Biotechnology PhD Training Program

UVa

 

Reproducibility and Transparency

2016

With supplemental NIGMS funding, we collaborated with the Center for Open Science (COS), a Charlottesville VA nonprofit whose mission is ‘to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of research’.  A key tool of COS is their free opens-source ‘Open Science Framework’, a cloud based data organization and sharing platform recognized by a growing number of journals including eLIFE, Springer Nature, Biomed Central and many others, as well as institutions, as a scholarly web tool that enhances transparency, fosters collaboration, and increases visibility of research outputs at the institutional level.  Our goals were to: (i) involved COS staff and UVa faculty in the restructuring of our core ‘Essentials of Translational  Science’ course and (ii) with student input to begin to help evolve the Open Science Framework as a graduate student friendly electronic notebook.

A committee of graduate students plus one senior technician and one postdoc met with COS in the Fall to provide an initial group of suggestions on evolving the Open Science Framework as a graduate student friendly electronic notebook.

2017

The newly designed ‘Essentials of Translational Science’ course was taught for the first time from mid February through the end of March.  Below are course elements:

  1.     Research integrity/reproducibility (COS)

  2.     Research integrity/reproducibility (COS)

  3.     Strategies of Design Thinking in Science

  4.     Scientist as Entrepreneur

  5.     Intellectual Property

  6.     Intellectual Property

  7.     Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

  8.     Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

  9.     Regulatory Science and Engagement

  10.     Regulatory Science and Engagement

  11.     Translational Science on Grounds

2017 - 2018

We plan to further collaborate with COS in the evolution of the Open Science Framework as a graduate student friendly electronic notebook - involving over 100 graduate student beta testers.  Trainees in their first year will be taught and become comfortable with the Open Science Framework. COS will continue to help develop the course.