2017-2018 Responsible Conduct of Research Training Series

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The 2017-2018 educational outreach on the Responsible Conduct of Research training is provided below.

Why is RCR Important?

Education in the responsible conduct of research provides a shared understanding of the rules and ethical norms to perform research.   Researchers have both professional and regulatory-related responsibilities to conducting research responsibly, such as practicing scholarly activities and research with integrity.  RCR training aims to develop commonality in building shared values in order to promote a culture of compliance, and empowerment to continue conversations within the work environment. 


Faculty, Postdoctoral Students, and Senior Graduate Students are encouraged to participate.   


Registration is required for each session within 24 hours prior of session.

Click on specified date(s) below to register.

When and Where

University of South Alabama
Student Center Room #211
350 Alumni Drive
Mobile, AL 36688

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Brown Bag Lunches Are Welcomed!

2017-2018 Responsible Conduct of Research Training Series Agenda

▼   Thursday, October 5th - Responsible Authorship, Publication, and Citations

Jack Shelley-Tremblay, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Director of Undergraduate Research

  • USA policy on authorship and publication
  • Scientific responsibilities of authors
  • Authorship disputes
▼   Thursday, November 2nd - Research Misconduct and Questionable Research Policies

Mary I. Townsley, Ph.D., FAHA, Senior Associate Dean, College of Medicine
Julio Turrens, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Studies

  • Define research misconduct
  • Describe USA policy and process
  • Image manipulation
  • Identify key contacts
▼   Thursday, December 7th - Data Acquisition, Management, and Statistical Analysis

Johnathan G. Scammell, Ph.D., Professor of Comparative Medicine and Pharmacology, Assistant Dean for Admissions

  • Describe guidelines for the ethical procurement, storage and sharing of data bases
  • Describe key procedures to ensure the integrity of statistical analysis
  • To educate faculty/students about data acquisition/management practices that ensure the integrity of data and about ethical issues related to statistical analyses including the necessity of “repeatable” data analyses.
▼   Thursday, January 4th - Peer Review of Grants and Papers

Robert W. Sobol, Ph.D., Professor of Oncologic Sciences, Chief of Molecular and Metabolic Oncology Program

  • Identify strategies to manage potential conflicts of interest related to peer review of grants and papers
  • Describe guidelines for identifying and responding to allegations of plagiarism
  • Identify resources
▼   Thursday, February 1st - Retractions in the Scientific Literature

Mary I. Townsley, Ph.D., FAHA, Senior Associate Dean, College of Medicine
Julio Turrens, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Sciences

  • What to do to avoid a retraction
  • Review retraction notices, notices of withdrawals, errata, statements of editorial concern used in journals
  • Learn how to fund notices of retraction, where in databases/journals these statement may reside
▼   Thursday, March 1st - Mentor/Mentee Responsibilities and Relationships

Thomas Rich, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Center for Lung Biology, College of Medicine

  • Definitions and expectations of the mentor/trainee relationship
  • Recognize issues that commonly arise in mentor/mentee relationships that involve communication, alignment of expectations, and independence
  • Addressing challenges in a mentor/trainee relationship
▼   Thursday, April 5th - Collaborative Research including Collaborations with Industry

Michael Chambers, J.D., Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for Research Innovation 

  • Understanding the role of institutions in collaborative science
  • The nature and advantages of successful collaborations
  • Dealing with challenges and collaborative relationships
▼   Wednesday, May 9th - Conflict of Interest (Personal, Professional, Financial)

Lynne U. Chronister, Vice President for Research and Economic Development 

  • Identifying types of conflict of interest
  • Understanding the significance of conflicts of interest
  • Managing conflicts of interest

2017-2018 RCR Training Series Announcement Flyer (PDF)

2017-2018 RCR Training Series Agenda (PDF)

Angela S. Williams
(251) 460-6509