Just a quick post today -- I have spent most of the afternoon(1) eating a fabulous lunch with all my colleagues, (2) talking with the fabulous Sarah and (3) working on my presentation for tomorrow. At this point, the presentation is pretty much done (click here if you would like to see the finished product!) and hopefully things will just fall in place tomorrow during my 15 minute presentation and my 15 minute Q&A. I did a quick handout (outlining my category definitions in simple terms) but I just need to make sure that I bring my wit (and confidence?) with me in the morning. Just in case you are interested in the fascinating topics that my colleagues are doing, click here for the link to the Dartmouth College web site event announcement!
This morning Dr Bazerman had us consider research ethics, a topic I wasn't that familiar with. The Belmont Report in 1979 evolved out of the ethical problems concerning the Tuskegee syphilis experiments (Google this if you don't know about it) and the 1971 Strandford prisoner experiments. The three basic concepts that we need to be aware of is respect, benefit, and justice. So, in other words, we need to make sure that our research participants are seen as autonomous agents, that their well being is secured and advanced, and that any benefits we give or gain are shared. This was a huge reminder to me to make sure that I keep the names of my students (in my study) protected (and that I line them all up with fake names).
Just one private consultation with Dr Donahue in a few minutes and then one more group meeting at 5 PM. And then home to our cabin!