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Collaborative Research and the Roles of the Scientist in Society - 4/6/2022 is a Course

Collaborative Research and the Roles of the Scientist in Society - 4/6/2022

Starts Apr 6, 2022


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LIVE SESSION: Wednesday, April 6, 2022 @2:00pm - 3:00pm, Zoom

Class Description: Research is frequently undertaken by researchers working together from different academic departments, multiple institutions, private industry and with the government. Many ethical challenges often arise largely due to the number of people, organizations and resources involved. Scientists and researchers may be at different stages of their careers and have different motivations for conducting research. It often becomes difficult to review the work of collaborators on interdisciplinary and multi-institutional research conducted or located in different regions of the world. Further, there is a longstanding tension between the role of the scientist as "discoverer of how things work" and the expectations of many in society that scientists should "deliver tangible goods." In addition, governments often encourage scientists to advance specific national agendas, even though scientists are largely viewed by citizens as "independent authorities" able to present findings that transcend national political purposes. This presentation will discuss some of the challenges inherent in collaborative research, the different roles of scientists and researchers, and the ethical, environmental and societal impacts of scientific research.


Class Objectives: At the conclusion of this class, you should be able to:

  • Discuss issues involved in co-authorship
  • Understand how best to avoid disputes among coauthors
  • Understand ethical conflicts involved in deciding whether there are forms of scientific research that should be determined to be "off limits" at least for a period of time

REd Synchronous classes are taught by subject matter experts, and provide both fundamental and advanced skills training in flipped classroom format. These classes are offered live (currently, via Zoom), wherein participants will attend and participate in a 1-hour presentation and will be held responsible for completing any required pre-class and/or post-class activities outside the classroom (these activities can include: readings, videos, etc.). Participants can expect to spend up to 1-hour with these activities. The total duration for these synchronous classes is approximately 2-hours.   

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