Responsible Conduct of Research Training for Postdoctoral Scholars

This training is designed for postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty who are recipients of NIH, NSF, or other training awards that require training in Responsible Conduct of Research. The training will cover the principles and expectations for conducting research ethically and guide participants in teaching others for whom they are responsible. Each session will be led by ECU subject matter experts in each of the RCR core areas. 


Pre-Session Reading 

This training places a heavy emphasis on discussion, and the content area instructor may require participants to complete light pre-session reading in preparation for discussion. 


Attendance at the following sessions is mandatory to receive your course certificate.  You can choose either Human Subjects Research or Research Involving Vertebrate Animals; you do not have to attend both sessions. 

Postdoctoral scholars who are assigned to the Coastal Studies Institute or are located outside of North Carolina can participate virtually. All other postdoctoral scholars should plan to attend the session in person.


Feb. 25, 2022
2:30 - 3:30
Research Misconduct
Policies and Responses to Suspected Research Misconduct • Identifying lines between misconduct, irresponsible conduct, and expected normative practices • ECU policies and resources • What to do if you suspect misconduct or someone comes to YOU with concerns
Greg HasslerRegister for this Session
Feb. 25, 2022
3:30 - 4:45
Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing, and Ownership & Reproducible Research
Expected practices and policies of journals, sponsors, and institutions • Tools for reproducibility in research
Kerry SewellRegister for this Session
March 4, 2022
3:00 - 4:00
Mentor-Mentee Relationships
Core principles of teaching and learning through mentors • Responsibilities when mentoring others • Helping others deal with the lack of consensus across the community on some practices • Individual Development Plans • Clarifying expectations
Jamie DeWittRegister for this Session
March 4, 2022
4:00 - 5:00
Collaborative Science
New issues arising as research becomes much more of a ‘team sport’ • As a mentor, guiding others working across research groups and differing research practices • Prospectively addressing possible issues BEFORE they arise • International collaborations – similarities and potential differences
Darrell NeuferRegister for this Session
March 18. 2022
3:00 - 4:00
Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship
The range of norms, beliefs and practices among scientists and disciplines on assignment of credit through authorship and acknowledgements • Journal practices requiring explicit statements of contributions of authors • Establishing and communicating your criteria and process for determining authorship
Jeff McKinnonRegister for this Session
March 18, 2022
4:00 - 5:00
Peer Review
What really are the instructions and expectations for journal and NIH peer reviewers? • Inclusion of graduate students and postdocs in peer review processes • Teaching others the high bar for respect of intellectual property revealed to peer reviewers
Russ PriceRegister for this Session
March 25, 2022
3:00 - 4:00
Research Involving Vertebrate Animals
Going beyond the web-based training to real-life considerations of using animals in research • Practical applications for seeking approval to use animals in your research • Supervising and training others to work with animals in research
Dorcas O'Rourke
Cecile Baccanale
Gaelle Deshayes
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March 25, 2022
3:00 - 4:00
Research Involving Human Subjects and Materials
Beyond the basics to reality • Balancing potential conflicts between protecting subjects and accomplishing vital research
Suzanne Sparrow
Kenneth Briley
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March 25, 2022
4:00 - 5:00
Conflicts of Interest - Recognizing, Acknowledging, Managing, Eliminating
Avoiding unconscious and subtle unintended bias • Federal and ECU policies and practices with respect to financial conflicts of interests • Institutional COI • Risks of non-financial COIs
Samuel Sears
Christiana Shoopman
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April 1, 2022
3:00 - 4:30
Risk Mitigation in Research Facilities
Unique variety of hazards associated with research labs • Management of challenging emerging risks in research laboratories • Hazard mitigation tools
Kelly ShookRegister for this Session