WVU and White House organize seminar on US research protection
MORGANTOWN, West Virginia – The University of West Virginia hosted a regional webinar titled Improving the Security and Integrity of the U.S. Research Enterprise on Thursday, led by the White House and supported by the National Science Foundation.
Kelvin Droegemeier, director of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), led the webinar attended by several research universities in West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey.
Droegemeier provided an update on activities undertaken by OSTP and others over the past several months, examples of research security risks that may adversely affect the company, and actions taken by the OSTP. OSTP and partner agencies to address security and integrity risks while maintaining a and collaborative business that it says makes research in America special.
It really comes down to risk management. What are the characteristics of risk, what is its nature, what does it look like, and so on? So you really have to understand the risk and universities are very much aware of that, they face all kinds of risk, so they have a risk management approach that universities take. But we also have a behavior-based approach because, as I mentioned earlier, individual search values - you have a choice of whether or not to disclose something that is asked of you, a choice if you go. plagiarize, or falsify, or fabricate. You have a choice to do these things, so it’s not a matter of ethnicity, it’s not a matter of country of origin. The question of research safety concerns behavior and compliance with the rules.
Kelvin Droegemeier – Director, OSTP
Droegemeier said that while the integrity of research is often threatened due to bad actors, both foreign and domestic, some nations are worse than others. China, he said, wants to reap the rewards of America’s hard research, but doesn’t like to share the values of openness and integrity that make research done in America unique.
These bad actors, he said, pose many risks economically and for reasons of national security, among others. That’s why research universities know the risks that exist and how to avoid breaking the rules is essential, Droegemeier said.
Much of his job at OSTP, said Droegemeier, is giving presentations like the webinar to ensure researchers can stay compliant and avoid risks. Another important factor, he said, is protecting the research environment in America without removing things like transparency and an open-minded atmosphere that are so essential.
“This is what we want to make sure that we abide by the rules and ethics of integrity, honesty, appropriate behavior and mutual respect,” Droegemeier said. “It’s really critical.”
Droegemeier said another crucial issue was to keep an international and collaborative model here in the United States. Instead, he said again, the key is to mitigate risk by being more aware of who they are and how not to violate compliance. And also to stop the false attempts at collaboration that try to steal or subvert American research.
Her views on the importance of the international component were shared by another speaker, Dr. Rebecca Keizer, NSF Director for the Office of International Science and Engineering.
“International collaboration, whether for mutual benefit, whether genuine intellectual contributions from both sides, and when we know clearly with whom we are partnering, is encouraged and it is wonderful,” Kaiser said. . “But we’re talking here, regarding some of these research security issues, they’re not collaborations.”