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Ripeta webinar: Trust in Authorship 2021

Trust in Autorship

April 13, 2021 | 11:00-11:55 pm (CDT) | 12:00-12:55 pm (EDT)

In this webinar, Dr. Leslie McIntosh, Dr. Alison Antes, and Josh Sumner will present cases of fictitious authorship in scientific preprints and discuss the ethical concerns of imposters and impersonators in scholarship. This event will be moderated by Darrell Gunter.


Dr. Leslie D. McIntosh is the founder and CEO of Ripeta, a company formed to improve scientific research quality and reproducibility. The company leads efforts in automating quality checks of research manuscripts and is a recipient of funding from Digital Science. She served as the executive director for the Research Data Alliance (RDA) – US region and as the Director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics at Washington University School in St. Louis. Over the past years, Dr. McIntosh has dedicated her work to improving science. Since 2014, this has focused on highlighting the need for reproducible science, then on transparently reporting science, and now on the need to build trust in science. She holds a Masters and PhD in Public Health with concentrations in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from Saint Louis University and a Certificate in Women’s Leadership Forum from Washington University Olin’s School of Business.

Dr. Antes is faculty in the Bioethics Research Center at Washington University School of Medicine in the Division of General Medical Sciences. She teaches courses in research ethics and delivers workshops on the responsible conduct of research for scholars in the Washington University community. She also co-directs the Professionalism and Integrity in Research Program, a national remediation training and coaching program for investigators who are referred for lapses in research compliance or research integrity. Dr. Antes is principal investigator on NIH and NSF-funded grants examining leadership and management of research and ethical decision-making in research. Her research centers on cultivating effective research environments and professional development of researchers to promote rigor and integrity in science.

Dr. Antes is an editorial board member of Accountability in Research, and serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for multiple publications such as Science and Engineering Ethics, Ethics and Behavior, and Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics.

Dr. Antes completed her PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at the University of Oklahoma, where she focused on cognition, ethical decision-making, and the development and evaluation of research ethics training.

Josh Sumner is a data scientist at Ripeta using R to assist in analyzing data to evaluate research. He graduated from Appalachian State University in May of 2019 with a BS in Strength and Conditioning and a minor in Statistics. Josh is planning to pursue an MS in biostatistics in 2020 and is particularly interested in statistics, its applications in health science, and its role in sports science research.

Darrell, an experienced digital publishing executive, has been at the forefront of major industry initiatives, i.e., Factiva, ScienceDirect, Scopus,, ReviewerFinder, Underline, and Ripeta. In his consulting practice, he has advised many CEOs from startups to the very largest publishers. He is a graduate of Seton Hall University’s W. Paul Stillman School of Business (BS Business Administration- Marketing) and Lake Forest Graduate School of Management (MBA). His column titled “The Innovator’s Saga” appears in The Against The Grain publication. His radio program “Leadership with Darrell W Gunter,” in its 12th season, airs 8:00 am Saturday on WSOU HD 89.5 FM / His previous shows are available on his iTunes Podcast.

About ripeta

Ripeta is a software and services company with the mission to assess, design, and disseminate practices and measures to improve the reproducibility of science with minimal burden on scientists. Founded by research scientists in 2017, ripeta makes better science easier. Learn more about ripeta and the services we offer here:

13 April 2021

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2021 MU McNair Scholars Conference

Welcome to our 32nd annual conference! Once registered you should receive your ticket to gain full access to the schedule and the events. Our McNair Scholars have worked hard to produce this quality work. We look forward to showing the great work they’ve done and hear about what their future plans are.

A Note of Appreciation

The McNair Staff would like to thank you for attending the Scholars Conference. The effort of the McNair Scholars put into their research is quite evident as reflected in the quality of their posters and presentations. The presentations are the result of each scholar conducting nearly 280 hours of research throughout this academic year.

We also wholeheartedly extend our thanks to all of our mentors for their desire to work with our scholars and for their patience in carrying out their responsibilities. We hope these efforts have a lasting impression on the scholars.

The McNair Advisory Committee is also commended for the exemplary efforts it expended in selecting the 2020-2021 scholars.

MU McNair Program Background

The McNair Scholars Program was developed when the U.S. Senate was preparing the Higher Education Re-authorization act in 1986. This new program was created under the TRIO sub-section covering graduate education outreach to address the predicted shortage of persons with earned doctorates. In 1989, the Division of Higher Education Preparation and Support Services of the U.S. Department of Education launched the administration of the program.

Dr. Vicki Curby prepared and submitted a successful grant proposal which made the University of Missouri was one of the original 14 institutions selected for funding. The first group of scholars conducted their research that year, and the inaugural McNair Scholars Conference was held in the spring of 1990.

Ronald E. McNair

Ronald Erwin McNair was born October 21, 1950, in Lake City South Carolina. After graduation from high school, he enrolled in North Carolina A&T State University, where he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in physics in 1971. McNair then enrolled in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned his PhD in physics in 1976.

While working as a staff physicist with Hughes Research Laboratory, he soon became a recognized expert in laser physics. In 1978, McNair was selected for the NASA space shuttle program, and, after years of training, he served as mission specialist aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1984. He was the second African-American to travel in space.

Besides his academic achievements, McNair received three honorary doctorate degrees and many fellowships and commendations, such as the Presidential Schola, 1967-7; Ford Foundation Fellow, 1971-74; National Fellowship Fund Fellow, 1974-75; Omega Psi Phi Scholar of the Year, 1975; Distinguished National Scientist; National Society of Black Professional Engineers, 1979; and Friend of Freedom Award, 1981. McNair also held a fifth-degree black belt in karate and was an accomplished jazz saxophonist.

Ronald E. McNair died in the Challenger accident on January 28, 1986 which claimed the lives of the entire crew. He legacy lives on in the McNair Scholars Program

McNair Staff
Director: NaTashua Davis
Associate Director: Natalie Downer
Program Coordinator: Jeremy Bloss
Program Assistant: James Hamilton
Graduate Assistant: Brittany Fatoma

2020-2021 McNair Advisory Committee
Vicki Boyd-Kennedy
John David
Melissa Herzog
Charles Nilon

The schedule is as follows:

  • Opening sessions: 9:00am – 11:00am
  • Poster session 1: 11:00am – 11:30am
  • Hour break: 11:30am – 12:30pm
  • Session 2: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
  • Poster session 2: 2:00-2:30pm

17 April 2021

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Marietta College All Scholars Day

19 April —
23 April 2021

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Wiley Analytical Science Conference

Revealing the Invisible: How to Prepare Hidden Targets by Mechanical and Ion Beam Preparation (for SEM)

April 19, 2021 | 2:00-3:30 pm (CEST) | 8:00-9:30 am (EDT)

Preparation of micro targets is not an easy task, as these targets are rarely visible and difficult to handle.

In this one-hour online workshop our specialists will help reveal the invisible and introduce you to a workflow consisting of a combination of mechanical precision preparation with the Leica EM TXP and ion beam processing with the Leica EM TIC 3X.

Following a short introduction to the topic, you will be able to can follow the sequence of the workflow live online. In the subsequent break-out sessions, you will have the opportunity to get tips and tricks from our specialists on the following sample preparation topics.

Break Out Session 1 - Cross sectioning and flat milling:  Ion milling for semi-conductor, aerospace, automotive,  painting and coating or similar application fields.

Break Out Session 2 - For temperature-sensitive samples: Ion milling for tyres, paper industry, polymer and chemistry companies, glass research or similar application fields.

Who should attend the online workshop?

This interactive online workshop is designed for beginners as well as advanced EM users and provides practical tips for sample preparation

This workshop will ask and answer the following questions:

  • Why is sample preparation so important in electron microscopy?
  • What are the special challenges of target preparation?
  • What are the advantages of the synergy between EM TXP and EM TIC 3X?


Thomas Pfeifer is Advanced Workflow Specialist (AWS) at Leica Microsystems. Before being named AWS in January 2020, Mr. Pfeifer worked for 10 years as Project manager in the R&D department of the Leica´s Nanotechnology division. He holds a scientific degree in Physics from the Technical University of Chemnitz, where he worked as Research assistant at the Chair of Physics of Solid Bodies.

19 April 2021

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Delaware Neuroscience Symposium 2021

23 April 2021

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INTERMAG 2021 Welcome Video

26 April —
30 April 2021

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MacEwan Student Research Day 2021

This annual event showcases and celebrates the faculty-mentored research, scholarly activity and creative achievements of MacEwan University students across all faculties and disciplines. It is intended to foster a teaching and learning environment that supports critical and innovative thinking as part of a flourishing and robust scholarly culture.

This event showcases MacEwan students’ exciting achievements through poster and project displays, oral presentations, and creative installations of students’ faculty-mentored work.

Live presentations will take place on April 26, 2021 and from April 27-30 you can explore the recorded presentations and poster content.

26 April 2021

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Bristol Quantum Information Technologies Workshop

BQIT is a three day annual workshop aimed at enabling leading UK and international academics and industrial partners to come together; to explore and discuss future ambitions and challenges in the field of Quantum Information Technologies. Since our conception in 2014 we have had 230 speakers and panellists who have presented their work and opinions on a range of topics, from quantum theory to innovation in industry.

Welcome Message

The BQIT:21 team welcomes you to the eighth Bristol Quantum Information Technologies workshop.

Our understanding of the world has rarely been as shaken as with the adoption of quantum mechanics. The unprecedented elegance and precision of the theory validate a departure from conventional human intuition. Quantum information emerged from studies on the foundations of quantum mechanics and has evolved gradually to offer a disruptive approach to conventional information technologies. With applications in computing and simulations, communications and cryptography and also metrology, sensing and imaging – Quantum Information Technologies are posed to reform multiple disciplines to their ultimate physical limits.

Four decades ago, C.M. Caves proposed using the concept of squeezing for metrology applications, 1981 was also the year the first experimental verification of Bell’s inequalities was announced by A.Aspect, P. Grangier and G. Roger. Ten years later, in 1971, A. Ekert proposed using Bell’s theorem for quantum cryptography. It was only two decades ago when R. Raussendorf and H. Briegel revolutionised the field of quantum computing with their measurement-based architecture, and at the same time E. Knill, R. Laflamme and G.Milburn revealed that linear optical elements can be used efficiently for quantum computation. We celebrate those historical milestones with a special tutorial day at BQIT:21.

Last year was the first time in our workshop's history that we had gone fully virtual, rather than meeting as a traditional, face-to-face workshop in BQIT’s home of Bristol, UK. The global circumstances that continue to impact us all professionally and personally have forced BQIT once again to be delivered as an all-virtual workshop for 2021. After many lessons learned and valuable feedback from last year's BQIT:20 attendees and organisers, we have organised this year's workshop keeping in mind the benefits of what it means to 'go online'. The access this creates to colleagues across the world who would otherwise be unable to join us, as well as being able to make the workshop free for all attendees due to the lower costs involved in delivering an online workshop, means that we can welcome three times as many attendees to BQIT than previous years. We can continue to connect with each other's research through our virtual poster sessions, whose access is available throughout the workshop, and benefit from written Q&A sessions with our presenters, allowing all attendees the equal chance to have their voices heard. We recognise the extra energy required to stay connected and motivated during these difficult times, and are hugely encouraged to see so many of you willing to continue to connect with us on an online platform.

We take this opportunity to thank each of our speakers and poster presenters, thank you for contributing your technical content. We are especially grateful to each of you for accommodating the unusual circumstances we all find ourselves in and working with us to deliver your presentations online. We would like to thank our phenomenal organisational board, who are listed in full on page 38 of this programme, for their passion and diligent work throughout the past year. To Ross Donaldson, Pieter Kok and Carmen Palacios Berraquero for their invaluable efforts as this year’s external Board members. In addition, we are very grateful for the financial support from this year's sponsors; this enabled BQIT:21 to be free to all attendees.

It is our hope that you have a productive and enjoyable time while you engage and interact with BQIT:21, and to everyone that has helped take BQIT:21 online, thank you!

Jorge Barreto and Holly Caskie, on behalf of the BQIT board and organisation team

This year's workshop agenda is available here: Virtual BQIT:21

Register now for Virtual BQIT:21. Registration closes 19th April 2021.

For further information, please contact us at:

26 April —
28 April 2021

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Textiles 2030

Textiles 2030

Join us on 26th April to celebrate the launch of Textiles 2030, an ambitious new initiative on a mission to transform the fashion and textiles sector into a climate-neutral and profitable industry that is fit for the future.

Textiles 2030 is bringing the whole fashion and textiles industry together with governments, research institutes, innovators and disruptors with a bold commitment to make fashion more sustainable and tackle climate change.

Our climate is in crisis and WRAP’s research shows that the UK textiles’ sector needs to act quickly, going further and faster than ever before if we are to maintain our greenhouse gas emissions within a 1.5-degree warming trajectory.

Fashion businesses are under ever increasing scrutiny: from customers who demand products produced sustainably; government who are changing legislation on design and sale of textiles; and investors who now require reporting on climate progress.

It is clear the sector needs to break the pattern of take, make, and dispose and move towards a circular system where products are re-used and recycled more easily. WRAP has over 15 years experience delivering cross-sector voluntary agreements which create real change. Textiles 2030 is building on the success of SCAP 2020 which saw businesses achieving major reduction in their carbon and water footprints across its eight year programme.

With over 35 organisations already signed up, WRAP is delighted to officially launch Textiles 2030 on April 26th. Please join us to celebrate the beginning of this exciting new era for fashion and to find out more about getting signed up.

We will be led by an expert panel including WRAP CEO Marcus Gover, Baroness Lola Young, Environment Minister Rebecca Pow, and Richard Swannell, Head of WRAP Global. This virtual event will break into smaller sessions where you can network with our pioneering members and delve into the practicalities of being part of the initiative. Guest speakers include Hirestreet and Thrift+, Marks & Spencer, and Fashion Revolution.

#textiles2030 #sustainable fashion #circular economy2030 #ukplc


Plenary – Welcome to Textiles 2030

Join WRAP’s CEO, Marcus Gover, in a plenary session where we dig deeper into how the UK Textiles sector can move towards circularity to achieve ambitious climate goals. We have been working closely with industry to co-create a Pathway to Circularity which clearly sets out the steps needed to enable change. We are delighted to welcome Minister Rebecca Pow, Defra, Baroness Lola Young, and Richard Swannell from WRAP Global to talk to us.

A Global Textile Action Network Guest speakers:

  • Jonas Eder - Jansen
  • Marie Busck - Danish Textile
  • Lauren Barcley - Gianni

Panel session 1: Stream 1
“Circular design: the power to make a difference”

80% of a garment’s environmental footprint is decided at the design stage, so there are big opportunities to make positive impacts by changing our design choices, including considering what will happen to that product at the end of its life. Join us for an industry-led discussion on why changing the way we design is an important step for the industry to become more circular and how you can make it part of your business strategy. Panel speakers to be confirmed soon.

Guest speakers:

  • Orsola De Castro – Fashion Revolution
  • Tim Cross – Project Plan B
  • Cerian Atwell – Marks & Spencer

Panel session 1: Stream 2
“Closing the Loop on materials"

How can we keep textile products and materials in use for longer decoupling our consumption from the use of our planet’s finite virgin resources? This session will look at some of the barriers of fibre to fibre recycling and how the industry can close the loop on materials, with guest speakers highlighting solutions and ways to get started. Panel speakers to be confirmed soon.

Guest speakers: Bernie Thomas - Satcol

Panel Session 2: Stream 1
“Business Not as Usual: The Circular Future of Fashion Retail”

Circular business models are no longer just for innovative start-ups. Clare Carroll, WRAP, will lead a discussion on how circular solutions can be incorporated into existing business models and adopted by any retailer. Following themes in WRAP’s new Pathway to Circularity for fashion brands, guest speakers and attendees are invited to discuss consumer uptake and willingness to embrace these new ways of ‘shopping’.

Guest speakers:

  • Joe Metcalfe - Thrift
  • Bianca Rangecroft - Whering
  • Isabella West - Hirestreet

Panel Session 2: Stream 2
“How to measure success: Getting to Grips with carbon”

Measuring success and implementing follow up actions is crucial to help brands meets our ambitious target of a 50% reduction in carbon. Sarah Gray, Senior Analyst at WRAP will lead this session on how effectively measuring GHG emissions can help drive the industry towards net zero. The session will also explore the financial benefits of reporting and measuring for fashion brands.

Guest speakers:

  • Mark Sumner
  • Liesl Truscott

26 April 2021

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Spring School On Quantum Error Correction

26 April —
29 April 2021

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