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Research Ethics Week

February 26 - March 1


About this series:

Research Ethics Week is an annual week-long series of college and department-led educational opportunities focused on professional development and best practices to promote, maintain, and model high standards of ethics and integrity in research. Research Ethics Week 2024 will be held February 26 – March 1, 2024. Research Ethics Day will be held February 28, 2024.

Questions about Research Ethics Week? Contact Danielle Rintala, Director of Research Integrity and Compliance (rinta015@umn.edu).


Understanding the Financial Conflict of Interest Review and Management Process

February 26, 2024 – 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
RSVP for this Zoom webinar: Understanding the Financial Conflict of Interest Review and Management Process

Speaker: Jon Guden, Associate Program Director-COI, Office of Institutional Compliance

An overview of the University’s financial conflict of interest review and management process for both individual and institutional conflicts in research. The presentation will address conflicts of interest involving University start-ups, SBIR and STTR awards, and human participant research.

Contact Jon Guden, jguden@umn.edu, with questions.

Public Records: The Ethical Relationship Between Your Research and the Public’s Trust in Government

February 26, 2024 – 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Join Public Records: The Ethical Relationship Between Your Research and the Public’s Trust in Government


  • Kaley Klanica, Senior Associate General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel
  • Laurie Beyer-Kropuenske, Director, Data Access & Privacy, Chief Data Practices Compliance Officer, Office of General Counsel
  • Dan Volkosh, Assistant Director, Data Access and Privacy, Office of the General Counsel
  • Susan McKinney, CRM, Sr. Associate Director and University Records Manager, Data Access and Privacy, Office of the General Counsel

Because the University of Minnesota is a public institution, it is subject to public record laws that intend to hold government accountable. These laws give anyone the ability to file a public record request with the University and ask for copies of public (and sometimes even private) data. In this session, we will provide you with: an overview of how the University responds to public record requests when they pertain to research; examples of public and private data, including trade secrets; how to respond when your records are requested; and things to keep in mind as you create data in your University role.

Additional Information from the Office of General Counsel about Data Access and Privacy.

Contact Dan Volkosh, volko031@umn.edu, with questions.

Inviting Controversy: Political Surveys in A Polarized Nation

February 27, 2024 – 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Join Inviting Controversy: Political Surveys in A Polarized Nation

Presenter: Tim Lindberg, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Minnesota, Morris

Asking about political viewpoints in the current polarized environment of the United States is challenging. Yet, it is arguably even more important to do so because shifts in political power can have greater impacts if the parties are further apart on political and policy values. My research using surveys has primarily focused on the urban-rural distinction in politics and I have completed a major mail survey and multiple online surveys using Qualtrics participants in the past five years. In this discussion, I focus on the importance of asking about politics in surveys in ways that give respondents a voice in the process while minimizing the potential for undesirable priming effects. I also discuss the difficulty in finding external funding to do political survey research in the current political climate.

If interested, the data collected from the 2018 Rural Matters Survey is available via a report on the Rural Matters website.

Contact Tim Lindberg, lind1057@morris.umn.edu, with questions.

Hot Topics in Research Integrity

February 27, 2024 – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
RSVP and Join: Hot Topics in Research Integrity

Presenter: Danielle Rintala, Director of Research Integrity and Compliance, Research and Innovation Office, and a Ph.D. Student in CEHD OLPD- Higher Education

This webinar will define what constitutes research misconduct, how our office handles allegations of research misconduct, and strategies for maintaining integrity and ethics in high-pressure ‘publish or perish’ research environments. This is a presentation sponsored by the Research and Innovation Office. We welcome all students, faculty, and research staff to attend our webinar to facilitate a better understanding of research misconduct and how our office is equipping itself to support ethics and integrity in research.

Contact Danielle Rintala, rinta015@umn.edu, with questions.

CVM Research Ethics Day Panel – Research in an A.I. World: Balancing Innovation and Integrity

February 27, 2024 – 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
RSVP to join in-person or via Zoom: CVM Research Ethics Day Panel
In-person location: 215 Ben Pomeroy Center, St. Paul Campus


  • Dr. Joseph Konstan, Associate Dean for Research, College of Science and Engineering
  • Dr. Gerard Kramer, Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine
  • Dr. Jonah Cullen, Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine
  • ChatGPT

Join the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) for our Research Ethics Day interactive panel featuring: Dr. Joseph Konstan, Dr. Gerald Cramer, Dr. Jonah Cullen, and ChatGPT. This event is jointly sponsored by the CVM’s Office of the Associate Dean for Research and the CVM Research Committee. This is a hybrid event taking place via Zoom and in-person at 215 Ben Pomeroy Center. Lunch will be provided to the first 50 in-person registrants.

Contact Adrienne Burns, adrienne@umn.edu, with questions.

A Conversation on Reproducibility

February 27, 2024 – 1:15 PM to 2:15 PM
RSVP to join the Zoom webinar: A Conversation on Reproducibility


  • Alan Love, Department of Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities
  • Steven Stovitz, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, UMN Medical School
  • Erich Kummerfeld, Institute for Health Informatics, Office of Academic Clinical Affairs

Reproducibility and replicability are the cornerstone of good science. Much has been talked about on this topic in the recent years, we would like to add to the conversation with a panel of experts discussing and taking questions on:

  • Open data and open code policies
  • Development of high-quality data repositories
  • Support of the development and community awareness of findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR) principles
  • Management of bias in data
  • Generalizability and inclusiveness in data and data collection/analysis and more!

Email umn-dsi@umn.edu with questions.

Why and How to Create Community Agreements in Community-Engaged Research

February 27, 2024 – 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
RSVP to join in-person or via Zoom: Community Agreements Workshop
Join via Zoom
In-person location: Liberal Arts Engagement Hub, 120 Pillsbury Hall

Speaker: Xun Yu, graduate research assistant, the Liberal Arts Engagement Hub

This hybrid workshop offers a unique Community Agreements Workshop to help develop ideas for starting community-university partnerships. Topics covered are:

  • Understanding the concept of community agreements by building a set of community agreements together in this workshop
  • Preparing to construct a written, more official partnership document: the Memorandum of Understanding
  • Talking through and challenging some common colonial assumptions in community collaborative work

Contact Xun Yu (yu015390@umn.edu) or Anna Freyberg (freyb019@umn.edu) with questions.

Annual Research Ethics Day Conference
Building Partnerships to Advance Ethical Research: Collaborators, Communities & Companies

February 28, 2024 – 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
See more information and Register for the Annual Research Ethics Day Conference


  • Joshua C. Denny, MD, MS, Chief Executive Officer, All of Us Research Program
  • Karriem S. Watson, DHSc, MS, MPH, Chief Engagement Officer, All of Us Research Program
  • Geeta Krishna Swamy, MD, Haywood Brown, MD, Distinguished Professor of Women’s Health; Vice Dean for Scientific Integrity, Duke University School of Medicine; Associate Vice President for Research, Duke University
  • L. Michelle Bennett, PhD, Senior Vice President, Roger Schwarz & Associates; Principal, LMBennett Consulting, LLC; formerly Director, Center for Research Strategy, National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH
  • Karina L. Walters, PhD, MSW, Director, Tribal Health Research Office (THRO), National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Rev. Alvin C. Hathaway, Sr, PhD, DMin, Chief Executive Officer, African Ancestry Neuroscience Research Initiative; Principal of the African American Clergy Medical Research Initiative; Pastor Emeritus, Union Baptist Church
  • Carolynn Thomas Jones, DNP, MSPH, RN, Clinical Professor; Director, Master of Clinical Research Program; Co-Director of Workforce Development, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, College of Nursing, Ohio State University
  • Jennifer McLeland, PhD, ACRP-PM, CCRC, Manager, Division of Clinical Research, Washington University School of Medicine; Chair, Professional Ethics Committee, Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP)
  • Erwin Gianchandani, PhD, Assistant Director of the Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP), National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Jorge L. Contreras, JD, James T. Jensen Endowed Professor for Transactional Law, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law; Adjunct Professor, Department of Human Genetics, University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Shashank Priya, PhD, Vice President for Research & Innovation; Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota

As research teams become larger and more complex, forging effective partnerships to ensure the ethical conduct of research has become more challenging. Yet creating successful collaborations to ensure the responsible conduct of research is crucial at all stages of the research process. Researchers need to build a team that successfully integrates investigators, research staff, and trainees in the responsible conduct of research. They need to be able to partner respectfully in community-engaged and community-led research, building alliances to advance equity, inclusion, and cross-learning. And in creating relationships with funders and companies to develop and apply the research, researchers need to fulfill ethical duties including disclosure and managing conflicts of interest and commitment.

Join interdisciplinary experts for a unique conference on how to build partnerships with investigators, communities, clinical research professionals, and companies to promote the ethical conduct and translation of research. National leaders will discuss successes and challenges in a wide range of research programs. They will consider the elements of successful collaboration that promote research integrity, inclusivity, mutual respect, and accountability in the conduct of research. As a public, land-grant research university, we aim to explore these vital issues with our faculty, staff, trainees, students, and community, as well as a national audience.


February 26
March 1


Research and Innovation Office
(612) 625-3394
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