Warren K. Ashe, PhD, retired associate dean for research at Howard University and former PRIM&R Board member, passed away on July 26, 2015. He was 85.
Dr. Ashe had a self-described love affair with Howard University from childhood, when he dreamed of being involved in the medical school. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Howard, Dr. Ashe enlisted in the US Marines Corps. He remarked that the day he enlisted was both the best—and the worst—day of his life. “[The Marines] have a motto that I still remember. They say, ‘the difficult we do immediately; the impossible takes a little time.’…I live my life on that principle.”
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by Meryn Robinson, education and membership services
Trying to stay toasty and stave off the arctic chills that keep blowing through the United States? Grab a mug of something warm and dig into some of the research ethics news that is making headlines this month.
It’s been a busy two weeks in the research world and we have the articles to prove it. Read on to learn about some of the current issues that are impacting research from court deliberations on gene patents and oral history research to revelations about the regulatory and ethical failures of a study involving premature infants.
Josh Glickenhaus, Swarthmore College senior and PRIM&R intern The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), which outlines major proposed changes to the ‘Common Rule’ regulations for human subjects research. The ANPRM proposes changes across a broad range of issues, including a proposal to excuse all survey/interview-based research from IRB review. Part of its justification for this move is the ANPRM’s creation of new standards for data security that would minimize the risk of informational breaches, which compose the main source of risk to subjects in such studies. But the document also implies that most research of this sort poses only minimal risk to [...] Read more