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2015 Spring RCR Forum Series

The RCR Forum series is designed for the professional development of Ph.D. students at Duke; official transcript credit is awarded toward the overall RCR degree requirement and to document training for funding agencies. Duke postdocs are welcome to participate (space permitting). Beyond RCR Orientation, each Ph.D. student must complete at least 6 hours of additional training; each forum listed here is valid for 2 RCR credits. Follow the links below to register. Do NOT register in ACES.

Copyright & Fair Use in Research & Teaching

Tuesday, January 20     3:00 - 5:00     LSRC B101 (Love Auditorium) [map]
Kevin Smith, Director of the Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communication

As more and more scholarship and teaching involves digital resources and digital communications, copyright issues have become more important, and more contentious, than ever before.  This forum will examine some of the basic principles of copyright law and discuss how they apply to research and teaching.  We will discuss the parameters of the elusive “fair use” privilege and the lawsuits against higher education institutions that it has spawned.  We will also consider the issue of intellectual property ownership for scholars and how that ownership can best be managed to serve the interests of the scholar and of the academic community in general. Register here.

Implicit Bias

Friday, January 30     12:00 - 2:00     Perkins 217 [map]
Dr. Benjamin D. Reese, Jr., Vice President for Institutional Equity at Duke University

In this RCR Forum, Dr. Reese will engage us in a discussion about “implicit bias,” which he describes as “the positive or negative unconscious attitude we may hold about an individual or group.” Even well-intentioned people can be affected by subtle, often unconscious beliefs and attitudes. He will share research findings about implicit bias and encourage us to think more deeply about the work we do and the decisions we make. It promises to be a valuable conversation. Register here.


Animal Welfare in a Research Environment: Why do I Care?

Ron Banks

Tuesday, February 3    3:00 - 5:00     LSRC B101 (Love Auditorium) [map]
Dr. Ron Banks, Director, Office of Animal Welfare Assurance

In his current role, Dr. Banks oversees Duke University’s care and use of animals in research, testing, and teaching; provides several training opportunities for those engaging animals in research, testing, or teaching; and assures institutional integrity with a program of compliance monitoring for animal care & use. This forum will review animal welfare through a brief overview of civilization’s perceptions of animals and conclude with Dukes position on animal use in research, testing, and teaching. Register here.

Ethics in the Era of Infoveillance:
Data Mining in Biomedical, Scientific & Social Science Research

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Tuesday, February 17    3:00 - 5:00     LSRC B101 (Love Auditorium) [map]
Dr. Daniel Vallero, Adjunct Professor of Engineering Ethics, Pratt School of Engineering

In this Forum, participants will discuss emerging challenges and opportunities in the era of diminishing funds for large-scale scientific investigations along with a growing interest and capability to gather and use "OPD" (other people's data) from a variety of sources such as social media. Dr. Vallero argues there is a fine line between gathering data from self-reporting on Twitter, Google+, and other social media and what might be deemed cyber-voyeurism.  Given that large epidemiological, biomedical and environmental studies are becoming more difficult to fund and implement, emerging scholars now must consider new ethical questions like whether or not to use smart technologies to access such information about people’s activities and risks.Case studies will be explored in several fields. For example, data mining can be used to ascertain how and where people come into contact with thousands of chemicals already in (or ready to join) the marketplace.  By mining datasets to compare known concentrations of pollutants with social behaviors, researchers might develop models and methods to predict chemical exposure concerns. Other researchers use social media to identify disease outbreak patterns. But how do emerging scholars balance ethical principles like respect for persons, privacy, beneficence, and justice in this new era of research? Register here.

Caring and Sharing the Stress Load:
Navigating Stress and Stressors in Graduate School

Tuesday, March 17    3:00 - 5:00     LSRC B101 (Love Auditorium) [map]
Gary D. Glass, Associate Director for Outreach and Developmental Programming, CAPS
Christine Pesetski, Assistant Dean of Students, DukeReach

Stress in graduate school has all of the same stressors that students faced in their undergraduate degrees, plus several more. Because graduate study tends to occur in smaller communities, stressors can often be amplified.  In particular, a common graduate school stressor is the struggles that other students are having, especially when you become an important part of a struggling student’s support system. This program will provide graduate students with a better understanding of stress and prompt insight toward effective stress management in the context of graduate school. We’ll also explore ways to recognize and set appropriate boundaries when the stress of one of your peers struggling with personal or psychological issues has passed a threshold such that your own well-being is compromised. We’ll provide some basic suggestions toward managing stress while meeting your various demands, utilizing the support of your closest relationships and your academic community. Finally, we will introduce information on when and how to refer yourselves or others to professional resources at Duke University that can help students elaborate on self-care and also help with supporting those struggling in your academic community. Register here.

Managing your Research Career Using an
Individual Development Plan (IDP)

Tuesday, March 24     9:30-11:30am     Room 143 Jones Bldg. [map]
Dara Wilson-Grant
Associate Director, UNC Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

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. Topics covered in this RCR module include:

  • The importance of setting goals and developing an IDP
  • Introduction to the SMART goals model
  • Resources for crafting and executing your IDP
  • Strategies for establishing expectations and effectively communicating research and career goals with your mentor/PI

Register here.

Textual Recycling

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unknown.jpgTuesday, March 31     3:00 - 5:00     LSRC B101 (Love Auditorium) [map]
Dr. Cary Moskovitz, Director, Writing in the Disciplines, Thompson Writing Program 

Dr David Kellog, Associate Professor of English, Costal Carolina Univeristy
This forum addresses the issue of "textual recycling," which refers to a writer’s reusing excerpts from previously published writing, either verbatim or in a slightly altered form, in a “new” publication without attribution. The practice of textual recycling is more common and accepted than generally acknowledged. In some data-driven fields such as the natural and medical sciences, textual recycling is tacitly expected. In contrast, textual recycling is unacceptable in the humanities, where it is referred to as “self-plagiarism.” Those who practice textual recycling in academic writing have two motivations: convenience and consistency. In contexts where originality of prose is not highly valued, authors have no motivation to rework prose that does its job effectively merely for the purpose of avoiding replication.  Maintaining consistent language from one paper to another stabilizes meaning for readers of multiple papers comprising an ongoing line of research. Examples from different fields are presented to demonstrate the regularity of textual recycling and to show that recycling tends to occur at specific locations such as in the introduction and methods sections of scientific research reports.  Despite its frequent use, textual recycling is routinely ignored in writing guides and textbooks. This talk concludes with comments on pedagogical implications for undergraduate and graduate-level writing instruction. Register here.

Conflicts of Interest:
Graduate Students & Postdocs in "Outside Activities" 

TFullSizeRender-1.jpguesd, April 14     3:30 - 5:00     LSRC B101 (Love Auditorium) [map]
Brian Lowinger, Assistant Director, Contracts and Compliance, ORS
Dr. Ross McKinney, Director, Trent Center for Bioethics

Graduate students, particularly in STEM fields, may be involved in faculty members' activities outside of an academic program, e.g., startups, private ventures, for-profit entities, etc. This has the potential for the student to be pressured to do the work for free, and it may have impact on progress towards a degree. What are the issues in play here, and how does one navigate this sort of situation? This RCR forum will explore these and related questions. Register here