Author Archives: j.d.grunert

About j.d.grunert

Historian, Science and Technology Studier, Librarian, Academish

Historians and Ethics

My research, and my academic interests, are straddled between several fields: Science and Technology Studies (STS), History (of Science), and Librarianship. The professional organizations most directly relevant to these fields are 4S (the Society for the Social Study of Science), HSS (History … Continue reading

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Open Access

I’m a big proponent of open access. For me, it’s the best way for scholarship to become most widely available, since those who are active in the field yet are unaffiliated with an academic institution, such as independent scholars, can … Continue reading

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Final Project

For this integrity class, I’ve decided to develop a class on citation. This is a one-off class, one that would take up only one class of the course. I envision the class, right now, as a combination of asking How, Why, and When to … Continue reading

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Authorship as Academic Responsibility

Authorship isn’t something that I usually encounter as an issue in academic integrity. My field is generally in the humanities and social sciences, where solo authorship is more or less the norm. But this doesn’t mean that I can discount the … Continue reading

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Teaching citations

This is among the least pleasant parts of my memories from teaching in a high school. Citation methods are an important part of research, but the learning curve makes their instruction difficult. From when I taught high schoolers, there were … Continue reading

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Plagiarism and faculty responsibility

The concern that faculty have regarding plagiarism is of utmost concern in the academy. Maintaining academic integrity promotes good scholarship and maintains the reputation of the university. But helping students learn what plagiarism is and how to avoid it can be difficult. Services … Continue reading

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Honor Codes

While I’m a firm believer in the notion that people who are willing to engage in unethical behavior regardless of their codification, I also see that honor codes are absolutely necessary in most universities. First, universities, especially R1 institutions, are multicultural … Continue reading

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Everyday Values and Expectations of Science

The National Academies’ On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research delineates several “everyday values” that guide a sensible scientist’s work: honesty, openness, collegiality, and fairness. These are laudable values for scientific research, as well as for a person engaging … Continue reading

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Purpose of a University

A research university has a responsibility to all those who participate in it–the research professionals (including, but not limited to professors, librarians, and laboratory technicians), students, instructors, and supporting communities. What, though, is this responsibility? I argue that the primary responsibility is to foster an … Continue reading

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Integrity and Community

Inherent to the idea of community is the principle of integrity. Without honesty–about work, about self, about each other–there can be no community. Integrity is central to Virginia Tech’s Principles of Community. Being honest about who we are opens us … Continue reading

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