From publish-or-perish to the race for ever-decreasing research dollars, scientists are under pressure to produce new scientific findings. Recent reports suggest an increase in the number of scientific articles published in journals, accompanied by an enormous increase in retractions. Has the competitive culture of science gone too far to ensure the integrity of scientific findings? How do scientists maintain ethics in the face of such pressure?
Editor-in-Chief of Scientific American Mariette DiChristina will moderate this panel of experts who study the way in which competitive scientific culture does and doesn't warp the integrity of scientists. Dr. Harold Garner uncovered the shockingly common phenomena of self-plagiarism amongst scientists while Dr. Ivan Oransky heads the watchdog group Retraction Watch. Dr. Morton Meyers captures the long history of conflict at the heart of the highest honor in science, the Nobel Prize. From the latest scandals to the most infamous, join the Academy for a conversation between scientists, doctors, and authors as they try to unweave the web of scientific envy.
Reception to follow.
In this series we're looking at some of the ways the Seven Deadly Sins show up in the sciences. To do that, we're bringing together top scientists, authors, chefs, urban planners, and many others to help us explore our base nature. Each event will feature indulgent receptions afterwards, as well as opportunities for you to interact with the speakers and one another. Join us for this vice-ridden round of events!
• Wrath Goes Viral, Oct 17, 2012
• Pride: Flying Cars and other Broken Promises, Nov 28, 2012
• Greed: Willing to Do Anything, Dec 11, 2012
• Lust and Love in the Animal Kingdom, Feb 12, 2013
• Sloth: Is Your City Making You Fat?, Mar 13, 2013
• Envy: The Cutthroat Side of Science, Apr 30, 2013
• Gluttony: Deconstructing Dinner, May 23, 2013
Learn more about the series here.