In this episode, we do headlines, learn what anthropologists mean by ‘thick description,’ and talk to Robert Klitzman about his new book on the internal review boards that look at research, ‘The Ethics Police?: The Struggle to Make Human Research Safe.’

“There is no required training to be an IRB member. Anyone — you could be an IRB chair tomorrow! Nowhere does it say what the training is or should be. I was startled to learn that sometimes IRB members are volunteered. One women, when she got to her university, she was told everyone in the department is put on her committee, and her committee would be the IRB. And she said: what’s an IRB?’ So again you have, as one colleague put it, “well-meaning amateurs.”

Update: We’re back, sort of. We’re trying to gear up to get more funding to make those big documentaries you like. But in the meantime, each week we’ll do episodes that keep you up to date on the important news in higher education, and interesting research that catches our eyes.


Headlines and Discussion

When Philosophy Lost Its Way.” New York Times. Web. 12 Jan. 2016.

Cohan, William D. “Putting the Heat on Yik Yak After a Killing on Campus.” The New York Times 6 Jan. 2016. Web. 12 Jan. 2016.
Yik Yak and Online Anonymity Are Good for College Students.” WIRED. N.p., 17 Mar. 2015. Web. 13 Jan. 2016.
Smedslund, J. “Why Psychology Cannot Be an Empirical Science.” Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science (2015): n. pag. Web.
Robert Klitzman Interview
Klitzman, Robert. The Ethics Police?: The Struggle to Make Human Research Safe. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. Print.

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