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March 8, 2012

Student researchers have new ethics advice option at MSU


Students engaged in research at Mississippi State University have access to a new tool that offers guidance in making responsible decisions when it comes to issues surrounding the responsible conduct of research (RCR).

A new policy recently approved by the university -- Research Ethics Consultation for Students Participating in University-Sponsored Research -- provides a resource for students to confidentially discuss research issues of ethical concern, said Katie Echols, the education and outreach coordinator for the Mississippi Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.

Echols and fellow MSU political science and public administration graduate students -- Dennis Farris Jr., Leigh-Ann Sallis and Braxton Stowe -- wrote the policy as their capstone project under the direction of Marty Wiseman and Kesha Perry from the Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development.

Trisha Phillips, assistant professor in the university's Department of Philosophy and Religion, serves as the ethics consultant for student researchers.

Students with a question or concern may send a confidential e-mail directly to Phillips at ethicsconsult@research.msstate.edu.

Other university administrators do not have access to the account, Echols said.

She adds that the new policy is not a substitute for the MSU Honor Code Procedure or the Ethics in Research and Other Scholarly Activities Policy (OP80.02). Rather this new policy provides an additional means for students to identify issues that should be reported under these two policies, as well as the "whistleblower" policy (OP01.07).

In addition to the e-mail address, the Office of Research and Economic Development is working with Information Technology Services to implement a secure, confidential form on the ORED website that will allow students to contact Phillips to share their concerns.

The policy is posted in its entirety at http://www.msstate.edu/dept/audit/8001.html.

For additional information, please contact Echols at 662-325-8904 or katie@research.msstate.edu.

March 14, 2012

Lab notebook do's and don'ts on agenda March 21


If your research led to a fantastic discovery, and you were asked to prove that the research was actually yours, could you do it?

As part of its Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training, the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) at Mississippi State University will provide a two-hour session on "The Do's and Don'ts of Keeping an MSU Lab Notebook" on Wednesday, March 21 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Colvard Student Union's Fowlkes Auditorium.

Animal Research Director Lucy Senter and OETT Associate Director Chase Kasper are presenters for the session.

A lab notebook is the primary method of determining the authenticity and credibility of your research. Your lab notebook is also a methodology roadmap for someone else to follow and get the same results. This seminar will present the proper way to document your research so that you can take credit for your work and to ensure that using your methodology, the same results could be obtained by anyone.

Legal aspects of patenting a process or invention will also be discussed and the importance of a well-kept lab notebook so that other researchers and their patent lawyers will not beat you to the Patent Office -- or to the bank.

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to attend this session. Examples will be provided and topics will include good lab practice (GLP), intellectual property, patents, data ownership, confidentiality and more.

Please register to attend this session at http://www.tfaforms.com/213491.

For additional information, please contact ORED at 662-325-3570.

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