ORI TO RELEASE INTERACTIVE VIDEO ON RESEARCH INTEGRITY
A video simulation on research integrity, entitled "The Lab" will be released soon on the ORI web site and as a DVD. In the simulation, research misconduct causes a noted lab to lose funding, creates bad publicity to the university, and eventually causes the withdrawal of a multi-million dollar endowment. In "The Lab," viewers have the opportunity to undo the damage by assuming the roles of a graduate student, post doc, principal investigator, and a research integrity officer and make decisions to prevent misconduct from occurring unnoticed. The interactive video addresses the handling of misconduct, data management, authorship, mentoring, work-life balance, and other issues that today's researchers face.
The trailer can be viewed at http://ori.hhs.gov/TheLab
FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: RESEARCH ON RESEARCH INTEGRITY (R21)
The ORI and NIH have released an request for applications for R21 grants studying research integrity. Of particular interest are topics related to research integrity such as public trust, bias, community-based participatory research, and factors affecting researchers' behaviors. Funding is anticipated to be $900,000 in total costs to support two to three awards. Direct costs are limited to $275,000 over a 2-year project period, with no more than $200,000 in direct costs allowed in any single year.
Letter of Intent Due Date: February 5, 2011
Application Due Date: March 4, 2011http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-11-004.html
NEW RESEARCH MISCONDUCT CASE: SAGAR MUNGEKAR
ORI found that Dr. Mungekar falsified five tables and five figures in his Ph.D. thesis entitled "Autoregulation of Ribonuclease E," by discarding certain spectrophotometric data, to increase statistical significance, used to calculate repression ratios and RNA decay rates.http://ori.hhs.gov/misconduct/cases/Mungekar_Sagar.shtml
NEW RESEARCH MISCONDUCT CASE: BENGU SEZEN
ORI made twenty-one (21) findings of scientific misconduct against Dr. Sezen based on evidence that she knowingly and intentionally falsified and fabricated, and in one instance plagiarized, data reported in three papers and her doctoral thesis.http://ori.hhs.gov/misconduct/cases/Sezen_Bengu.shtml