[NEES] Deadline Extended: Summer Workshop on "Research Ethics and Cultural Competency" (SUNY-ESF, Aug. 17-19)

Perhaps of interest to graduating students and alums.  See below.


From: North East Environmental Studies Group [mailto:NEES@listserv.ursinus.edu] On Behalf Of David A. Sonnenfeld
Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 9:25 AM
To: NEES@listserv.ursinus.edu
Subject: [NEES] Deadline Extended: Summer Workshop on "Research Ethics and Cultural Competency" (SUNY-ESF, Aug. 17-19)

Deadline Extended!

Summer Workshop

Research Ethics and Cultural Diversity/ Competence in Environmental Science, Engineering and Related Fields*

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, New York
August 17-19, 2011

Who and Where: This summer, the Dept. of Environmental Studies at SUNY-ESF will host a three-day graduate training workshop, part of the NSF-funded, Northeast Ethics Education Partnership with Brown University’s Center for Environmental Studies. The workshop, to be led by Drs. Dianne Quigley (PI) and David A. Sonnenfeld (co-PI), is designed for up to 20 graduate students in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Studies and related fields in upstate New York.**

Graduate Training Benefits

  • Learn New Research Models: If you are a graduate student interested in improving research methods with research models adapted to community needs and cultural sensitivity, this workshop will provide a review of multiple case studies with new approaches to research design, methods and outcomes that also reflect various ethical approaches to research (principilism, distributive justice (Kantian ethics), ethics of care, virtue-based approaches, and community-based approaches).
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) Application Training: If you are planning to conduct field-based environmental research for your dissertation or thesis work, and you need or desire training on protection of human subjects, including for Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications, this workshop will provide guidance and preparatory training for those applications. 
  • Cultural Diversity/ Sensitivity Training: In this workshop, research approaches will be assessed in order to ensure that research exploitation, community stigma harms and culturally-inappropriate research practices can be prevented in research interventions. Communities and cultural groups increasingly require that research activities produce beneficial change and positive outcomes to their local community settings. Guidance from ethical theories and international recommendations will be reviewed for how to implement these in a research practice.
  • Certificate of Completion: Students completing 15 hours of training will receive a Certificate of Completion for Research Ethics and Cultural Competence/ Diversity Training. This can be included on CVs to indicate gaining of much-needed professional skills/ expertise that can be shared with others. Students will have access to online resources in research ethics and cultural diversity from the NEEP Website and Blackboard Course Pages.

Workshop Schedule: The workshop will be held from August 17-19, with 12 hours of classroom training and 3 hours of follow-up, on-line training. On-campus lodging will be provided for up to ten participants not residing in the Syracuse area; lunch will be provided for all participants. Note: If you are interested in segments of this training but cannot attend the full session, please contact us.

Applications: To apply, send an email to <ethicsworkshop@yahoo.com> indicating your interest in participating in the workshop and your specific research area.

Deadline: All applications must be received by e-mail no later than 5:00 pm EDT, June 30, 2011.

Further Information: Please contact Drs. Dianne Quigley <Dianne_Quigley_1@brown.edu> or David Sonnenfeld <dsonn@esf.edu>.

* Funded by NSF Ethics Education in Science and Engineering Grant #GEO-1032754, Dianne Quigley, PI; David A. Sonnenfeld and Phil Brown, co-PIs.

** PhD and masters students in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Studies, and related fields from SUNY-ESF, Syracuse University, Upstate Medical University, Cornell University, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester, Binghamton University, Colgate University, Clarkson University, University of Albany, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and other upstate New York institutions are invited to apply.


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