NY Academy of Sciences - Global STEM Alliance
27 July 2016 - New York, New York

Alison Kretser, MS, RD, IAFNS's Director, Science Programs, was invited to participate in the New York Academy of Sciences Global STEM Alliance Summit on July 27th 2016.  The Global STEM Alliance aims to increase the number and diversity of students in the STEM pipeline and the Summit provided invited students with an opportunity to tap into a network of leaders in the scientific community

Ms. Kretser participated on a panel with academics and journal editors to discuss the importance of an ethical commitment to science—from research design, to the interpretation and communication of scientific results.  During the panel discussion, Ms. Kretser shared the ongoing work of the IAFNS Scientific Integrity Working Group including the recently published Scientific Integrity Resource Guide.   Ms. Kretser emphasized that scientific integrity is at the forefront of the scientific research enterprise and must remain visible within the scientific community and evolve with new research paradigms.  She encouraged the participants, the next generation of scientists, to keep scientific integrity in the forefront of new research.  Also highlighted were messages related to our ongoing efforts, including free, open-source tools for researchers, and our support of the peer-review process to promote and ensure high-quality science.  While transparency can prove to be expensive and time-consuming, it is central to improving reproducibility.

The Global Stem Alliance Summit provided an opportunity for Alison Kretser to highlight the work of IAFNS to a new audience, creating greater awareness of our efforts related to scientific integrity.