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Dialogues in Research Ethics: When Mentors Break the Rules

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    The UM Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy and  the Center for Humanities will present the next Dialogues in Research Ethics, “When Mentors Break the Rules,” by Allison Harbin, Ph.D. at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 13, in the School of Nursing and Health Studies’ executive board roomLunch will be provided on a first come, first-served basis.

    As Harbin learned, mentors in STEM fields and the social sciences sometimes violate duties to graduate students. After the publication of her story of academic misconduct on her blog (, Harbin received hundreds of “me too” emails from around the world. Given what she has learned, her talk will address a systemic problem in academia in which ethics is sometimes enforced as a one-way street that can leave those in lower positions of power without recourse or agency.  Most importantly, she will discuss ways graduate students can protect themselves, while inspiring mentors to do their duty.

    Harbin holds a Ph.D. in Art History. After her defense, she launched her blog detailing an abuse of power and negligence toward graduate students. The blog is now a wider platform to advocate for the rights of—and duties to—graduate students. She is currently a freelance writer living in Brooklyn.

    Dialogues in Research Ethics is a series of monthly seminars. For more information, phone UM Ethics Programs at 305-243-5723 or email


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