AMS 500, Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship (RCRS)
This course is designed to introduce students to the major issues in the ethics of science and research. Using a combination of readings - written and web-based - videos, and case discussion, students will investigate the moral values intrinsic to science and the professional and social values with which scientists must comply. Each class will begin with an introductory lecture or video followed by discipline-based, small group discussions with the participation of an AMS faculty member.
0 credits, S/U grading
Effective Fall 2013 Semester: This course will be offered in Fall and Spring semesters
Stony Brook University Policy P211: Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship (RCRS) ( http://www.stonybrook.edu/policy/policies.shtml?ID=211) requires that all faculty, graduate students, and post-docs complete the on-line training in RCRS. In addition, all faculty, Ph.D. students, M.S. students supported on research grants, and post-docs must also complete an in-person training in RCRS. AMS 500 is the mechanism to satisfy this requirement for members of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics.
AMS Ph.D. students, supported M.S. students, and post docs must take this course once each 4 years while at SBU. Faculty satisfy the requirement by teaching all modules of the course, accumulating 2 hours of module teaching each year. Attendance is required and reported to the Research Foundation. Note that graduate students and post-docs in Computational Biology should take the spring semester of AMS 532 instead of AMS 500 to fulfill the in-person training of RCRS.
Class Schedule FALL 2018
AMS 500 - T01; WEDNESDAY, 12:00 - 12:53 PM
|Class Mtg||Faculty||Week #||Location|
|August 29, 2018||Joseph Mitchell||1||Math/Physics SINC Site|
|September 5, 2018||Wei Zhu
|2||Life Science 054|
|September 12,2018||NO CLASS - Graduate Welcoming Lunch||-||Math Tower S240|
|September 19, 2018||Pei Fen Kuan
|3||Life Science 054|
|September 26, 2018||Xiangmin Jiao
|4||Life Science 054|
|October 3, 2018||Hongshik Ahn
|5||Life Science 054|
|October 10, 2018||Roman Samulyak
|6||Life Science 054|
|October 17, 2018||Eugene Feinberg
|7||Life Science 054|
|October 24, 2018||Yuefan Deng
|8||Life Science 054|
|October 31, 2018||Dmytro Kozakov
|9||Life Science 054|
|November 7, 2018||TBD||Makeup Session||Life Science 054|
|November 14, 2018||NO CLASS||---|
|November 21, 2018||NO CLASS||---|
|November 28, 2018||NO CLASS||---|
|December 5, 2018||NO CLASS||---|
For weeks 2-9 the student must view the lecture and read the case study prior to coming to class.
|Week 1||Instructor #1||Additional requirements to fulfill RCRS training||
|Week 2||Instructor #2||Integrity in Scholarship (Introduction to Ethics and Science)||
Readings (Nature articles)
|Week 3||Instructor #3||Scientific Misconduct||
|Week 4||Instructor #4||Mentoring||
|Week 5||Instructor #5||Ownership and Authorship||
Discussion (also from the above Columbia course)
|Week 6||Instructor #6||Plagiarism||
|Week 7||Instructor #7||Data Management||
|Week 8||Instructor #8||Journalism and Science||
Readings (3 Case Studies)
|Week 9||Instructor #9||Responsible Conduct of Research Involving Human Subjects||
Readings: (Background Information, Case Studies, Helsinki manuscript)
|* Week 10||Instructor #10||
* This will not be covered in AMS 500
Responsible Conduct of Research Involving Laboratory Animals
Readings (Case Studies)
1.) Ethics in using work of others; plagiarism.
* Proper citation, written permission, co-authorship;
* Restrictions on using ideas of others when reviewing grant proposals or journal submissions;
* When does lab director merit coauthor ship.
2.) Monitoring shortcomings in one's research.
* Do not pick and choose which data to use;
* Acknowledging alternative interpretations;
* Avoiding personal biases in project design;
* Acknowledging negative results;
* To wary of when pressure to publish and get grants cause ethical shortcuts.
3.) Ethical treatment of subjects.
* Ethical choices of design, control group;
* Working with campus Human/Animal Subjects committees
4.) Full disclosure of financial and familial conflicts of interest.
* Conflict of interests with vested positions.
5.) Avenues for Reporting misconduct
* How to report or seek advice about ethical concerns such as originality or conflict of interest