientist whose graduate work dealt with the effects of psychoactive substance on brain function. She has served as the special assistant to the provost and vice president for research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). During her stay at MIT, Bird worked on the development of education programs that addressed professional responsibilities, ethical issues in science and ethical issues in engineering and research practices.

Her current research focuses on neuroethics and ethical, legal and social policy implications of research and technology in general. Bird lectures and consults on professional ethics, and the integration of the responsible conduct of research and ethics into science and engineering education and the development of training programs.

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