Just by reading this title you probably have guessed that I am a big Star Wars Fan. We are a special breed, one that grew up with the movies and who like to complain about changes to the original saga. I will save you from my opinion on whether Han truly shot first or not, but as the last movie of the Star Wars franchise was released, I cannot help but notice some parallels between the journey of a Jedi and the work of an IRB professional working with single IRB studies.
A Jedi in these movies is a reluctant student, one forced to learn the ways of the Force due to the [...] Read more
I have been an IACUC Administrator for fifteen years and a long-time member of PRIM&R. I can remember my first PRIM&R IACUC Conference back in 2005: all the excitement and anticipation of learning new ideas and best practices. From time to time I’m asked why I still go to PRIM&R IACUC if I've already gone before. And my reply is, because it’s always exciting and new! Like regulatory compliance itself, the conferences always offer new knowledge to be gained, new friends to meet, and exciting adventures to be had. Read more
Do you think of customer service when you think of IACUC Administration? No? Well, maybe you should! I recently attended a fabulous session at PRIM&R’s 2018 IACUC Conference entitled “Incorporating Quality Customer Service into IACUC Administration”. We don’t often think of customer service as applying to regulatory compliance. But if instead of viewing regulatory compliance as enforcement, we view it as a service, we may begin to see compliance increase. Read more
At my institution we frequently struggle with recruiting IACUC members and then keeping them on the committee once they realize the required time commitment. In an IACUC18 session titled “Keeping the Key Players in Your Animal Care and Use Program Informed and Engaged,” Helen O’Meara, Jo Ann Henry, and Ernie Prentice, PhD, shared fantastic strategies for keeping committee members informed and engaged. Read more
PRIM&R invited members of our Emerging Professionals Working Group (EPWG) to write about topics of relevance to their work and to the research ethics community. In this post, Molly Schleicher discusses how effective scientific communication that engages and educates the audience can help the public better understand science and research and make informed decisions, which in turn supports the entire research enterprise. Read more