Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Ball State Student Finds IRB Instructions "Impersonal, Dry, and Long"

Stephanie Hedge, a PhD Candidate at Ball State University in Rhetoric and Composition, describes how IRB requirements aggravated her difficulties in "persuading students to be my guinea pigs for a semester."

[Stephanie Hedge, "Successfully Recruiting Research Participants," Inside Higher Ed, 20 March 2012.]

Friday, March 16, 2012

Hospital Blocks Access to 18th Century Records

Pennsylvania Hospital has refused a graduate student's request to see 18th century medical records, citing HIPAA concerns.

[Melissa Dribben, Health-record privacy impeding medical research," Philadelphia Inquirer, 13 March 2012. h/t Michelle Meyer.]

Petrie-Flom Center Posts ANPRM Conference Program

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard Law School has circulated the following announcement, concerning a conference at which I will speak. I am happy to post the announcement in full.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

REC Forbids Dissertations on Lap Dancing

Robert Dingwall fears that "research ethics is co-opted to infantilize students who are legally adults but treated as if they should never be allowed to risk a bad experience."

[Robert Dingwall, "Better Drowned than Duffers…?," social science space, 19 February 2012.]

Friday, March 2, 2012

Video of my Michigan Talk Now Online

The University of Michigan Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences has kindly posted a video recording of my February 1 talk:

Zachary Schrag talk, February 1, 2012 from CBSSM Developers on Vimeo.

and the subsequent panel discussion, featuring Cleo Caldwell, Carl Schneider, and Alford Young, Jr.:

Ethical Imperialism: The Case Against IRB Review of the Social Sciences, 2/1/12 Panel Discussion from CBSSM Developers on Vimeo.