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Workshop on Responsible Professional Practices in a Changing Research Environment: Teaching Research Ethics

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For the fifth consecutive year, the Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program will host a special workshop the day before the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, CA. The workshop, which requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $25.00, will focus on teaching research ethics.

Certain recipients of grant funds from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) are required to receive instruction in the ethical and responsible conduct of research (RCR). This workshop is designed for anyone, especially researchers and research administrators, who is interested in learning the basics of teaching research ethics or improving or refreshing their RCR teaching skills.

The workshop will begin with an overview of the scope of RCR emphasizing the value of this instruction as an important component of professional development. The workshop will include evidence-based approaches to designing RCR instruction; resources for core content; demonstrations of interactive teaching techniques on RCR topics such as authorship, collaborative research, and data sharing; and methods for assessing course objectives. All attendees will be actively involved in the workshop.

Participants are encouraged to bring a Wi-Fi capable laptop or tablet computer; one of the exercises will require team searches for resources on a specific topic.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.


Kenneth D. Pimple, Ph.D., holds the titles of Associate Scholar and Director of Teaching Research Ethics Programs at the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions, an endowed center at Indiana University Bloomington. He also serves as Senior Advisor for the Ethics Collaborative Online Research Environment (a.k.a., Ethics CORE) based at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He has more than twenty years of experience in research, teaching, and service on research ethics, especially organizing faculty workshops on ethics and research ethics.

From 1993-2013 he directed the “Teaching Research Ethics” project (TRE), which offered an annual workshop for researchers from the sciences and other fields.  In its twenty years, the workshop attracted more than 700 participants from the U.S. and 15 foreign countries.  He also directed “Scientists and Subjects: An Online Seminar on the Ethics of Research with Human Subjects,” an annual seminar funded by the National Institutes of Health, from 1999-2006. The seminar was successfully completed by 87 people, 12 from abroad.

He has edited two books, published more than 30 peer reviewed or invited papers since 1987, and presented more than 70 peer reviewed or invited talks at national and international conferences as well as special events at universities and other venues. For more information, see, or write to

Camille Nebeker, Ed.D., is an Assistant Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at UC San Diego. She has designed instruction and taught about Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) for nearly 20 years to a wide variety of audiences, including lay research staff, research administrators, university students, post-doctoral trainees and faculty.  Between 1995-2011, Dr. Nebeker served in academic research leadership as director of research at San Diego State University, where she was responsible for university-wide efforts to develop and advance policy and practices to foster research integrity and regulatory compliance. Since 2002, she has conducted research to advance ethical and responsible research practices, receiving approximately $2.2 million in state and federal support. She is presently leading Project BRIC (Building Research Integrity and Capacity - Formacion Comunitaria en la Integridad de Investigaciones) and Project RECaP (Research Ethics: A CaPROMISE Initiative). An objective of both projects is to develop research competencies in research support staff who have received little or no formal academic training in research who are, nevertheless, instrumental in the conduct of research.

Dr. Nebeker contributes to the national and international dialogue on matters pertaining to research compliance and applied research ethics, including invited presentations at the World Conference on Research Integrity, Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research, the Association for Professional and Practical Ethics, the American Public Health Association, and the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities.  In 2006, she co-designed a Research Integrity Certificate program for the Society of Research Administrators, International, and continues to chair this program. Her publications and presentations speak to the value of applying the research on human learning theory to inform teaching about research ethics. She is also conducting research to explore the ethical dimensions of pervasive imaging and computing technologies in public health research.  For more information, see, or write to

Aisha T. Langford, Ph.D., M.P.H., is currently a postdoctoral fellow with the University of Michigan Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, and the Ann Arbor VA Health Services Research and Development Service. She earned her BA in English from the University of Virginia, her MPH in behavioral science and epidemiology from Saint Louis University School of Public Health, and her PhD in health behavior and health education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. 

Her dissertation research focused on predictors of minority clinical trial participation with a focus on African Americans.  From 2007-2013, she directed the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Community Outreach Program. Her research interests include cancer prevention and control, health disparities, health communications, and clinical trial participation.

In 2013, Dr. Langford participated in a year-long course entitled, Teaching the Responsible Conduct of Research, offered by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2014, she developed a peer-to-peer workshop on responsible authorship and publication practices for postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty.  Dr. Langford has done research in the areas of cancer prevention and control, diabetes self-management, men’s health, organ donation, and clinical trials. Workshops taught include Introduction to Statistics and SPSS; How to be an Effective Presenter; and Multicultural Issues in Research.

She is currently implementing a new health communications study entitled Understanding the Role of Health Message Frames on African American Willingness to Participate in Physical Activity Clinical Trials.  Additionally, she is preparing a talk for the Bioethics Grand Rounds series sponsored by the University of Michigan Hospital and Health Centers Adult Ethics Committee. The talk is entitled Ethical Questions on Issues of Minority Participation in Clinical Trials.



Workshop Agenda

8:00      Breakfast and registration
8:30      Welcome and introductions 
8:45      Introduction to the workshop 
9:00      The scope of research ethics  
9:45      Evidence-based principles for teaching RCR
10:30    Break
10:45    Emerging issues in data management 
12:00    Lunch
1:00      Responsible authorship
2:30      Break
2:45      Collaborative research 
3:45      Mentoring
4:30      Final discussion 
5:00      Workshop wrap-up