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RIA # 5: Dr. Jim Kroll on Research Misconduct


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Dr. Jim Kroll

On this episode of the “Research in Action” podcast, Katie is joined by Dr. Jim Kroll, the Director of Research Integrity and Administrative Investigations for the National Science Foundation’s Office of the Inspector General, where he has worked since 2001. In this role, Jim is primarily responsible for leading the investigation and resolution of all allegations that, if substantiated, would result in administrative action rather than civil or criminal prosecution. These include such things as allegations of research misconduct under NSF proposals and awards; certain types of employee misconduct; and violations of NSF regulations, policy or directives. Prior to working for the OIG, Jim served 21 years as a meteorological officer with the U.S. Air Force. Jim completed his undergraduate studies at Rutgers University where he received his B.S. in Meteorology. He later attended North Carolina State University where he received his M.S. and his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences.

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Segment 1: The Office of the Inspector General at NSF [00:00-9:47]

In this first segment, Jim and I talk about what the Office of the Inspector General is and the role that Jim plays in that office.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Segment 2: Procedures and Examples [9:48-21:23]

In segment two, Jim and I talk about the general procedure when the OIG is made aware of potential research misconduct. Jim shares some of the sources of allegations and offers some examples of cases he has worked on.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Segment 3: Responsible Conduct of Research [21:24-32:29]

In segment three, Jim and I discuss Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training requirements from NSF and Jim’s recommendation for the training of new researchers.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Bonus Clip: Examples of Research Misconduct Cases [00:00-6:11]

In this bonus clip, Jim shares some additional examples of research misconduct cases that he’s worked on during his time with NSF’s OIG.

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