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

     Ramona clearly had a decision to make. And she made it.

     Too late it turned out. For Elizabeth, Nick’s lab manager, beat Ramona to it. Elizabeth had worked with Nick for five years, and he was blinded by the brunette. Ramona and her colleagues had been working so hard in the lab that they had failed to notice the developing close personal relationship between Nick and Elizabeth. Too long lunches. Extended trips to conferences. Closed door conversations. Not all in the name of science.

     When Nick and Elizabeth’s relationship abruptly ended, Nick discovered the true extent of their intimacy. Elizabeth had made copies of lab notebooks, financial reports, grant proposals, equipment transfer requests, e-mail exchanges – it was an impressive dossier. She contacted the designated institutional office that would receive and investigate her accusations of misconduct and later report their findings concerning Nick’s research conduct to the Office of Research Integrity, Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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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