Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research
(CIQR -- "seeker")*

Feb. 27 (Thurs.), 2003, 4:00-6:00PM, 608 Union Building

A Panel Discussion on ETHICAL, METHODOLOGICAL AND REGULATORY DIMENSIONS OF HUMAN SUBJECT RESEARCH

This panel has been brought together by DR. MAUREEN O'BRIEN (Theology) with the help of CIQR member DR. MARIA PIANTANIDA and CIQR Graduate Assistant MS. MELODY ISINGER. Panelists representing various disciplines, research interests and methodologies will discuss how they work to strike the appropriate balance between ethical responsibility for protection of human subjects, as individuals and communities, and scholarly pursuit of new knowledge through research. Our hope is to spark discussion among the panelists and the audience through a format that includes brief presentations by panelists, large group interchange, and small groups meeting with individual panelists according to interest.

Panelists and audience alike are invited to consider questions such as:

How do ethical concerns come into play in devising methodologies related to human subject research, in your discipline and in your own approach?

What ethical dilemmas are inherent in the kinds of research you do?

How do we balance our obligations as researchers, especially the commitment to furthering our knowledge, with our obligations to safeguard human dignity and with our community obligations?

How do IRBs function for us within these commitments and dilemmas?

PANELISTS:

DR. CHARLES HANNA, Associate Professor of Sociology, Duquesne University
DR. RODNEY HOPSON, Assistant Professor of Education, Duquesne University
DR. SANDRA QUINN, Associate Professor of Behavioral and Community Health
Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
DR. PAUL RICHER, Associate Professor of Psychology, Duquesne University.

Minutes

MINUTES of last meeting (Feb. 27, 2003): DR. MAUREEN O’BRIEN (Theology) put together a panel discussion on ETHICAL, METHODOLOGICAL AND REGULATORY DIMENSIONS OF HUMAN SUBJECT RESEARCH. Panelists DRs. CHARLES HANNA (Sociology), RODNEY HOPSON (Education), SANDRA QUINN (Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh), and PAUL RICHER (Psychology) discussed how they work to strike the appropriate balance between ethical responsibility for protection of human subjects, as individuals and communities, and scholarly pursuit of new knowledge through research. The panelists’ presentations were followed by a lively and profitable discussion. Approximately 30 persons attended the event.