Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR): Resilience and Inclusion in Academic Research


Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 12:30pm to 2:00pm


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SESSION DESCRIPTION:  In the wake of a social and cultural reckoning, science and scientists are not only changing, they must be agents of change. The responsible conduct of research as well as its namesake course must account for the diversity, and the historic lack thereof, within the research community by addressing a culture of inclusivity, justice, and equity through resilience. Resilience is among the greatest superpowers we can possess. It is versatile and can be used in various capacities, it can even act as an amplifier and elevate our other strengths. One of the beauties of resiliency is that it can also be loaned out, deposited into others, or it can be pooled together as a collective resource.

This particular RCR session examines the question “How does professional, personal, and scientific resilience lead to inclusion and ultimately more rigorous and responsible research?”. We approach this facilitated discussion by building a vocabulary of resilience and inclusion, sharing experiences of hardship and success, and connecting pitfalls with best practices. In doing so, we begin to examine our lived experiences, cultural upbringings, social landscapes, and extension of grace to others. Ultimately, we provide tools for monitoring the ebb and flow of resilience, and by extension creating an inclusive research culture, through framing resilience as a type of currency that can beearned, spent, saved, borrowed, lent, invested, renewed, and/or overdrawn. By strengthening resilience in all its forms and having an inclusive mindset, our researchers can recognize the signs of burnout and inequities in academe that line the slippery slope to research misconduct

Facilitators: Demetrice R. Jordan, PhD and James Gould, PhD

COURSE DESCRIPTON: The RCR course is designed to run as a graduate-style seminar. Each session will be co-facilitated by the course director, research faculty, and administrative deans. This course is meant to provide an opportunity to openly and critically reflect with your peers and others about what responsibility and integrity should mean to the professional scientific community. To that end, you will be expected to have done the readings prior to class and you will be expected to participate in discussion.
Sponsored by the HMS Center for Bioethics and Office for Postdoctoral Fellows
Course Directors: Sadath A. Sayeed JD, MD and James Gould, PhD