The power of mentors is in their capacity to awaken a truth within us, a truth we can reclaim years later by recalling their impact on our lives. - Parker Palmer
Chapter 1: Mentors and Tormentors

     Ramona muttered a lot to herself lately. But it was Nick’s sexually aggressive remarks that had become particularly annoying. He occasionally reminded Ramona that he and his wife had an open marriage. He questioned Ramona about her dating life. He suggestively remarked about how she occupied her time the previous weekend. (Ramona muttered another response: “What weekend? What life outside of this lab?”) Nick had even begun referring to her as “Mona,” in a slow, throaty voice that sounded like a prolonged moan. She assumed he meant to be flirtatious; he sounded more like a wounded wild boar.

     Hogzilla. That became Ramona’s own private name for Nick. It was OK, because, apparently, her colleagues were into pet names for each other. Jane, another departmental faculty in biochemistry and Nick’s co-PI, had recently told Ramona that her husband, when referring to Ramona, called her Cinderella because of some presumed physical resemblance. Ramona had not been flattered. This name calling was dismissive and passive-aggressive. Again, she muttered to herself: “So you want to start calling each other by fairy tale character names? Fine with me. Dopey. Sleepy. Sleazy. Lazy…from the Brothers Grimm fairy tales that never made a Newberry list.”

Research Ethics
Chapter 1: Mentors and Tormentors
Discussion and Reflection Questions
Integration Questions
References and Resources

This chapter addresses mentoring and supervisory relationships. Upon your completion of this chapter, we hope that you can identify appropriate expectations and roles in mentoring for responsible conduct of research. We also hope you learn about the mandate that mentors and institutions have for the ethical training of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

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