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Ken Pimple Promoted to Associate Scholar

Ken Pimple, Director of Teaching Research Ethics Programs at the Poynter Center, has been promoted to Associate Scholar at Indiana University, effective July 1, 2011.

Ken Pimple

Ken Pimple

Ken started working at the Poynter Center as a research assistant in 1988, while still a graduate student. In 1991, when he received his PhD, he began his full-time professional career at the Poynter Center and will celebrate his 20th anniversary on July 1, 2011.

Ken graduated from Regis College in Denver with a BA in English and a BS in Mathematics and holds an MA and PhD in Folklore from Indiana University. In 1993 Ken received a grant from the US Department of Education's Fund for Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) to create a program that became "Teaching Research Ethics," now in its 18th year. Ken currently teaches a graduate course on research ethics and offers workshops in the responsible conduct of research for postdoctoral fellows.

Ken explored the opportunities offered by distance education and procured funding from the National Institutes of Health to offer "Scientists and Subjects: An Online Seminar on the Ethics of Research with Human Subjects" from 1999-2006. In 2009 he received a grant from the National Science Foundation to lead a project on "Ethical Guidance for Research and Application of Pervasive and Autonomous Information Technology" (PAIT). The project included a day-long workshop in spring 2010 and a follow-up meeting in the fall at IU.

Over the years Ken has presented at numerous meetings and universities in the United States and abroad. His most recent publications include editing a volume on Research Ethics (Ashgate Publishing, 2008) and "Surrounded by Machines," Communications of the ACM, March 2011. Ken brings a wealth of experience to his work, having served on the Bloomington Hospital Institutional Review Board, the IU Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), the IU Institutional Review Board, and other local committees. He has also served on the advisory board for two projects funded by the National Science Foundation and one funded by the National Institutes of Health. Since 2003 Ken has served on the Data and Safety Monitoring Board for research into sickle cell disease for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

Ken was recently named Senior Advisor for the National Center for Professional and Research Ethics (NCPRE), an international online resource funded by the National Science Foundation and based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also serves on the NCPRE's Education Advisory Committee.