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Title Collaborative Science
Long Title Collaborative Science and Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership
Contributor/Contact Michele A. Carter, PhD (mcarter@utmb.edu)
Contributor Details Michele A. Carter, PhD
Director, Ethics Support Key Resource, Institute for Translational Sciences
CTSA UTMB Galveston
Case Study Provided A Donald Dunn, undergraduate student in a biology course is a chronic klutz. Everything he touches either breaks or does something odd. This is especially true in science laboratory courses. So Dunn and his lab partner have arrived at a mutually satisfying solution: Dunn prepares the pre-lab protocol to guide their work and then records all the data generated in lab. His partner does all the hands-on experimental manipulations. They then take the data and independently use them to prepare laboratory reports.
Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership Topics
Data acquisition issues,
Data reporting,
Special issues related to scientific roles
Mentor and Trainee Responsibilities Topics No mentor and trainee responsibilities topics
Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship Topics No publication practices and responsible authorship topics
Peer Review Topics No peer review topics
Collaborative Science Topics
The nature and advantages of successful collaborations,
Types of collaboration,
Working well with others,
Dealing with challenges in collaborative relationships
Research Misconduct Topics No research misconduct topics
Conflicts of Interest, Law and Policy Topics No conflicts of interest_law_and policy topics
Human Subjects No human subjects
Citation SOURCE: Research Ethics: Cases and Materials, Indiana University Press, Edited by Robin Levin Penslar, Bloomington and Indianapolis, 1995, pp. 52, 53.

RCR Keyword Collaboration, Lab Partners
Other RCR Keywords Lab Reports, Laboratory, Data , Permission from Instructor, Team
Case Difficulty Quick
Type of Case

Source for Topic Areas Du Bois, J., & Dueker, J. (2009). Teaching and Assessing the Responsible Conduct of Research: A Delphi Consensus Panel Report. Journal of Research Administration, 40(1), 49-70.

Other Questions for Discussion
1. Do you conclude that Dunn's actions are ethical? Why or why not?
So long as the two students agree to do their work in this fashion and they have permission from their instructor, this manner of doing a lab project is acceptable. Their write-ups of the lab report must be separate and independent, however. Often, legitimate research is done in much this fashion by a team of investigators, each with a special role in the project; so long as all agree on the arrangement and all have a fair and equal say in the write-up of the data, this is acceptable.
Topic revision: r4 - 13 Nov 2011 - 19:17:29 - MarkYarborough
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