The Division of Scholarly Integrity and Research Compliance in the Office of Research and Innovation is hosting its Research Integrity and Scholarly Excellence (RISE) Lecture Series: Reproducibility, Replicability, and Credibility in Science on Jan. 20, 12-1 p.m. This year marks the third year of the RISE Lecture Series.

Guest speaker Brian Nosek, co-founder and executive director of the Center for Open Science, a nonprofit organization and a collaborative management service for registering studies and archiving and sharing research materials and data, will lead a discussion about improving reproducibility and replicability in scientific research.

The virtual event is open to the Virginia Tech community and can be attended online via Zoom. Register to attend by Zoom

Nosek is also a professor in the department of psychology at the University of Virginia. He co-founded Project Implicit, a nonprofit organization and international, collaborative network of researchers investigating implicit social cognition, or thoughts and feelings that are largely outside of conscious awareness and control. Project Implicit is the product of a team of scientists whose research produced new ways of understanding attitudes, stereotypes, and other hidden biases that influence perception, judgment, and action. The researchers and collaborators translate that academic research into practical applications for addressing diversity, improving decision making, and increasing the likelihood that practices are aligned with personal and organizational values.

In 2015, Nosek was named one of Nature's 10 and to the Chronicle for Higher Education Influence list. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2002.

Learn more about Nosek and the event.

About the Research Integrity and Scholarly Excellence series

Each semester, the Division of Scholarly Integrity and Research Compliance invites a notable scholar or subject matter expert to share their ideas on ethical issues that are shaping the future of scholarship and the research enterprise. The goal of the RISE Lecture Series is to foster ethical scholarship, explore a diversity of perspectives about the roles and responsibilities of scholars and researchers, and reflect on the ethical impact of our work in the modern world.

The fall 2021 RISE Lecture Series featured guest speaker Harvey Fineberg, president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, who discussed the importance of reproducibility and replicability in science. Fineberg, former president of the National Academy of Medicine, chaired the National Academies committee on this topic, which resulted in a widely referenced report that features the committee’s findings, conclusions, and recommendations. Watch Fineberg’s talk.

In February 2021, the RISE Lecture Series featured guest speaker Ming Jack Po, a product manager at Google working in health care and machine learning. Po shared his experiences about the impact of bias on machine learning, specifically in the development of systems that can lead to unjust application of automated decision-making tools, reduce accuracy of facial recognition algorithms, and reduce validity of research data. Recognizing the potential for bias in machine learning can help universities mitigate the impact of bias on future systems. Watch the presentation.

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