Comment on Introduction for GRAD 5214 by Okey Nwokolo

Hi Jake!
Thanks a lot for sharing this piece. Just like you, I believe that diversity and inclusive dialogues find expression in communities and some level of intentionality is needed to align or reflect this fact in designing it’s teaching practices. In the field of Counseling, there is a lot of emphasis on experiential pedagogy, and I value that our professors in the diversity class embrace such interactive philosophy.

One of the articles we read for this class alluded to the idea that we don’t invent diversity since it is already present. The goal is the awareness, recognition, and inclusion of diverse cultures and identity, and identity expression. It requires the deliberate ongoing practice of assessing our dominant and subordinate cultural/identity groups from the lens of privilege, equity, and oppression.

In reading your blog, I observe with excitement that you are taking actions to ‘facilitate environments and events that promote inclusive dialogue and education around diversity for all students in your hall of residence. That makes me think about the call to progress from awareness to action. It is not enough to recognize diversity; ongoing productive action is needed to remove and sustain the removal of barriers to inclusion. Once again, thanks for creating a platform for this piece of the dialogue.

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Comment on How to be a successful academic – Blog by agario

Godin and Tom Peters (Inside the Entrepreneurial Mind), blogging is a free platform that can help an individual (or perhaps an organization) network and learn to effectively communicate with their audience. Agreed. However, I’m not sold on the idea of networking via The Internet. Is it really necessary that my peers know and follow my thoughts?

I’ve never been much of a blogger, or blog follower, for that matter. I was required to blog in PFP (GRAD 5104) and though my response was to fear and resist, I did feel a sense of satisf

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Comment on Search for Statements by Farha

Hello Houri, thank you for you thoughtful comment. I agree with what you have said in here: “not only we care about our local and country, but we also include the whole world in our community“. Therefore, having the aspect of global focus in the mission statement of an educational institute makes it appealing. And the emphasis of it is becoming more and more important and prevalent in the 21st century education.

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Comment on Ethical Dilemmas in Clinical Research by Jessica Resor

Great points. I hope you share more about your background with overseeing IRB applications as a clinical researcher in our class.

I agree – I’m not sure how this would have been approved if the placebo was less than the standard of care. In that sense, the IRB should be held somewhat responsible for any issues. I think what you presented is important to remember how our participants see researchers and academics. It is easy to forget since we are around academics and researchers all the time. It has been normalized to us but not for the general public.


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You bring up two great points. First, reporting mi…

You bring up two great points. First, reporting misconduct when you see it. I would also have no idea of how to go about this if I were ever in this position. I can also imagine the immense stress that one could endure if they found out a colleague was engaging in unethical research practices.

The other point is who gets to decide what is unethical and what the punishment should be? A lot of these cases seemed extreme and it is easy to understand why they were unethical. This case seems a little more nuanced. What data did she recklessly insert into her study? Was it a lot of data, or a few different values here and there? Did she do it on purpose, or did it just happen because of reckless and careless behavior? I would really like to know this information as well to see if the ramifications fit the misconduct.
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Thanks for you post. I am but a mere masters stude…

Thanks for you post. I am but a mere masters student, but I recently befriended a few PHD students in their fourth year, and hearing about their stresses is overwhelming. So to keep up the good work! Now about your post. I agree that research integrity is a complex subject. Since every person's story is different, you can never really know where they are coming from. What personal things are happening in their lives. If they are going through something hard in life. What makes people do the things they do? Stress? Pressure? Ego? All of it? Dr. Wang, while not as extreme as other cases, does still present the issue of consistency in punishment. ORI must be consistent in order to sustain their mission. Funny, my post is about how punishment on voluntary settlement agreements should be harsher. Just because you admit, doesn't make you less guilty or more remorseful. Again, like you said, at the end of the day, you need to do what is right and know that your research is yours and yours alone.
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Your post really made think about mission statemen…

Your post really made think about mission statements for large universities like MSU. You mentioned the statement feeling vague and without clear direction. I wonder if this is the balance of a large university to appeal to a wide audience but still trying to focus on their core values. I see an emphasis in research from their statement, but it is generalized. I too see value in reading mission statements to better understand universities in future job searches. They set the tone for the culture and focus.
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