Association of Research Integrity Officers 2015 Conference

The 2015 meeting of the Association of Research Integrity Officers is a unique opportunity to interact with a diverse and experienced group of RIOs, institutional counsel and federal partners. Our goal is to provide an educational forum for RIOs, foster collaborations and long-term relationships among institutions and federal partners, and to provide hands-on forensics training for research misconduct investigations.


September 28th - September 30th

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September 28th - September 30th

Cost of Registration: $500 Cost of Optional Forensics Workshop: $50 The button below will redirect you to the CSU Box Office. Please click the "Association of Research Integrity Officers" and then "Buy Tickets Now" to purchase tickets.
Registration closes on September 13th!

Refund and Cancellation Policy: Requests for refunds will be honored when received fourteen calendar days prior to the program. However, another person may be substituted at any time for this program. A $75 administrative fee will be deducted for cancellations. In the unlikely event that this program is cancelled or postponed due to insufficient enrollments or unforeseen circumstances, the university will fully refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any other expenses, including cancellation or change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, travel agencies, or other organizations.
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Monday - Sept. 28th
7:00 - 8:00am Networking Breakfast
8:00 - 8:30am Conference Welcome

Carolyn Broccardo: RCR Coordinator, Colorado State University
Alan Rudolph: Vice President for Research, Colorado State University

8:30 - 10:00am Keynote Address - How much does lack of rigor and reproducibility hinder the development of new therapies for epilepsy?

Problems concerning reproducibility plague translational research in neuroscience; one important effect of this problem is the relative lack of interest of the pharmaceutical industry in areas such as stroke. Epilepsy is facing the same problem - the development of new therapies is delayed, or potentially lost completely - because of problems of rigor and reproducibility. Dr. Dudek will provide his views on why lack of reproducibility will become an increasingly devastating problem in epilepsy research, and why it will continue to limit the development of new therapies for epilepsy. He will discuss some of the factors that contribute to lack of integrity, such as experimental bias (particularly, positive-result bias), pressure to publish in high-impact journals, the funding environment, and practices from the private sector (particularly “Pharma”). He will introduce the hypothetical concept of “deliberate, high-profile ‘bad science’ research”, which has huge and long-lasting negative effects and yet is to be distinguished from documentable “scientific misconduct.” He will propose changes that can be made to remedy - or at least partially mitigate – these problems, such as greatly emphasizing that reproducibility is as important if not much more critical than innovation.

F. Edward Dudek: Professor and Vice-Chair for Translational Research, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Utah School of Medicine

10:00 - 10:30am Break
10:30 - 12:00pm Plenary I - Federal Updates

RIOs have a close working relationship with the federal agencies overseeing research misconduct proceedings for which federal funding is involved. Annual updates with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's Office of Research Integrity and the National Science Foundation's Office of Inspector General allow the agencies to inform RIOs about current trends and potential policy changes, and also allow the RIOs to ask for additional guidance or insight into gray areas that impact allegations, inquiries and investigations at academic institutions.

Susan Garfinkel: Director for the Division of Investigative Oversight, Office of Research Integrity, remote address
James Kroll: Director of Research Integrity & Administrative Investigations, National Science Foundation Office of Inspector General

12:00 - 1:30pm Lunch Served
1:30 - 3:00pm Plenary II - Tips from a Criminologist for Conducting an Investigation

Although the research misconduct process is an administrative rather than legal proceeding, it is more frequently the case that one leads to the other. Knowing this, RIOs would like to learn from criminologists how best to lead an investigation. In particular, issues of evidence chain of custody after sequestration, as well as when and how to interface with law enforcement professionals, will be discussed.

Charles S. DeFrance: Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation

3:30 - 5:30pm Plenary III - Forensics Methods Useful in an Investigation and Panel Discussion

Investigation Committees frequently seek forensic evaluation of evidence in order to make a determination about whether or not misconduct occurred. This panel of experts will cover three types of forensics: 1) manipulation of images (media) used in publications; 2) alteration of computer files or data; and, 3) manipulation of physical compounds (chemicals) in misconduct. Experts in each of these realms will help RIOs understand when and how such resources may be useful to an investigation.

Catalin Grigoras: National Center for Media Forensics
Ann McNichol: National Ocean Sciences AMS Facility
Brian Dykstra: Atlantic Data Forensics

6:30 - 7:30pm Networking Reception (Hosted by CSU,UW,UCB)
Tuesday - Sept. 29th (Closed Session)
7:00 - 8:00am Networking Breakfast
8:00 - 10:00am Plenary IV - Misconduct, Publications, and Open Access

Most misconduct activity impacts the scientific literature. Therefore, RIOs can expect to be required to understand current publication practices, as well as current editorial policies around both publication and retractions. This panel will bring their expertise to RIOs and facilitate an open dialog with the RIOs on areas of common interest and current challenges.

Jeffrey Beall: Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of Colorado Denver
Ferric Fang: Editor-In-Chief, Journal of Infection & Immunity
Adam Marcus: Editor, Gastroenterology and Endoscopy News, Co-founder of Retraction Watch

10:00 - 10:30am Break
10:30 - 11:30am Breakout I

Track A (Cambridge Room): RM 101: Where do I Begin?
Track B (Executive Lounge): Rounding up Resources: Strategies for Staffing and Funding Misconduct Investigations
Track C (Millennium Room): Misconduct in Clinical Research

11:30 - 1:00pm Lunch Served Plenary V - “Recklessness” from a Legal Perspective

The regulatory requirement for a finding of research misconduct is that the misconduct be committed “intentionally, knowingly or recklessly.” However, a determination that the misconduct occurred through recklessness is particularly problematic for Investigation Committees and may pose a special challenge for subsequent administrative or legal action. This panel will help RIOs think about effective ways to manage a determination of recklessness in a misconduct proceeding.

Michael Klein: Director of Research Compliance, Columbia University
Jeff M. Blumenthal: Assistant Attorney General, University of Connecticut Health Center

1:00-1:30pm Break
1:30 - 2:30pm Breakout II

Track A (Cambridge Room): Inquiring Minds: An exploration of best inquiry practices
Track B (Executive Lounge): When is a RIO required to go forward with a research misconduct proceeding? Does a RIO have a choice?
Track C (Millennium Room): To comment, or not to comment? That is the question.

2:30 - 2:45pm Break
2:45pm - 3:45pm An Anonymous Respondent Tells a Story
3:45 - 4:00pm Break
4:00 - 5:00pm Breakout III

Track A (Cambridge Room): Guidelines, Training Materials & Tools
Track B (Executive Lounge): Whistleblower Protections (especially for students)
Track C (Millennium Room): Balancing Due Process Rights of Respondent with Confidentiality Rights of Complainant and Witnesses

Wednesday - Sept. 30th (Closed Session)
7:00 - 8:00am Networking Breakfast
8:00 - 9:00am Plenary VI - Closed Case Discussion: A Tale of a Laboratory, an Expert Witness, and 8 Retractions

Naomi Schrag: Associate Vice President for Research Compliance, Columbia University

9:00 - 10:00am Plenary VII - ARIO: A Plan to Formalize ARIO's Structure, Governance, and Membership

The Association of Research Integrity Officers (ARIO) currently is an ad hoc group of people responsible for the research misconduct process at their respective institutions. This group began gathering in the fall of 2013 at the first annual ARIO conference at Johns Hopkins University. As presently constituted, ARIO does not have any members per se, nor does it have any officers, a budget or a mission statement. Each year the group gains in numbers and visibility, leading to the need for a formal, sustaining organizational structure. The ARIO Steering Committee will outline a proposal for formalizing ARIO’s structure, governance and membership and will solicit comments on this proposal.

ARIO Steering Committee

10:00 - 10:30am Break
10:30 - 12:00pm Breakout IV - Regional Meetings
12:00 - 1:00pm Boxed Lunch
1:00 - 4:00pm Optional Forensics Workshop: Forensic Image Analysis in Research Integrity Investigations
Workshop enrollment is limited. A laptop with pre-loaded software will be required. Software installation instructions will be provided prior to the conference. The cost of the workshop is $50.
A Windows PC is required.

National Center for Media Forensics, University of Colorado Denver
Catalin Grigoras: catalin.grigoras@ucdenver
Jeff Smith:

After attending this workshop, attendees will (1) become familiar with basics of digital image authentication; (2) understand criteria used for image authentication; (3) understand how to conduct basic analysis within a forensic framework; (4) understand the scientific limits and some of the proposed solutions. Digital image authentication has become more important than ever before. Often a crucial element discovered... during investigations, digital images have become a commonly contested form of evidence. Even the trustworthiness of press photography has become questionable due to manipulation. With the proliferation of digital media manipulation tools, media manipulation is dangerous reality in the modern digital society - and this includes Research Integrity.

Digital media authentication is a growing field of research that seeks to determine the validity of digital multimedia by investigating known signatures within a file’s data combined with signal analysis of coding and compression effects on image data. This workshop will discuss the media authentication process providing the user with methods of authenticating image. It will also demonstrate the incorporation of multiple tools and techniques into unified frameworks appropriate in forensic examinations where reducing examiner bias and error is crucial.

Workshop Schedule:
1. Introduction on forensic image analysis
2. Applications of forensic image analysis on manipulated figures (e.g. discussions on some real cases)
3. Scientific limits and current problems
4. Proposals to improve the current regulations
5. Practice and training on some cases prepared by the presenters with the goal of teaching participants to run some basic image analysis in their own investigations.

Steering Committee

Anne Ackenhusen, J.D., M.M.A.

University of Washington
Anne Ackenhusen Anne Ackenhusen is the Director of the Office of Scholarly Integrity at the University of Washington, where she has worked since 2006. Her office handles research misconduct allegations and oversees all aspects of the research misconduct process for the entire university, including the medical school. Prior to joining the University of Washington, Ms. Ackenhusen practiced civil litigation for a number of years. Ms. Ackenhusen earned her BS in zoology and MMA in marine policy from the University of Rhode Island, and her JD from Boston College Law School.

Sheila Garrity, J.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.

The George Washington University
Sheila Garrity Sheila Garrity, is the Research Integrity Officer for The George Washington University. The Offices of Human Subjects Research, Animal Research, Laboratory Safety, and Regulatory Affairs report to Ms. Garrity in her role as Associate Vice President for Research Integrity. She is responsible for policy development, informational sessions, and development of educational modules to assist investigators with understanding their ethical and fiduciary responsibilities with regard to their research. Ms. Garrity also oversees compliance activities and collaborates with University officials to strategize initiatives related to research compliance... and research ethics. Her educational background includes a JD from the University of Maryland and an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she also earned a certificate in Health and Human Rights.

Lauran Qualkenbush

Northwestern University
Lauran Qualkenbush Lauran Qualkenbush is the Director of the Office for Research Integrity and the Research Integrity Officer for Northwestern University. She is responsible for promoting the responsible conduct and appropriate administration of University research and is involved in Responsible Conduct of Research education across the University. She oversees the development of research-related training and responds to allegations of research misconduct as well as other types of research non-compliance. Ms. Qualkenbush holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and previously worked in the IRB office and as a clinical research coordinator.

Diane Rosecrans Wender, JD

Diane Rosecrans Wender, JD, has worked in Penn’s Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Research Integrity Office since 2009. She serves as RIO and also is actively involved in the administration of the University’s policy on conflicts of interest related to research. Previously, Diane practiced law for many years in Philadelphia as a transactional and general business attorney with particular expertise in regulated industries, such as the communications industry and health care. She also served on Penn Law School’s clinical faculty for several years as the supervisor of the Small Business Clinic. She is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Debra Schaller-Demers

Debra Schaller-Demers Debra Schaller-Demers, MSOM, is the Director of Research Outreach and Compliance at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), where she has worked since 2008. Prior to that time she was the Research Integrity and Conflict of Interest Manager at Weill Cornell Medical College. She develops, directs and oversees programs to educate and train the MSK research community in the responsible conduct of research (RCR Course Director) and develops policies, procedures, and initiatives that deal with issues of research integrity (including investigation of Research Misconduct allegations), compliance and administration. In addition... she serves as a non-scientist member on the MSK Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), administrator for the Tri-Institutional Embryonic Stem Cell Oversight Committee, and as administrative director of the Institutional Biosafety Committee and Export Control program. She also directs all outreach (communication and education) for the Research and Technology Division. She earned a BA from Queens College, cum laude and an MS in Organization and Management from Capella University.

McGehee V. Marsh, Ph.D., J.D.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
McGehee Marsh McGehee Marsh is an attorney licensed to practice law in Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, and the District of Columbia. She has a Ph.D. in environmental toxicology/chemistry and is a patent attorney and environmental auditor, and practiced intellectual property and environmental law in Kentucky. She also taught environmental biology and environmental law for biologists to undergraduate and graduate students, and conducted wetlands and aquatics research. McGehee was Kentucky Senate General Counsel and one of the architects of Kentucky’s postsecondary education reform, which created new funding... formulas and reorganized missions and focus for Kentucky’s public colleges, universities, community colleges, and technical schools. She worked for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education as Chief Science Advisor and Assistant Vice President Academic Affairs and was responsible for implementing legislation passed during her tenure at the Senate, which created initiatives to attract knowledge-based economy companies to Kentucky, and to recruit women to the sciences. McGehee most recently served as the Kentucky governor’s General Counsel. McGehee was a Cancer Center Administrator and MD/PhD program coordinator, and currently works with St. Jude’s research faculty, academic programs, environmental health and safety, Animal Resource Center, Grants and Contracts Office, Office of Technology Licensing, International Outreach Program, Clinical Trials Administration, and the Children’s GMP LLC. She is a member of the St. Jude Graduate School workgroup to create a PhD graduate program in Biomedical Science at St. Jude. She provides legal support to the Research Integrity Officer in resolving questions of research misconduct and conducting research integrity educational programs, and is a member of the national RIO professional association steering committee. McGehee has served on several boards and commissions: the Natural Resources Leadership Institute; Governors’ Commission on Small Business Advocacy; Governors’ Commission on Family Farms; and Women in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology Steering Committee. She was a Kentucky Academy of Science Women in Science Mentor and a Louisville Health Care Fellow. She is a Leadership Master and Master Gardener, is on the St. Jude Select Advisory Committee, and was the Read to Me St. Jude coordinator. McGehee raises and trains service dogs, and is a member of American Mensa.

Program Committee

Kathy Partin, Ph.D.

Colorado State University
Kathy Partin Dr. Kathy Partin is the Assistant Vice President for Research, the Director of the Research Integrity & Compliance Review Office (RICRO), and a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. She received her BA in 1982 from the University of Michigan and her PhD in Molecular Microbiology in 1990 from SUNY Stony Brook. Dr. Partin received postdoctoral training from Duke University (Howard Hughes Medical Institute) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her past research focused on the biophysics and pharmacology of glutamate receptor ion channels. As the Director of RICRO she offers “Responsible Conduct of Research”... instruction to faculty and students, facilitates oversight review committees including the IACUC, IRB, IBC, and oversees the Quality Assurance Program. As AVPR she serves as the CSU RIO, oversees Laboratory Animal Resources, export control and classified research.

Carolyn Broccardo, Ph.D.

Colorado State University
Carolyn Broccardo As an active research scientist for over 20 years, Carolyn has a diverse background in the sciences and education. Recently, as the Responsible Conduct of Research Coordinator at CSU, she has been a leader in the organization of faculty training workshops, graduate education in research ethics, a train-the-trainer ethics infusion program, university wide guest lectures, and RCR compliance. Additionally, she was the co-organizer for the 2015 National Data Integrity Conference hosted by CSU. She recently completed a Project Management Certification course at CSU, and plans to pursue Project Management Professional certification.

Lauran Qualkenbush

Lauran Qualkenbush

Northwestern University
See bio above
Sheila Garrity

Sheila Garrity, J.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.

The George Washington University
See bio above
Anne Ackenhusen

Anne Ackenhusen, J.D., M.M.A.

University of Washington
See bio above


Joseph Rosse, Ph.D.

University of Colorado Boulder
Joseph Rosse Joseph Rosse is the Associate Vice Chancellor of Research Integrity and Compliance at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In that capacity, he is responsible for research oversight and compliance for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, the Institutional Review Board, Biosafety, the Conflict of Interest and Commitment, Responsible Conduct of Research, Export-Controls, and Controlled Substances. He is also an ex officio member of the campus Radiation Safety Committee and the Standing Committee on Restricted, Proprietary and Classified Research. Rosse is the Responsible Facility Official for the Institutional... Biosafety Committee and for registration of select agents, the Institutional Official for reporting research misconduct to the Public Health Service, and the Empowered Official for compliance with export control regulations.

Dr. Rosse received his Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Illinois, and is also a Professor of Management in the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business. Rosse is an author of three books, in addition to over 70 papers published in scholarly journals and books, mostly dealing with job (dis)satisfaction, employee turnover, and the development of employee selection systems.

William Gern, Ph.D.

University of Wyoming
William Gern Vice President for Research and Economic Development and Research Integrity Officer

Alice Young, Ph.D.

Texas Tech University
Alice Young Dr. Alice Young, is Associate Vice President for Research-Responsible Research in the Office of the Vice President for Research and professor of psychological sciences at Texas Tech University and of pharmacology and neuroscience at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Young works with TTU Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S), all TTU research compliance offices and the TTU Ethics Center to develop programs in responsible conduct of research that support TTU research and scholarship. Dr. Young received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She earned... a doctorate in experimental psychology from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and received postdoctoral training in pharmacology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Carlos Rey Romero

University of New Mexico
Carlos Rey Romero Carlos Rey Romero is Associate Vice President for Research & Compliance at The University of New Mexico (UNM), Director of the Center for Education Policy Research and is a Research Scholar in the Anderson Schools of Management. In his role as AVP for Research & Compliance Mr. Romero oversees Main Campus research compliance and is responsible for research outreach and collaborations. Prior to being named AVP for Research & Compliance Mr. Romero served as AVP for Research Administration for seven years where he oversaw the Offices of Sponsored Projects, Contract & Grant Accounting and Research... Compliance. Prior to that Mr. Romero was the Associate Vice President for Government & Community Relations. He received his B.S. from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech) where he majored in Basic Sciences and Chemical Engineering, an MBA from the New Mexico Highlands University and is A.B.D in Educational Leadership from The University of New Mexico.

William Gannon, Ph.D.

University of New Mexico
William Gannon Dr. William Gannon is the Director of Academic Integrity & Research Ethics (AIRE); a Research Assistant Professor in the Departments of Biology and Pathology; and a student in the Department of Philosophy; ethics and scientific member of the Institutional Review Board; and team member for OVPR research misconduct investigations. Prior to these current activities, Bill was hired in 1986 in UNM’s Biology Department Museum of Southwestern Biology and has served as Director of Research Compliance Services, Director of the Office of Animal Care and Compliance, chaired both institutional animal care... and use committees (IACUC), and chaired the main campus Institutional Review Board (IRB) for human subjects research protections. He received his Ph.D. in 1997 in Biology, and is now completing a master’s degree in Philosophy (ethics). He also received training in Bioethics from the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University and the UNM Joan Gibson Health Care Ethics certification program. Dr. Gannon has coauthored 60+ journal articles or book chapters and has had 19 funded research grants (3 related to professional training in ethics). Currently he focuses on ethics with his teaching, writing, and training on the responsible conduct of research and academic integrity at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional level.

Jenny Nyborg, Ph.D.

Colorado State University
Jenny Nyborg Jennifer Nyborg received her PhD in Biochemistry in 1986. Following a post-doc at CU Boulder, she joined the faculty in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at CSU in 1990. For the last 25 years, Jennifer has had an active research program studying gene regulation and oncogenesis using the human T-cell leukemia virus (HTLV-1) as a model system. She became interested in scientific misconduct and research ethics through her work reviewing manuscripts and NIH grant applications. Recognizing a need for formal education in this area, Jennifer developed a graduate-level course called “Principles of Conduct in Biochemical Research.” It was... one of the first of its kind when she began teaching the course in 2004 and she has taught the course every year since. The one credit course meets the federal standards for providing graduate students and postdocs with training in RCR.

Hank Gardner, Ph.D.

Colorado State University
Hank Gardner Dr. Henry (Hank) Gardner currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Research at Colorado State University (CSU). His responsibilities at CSU include promoting interdisciplinary research in the university’s strategic areas of research excellence, promoting internal and external research partnerships, serving as the University patent officer and facilitating the interface between CSU and economic development and technology transfer activities. Prior to joining CSU in 2001, Hank served a brief period with a not for profit cancer research center in Denver after serving 25 years with the US Army Medical Department. His Army... career included 11 years on active duty in the Medical Service Corps followed by 14 years as a Department of the Army civilian with the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. He was the founding Director of the US Army Center for Environmental Health Research (USACEHR) and he ended his Army career as the Scientific Director of USACEHR. Hank’s academic credentials include a Bachelor of Arts in environmental biology from the University of Montana, a Master of Science in Public Health in environmental health from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and a Doctor of Public Health in environmental health from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.

Ellen Fisher, Ph.D.

Colorado State University
Ellen Fisher Ellen Fisher is Senior Faculty Advisor (SFA) for Research at Colorado State University (CSU). The SFA plays a lead role in accomplishing Colorado State University’s research and discovery goals. As a key member of the Executive Leadership Team for the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), the SFA serves as an advocate for the VPR in a broad array of research administration and operational activities related to CSU’s $313M (FY13) research enterprise. Fisher’s work has resulted in five patent disclosures, more than 135 peer-reviewed journal articles and 120 invited talks. She has graduated 15 Ph.D. and... 4 M.S. students, 6 students are currently pursuing the Ph.D. under her guidance, and she has mentored dozens of undergraduate research students, many of whom have gone on to graduate and professional programs across the country.

Fisher performed post-doctoral work from 1991-1993 at the Sandia National Laboratories, and received her doctoral degree from the University of Utah in 1991, and her bachelor’s degree from Texas Lutheran University in 1986.