Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
By Joan Rachlin, executive director
During a time when the world seems especially fragile and broken, we need the teachings and example of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., now more than ever.
No words can capture the profound impact he had on so much of life as we know it today, and so I’ve included below some of his own words on education, one of the core values nearest and dearest to PRIM&R’s heart.
Among the many extraordinary qualities Dr. King possessed was the clarity of his vision and power from a very early age. Remarkably, the below excerpt on “The Purpose of Education” was written when he was a 19-year-old student at Morehouse College in Atlanta.
With thanks for his life for the enduring inspiration and teachings he left behind…
…”As I engage in the so-called "bull sessions" around and about the school, I too often find that most college men have a misconception of the purpose of education. Most of the "brethren" think that education should equip them with the proper instruments of exploitation so that they can forever trample over the masses. Still others think that education should furnish them with noble ends rather than means to an end.
It seems to me that education has a two-fold function to perform in the life of man and in society: the one is utility and the other is culture. Education must enable a man to become more efficient, to achieve with increasing facility the legitimate goals of his life.
Education must also train one for quick, resolute and effective thinking. To think incisively and to think for one's self is very difficult. We are prone to let our mental life become invaded by legions of half truths, prejudices, and propaganda. At this point, I often wonder whether or not education is fulfilling its purpose. A great majority of the so-called educated people do not think logically and scientifically. Even the press, the classroom, the platform, and the pulpit in many instances do not give us objective and unbiased truths. To save man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education. Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.
The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals.
The late Eugene Talmadge, in my opinion, possessed one of the better minds of
We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character--that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate. The broad education will, therefore, transmit to one not only the accumulated knowledge of the race but also the accumulated experience of social living.
If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts. Be careful, "brethren!" Be careful, teachers!”
Thursday, January 14, 2010
By Emily Butler, program assistant
More and more employers are asking for the Certification for IRB Professionals (CIP®) credential. This means they’re seeking an advanced level of knowledge, understanding, and relevant competencies in human research protection program (HRPP) and institutional review board (IRB) administration.
Add your name to the ranks of the more than 1,000 individuals who have achieved this important milestone by applying to take the exam by Friday, January 15, 2010.
The CIP® Credential...
• Promotes the ethical conduct of research by strengthening the professional administration of IRBs.
• Demonstrates a mastery of the body of knowledge determined by national experts to be essential to competent IRB/HRPP administrative practices.
• Encourages personal growth and professional development.
• Provides an expanded array of career advancement opportunities.
• Strengthens the quality of HRPPs by certifying a cadre of committed and educated individuals.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
On Thursday, January 28, at 1:00 PM ET join PRIM&R for Who “moved” my approval? Managing Suspended Research, a 90-minute webinar of great value to those working with an IRB/HRPP and/or those engaged more broadly in the conduct of human subject research.
Let Don Workman and Michele Russell-Einhorn answer questions such as…
- What is the meaning of IRB approval in the context of continuing review, revisions, and ongoing compliance?
- How do you respond when research transcends the IRB's approval (research that has lapsed, continued beyond the scope of the approval, or changed based on what the IRB approved)?
- Why might a protocol be suspended temporarily or permanently?
- What is the IRB's responsibility with respect to problematic studies?
Then, on Tuesday, February 9 at 1:00 PM ET, join PRIM&R for Top Tips for IACUCs: Perspectives in Animal Care, a webinar that will address some of the current issues facing institutional care and use committee (IACUC) professionals.
During this program, Pat Brown and Monte Matthews will cover...
- A review of top reportable issues to the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) at the NIH;
- An OLAW perspective on crisis preparation and management;
- Selection and training of new IACUC chairs and committee members; and
- The fundamentals of program review and inspections.
We’ve got other webinars in the works, so keep an eye on our website to see what others are planned for 2010.