At the January, 2010 meeting of the University IRB, the committee members reiterated to all faculty that any type of research or consulting activity that involves ULV students, faculty and/or staff as subjects must be submitted to the appropriate college IRB for review. Please be mindful of this requirement before initiating your research projects of any kind.
Creative Research Names
Having trouble finding a good name for your research. Here is a link to a list of some very creative (and somewhat humorous at times) names of some authentic research papers:
Scariest Science Experiments
IRBs were created in order to protect the rights and confidentiality of Human Subjects. Before the establishment of this oversight review, researchers were left on their own to set the limits of what they could do with both human and animal research. While the vast majority of research did conform to the standards that are firmly established today, some research did stretch the boundaries of what is currently considered ethical. Here is a link to:
Human Science Experiments From a Bygone Era
Below is a segment of an radio program called Radiolab. This radio program is a series about various aspects of science. The segment I’ve posted here is from their show called “OOPS” and is about unintended consequences of some experiments. The segment presented here concerns a very severe type of experiment that was conducted in the Harvard Psychology Department during WWII by a very famous personality psychologist Henry Murray. The experiment described would be virtually impossible to conduct under current guidelines for the treatment of human subjects. Additionally, this brief tale highlights the possibility that experiments like this might have quite lingering consequences for some human subjects. I hope this will leave you with a better understanding of why an ethical review of human subjects research is of paramount importance.
Ethnographic Studies Require IRB Review
Ethnography is a major methodology used mostly by Anthropologists, but also by other social scientists, when studying human cultures. Ethnography involves the scientific description and analysis of cultural assumptions as observed in the record of day-to-day human activities. In concurrence with guidelines from the American Anthropological Association, the IRB has ruled that any ethnographic study conducted by faculty, students or staff of the University of La Verne that is intended for contribution to the generalizable knowledge of an academic field of study (i.e., will be published or presented outside of the university) must be reviewed and approved by the IRB before the initiation of data collection.
See the American Anthropological Association website for the detailed guidelines and other information for anthropologists regarding protection of human participants in research: