Register now for next week’s forum on research and ethics

The first part of a UW-Madison initiative called Integrating Research Ethics and Scholarship takes place next week.  The kick-off event is a symposium on November 4 (a second symposium will be held on January 27). There are two parts to the Nov. 4 event, a morning session geared to those just embarking on their research careers—grad students and post-docs—and an evening session for anyone interested in the topic. CALS is a co-sponsor of the event, and Irwin Goldman, Professor of Horticulture, is part of the evening session panel. Registration is required for the evening event.

Morning Session: Henrietta Lacks and Research Practices, 1310 Grainger Hall, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This session, focused on themes from The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, offers graduate students and postdoctoral researchers an opportunity to learn about the tenets of research integrity through discussion and analysis.   Participants will learn ethical frameworks for decision making by discussing individual benefit, public benefit and perceived benefit.  Graduate students and postdoctoral researches will apply this framework during breakout sessions on: responsible authorship, communicating science, informed consent, and patents and commercialization.

Evening Session: Who Decides and Who Profits: Research at UW-Madison, 1100 Grainger Hall, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Members of the panel will address issues of research oversight, research infrastructure, the costs and benefits of research, the ways in which the public can influence research, how federal and state money is spent, and why basic science research is important.  Panelists will include researchers, research oversight administrators, communication experts, and deans. William Mellon, Associate Dean for Research, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences will facilitate the discussion.


  • Susan Ellis Weismer, Associate Dean for Research, College of Letters and Science and Professor of Communicative Disorders
  • Sharon Dunwoody, Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Professor of Journalism
  • Eric Sandgren, Director, Research Animal Resources Center and Associate Professor of Experimental Pathology
  • Nichelle Cobb, Director of the Health Sciences Institutional Review Board
  • Rick Moss, Senior Associate Dean for Basic Research, Biotechnology, and Graduate Studies, School of Medicine and Public Health and Professor of Physiology
  • Irwin Goldman, Professor of Horticulture
  • Jill Sakai, University Communications