This semester, several steps have been taken to advance the responsible conduct of research infrastructure at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In September, President DiPietro announced an updated Policy on Misconduct in Research and Service, which the Office of Research Integrity worked diligently to amend. This office has also labored to provide greater information on services available to the UT Knoxville research community through a series of web content on Responsible Conduct of Research, iThenticate, and a Responsible Conduct of Research Lunch and Learn Series of workshops. These efforts reflect the office’s dedication to UT’s faculty, staff, and students and to its journey to becoming a Top 25 public research university.
This effort would not be possible without the dedication of the faculty members who have embraced our shared governance activities by leading our compliance and safety committees, including: Colleen Gilrane (Institutional Review Board), Melinda Hauser (Institutional Animal Care and Use), Jun Lin (Institutional Biosafety), Terry Hazen (Laboratory Safety), Federica Morandi (Radiation Safety), James Parks (Laser Safety) and John Kobza (Research Conflicts of Interest). Through their leadership the review and oversight process has become much more efficient, objective, and collegial.
As we continue to make progress, the Office of Research Integrity will use the Integrity newsletter, published once a semester, to share important and timely information with members of the research community.