Meeting On Science Conduct Seen As A Noble Attempt That Fell Short
Author: Franklin Hoke, pp.1
|Attendees praise conveners' good intentions but say the gathering lacked substance|
Participants are praising last month's "Convocation on Scientific Conduct" and the meeting's hosts, National Academy of Sciences (NAS) president Bruce Alberts and Institute of Medicine (IOM) head Kenneth Shine, for placing research ethics firmly on their prestigious organizations' agendas. Some meeting critics, however, say that the conference failed to sufficiently explore specific cases or to adequately define different types of scientific misconduct.
And many of the attendees note with some dismay that active research scientists were largely absent from among the approximately 250 people present in the academy's Washington, D.C., auditorium. The meeting instead was dominated by those who are responsible for preventing or responding to scientific misconduct--university administrators, government officials, and journal editors.
Sessions at the meeting, held June 6 and 7,...