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The Conduct of Science in the Information Age

The Center for Ethics in Science and Technology

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (PST)

San Diego, United States

The Conduct of Science in the Information Age

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Wed, 2/1/2012
5:30PM - 7:00PM
 

Overview

This will be the sixth of 9 programs that focus on the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

New digital technologies that are transforming the conduct of science create challenges regarding access, ownership, quality, and validation of data.

The HeLa cell line and its applications in experimental science have had profound impact on biomedical research, providing insights into disease processes and treatments, and leading to standardization of materials and methods employed in experiments. However, as we have read, scientists working with the HeLa cell line may have misled themselves and the public.

In the information age of digital technologies and the collaborative web, we are challenged to ask how we can avoid the risk of even unintentionally misrepresenting scientific data to ensure that data are curated accurately, maintaining their integrity, and that they are reliably linked to researchers, organizations and publications to safeguard both attribution and reproducibility. This talk will address technical, social and ethical implications of conducting science in the information age.

 


Speaker


Katherine Kantardjieff
California State University San Marcos
 

Katherine A. Kantardjieff is founding Dean of the newly formed College of Science and Mathematics at California State University San Marcos and Director of the Keck Center for Molecular Structure (CMolS). Kantardjieff's previous academic appointments have been Professor and Chair of Chemistry at California State Polytechnic University Pomona and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at California State University Fullerton. Her research utilizes combined experimental and computational approaches to better understand how structure controls chemical and physical properties of biomolecules, and applies this knowledge in drug design and development, as well as in engineering molecules with defined properties. As Director of CMolS, she has been a pioneer in remote enabling of instrumentation in chemistry. Kantardjieff is past Chair of the United States National Committee for Crystallography NAS/NRC, Vice Chair of the National User Facility Organization Steering Committee, and Co-Editor of the Journal of Applied Crystallography.


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Community Forum
1875 El Prado
San Diego, 92101

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (PST)


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The Center for Ethics in Science and Technology

The mission of the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology is to foster science in the public interest by promoting awareness, understanding, and discussion of the ethical implications of new developments in science and technology. To carry out its mission, the Center promotes more informed policy development and ethical decision-making on the part of individuals and institutions through education, outreach, and scholarly forums.

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