Ethics in research question
toby at stein.u.washington.edu
Wed Aug 18 15:42:28 EST 1993
In article <1993Aug18.190242.5655 at virginia.edu>,
Michael G. Kurilla <mgk2r at Virginia.EDU> wrote:
>I think the above statment is a little extreme. The principle
>jobs of the PI is to provide funds, concieve of the project (not
>necessarily the details of experiments), and provide oversight
I can't speak to every situation, but these "disconnected" PIs
(in my experience) don't do the bulk of the grant-writing, either.
Where I get my money, a grant proposal with "good ideas" and
"the big picture", but without the experimental and methodological
details that only a practitioner (vs. interested observer) is
likely to know, is doomed. As the old saw goes, everybody has a
good idea that won't work. Funding agencies want ideas that will
work. Details are important.
>PIs also spend a fair amount of time doing things that don't
>contribute directly to their research, but are necessary to
>keep the institution and the scientific establish functioning
>(committes, teaching, reviewing paper and grants).
So do university presidents and deans, but I don't put them on
my papers. Authorship _demands_ large inputs of intellectual
or physical energy. Everything else belongs in the acknowledgments.
Toby Bradshaw |
Department of Biochemistry | Will make genetic linkage maps
and College of Forest Resources | for food.
University of Washington, Seattle |
toby at u.washington.edu |
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