GRD-500 Integrity in Science

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Instructor Dr. Robert C. Rizzo [631-632-9340,]
Course No. GRD-500
Location/Time Physics Room P113, Wednesday 11:45-12:40 pm
Office Hours Anytime or by appointment, Room 1-101, Dept. of Applied Math & Statistics

GENERAL INFORMATION: GRD-500 is part of a mandatory Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training as required by the University and Federal funding agencies (e.g. NIH, NSF, DOE, DOD)for all PhD students. Note that this course is combined with AMS-532 in the spring semester.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR): Journal Club meetings in the Spring will initially be devoted to training in "Responsible Conduct of Research" on topics that include Integrity in Science, Scientific Misconduct, Collaborating and Mentoring, Authorship, Plagiarism, Managing Data, and Journalism and Science. Prior to each meeting, students will view online lectures by Stony Brook faculty and read additional relevant materials which often include case studies. The RCR meetings will be run as small group breakout sessions followed by group discussion. To fully fulfill RCR training, students must also complete a relevant RCR module, and achieve a passing grade of at least 80% on subsequent quizzes, within the web-based Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) located at See Course Schedule at the bottom of the WIKI page ( ) for more information including relevant links, topics, and dates for RCR meetings.

LITERATURE DISCLAIMER: Hyperlinks and manuscripts accessed through Stony Brook University's electronic journal subscriptions are provided below for educational purposes only.

PRESENTATION DISCLAIMER: Presentations may contain slides from a variety of online sources for educational and illustrative purposes only, and use here does not imply that the presenter is claiming that the contents are their own original work or research.

REQUIRED SYLLABI STATEMENTS: The University Senate has authorized that the following required statements appear in all teaching syllabi on the Stony Brook Campus. This information is also located on the Provost’s website:

Americans with Disabilities Act: If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support Services, ECC(Educational Communications Center) Building, Room 128, (631)632-6748. They will determine with you what accommodations, if any, are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.

Academic Integrity: Each student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all submitted work. Representing another person's work as your own is always wrong. Faculty is required to report any suspected instances of academic dishonesty to the Academic Judiciary. Faculty in the Health Sciences Center (School of Health Technology & Management, Nursing, Social Welfare, Dental Medicine) and School of Medicine are required to follow their school-specific procedures. For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonesty please refer to the academic judiciary website at

Critical Incident Management: Stony Brook University expects students to respect the rights, privileges, and property of other people. Faculty are required to report to the Office of University Community Standards any disruptive behavior that interrupts their ability to teach, compromises the safety of the learning environment, or inhibits students' ability to learn. Faculty in the HSC Schools and the School of Medicine are required to follow their school-specific procedures. Further information about most academic matters can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin, the Undergraduate Class Schedule, and the Faculty-Employee Handbook.