Responsible Conduct of Research Committee (RCRC)

The Responsible Conduct of Research Committee (RCRC) ensures the continued learning of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) principles across campus and expands the University's RCR culture and teachings. 


Evolving federal regulations and heightened scrutiny of research programs have increased the need to expand the scope of training. The objective of the RCRC is to deepen Cornell researchers’ foundation and knowledge of research ethics and the ethical and responsible conduct of research. The RCRC provides oversight and guidance of the annual Undergraduate and Graduate RCR symposia and other training programs. 

Who is on the RCRC?

Membership may include, but is not limited, to representatives from the following units at Cornell University.

  • Bridget MacRae, Conflicts and Education Supervisor, Office of Research Integrity and Assurance (Chairperson)
  • Nicolas Buchon, Professor, Entomology
  • Jim Entwood, ArXiv Operations Manager, Cornell University
  • Julia L. Finkelstein, Professor, Epidemiology and Nutrition 
  • Mark Hurwitz, Chief Research Integrity Officer, Office of Research Integrity and Assurance
  • Tom Whitlow, Associate Professor Emeritus, SIPS Horticulture section
  • Laurel E. Southard, Director of Undergraduate Research, Cornell University, Retired
  • Charlie Trautmann, Professor, Psychology 
  • Volker Vogt, Professor Emeritus, Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Marten Wegkamp, Professor, Mathematics, Statistics, and Data Science
  • Conrad Wolan, Senior Associate General Counsel, Cornell University
  • Peter Wolczanski, Professor, Chemistry and Chemical Biology
  • Mariana Federica Wolfner, Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences, Molecular Biology and Genetics

Meetings and Structure

The RCRC meets once a month, and members serve a two-year term.