UNM experts can help faculty researchers think through the process of ethical research.  If you have ever wondered whether there are potential conflicts with your research or whether you are paying attention to all possible problems, there's an upcoming opportunity to address those concerns.

"People don't want to think about fraud and how it might impact their research," says William Gannon, director of the Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research initiative in the Office of the Vice President for Research at UNM. "And they don't always realize that training in research ethics is now required by the federal funding agencies, not only for principal investigators, but also for their students."

As a result UNM now offers seminars four times each year that allow researchers to get the needed certification in research ethics.  There is also a brown bag series, organized courses, and instruction provided by Gannon in OGS's Graduate Student Funding Initiative.  The next seminar is Friday, March 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jackson Student Center in the Anderson School of Management.  Registration includes a free lunch.  Interested researchers can register at, OVPR Event Registration.

The symposium will be held in the business school partly because Shawn Berman, associate professor of management at Anderson School of Management and seminar co-organizer, wants to remind everyone about the kind of impact research ethics can have for companies working with new technologies.  He says this symposium will give attendees the opportunity to hear from Rich Brody, professor at UNM's Anderson School of Management and internationally recognized expert on fraud and forensic accounting who will speak about "Fraud and Conflicts of Interest – Is misconduct a state of mind?"

Another speaker, Elizabeth (Lisa) Kuuttila, president and CEO of STC.UNM, will give perspective about how intellectual property created at the university is handled.  STC.UNM is the nonprofit corporation created by the university to commercialize intellectual property created by researchers.

Brody and Kuuttila will be joined by Michele Huff, an intellectual property and licensing law expert who is currently interim deputy University Counsel at UNM and Craig White, Department chair and Moss Adams, professor of Accounting for a lunch panel titled, "Are we in the business of promoting a healthy academic culture in research and conduct?  UNM's policy and practice regarding COI and Intellectual Property."

The symposium and seminar are free, but registration is required.