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

     An opportunity presented itself at this time. Ramona could report the violations of scientific integrity in her mentorís lab. She wondered if Nick would even be held responsible. He had not done much lab work himself for decades. His students, under his direction and questioning and pressure, had performed much of the research and clinical trials needed for his achievement for at least 10 years. She, on the other hand, might lose her job and collegial relationships. She might even be accused of research misconduct by her association with Nickís lab or even by Nick in retaliation. What would she be sacrificing? Was it worth it?

     Ramona thought long and hard about what she might do. At a wedding of a friend several years ago in Vermont, she had met David Vise, an investigative reporter for the Washington Post. She had inquired about his work, and he had invited her to tour the news room. Last year on a trip to DC for an NIH panel meeting, Ramona had toured the cavernous space that everyone who has seen the movie ďAll the Presidentís MenĒ can visualize. She met some of Davidís colleagues among the investigative reporting team and had talked about her research. Perhaps the Post was looking for the next Deep Throat and she could report Nickís misconduct anonymously.

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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