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Opportunities Abound for Promoting RCR Education

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Numerous opportunities exist within colleges, universities, medical schools, and research institutes to promote responsible conduct of research education through activities that already routinely happen in those organizations, according to Julie Simpson, Manager, Research Conduct and Compliance Services, University of New Hampshire, enumerated those opportunities as follows:

  • Research methods courses
  • Departmental faculty meetings
  • Training sessions offered by Institutional Review Boards, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees, and Institutional Biosafety Committees
  • Experiential research programs for graduate and undergraduate students
  • Orientation sessions for new faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and graduate assistants
  • Training sessions for new department chairs
  • Meetings or luncheons for new faculty hosted by university officials
  • Departmental activities such as dissertation groups, seminar series, journal clubs
  • Institution-wide lecture or discussion series
  • Professional development programming offered by the graduate school
  • Activities sponsored by graduate student and postdoc organizations
  • Feature articles on RCR issues in the campus newspaper and organizational web sites
  • Collaboration with graduate program coordinators to promote RCR training
  • Communications between the chief research officer and the campus community
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