PHILADELPHIA SYMPOSIUM ON
RESEARCH CREDIBILITY & EXCELLENCE

October 15, 2018

OCTOBER 15, 2018 | 8AM-5PM

SYMPOSIUM TOPICS

Scientific research is a cornerstone of modern society, with impacts that include better health and longer lifespans, improved lifestyle, economic development, and more. Scientific research has long commanded an esteemed position in public opinion and this public trust in the national scientific enterprise is crucial to its ability to contribute to society. Issues of irreproducibility, ineffective communication, and misconduct can threaten the public trust. The Philadelphia Symposium on Research Credibility & Excellence intends to convene leaders from academia, industry, federal agencies, and publishers to create a robust discussion of reproducibility and research integrity to reveal the “inside story” of how these issues are handled by institutions, journals, and federal agencies.

Robustness of Research

Federal Agency Views from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation

Perspectives from Academia

Issues Impacting Data Analysis Credibility

Strategies to Move the Cultural Needle

Scientific Communication and the Public Trust

AGENDA

October 15, 2018
Meade Room (1st Floor)
McMichael Room (2nd Floor)
Lincoln Memorial Room (2nd Floor)
Lincoln Hall (2nd Floor)
Meade Room (1st Floor)
McMichael Room (2nd Floor)
Lincoln Memorial Room (2nd Floor)
Lincoln Hall (2nd Floor)
08:00 - 08:55
Registration
Lincoln Memorial Room, 2nd Floor

Registration with Continental Breakfast and Networking.

08:55 - 09:10
Introductory Remarks: Dr. Dawn Bonnell
Lincoln Hall, 2nd Floor

Dawn Bonnell, Ph.D. is the Vice Provost for Research of the University of Pennsylvania. In this capacity Dr. Bonnell shapes policy and advances administrative initiatives for the University’s $900+ million research enterprise as well as plays a leadership role in strategic planning for research and administers the development of new research facilities.
Profile

09:10 - 10:00
Keynote: Dr. John Ioannidis

John Ioannidis is a Professor of Medicine and of Health Research and Policy at Stanford University School of Medicine and a Professor of Statistics at Stanford University School of Humanities and Sciences. He is director of the Stanford Prevention Research Center, and co-director, along with Steven N. Goodman, of the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS). He is also the editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Clinical Investigation. Ioannidis’s 2005 paper “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False” has been the most downloaded technical paper from the journal PLoS Medicine.
Profile

10:00 - 11:00
Panel: Data Interpretation and Credibility with Dr. Irma Elo and Dr. Aaron Roth

Panelists:

Irma T. Elo, Ph.D.  is an Professor of Sociology at Penn whose studies include analysis of race/ethnic disparities in maternal and infant and child health in Philadelphia and nationally, early life conditions and adult mortality in Finland, and differences in health and mortality among native-born and foreign-born US residents.
Profile

Aaron Roth is an Associate Professor in Computer and Information Science at Penn who studies algorithmic foundations of data privacy and game theory and has done prescriptive work on p hacking.
Profile
11:00 - 11:15
Break
11:15 - 12:15
Panel: Strategies Invoked at Research Institutions with Dr. Leonard Freedman, Dr. Theodore Taraschi & Dr. Brian Nosek

Moderator:
Dr. Lisa Nichols is the Director of Research and Regulatory Reform at the Council on Governmental Relations. In this capacity Dr. Nichols engages executive and legislative branch staff and other parties that regulate or fund academic research to facilitate the development of effective and efficient legislation, regulations, policies, guidance, processes, and systems, particularly with respect to research regulatory reform and areas such as research with human participants and animals and conflict of interest.
Profile

Panelists:
Dr. Leonard Freedman is the founding President of the Global Biological Standards Institute (GBSI). Prior to starting GBSI, he served as Vice Dean for Research and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Jefferson Medical College, a Vice President at Wyeth and Executive Director at Merck and a Professor of Cell Biology & Genetics at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Weil Cornell Medical College.
Profile

As the Associate Provost for Research Conduct and Compliance, Dr. Theodore Taraschi oversees the Office of Research Conduct and Compliance and facilitates the conduct of ethical and regulation-compliant (animal and human subject) research through an integrated system of research review, audit and educational programs established in a manner that maximizes institutional effectiveness.
Profile
Brian Nosek is co-Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Open Science (http://cos.io/) that operates the Open Science Framework (http://osf.io/). COS is enabling open and reproducible research practices worldwide. Brian is also a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2002. He co-founded Project Implicit (http://projectimplicit.net/), a multi-university collaboration for research and education investigating implicit cognition–thoughts and feelings that occur outside of awareness or control. Brian investigates the gap between values and practices, such as when behavior is influenced by factors other than one’s intentions and goals. Research applications of this interest include implicit bias, decision-making, attitudes, ideology, morality, innovation, barriers to change, open science, and reproducibility. In 2015, he was named one of Nature’s 10 and to the Chronicle for Higher Education Influence list.
Profile
12:15 - 13:30
Lunch Address: The Culture of Science with Dr. Brian Nosek
Meade Room, 1st Floor

Brian Nosek is co-Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Open Science (http://cos.io/) that operates the Open Science Framework (http://osf.io/). COS is enabling open and reproducible research practices worldwide. Brian is also a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2002. He co-founded Project Implicit (http://projectimplicit.net/), a multi-university collaboration for research and education investigating implicit cognition–thoughts and feelings that occur outside of awareness or control. Brian investigates the gap between values and practices, such as when behavior is influenced by factors other than one’s intentions and goals. Research applications of this interest include implicit bias, decision-making, attitudes, ideology, morality, innovation, barriers to change, open science, and reproducibility. In 2015, he was named one of Nature’s 10 and to the Chronicle for Higher Education Influence list.
Profile

13:30 - 14:30
Featured Address: Trust in Science with Dr. Marcia Kemper McNutt

Dr. Marcia Kemper McNutt is an American geophysicist who became the 22nd president of the National Academy of Sciences on July 1, 2016. She was previously editor-in-chief of the journal Science.
Profile

14:30 - 16:00
Panel: Perspectives on Research Credibility from Federal Agencies with Dr. Lawrence Tabak & Dr. Arthur Lupia

Panelists:

Dr. Lawrence Tabak is the Principal Deputy Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Deputy Ethics Counselor of the Agency. He previously served as the Acting Principal Deputy Director of NIH (2009), and prior to that as Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research from 2000-10. Dr. Tabak has provided leadership for numerous trans-NIH activities, including the NIH Roadmap effort to support team science; the NIH Director’s initiative to enhance peer review; NIH’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act implementation; the NIH initiative to enhance rigor and reproducibility in research; and the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan.
Profile

 

Arthur LupiaDr. Arthur Lupia is the head of the National Science Foundation Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE), which supports fundamental research in behavioral, cognitive, social and economic sciences. Lupia has more than 25 years of leadership and management experience in the social sciences community. Since 2006, he has served as the Hal R. Varian Collegiate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. He serves concurrently as chairman of the board for the Center for Open Science and as the chair of the National Academies Roundtable on the Communication and Use of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Lupia has also held leadership positions in numerous professional societies.
Profile
16:00 - 16:15
Break
16:15 - 17:15
Panel: Communication and Public Trust with Jennifer Poulakidas

Jennifer T. Poulakidas joined APLU in 2006 as Vice President for Congressional and Governmental Affairs. In this role, she works closely with the leadership of APLU’s more than 230 member universities to promote public higher education’s positions to Congress and the Executive Branch on science and research, student affordability and access, innovation and competitiveness, and internationalization, among other issues of importance to major public universities.
Profile

 

17:15
Reception
McMichael Room, 2nd Floor
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FEATURED SPEAKERS

Dr. Lawrence Tabak

Principal Deputy Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Dr. Lawrence Tabak is the Principal Deputy Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Deputy Ethics Counselor of the Agency. He previously served as the Acting Principal Deputy Director of NIH (2009), and prior to that as Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research from 2000-10. Dr. Tabak has provided leadership for numerous trans-NIH activities, including the NIH Roadmap effort to support team science; the NIH Director’s initiative to enhance peer review; NIH’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act implementation; the NIH initiative to enhance rigor and reproducibility in research; and the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan.

Dr. Arthur Lupia

Head of the National Science Foundation Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences

Arthur LupiaDr. Arthur Lupia is the head of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE), which supports fundamental research in behavioral, cognitive, social and economic sciences. Lupia has more than 25 years of leadership and management experience in the social sciences community. Since 2006, he has served as the Hal R. Varian Collegiate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. He serves concurrently as chairman of the board for the Center for Open Science and as the chair of the National Academies Roundtable on the Communication and Use of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Lupia has also held leadership positions in numerous professional societies.

Dr. Marcia Kemper McNutt

President, National Academy of Sciences

Marcia Kemper McNuttMarcia Kemper McNutt is an American geophysicist who became the 22nd president of the National Academy of Sciences on July 1, 2016. She was previously editor-in-chief of the journal Science.

Dr. John Ioannidis

Professor of Medicine and of Health Research and Policy, Stanford

John IoannidisJohn Ioannidis is a Professor of Medicine and of Health Research and Policy at Stanford University School of Medicine and a Professor of Statistics at Stanford University School of Humanities and Sciences. He is director of the Stanford Prevention Research Center, and co-director, along with Steven N. Goodman, of the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS). He is also the editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Clinical Investigation. Ioannidis’s 2005 paper “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False” has been the most downloaded technical paper from the journal PLoS Medicine.

Dr. Brian Nosek

Co-founder & Director of the Center for Open Science / Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia

Brian Nosek is co-Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Open Science that operates the Open Science Framework. COS is enabling open and reproducible research practices worldwide. Brian is also a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2002. He co-founded Project Implicit, a multi-university collaboration for research and education investigating implicit cognition–thoughts and feelings that occur outside of awareness or control. Brian investigates the gap between values and practices, such as when behavior is influenced by factors other than one’s intentions and goals. Research applications of this interest include implicit bias, decision-making, attitudes, ideology, morality, innovation, barriers to change, open science, and reproducibility. In 2015, he was named one of Nature’s 10 and to the Chronicle for Higher Education Influence list.

FEATURED PANEL SPEAKERS

Dr. Leonard Freedman
Founding President & CSO of the Global Biological Standards Institute

Dr. Leonard Freedman is the founding President of the Global Biological Standards Institute (GBSI). Prior to starting GBSI, he served as Vice Dean for Research and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Jefferson Medical College, a Vice President at Wyeth and Executive Director at Merck and a Professor of Cell Biology & Genetics at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Weil Cornell Medical College.

Jennifer T. Poulakidas
Vice President for Congressional and Governmental Affairs, APLU

Jennifer T. Poulakidas joined APLU in 2006 as Vice President for Congressional and Governmental Affairs. In this role, she works closely with the leadership of APLU’s more than 230 member universities to promote public higher education’s positions to Congress and the Executive Branch on science and research, student affordability and access, innovation and competitiveness, and internationalization, among other issues of importance to major public universities.

Dr. Irma T. Elo
Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

Irma T. Elo, Ph.D.  is an Professor of Sociology at Penn whose studies include analysis of race/ethnic disparities in maternal and infant and child health in Philadelphia and nationally, early life conditions and adult mortality in Finland, and differences in health and mortality among native-born and foreign-born US residents.

Dr. Theodore Taraschi
Associate Provost, Research Conduct & Compliance, Thomas Jefferson University

As the Associate Provost for Research Conduct and Compliance, Dr. Theodore Taraschi oversees the Office of Research Conduct and Compliance and facilitates the conduct of ethical and regulation-compliant (animal and human subject) research through an integrated system of research review, audit and educational programs established in a manner that maximizes institutional effectiveness.

Dr. Aaron Roth
Associate Professor in Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania

Aaron Roth is an Associate Professor in Computer and Information Science at Penn who studies algorithmic foundations of data privacy and game theory and has done prescriptive work on p hacking.

LOCATION

The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Driving

Parking is available at the Midtown Parking Garage at 1415 Sansom St. By car, Philadelphia is just two hours from New York City, 90 minutes from Baltimore, three hours from Washington D.C., and about an hour from Lancaster County, Atlantic City and the New Jersey shore via major highways. Philadelphia is served by the PA Turnpike (I-276), I-76, I-476, I-95, US-1 and the New Jersey Turnpike.

Train

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