The future scientist is typically an ardent patriot who is eager to bring honor to himself and to his country, captivated by originality, indifferent to material gain and ordinary pleasures, inclined more toward action than words, and an untiring reader. In short, he is capable of all sorts of sacrifice to achieve the noble dream of giving his name to some new star in the firmament of knowledge. - Santiago Ramon y Cajal

Few [people] are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change. - Robert F. Kennedy
Chapter 7: Serious Science in a Balanced Life

     Nick’s attitude as well as his behavior signaled a sense of entitlement. Did he believe that his authority and power allowed him to make decisions with impunity? His research decisions, although made in isolation, had significant consequences for others – his staff and trainees, his research subjects, his peer colleagues, and for the community at large. Nick was even harming society’s perception of the value of research and science. With the political, economic, and intellectual complexity involved in doing sound research and good science, the future for Ramona and other young scientists was being damaged by Nick’s actions.

     Ramona and Nick adhered to different rules. Ramona didn’t succumb to pressures to do work that was incomplete, misrepresentative, or lacking in scientific integrity. And Nick did not share her values – a commitment to hard work and the truth. Ramona realized that even the most stunning achievement, gained without the highest standards of integrity, was not good science. It was not science at all.

Research Ethics
Chapter 7: Serious Science in a Balanced Life
Discussion and Reflection Questions
Integration Questions

This chapter addresses responsibility, guidelines, and protections for reporting violations of responsible conduct of research. Upon your completion of this chapter, we hope that you will understand the responsibility of researchers to both self-regulate and to report ethical violations as well as the procedures and protections for whistle blowing. We also want you to reflect on and commit to the values, scientific integrity, and ethical behaviors required for the responsible conduct of research.

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