posted June 20, 2006

Seminar to Focus on Research Ethics

Ethics in research will be the focus of a seminar at Hope College on Thursday, June 22, at 2 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Dr. David E. Wright of the Michigan State University faculty will present "Research Misconduct: Why It Matters; What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself." The seminar will run for 50 minutes, with the audience invited to ask questions and participate in discussion for 20 to 30 minutes.

Wright is a professor in the Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies (CARRS) at Michigan State University, and teaches and writes on the history of science technology and the responsible conduct of research. For 11 years he served as the university intellectual integrity officer and the assistant vice president for research ethics and standards, responsible for most research regulatory compliance at MSU. He also served for 12 years as the chair of the University Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects (UCRIHS).

He currently serves as an expert consultant to the Office of Research Integrity with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, working with both the Division of Research Investigations and the Division of Education and Integrity.

Wright studied humanities at Princeton, where he completed his Bachelor's degree, and earned his doctorate in American studies at MSU. Before joining the faculty in

CARRS, he taught in Lyman Briggs School at MSU. He also served as program officer for the Humanities, Science, and Technology Program at the National Endowment for the Humanities.

He is completing a study of the origins of biotechnology in America, which has been supported by the NEH, NSF and USDA.

Wright's seminar on June 22 is being sponsored by the science division at Hope. The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.