The Productive Scholar: Introduction to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Successful Review Processes

Topic: Introduction to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Successful Review Processes
Speakers: Andrea Ferguson-Dadas and Gloria Gaines164455698(1)

Time: Thursday, March 13, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: HRC Classroom, 012 East Pyne, Lower Level

Lunch will be provided. To register for this session:
(Registration is not required for attendance, however refreshments may be limited.)

An Institutional Review Board is responsible for the protection of the rights, privacy and welfare of all participants in human subjects research. Guided by federal regulatory requirements, the IRB has the authority to review, approve, modify or disapprove research protocols submitted by Princeton faculty, staff and student investigators. This session will introduce key ethical principles, critical elements of IRB review, components of the IRB operations and review processes, as well as tips for successful IRB application.

Gloria Gaines, Compliance Administrator (RIA), serves as a resource to faculty, staff, and students providing guidance on regulatory/compliance matters, facilitating the research compliance program in accordance with federally mandated regulations and Princeton University’s policies.

Andrea Ferguson-Dadas is Assistant Director of Research Integrity and Assurance. She oversees the Institutional Review Board and for over 23 years has conducted research at the Centers for Disease Control, Columbia University, Yale University School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, and elsewhere. She has also administered over nine University Institutional Review Boards, education programs; Quality Improvement programs; and information technology support programs for the Human Research Protection Program enterprise at Rutgers (UMDNJ) University. Andrea holds degrees in Social Sciences and Bioethics.

In keeping with Research Integrity Assurance guidelines for external educational presentations, this Productive Scholar presentation was not documented. However, if  you would like to attend education sessions offered by the Human Research Protections Education Program, or you have questions regarding human subjects research guidelines and regulation and/or the University’s Institutional Review Board, please go to RIA’s Human Research Protections homepage for more details and IRB Staff contact information.

Lunch & Learn: Janet Temos on TED Ed

This week at Lunch & Learn, Janet Temos talked about flipping lectures using TED Ed. TED, a global conference and learning organization, has many initiatives, and TED Ed is one focused on teaching and learning. TED Ed benefits instructors and students because it seeks to allow instructors to use high-quality videos as shared learning objects in their teaching. On their sites, they describe the project as “TED’s education initiative. Our mission is to capture and amplify the voices of great educators around the world.” The project pairs great instructors with great animators to bring lectures to life and to take high concepts and make them highly accessible. There is also a quizzing engine that allows instructors to assess student learning, understanding and outcomes. Temos also showed how instructors might use Blackboard to present both video and assessment tools in a more well-known environment at Princeton than TED Ed. A screencast of the session is below.

Lunch & Learn: SMART Tech­nolo­gies at Prince­ton

This week, we welcomed back Janet Temos to talk to our Lunch & Learn audience about touch technologies in teaching at Princeton. In her talk, she discussed interactive whiteboards, like SMART technologies’ SMARTboards, multitouch LCDs, & Sympodium podium based interactive monitors, and iPads as interactive whiteboard surrogates. Temos demonstrated some of the software solutions for both Macs and PCs that drive and enable these innovative pieces of hardware, including SMART technology’s Notebook software, Meeting Pro software, and the Bridgit service, which integrates lecture capture, distance meeting, and screen sharing capabilities with SMART devices. Finally, she showed how a faculty member could use iPad apps like Doceri to remotely present, control, annotate, and otherwise run a classroom desktop machine. An audio-only recording of her talk is below.

Lunch and Learn: Meghan Krupka on 3D laser scanning
In today’s Lunch & Learn, Meghan Krupka demonstrated the use of a 3d laser scanner and related software she has used in her research. She uses the scanner to capture a three dimensional surface, which she then does software based experiments on, such as testing the structural density of an object without having to actually affect the object. Watch the video to see this amazing demonstration.
Wednesday, April 11, 12:00 noon
Frist Multipurpose Room B
The Role of 3D Laser Scanning in the Physical Structural Form-Finding Process
Meghan Krupka
In architecture and structural engineering, physical or experimental form finding is often used in preliminary design stages to determine approximate final geometries for structures such as membranes, thin shells, grid shells, and cable nets. These experiments are carried out using small-scale models. Notable twentieth century architects and engineers Frei Otto, Antonio Gaudí, and Heinz Isler all pioneered extensive methods of physical form finding by using soap film surfaces, hanging chain models, and inverted plaster models. Now, with the use of 3D laser scanners, the geometry from these models can be captured and input into structural analysis programs in order to assess the structure’s mechanical behavior under design loads. This presentation describes how the 3-D scanner was used to capture forms generated from a new physical form finding technique that applies heat to membrane-spline models constructed from shrink film and stiff tape, as well as how this data was then used for structural analysis.
About the speaker:
Meghan Krupka is a second year Master’s student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department studying structural engineering. She is working with her advisor, Professor Sigrid Adriaenssens, on the development of an algorithm for modeling torsion forces in the computational form finding process Dynamic Relaxation and the development of the aforementioned physical form finding technique. She attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst as an undergraduate and is originally from Medfield, MA
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