“It is an extraordinary privilege to be a scientist,” says Dr. Marlene Belfort in her keynote address at the Quest for Research Excellence 2012 Conference being held in Georgetown, March 15-16. There have been a number of points raised in discussions, presentations, and posters ranging from the role institutions play in promoting research integrity to the role the media play in publicizing what has been done in research. The following are a few research challenges raised in talks and discussions.
There are many challenges that researchers need to overcome, especially during poor economic times when funding may be hard to get. Having less experience, young researchers often do not have good role models to look up to and to emulate in following sound moral principles. What do you think? What's the best way to balance ambition and steadfastness in research?