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The Center for Values and Social Policy, in conjuction with the Graduate Teacher Program, has recently undertaken a project geared to train science and engineering graduate students in responsible conduct of research (RCR). The project has been generously funded by the Office of the Provost, the Graduate School, the Vice Chancellor's Office, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, CIRES, LASP, and JILA.

The RCR project takes a two-pronged approach to the training of graduate students in responsible conduct of research. On one hand, the project seeks to create an integrated RCR certification program for graduate students in physical sciences and engineering at the University of Colorado. The certification program will be coordinated by the Graduate Teacher Program and will provide graduate students with RCR training through regular, topical seminars on applied issues. At the same time, the Center for Values and Social Policy will promote faculty participation in ethics education, and ultimately in the mentoring of graduate students, by creating an interdisciplinary “Ask an Expert” website that responds to anonymously-submitted RCR questions. Responses to questions will be discussed by participating faculty—from science, engineering, law, philosophy, cultural studies, sociology and education—at regular luncheons and roundtables. By bringing faculty members from various relevant disciplines together to prepare responses to the real RCR concerns of graduate students and other faculty, it is expected that faculty, as well as graduate students, will become engaged in critical ethical reasoning on topics relevant to RCR, offering justifications for responsible research in lieu of insisting upon dogmatic adherence to prewritten codes of ethics and regulations.


Benjamin Hale is leading a cross-University program on the responsible conduct of research in the physical and engineering sciences.

Eric Chwang comes to the CU from a year and a half Bioethics fellowship at NIH. Much of his research has focussed on research conduct in medicine.

Alison Jaggar has written numerous articles and manuscripts on questions of feminist methodology, feminist epistemology, and research ethics.

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