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
 
     
 
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     The buzz on campus was that Ramona’s mentor Nick had been nominated for a Lasker prize. The Lasker Awards recognize “stunning achievements in basic and clinical research, as well as significant public service in behalf of medical science.” For over 50 years these prizes, known as “America’s Nobels,” have recognized the top scientists “whose accomplishments have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and even cure of many of the great crippling and killing diseases of our century.” Remarkably, 48% of the Lasker Basic Award winners later win the Nobel Prize, including Francis H.C. Crick, Barbara McClintock, George Wald, James D. Watson, and Roderick MacKinnon.

     Ramona faced a sort of Cantor’s Dilemma.

     This one was Ramona’s dilemma. She knew the short-cuts Nick had taken with his research. She saw him rush to publication with some questionable data. In all four phases of clinical trials he was not as cautious as she would have been. He certainly had been more of a tormentor rather than the mentor she wanted. In fact, she had discussed with her husband Brad that, although she was very happy with their marriage, she planned to place a personal ad in the Metropulse: Talented Biological Sciences Post-doc ISO a MENTOR. Intelligent, hard working new scientist with teaching and research experience seeks interested biological sciences faculty for professional relationship and guidance. PhD in life or biomedical sciences preferred. Ethical behavior and sincere interest in the responsible conduct of research essential. Some time commitment required, but experience guaranteed to benefit both.

 
 
 
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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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