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Monday, January 25, 2016
BESTies serve as facilitators and participate in campus-wide RCR Symposium

Responsible Conduct of Research: Plagiarism

The fourth Annual Winter Symposium on Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) took place under the faculty leadership of Professor Maurine Linder, Chair, Molecular Medicine, CVM.

"Plagiarism: misrepresenting someone else's creative work (e.g. words, methods, pictures, ideas, or data) as one's own." from: Glossary of Commonly Used Terms in Research Ethics, D.B. Resnik, NIEHS, NIH, May 2015. Based on Shamoo AE and Resnick DB, Responsible Conduct of Research, 3rd ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015)

Opening remarks set the stage for what exactly is encompassed in responsible and ethical research conduct, with a more detailed definition of plagiarism. Small group discussions facilitated by faculty and staff enabled a more personal treatment of these complex issues using hypothetical case studies as a departure point. Each group was tasked with generating several questions that could then be posed to faculty panelists when they reconvened.

Panelists from across campus fielded questions from the audience to share their experiences and advice. Barbara Baird, Maureen Hanson, Richard Cerione, Maurine Linder and Andrew Bass provided interesting perspectives and honest treatment of the gray areas of ethics. In conclusion, the audience was encouraged to bring these topics back to their individual lab meetings for further discussion. There are even some online exercises and a quiz to see if you know your stuff! Take the quiz yourself on best practices in ethical writing, ethical review of manuscripts and proposals and more at:

Hosted by the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Research and Professor Andrew Bass, in collaboration with Office of Research Integrity and Assurance. The symposium is designed to spark dialogue among Cornell graduate students and faculty on complex issues of research ethics. The topic for this symposium is Plagiarism. As before, we plan to use the Case Discussion method to spark on this complicated and often hotly debated topic. 


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