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RCR Forums

Beyond the RCR orientations, each PhD student should complete six additional hours of RCR training during their first four years of study, and each Master's student should complete two hours of additional training. This requirement can be met by attending RCR Forums (two-hour workshops, GS711 or GS712), which are offered each fall and spring on a wide range of topics. The schedule of RCR Forums organized by the Graduate School will be provided at the beginning of each semester. Students are responsible for checking the schedule, preregistering, and participating in these events to complete their RCR degree requirement. You should register for these RCR Forums via links below, NOT through DukeHub.

2020 Spring RCR Series

Handling Difficult Conversations (GS712.08)
Thursday, January 23, 2020
9:30 am - 11:00 am

Difficult conversations are a part of our professional careers, so to be successful in them we must learn, practice and hone the skills necessary for this type of work. As with many aspects of life, the more you practice the more confident you will be in handling difficult conversations.  In this workshop participants will learn how to actively bring their concerns to the table with the goal of working toward the best win-win scenario for everyone.  Time will be spent practicing how to communicate with others in a respectful and professional manner.
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Research Data Management 101 for Social Scientists (GS712.02)
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Social scientists work with lots of data in their research, be it qualitative or quantitative, primary or secondary. This workshop will introduce data management practices for social scientists to consider and apply throughout the research lifecycle.
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Mentoring Diverse Groups: Bringing Out the Best in All (GS712.14)
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This workshop is for anyone in a mentoring role! It will focus on skills and topics such as active listening, providing constructive feedback, and maximizing equity and inclusion.
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Deconstructing Digital Scholarship (GS712.07)
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 
10:00am - 12:00pm

This workshop will help graduate students across the disciplines, but primarily in the humanities and social sciences, evaluate digital scholarly publications on the web.  Students will acquire skills that will allow them to evaluate scholarly aspects of digital scholarly publications, appropriately cite those publications in their work, and understand how to credit the work of other contributors in their own digital works.
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Research Data Management 101 for Humanists (GS712.03)
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 
10:00am - 12:00pm

Humanists work with various media, content and materials (sources) as part of their research. These sources can be considered data. This workshop will introduce data management practices for humanities scholars to consider and apply throughout the research lifecycle.  
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Enhancing Leadership Behaviors for Efficiency & Effectiveness in the Lab (GS712.11)
February 24, 2020
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

People become academic scientists based on their technical excellence, research productivity, and knowledge of the field. Yet there is almost no preparation for a research career that draws upon scientific studies of what makes effective leadership in getting the work done. This session will focus on specific leader behaviors that have been found to have predictable effects on team members.
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Managing your Research Career Using an Individual Development Plan (IDP) (GS711.01)
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
9:30 am - 11:30 am

For better or for worse, your experiences and the training you receive as graduate students and postdoctoral researchers can greatly impact and shape the rest of your career. However, there are strategies and resources that can enhance your chances of getting what you came for. During this program participants will learn how to develop clear and specific goals and objectives, along with a plan for executing them.
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Copyright and the Scholarly Publishing Cartel (GS711.02)
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This session covers the law and business of scholarly publishing, addressing how to navigate legal and business issues that arise from initial submission of your work to tracking the impact of your book or article. We will cover how copyright, fair use and licensing impact both your writing and your ability to use other people’s copyrighted works. We’ll discuss publishing contracts, online dissemination models, and tools that you can use to maximize the impact of your research.
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Research Data Management 101 for Scientists (GS712.04)
Monday, March 2, 2020 
1:30pm - 3:30pm

Scientists work with lots of data both big and small, and in many formats and systems. This workshop will introduce data management practices for scientists to consider and apply throughout the research lifecycle. 
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Promoting Equity through Allyship: Exploring Bias Literacy & Power Mapping (GS712.10)
March 3, 2020
8:30 – 10:00 am

Through intersectional case vignettes, we will develop skills in Power Mapping to examine power and privilege at the interpersonal and institutional level & apply best practices in Allyship using the Step-Up Step-Back Model.
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Developing a Good Informed Consent Process (GS711.03)
Thurday, March 5, 2020
3:00pm - 5:00pm  
 
In this forum you will work with IRB staff to learn how to develop fully comprehensible, participant-friendly consent protocols. The workshop includes interactive exercises where you will assess consent form language to ensure that it is appropriate for the target study population and addresses data sharing in a responsible way.
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Beginning March 12, all Spring 2020 RCR forums are being held online at the time originally scheduled. Individual forum facilitators will follow up with registered students to provide details about accessing the forum. We strongly suggest you familiarize yourself with Zoom before joining the online forum; we won't be able to provide tech support during the event.

Music Research (GS712.13) Online
Being rescheduled. Contact Laura Williams <laura.williams@duke.edu>.
This forum is designed to foster core knowledge of scholarly approaches, discourse, and resources in music and to reinforce responsible conduct of research within this field by familiarizing graduate students with the essential categories of music research tools and best practices for finding, using, and critically evaluating music resources.
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Export Controls: What Gradaute Students Need to Know (GS711.04) Online
Thurday, March 26, 2020
3:00pm - 5:00pm

This session will be an overview of complex laws and regulations on export controls and how they apply to university research. Physical exports, working with foreign nationals, and international travel will be explored. Students will have an opportunity to review the export control list to determine if their research may be export controlled. Researchers who anticipate work with U.S. military agencies (DOD, etc.) are highly encouraged to attend this session.
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Research Reproducibility: Tips and Tools (GS712.06) Online
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 
1:30pm - 3:30pm

In response to a growing focus on the importance of reproducibility, replication, and transparency in the research endeavor, scholars are adapting their practices and learning new skills and tools. This workshop will introduce some foundational strategies that can increase the reproducibility of your work.
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The Empowered Author (GS712.15) Online
Monday, April 6, 2020
1:00pm - 3:00pm

This is a workshop about the process of being an author, about getting published and getting the rewards of being published, while sharing the benefits of your research with as broad an audience as possible.
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Research Data Management 201: How and where to publish your data (GS712.05) Online
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Building upon the foundational concepts covered in the Data Management 101 courses offered this year, this workshop will provide hands-on experience where participants will learn strategies for how to prepare data for publishing by “curating” an example dataset and identifying common data issues.
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Training Bystanders to Respond Effectively to Harassment Incidents (GS712.09)
*Note* You must be enrolled in Summer term to receive RCR credit for this event, and it will not count towards a Spring 2020 graduation.
May 19, 2020
8:30 am – 11:30 am

We know from the literature that harassment and bias is a persistent and pervasive problem in academic medicine and science (Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine - National Academies 2018). Data from the recent survey of Duke faculty and staff reinforces the importance of addressing this issue locally. Bystander training is a powerful method of combatting incidents of harassment, bias and incivility.
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