Postdoc and Graduate Student Discussion with author and NPR science correspondent, Richard Harris- 3/7/18

Join us for a small-group, informal discussion with Richard Harris about the culture of biomedical research and  its effect on scientific rigor.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
3260 Social and Behavioral Science Gateway


Pizza and refreshments will be served.


SUGGESTED READING (don’t need to read to attend)
Harris, R., 2017, Rigor Mortis:How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hopes, and Wastes Billions, New York, Basic Books

Richard Harris has covered science, medicine and the environment for National Public Radio since 1986. His award-winning work includes reports in 2010 that revealed the US Government was vastly underestimating  the amount of oil spilling from the Macondo blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. He also shared a Peabody award with colleague Rebecca Perl for their 1994 reports about the tobacco industry’s secret documents, which showed that company scientists were well aware of the hazards of smoking.Richard has traveled the world, from the South Pole and the Great Barrier Reef to the Arctic Ocean, reporting on climate change. The American Geophysical Union honored him with a Presidential Citation for Science and Society.In 2014, he turned his attention back to biomedical research and came to realize how the field was suffering. Too many scientists were chasing too little funding. That led him to take a year-long sabbatical at Arizona State University’s Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes to research and write Rigor Mortis. It is his first book.
(from information on Richard Harris


PLEASE NOTE: This same day, Richard Harris will give a public lecture entitled Science Friction: What’s Slowing Progress in Biomedicine at 7pm in the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and EngineeringFor information on this lecture, see  The tickets are free and become available 7 days prior to the event. 

Retractions, Replications and Reproducibility: Changes in Scientific Knowledge Production and Communication- 4/28/17

Retractions, Replications and Reproducibility: Changes in Scientific Knowledge Production and Communication

Friday, April 28, 2017
3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
UCI Student Center, Doheny Beach A
(Directions –

Bursts of media coverage of retracted scientific articles and failures to replicate and reproduce scientific findings have led to a widespread sense of crisis in the familiar forms of scientific knowledge production and communication. Is the language of crisis warranted, or is this how science has always worked? How are technological changes in the communication of scientific results affecting the process of scientific knowledge production? Are there genuine knowledge crises in certain scientific fields (such as medicine or social science)? What solutions are available for these problems, and how can new scholars move forward with both confidence and integrity in this environment?

This program will be appropriate to all campus personnel and community members interested in how the process of scientific communication may affect their role as producers and consumers of scientific knowled


Moderator: Larry Cahill
UCI Neurobiology and Behavior

Michael R. Rose

UCI Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Hierarchies of Replication Necessary for Life Sciencing

Oswald Steward
UCI Reeve Irvine Research Center
Roots of the Replication Crisis and Solutions Going

Ivan Oransky
Retraction Watch and New York University
Retractions, Post-Publication Peer Review, and Fraud: Scientific Publishing’s Wild West



Moderator: Simon Cole
UCI Newkirk Center for Science and Society

Steven C. Ward
Social Sciences, Western Connecticut State University
Hurried and Harried Science: Producing Knowledge in the Neoliberal Age of  Mercantilization and Performativity

Brittany Fiore-Gartland
eScience Institute, University of Washington
Culture, Context, and Communication: An Ethnographic Lens on the Challenges of Reproducibility in Data Science

Simine Vazire
Psychology, University of California, Davis
When Should We be Skeptical of Scientific Claims?