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Contributor/Contact Jamie Rubin, PhD? (jsr9@columbia.edu
Contributor Details Jamie Rubin, PhD?
Assistant Dean
Assistant Vice President for Research Administration at the College of Physicians and Surgeons
Columbia University
630 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032-3702
CTSA Columbia
Case Study Provided Bob Powell, a postdoctoral fellow in biochemistry, has just completed a manuscript detailing the results from the first project in which he had taken a leading role. The focus of his project has been to discern the ways in which humans metabolize sulfites, a class of chemicals commonly used to preserve wines and dried fruits. Although he had developed the rough outlines of the project on his own, he owes much to individuals both inside and outside his lab. The assistance he received from others includes the following:

A colleague at another university, a toxicologist specializing in food additives, shared with Bob his previous work on the in vitro activity of sulfites, information that allowed Bob to choose the ideal animal model for the experiment - the Abyssinian field mouse.

A friend of his, who happened to be a wildlife specialist, provided Bob with much advice on rearing and maintaining a colony of Abyssinian field mice such that he would have a stable pool of animal subjects.

A highly experienced technician in the lab gave Bob advice on modifying an assay he had been using, which finally allowed him to measure successfully sulfite metabolites in mouse urine. This technician also assisted in writing up the methods section of the paper.

The number of assays that Bob had to conduct was quite sizable and more than he could manage on his own, given other demands of the project. Thus, an undergraduate college student collected most of the urine samples and conducted the assays yielding the data.

Finally, a senior researcher in a neighboring lab who took an interest in Bob's career offered to review the initial drafts of Bob's paper. By the end of the writing process, this researcher had helped Bob outline the paper, suggested a few additional experiments that strengthened the paper's conclusions, and made a number of editing changes in the penultimate draft that enhanced the paper's clarity.
Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership Topics No Data acquisition_management_sharing and ownership Topics
Mentor and Trainee Responsibilities Topics No mentor and trainee responsibilities topics
Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship Topics
The significance of authorship,
Authorship assignment,
Scientific responsibilities of authors
Peer Review Topics No peer review topics
Collaborative Science Topics
The nature and advantages of successful collaborations,
Working well with others
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 Korenman, S. G., and Shipp, A.C. Teaching the Responsible Conduct of Research Through a Case Study Approach-A Handbook for Instructors. Washington, D.C.: American Association of Medical Colleges, 1994.

RCR Keyword Collaboration, Ideas, Manuscript, Students, Post-doc
Other RCR Keywords Abyssinian Field Mouse; Animal Subjects; Assay; Biochemistry; Chemicals; Conclusions; Data; Experiments; Food Additives; Humans Metabolize Sulfites; Ideal Animal Model; Initial Drafts; Mouse Urine; Outline the Paper; Papers Clarity; Rough Outlines; Senior Researcher; Technician; Toxicologist; Undergraduate; Wildlife Specialist; Writing Methods Section
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.


Topic revision: r1 - 03 Nov 2011 - 18:04:18 - DebieSchilling
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