RCR Workshops

The following responsible conduct of research (RCR) workshops are open to all members of the campus community and required by certain individuals funded through NIH. Each workshop may count toward an RCR Certificate. See RCR Certificate Program and Federal Requirements for details on who is required to receive RCR instruction and the process for fulfilling those requirements. NSF & NIFA RCR Training requirements do not require workshops.

With questions about access or to request any disability-related accommodations that will facilitate your full participation on these workshops, such as ASL interpreting, CART captioning, captioned videos, Braille, wheelchair access, or electronic text, etc., please contact the RII Training & Education Team at Research-Training@arizona.edu.

 

Registration, Virtual and In-person Attendance Policy: Please Read!

  • Registration is Required: 

    Participants are required to register through the EDGE Learning system, behind NetID. Simply scroll down on this page and select the [ENROLL] link to the right of the workshop you want to attend, log into the EDGE Learning system and enroll in the workshop.

  • In-person Workshop Attendance Policy:
  1. Participants must arrive on time and stay for the duration of the scheduled workshop. 
  2. Participants must engage in discussion and activities with peers and facilitators.
  • Virtual Workshop Attendance Policy:
  1. Participants must join on time and stay for the duration of the scheduled workshop. 
    • The system automatically marks attendance based on the time you're in the meeting between the scheduled start and end time (time in waiting room does not count). If you join late or leave early, you will not be assessed credit by the system.
  2. Participants must engage in discussion and activities with peers in the main session and breakout rooms.
    • Your participation will be monitored in the main session and in breakout rooms. Participation includes unmuting your microphone and utilizing the chat feature to engage in discussion. 
  3. Participants must use a desktop/laptop or smartphone and have their camera on for the full duration to receive attendance credit. 
    • Failure to turn your camera on when requested may result in your ejection from the meeting and loss of RCR credit.

SPRING 2024 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE 

APRIL

 

Introduction to Safe and Inclusive Research Environments [ENROLL]

When: April 18, 2-3:30 p.m.

Where: Zoom Meeting

Facilitators:

  • Sara Chavarria, PhD, Assistant Director of STEM Education, Office of Societal Impact
  • Jen Fields, Director, Office of Societal Impact
  • Heather Haeger, PhD, Assistant Professor, Educational Policy Studies and Practice
  • Ron Hammer, PhD, Professor & Co-director of Clinical Translational Sciences - UA College of Medicine - Phoenix

Description: This Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) workshop provides an introduction to cultivating safe research environments that promote inclusion and are free of sexual, racial, ethnic, disability and other forms of discriminatory harassment. Counts toward RCR Certificate. If seeking certificate, register for NIH or NSF certification program first.

 

COMING FALL 2024

The Ethics of Peer Review [ENROLL]

When: TBD

Where: TBD

Facilitators:

  • Oliver Monti, PhD, Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics

Description: This Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) workshop covers the ethical obligations involved in peer review and the critical role that peer review plays in advancing research and scholarship.

 

The Ethics of Collaborative Research & Working with Industry [ENROLL]

-Elective Workshop-

When: TBD

Where: TBD

Facilitators:

  • Radha Radhakrishnan, PhD, Director of the Office of Research Contracts
  • Brian Adair, PhD, Director of Corporate Engagement, Research Development Services
  • Ron Hammer, PhD, Professor & Co-director of Clinical Translational Sciences - UA College of Medicine - Phoenix

Description: This Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) workshop covers the ethics of and best practices for conducting collaborative research and scholarship. Collaboration with industry is also addressed.

 

Managing Competing Interests in Research [ENROLL]

When: TBD

Where: TBD

Facilitators: 

  • Judi Lopez, Assistant Director, Office for Responsible Outside Interests

Description: This Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) workshop provides an overview of the University's conflict of interest policy, why it matters, and how it applies to UA researchers, including students. Workshop participants will learn the criteria for determining whether or not someone qualifies as an Investigator under the University's COI policy, what counts as a significant conflict of interest, and the processes for disclosing and managing those interests.

SPECIAL NOTE: The University of Arizona has separate Conflict of Interest training requirements that are NOT satisfied by this workshop. For more information, please visit https://research.arizona.edu/compliance/office-responsible-outside-inter...

 

Building Productive & Ethical Mentoring Relationships [ENROLL]

When: TBD

Where: TBD

Facilitators: 

  • Jenny Hoit, PhD, Professor & Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Description: This Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) workshop addresses the ethics of mentoring with an emphasis on the essential components of creating and maintaining a healthy mentor-mentee relationship. 

Mentoring is a key component of the research process. In the university environment, faculty members are responsible for the mentoring of undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows as they learn how to conduct research. Other mentoring relationships are also found in the university; for example, senior faculty mentoring junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows mentoring graduate students, and  students mentoring other students. Some of the most important learning and professional development occurs within these mentoring relationships. Thus, it is critical that mentoring relationships be healthy and productive. 
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to answer the following questions:
  • What are the qualities of a good mentor?
  • What are the qualities of a good mentee?
  • What are the essential components of a good mentor-mentee relationship?
  • What ethical concerns sometimes arise within a mentor-mentee relationship and what can be done about them?

 

Ethics, Integrity, & the Handling of Research Misconduct [ENROLL]

When: TBD

Where: TBD

Facilitators:

  • Christopher "Gene" Sittler, Research Integrity and Training Specialist
  • Mariette Marsh, Research Integrity Officer
  • Ron Hammer, PhD, Professor & Co-director of Clinical Translational Sciences - UA College of Medicine - Phoenix

Description: This Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) workshop provides an overview of the basic principles of ethical research, the primary forms of research misconduct--plagiarism, falsification, and fabrication--and the University's process for handling charges of misconduct. Through group discussions of case studies and scenarios, participants will explore what it means to conduct ethical research, the range of circumstances people face that might contribute to research misconduct, and the resources available to help mitigate those circumstances.

 

Introduction to Data Management, Acquisition, & Ownership [ENROLL]

When: TBD

Where: TBD

Facilitators: 

  • Jim Martin, Associate Librarian, Office of Digital Innovation & Stewardship

Description: This Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) workshop provides an introduction to data ownership laws and best practices for data management, including collection, sharing, and storage.

 

Ethics of Research with Human Subjects [ENROLL]

When: TBD

Where: TBD

Facilitators:

  • Christine Melton-Lopez, Director of the Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP)

Description: This Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) workshop covers the ethical importance of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the process for submitting projects to the Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP). Through a mix of formal presentation, small group discussions, and Q & A, this introductory-level workshop will address the ethics and history of research with human subjects, the IRB approval process, and guidelines for working with vulnerable populations. Approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is required for all research involving human subjects under the purview of the University of Arizona. Participants will gain the necessary background and information to understand the purpose of the the Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP), the requirements for IRB review, and the process for seeking IRB approval.

SPECIAL NOTE: The Human Subjects Protection Program has separate training requirements regarding human subjects research that are NOT satisfied by this workshop. For more information, please visit https://research.arizona.edu/compliance/human-subjects-protection-program

 

The Ethics of Overlapping Publications [ENROLL]

When: TBD

Where: TBD

Facilitators:

  • Ellen Dubinsky, Scholarly Communication Librarian / Scholarly Communication unit lead
  • Christopher "Gene" Sittler, Research Integrity and Training Specialist
  • Ron Hammer, PhD, Professor & Co-director of Clinical Translational Sciences - UA College of Medicine - Phoenix

Description: This Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) workshop provides a focused look at the practice of overlapping publications in academic journals, why it's a problem, and how to avoid it. General best practices for publishing research will also be addressed.

Through group discussions of case studies and scenarios, participants will explore what it means to conduct ethical research, the range of circumstances people face that might contribute to research misconduct, and the resources available to help mitigate those circumstances.

 

Introduction to Rigor and Reproducibility [ENROLL]

When: TBD

Where: TBD

Facilitators: Ron Hammer, PhD, Professor & Co-director of Clinical Translational Sciences - UA College of Medicine - Phoenix

Description: This Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) workshop will provide an overview of the concepts of rigor and reproducibility to consider when planning, conducting, and disseminating research. The workshop will address topics such as scientific premise, scientific rigor in experimental design and statistical analyses, and the importance of authenticating the resources used to conduct the research. Learning objectives include how to convey the rigor of your research in grant applications and publications, and how to ensure your results are reproducible.

 

 

Animal Research: Ethical & Regulatory Considerations [ENROLL]

When: TBD

Where: TBD

Facilitators: 

  • Diego Celdrán-Bonafonte, DVM, MSc, PhD 

Description: This Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) workshop provides an overview of the ethical considerations and regulatory framework involved in research with animal subjects. Participants will gain an understanding of the history of animal research and the federal regulations surrounding the use of animal subjects. In addition, the course will explain the role of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and it's responsibilities. There will also be consideration of the harm-benefit analysis that is conducted as part of the approval to use animals in research, as well as the importance of the 3 R's in reducing pain and distress. Finally, the responsibilities of animal researchers will be discussed.

SPECIAL NOTE: The IACUC Program has separate training requirements regarding animal subjects research that are NOT satisfied by this workshop. For more information, please visit https://rgw.arizona.edu/compliance/IACUC

 

 

Ethical Issues in Biomedical Research [ENROLL]

When: TBD

Where: TBD

Facilitators: 

  • Michael Kruer, PhD, Associate Research Professor, Phoenix Children's Hospital
  • Ron Hammer, PhD, Professor & Co-director of Clinical Translational Sciences - UA College of Medicine - Phoenix

Description: This Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) workshop explores key ethical considerations raised by biomedical research and best practices for ensuring integrity of conduct.

 

 

Tribal Consultation and UA Research/Engagement with Native Communities [ENROLL]

-Elective Workshop-

When: TBD

Where: TBD

Facilitators:

  • Christina C. Bell Andrews, JD, MPH, Executive Director Wassaja Carlos Montezuma Center
  • Claudia Nelson, Director Native People's Technical Assistance Office
  • Joanna Schrader, Process Improvement and Education Manager

Description: Provides an introduction to policies, resources, and best practices for UA researchers interested in conducting collaborative research and/or educational engagement with Native Nations/Indigenous communities. This workshop covers three important aspects of UA research and engagement with Native Nations and Indigenous Communities: 1) The Arizona Board of Regents Tribal Consultation Policy and attendant issues; 2) Guidance for conducting collaborative research or educational engagements with Native Nations/Indigenous Communities; and 3) Research and engagement resources available to the campus community. The workshop is designed to be broadly informative for university faculty, students, staff and administrators. For more information about engaging with Native Nations and Indigenous Communities, please visit https://nptao.arizona.edu

 

 

The Ethics of Authorship & Publication [ENROLL]

When: TBD

Where: TBD

Facilitators:

  • Chris Segrin, PhD,  Department Head, Communications
  • Ron Hammer, PhD, Professor & Co-director of Clinical Translational Sciences - UA College of Medicine - Phoenix

Description: This Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) workshop provides an introduction to academic authorship and publication practices, including author responsibilities and guidelines for authorship credit.

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