Responsible Conduct of Research - Past Workshops

Animal Research

Dr. Michael Roner, Associate Professor in the Biology Department, provides information on responsible and ethical practices in animal research.

Authorship and Publication

This RCR workshop is designed to introduce you to responsible scholarly authorship and publishing, including best practices. Learn practical ways to exercise your rights as an author, distribute your work, and uphold the integrity of the research process. Kelly Visnak, Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communication, and Emilie Algenio, Director of Publishing, will lead a discussion, answer questions, and share useful resources on these critical topics.

Conflict of Interest Workshop

Dr. George Kondraske, professor of electrical engineering and chair of the Research Conflict of Interest Committee, will discuss how to identify a potential research conflict of interest, why it is necessary to manage conflicts of interest, and what should be in a COI management plan. 

Ethical Considerations in Animal Research: A Round Table Discussion

Individuals involved in research activities are, typically, focused on answering specific questions or solving problems. However, that focus can lead us to overlook larger ethical questions that can have a significant impact on research outcomes. In this roundtable discussion, we will examine ethical concerns, particularly related to the use of animals in research. We will discuss the importance of pain management, enrichment, socialization, and other quality of life issues that must be considered as part of any research project.

About the Presenter

Ms. Kate Rugroden has served on UTA's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) for more than 10 years. She has been involved in animal care as a wildlife rehabilitator for over 12 years. She is approved by AAVSB, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement to provide continuing education credits to veterinarians, licensed veterinary technicians, animal control officers, and game wardens, in the area of wildlife rehabilitation. She holds rehabilitation and educational display permits from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the USDA. Additionally, she serves as a mentor to bat rehabilitators throughout the U.S. and Canada, and has chaired the Stakeholder Committee of the White Nose Syndrome National Response Team, under the leadership of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, since 2010.

Fiscal Responsibility in Research

Jeremy Forsberg, Assistant Vice President for Research and Research Integrity Officer, focused on fiscal responsibility in research during this workshop. 

Human Subjects Workshop

Dr. Christopher Ray, Associate Professor Kinesiology and Associate Dean for Research, covered a variety of topics including ethical issues involving human subjects research and the complexities of IRB review. The workshop included hands-on exercises to experience the conflicts that IRB members go through, which helped participants gain a higher level of understanding for the process and the role of the investigator. 

Institutional Review Board (IRB) Mini-Conference

The Office of Regulatory Services presents the basics of submitting a protocol for review by the Institutional Review Board.   

Intellectual Property

Do you own the product of your work?  Intellectual property is any invention, discovery, trade secret, technology, scientific or technological development, computer software, or other form of expression that is in a tangible form.  Director of Technology Management, Teri Schultz, will provide invaluable information about intellectual property ownership, patents, trademarks, and more. 

Managing your Research Data 

This Responsible Conduct of Research workshop is designed to introduce you to the best practices on maintaining the integrity of your data. This workshop will also help you ensure the utility of your research results by applying the principles of research integrity. Learn specific phases for working with data. Discover the best practices necessary to maintain data integrity so that your results are useful to the expansion of your field. 

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Mentors, Mentoring, and Responsible Conduct of Research

Dr. Raymond Jackson, Associate Dean in the Office of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology will lead a discussion of the critical roles a mentor plays in the research setting.

Research Misconduct

Dr. George Kondraske recently served as the chair of a panel investigating an allegation of research misconduct. This workshop will provide a brief review of basic information regarding research misconduct and will then focus on sharing observations and experiences from this recent investigation experience. This will include the type of misconduct investigated, the investigative process, and comments regarding the wide-ranging impact of what may appear to some to be a simple case of "taking liberties" with the facts in the conduct of research.

Safeguarding Confidential Information and Intellectual Property: Employee Responsibilities and Best Practices

Attorney Eagle Robinson, Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, gives presentation on the importance of protecting confidential information.