The University Record, October 2, 1995

OVPR, Rackham inaugurate research responsibility series

The Office of the Vice President for Research and the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies are inaugurating an annual series of information and discussion sessions on responsibility in the conduct and administration of research.

The sessions cover topics mandated by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and will contain the basic elements to allow further exploration of these issues. The program grows out of a strongly felt responsibility to introduce “best practices” and rigorous ethical analysis of research issues for all disciplines.

Sessions are free and open to all faculty, students and staff. Prior registration is strongly encouraged to facilitate planning and to ensure that sufficient copies of materials are available. NIH training grant directors may elect to incorporate one or more of the sessions into their required programs of instruction for trainees. New faculty and staff may find the sessions a useful orientation to specific University research policies and practices.

Presentations on topics such as authorship; data management practices; professional conduct and misconduct; conflict of interest; and human and animal subjects protections are scheduled throughout the 1995–96 academic year. Each session will be presented twice to improve the chances that interested individuals can fit the session into their calendar.

The first topic, “Introduction to Responsibility in Research,” will be coordinated by Nicholas Steneck, professor of history and director of Inteflex and of the Historical Center for the Health Sciences, and will be presented 4–6 p.m. Oct. 10 and 7–9 p.m. Oct. 18 in Rackham Amphitheater.

The second topic, “Responsible Authorship, Mentoring and Collaboration,” will be coordinated by Shake Ketefian, professor and director of doctoral and postdoctoral studies in the School of Nursing, and will be presented 4–6 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Hussey Room, Michigan League and 7–9 p.m. Nov. 21 in Rackham Amphitheater.

For information and registration, call the Office of the Vice President for Research, 763-1289, or send e-mail to