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This conference is supported through the US Office of Research Integrity (ORI), Department of Health and Human Services Conference Grant: ORI IR230076-01-00

Make plans to join us May 20-21, 2024! The Future of Research Integrity Conference will bring professionals together to disseminate expert knowledge, raise awareness and discuss overcoming barriers that are fundamental to maintaining research integrity. We are in an era of rapid technological advancements of scientific knowledge and innovation, as well as cultivating healthy and sustainable research ecosystems. Attendees will engage in a variety of time-sensitive topics such as discussion of digital technologies and AI interface use across the research enterprise, data publishing ethics, tools used to support research integrity, mentoring in practice, research security and shielding international students from foreign influence. Our primary goal is for research communities and stakeholders to be better informed about the effects of technological change and perceived barriers within the research ecosystem and to be prepared to cultivate a climate that advances responsible and ethical research.

▼   SESSION 1 KEYNOTE: Framework to support research integrity: Focus on publication ethics, FAIR data and Artificial Intelligence Interface
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Sheila Garrity, JD., MPH, MBA
Director, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Research Integrity

Before coming to ORI, Ms. Garrity served as Associate Vice President of Research Integrity at George Washington University (GW) from 2014 to 2023 where she oversaw operations of the Office of Laboratory and Radiation Safety, Office of Human Research, Office of Animal Research, Office of Research Integrity and Regulatory Affairs and served as the institutional Research Integrity Officer (RIO). At GW Garrity was responsible for policy development, informational sessions, and development of educational modules to assist investigators with understanding their ethical and fiduciary responsibilities regarding their research.

Prior to that, Ms. Garrity spent more than 20 years at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she served as the director of the Division of Research Integrity and Research Integrity Officer (RIO). She is a founding member and first president of the Association for Research Integrity Officers (ARIO, founded 2013). Ms. Garrity was in the first group of teaching RIOs when ORI launched its first series of RIO Bootcamps in the early 2000’s.

Ms. Garrity earned her JD from the University of Maryland School of Law and her MBA and MPH at Johns Hopkins where she also received a certificate in Health and Human Rights.  

▼   SESSION 2 KEYNOTE: Fostering research integrity amidst rapid technological changes: Implications for the way science is supported, practiced, conducted and communicated. 

Michael S. Lauer Michael S. Lauer, M.D.,
Deputy Director for Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Michael S. Lauer is the Deputy Director for Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he serves as the principal scientific leader and advisor to the Director of the NIH on all matters relating to the substance, quality, and effectiveness of the NIH extramural research program and administration. He spent 14 years at Cleveland Clinic as Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics. During his tenure at the Clinic, he led a federally funded internationally renowned clinical epidemiology program that applied big data from large-scale electronic health platforms to questions regarding the diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disease. From 2007 to 2015 he served as a Division Director at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), where promoted efforts to leverage big data infrastructure to enable high-efficiency population and clinical research and efforts to adopt a research funding culture that reflected data-driven policy. He has received numerous awards including the NIH Equal Employment Opportunity Award of the Year and the Arthur S. Fleming Award for Exceptional Federal Service in recognition of his efforts to grow a culture of learning and accountability.

▼   SESSION 3 KEYNOTE: Safeguarding and embracing change in research practices: Cultivating and sustaining an ethical research environment 

Willie May Willie May, Ph.D.,
Vice President for Research and Economic Development,
Morgan State University. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) President-elect 

Dr. Willie E. May currently serves as Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Morgan State University where he has been working aggressively to increase the quality and quantity research outputs, facilitate increased entrepreneurship and tech transfer, and to better connect research across Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University to community needs. He previously served as the Senate-Confirmed Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology. In this role Dr. May provided high-level oversight and day-to-day leadership for the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), in promoting U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life, and the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) in providing innovative data services to federal agencies, through joint venture partnerships with the private sector, to advance federal data priorities, promote economic growth, and enable operational excellence. He began his career as a bench Chemist at NIST/NBS and went on to work at every management level within the organization. His personal research activities were focused in the areas of trace organic analytical chemistry and determination of physico-chemical properties of organic compounds, where his work is described in more than 100 peer-reviewed technical publications. During his career, Dr. May has given more than 250 invited lectures at conferences and symposia around the world.

Dr. May currently serves as President-Elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of the Board of Directors for Consumer Reports, and on the NASA Advisory Council’s Science Committee. Until recently he maintained several international leadership responsibilities as well, including but not limited to serving as: Vice President of the International Committee on Weights and Measures (CIPM); President of the CIPM’s Consultative Committee on Metrology in Chemistry and Biology; a member of the Scientific Advisory Board’s for the UK's National Physical Laboratory (NPL); and a member of China’s National Institute of Metrology (NIM).

Dr. May earned his B.S in Chemistry from Knoxville College and his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park. His numerous honors and awards include: Honorary Doctorates from Wake Forrest University and the University of Alabama Huntsville; the American Chemical Society’s Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Analytical Chemistry Award; the American Chemical Society’s Public Service Award; the Department of Commerce’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal Awards; the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Award; and the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers’ Percy Julian Award. In 2015, he was recognized as the Federal Government’s “Top Chemist” by Chemical and Engineering News Magazine, and in 2016, as the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s “Laboratory Director of the Year.” Dr. May is a Fellow of both the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Event Details

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Early Registration (through February 29, 2024)
Conference attendee - $99

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Registration (March 1 - April 30, 2024)
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Cancellation Policy:
No refunds will be given after May 1, 2024. Substitutions are permitted prior to May 15, 2024. Refunds processed prior to May 1, 2024, will be the registration fee minus any applicable processing fees.


The conference will target research integrity leaders, research compliance and security professionals, research administrators, institutional officials, researchers, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars across the region.



The primary objectives are:

  • Explore the challenges involved in artificial intelligence (AI) interface and how to promote innovative research integrity education
  • Insights into ethical challenges regarding digital publishing and transformation
  • Discuss and produce recommendations for developing new mechanisms for monitoring standards beyond the traditional research integrity framework
  • Provide insights on how to navigate standards that influence integrity into practice
  • Encourage further exploration and dialogue on how to promote a conscience of nurturing healthy research environments
  • Learn about new emerging risk and updated federal directives
Discounted Conference Lodging Blocks are available at several hotels located close to the University of South Alabama. The block/group code for all of the hotels is FRI.


Hotel within walking distance

Holiday Inn Express  (Full)

Hotels less than two miles from campus

Hampton Inn and Suites  

Homewood Suites

Shuttle service will be provided from the Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn and Suites and Homewood Suites. 

The shuttle schedule and the campus and Student Center maps are attached.

Conference MapParking Map

Hotel Shuttle Schedule

Planning Committee

Tracy Arwood, M.S.
Associate Vice President
Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer
Clemson University

Associate Vice President
Research Integrity Officer
Chief Research Security Officer
Office of Research Compliance and Regulatory Affairs
Emory University

Robin Broussard, Ph.D., EAR/ITAR (ECoP®)
Director, Office of Research Integrity
Office of the Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development
University of Louisiana at Lafayette 

James O. Bukenya, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Research Compliance
Professor of Agricultural & Natural Resource Economics 
Alabama A&M University

Katie Echols, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Research Initiatives & Innovation 
Research Ethics Review Officer
Office of the Vice President for Research & Economic Development
Mississippi State University


Dusty Layton, MPA, BS
Executive Director, Research Compliance and Assurance
University of South Alabama

Kacie Strickland, M.A., CIP, CPIA, CRA
Executive Director, Research Administration
Office of Sponsored Projects
Mississippi State University

Conference Code of Conduct

The University of South Alabama is committed to creating and maintaining an educational and working environment free from discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and other forms of harassment, and how to report any violations of this policy. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form at any conference venue, including talks, workshops, receptions, and social media. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. We are committed to creating a safe environment that is inclusive and free from discrimination, regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, transgender status, age, disability, veteran or marital status, or any other protected categories under applicable law.

Conference attendees wishing to report an allegation of discrimination, harassment or retaliation, including sexual harassment or sexual assault, may file a complaint with the University of South Alabama. Additionally, you can also speak directly with a member of the conference planning committee. If a conference attendee has immediate safety concerns and/or wishes to report the matter to law enforcement, they should contact the University of South Alabama Police Department (251-460-6312) or local law enforcement. We expect attendees to treat each other with respect and to abide by the following code of conduct:

Acceptable Behaviors:

  • Be considerate of those around you.
  • Be mindful of your words and actions.
  • Be respectful of others and their viewpoints that may be different from your own.
  • Be collaborative with others.

Unacceptable behaviors include, but are not limited to:

  • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form.
  • Disruption or disallowing participation by others.
  • Uses unlawful, harmful, vulgar, obscene, threatening, or abusive language and/or imagery.
  • Constitutes defamation or harassment.
  • Personal attacks directed at attendees, guests, etc.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Conference attendees who engage in harassing behavior may be expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.