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Internet Research Webinar

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce that it is hosting a webinar through the Office of Human Research Protections entitled, Conducting Internet Research: Challenges and Strategies for IRBs. While the intended audience is IRB members and other research professionals, all are welcome to join us. 

DATE: Thursday, May 8th

TIME: 2:00-3:00 PM

LOCATION: Keith J. O'Neill Center for Healthy Families, Room 206


The current HHS regulations for the protection of human subjects in research were promulgated well before the widespread use of the Internet in the conduct of human subject research, and assessing how the regulatory requirements apply to this type of research can be challenging for both investigators and IRBs. 

This session will address how specific requirements of the HHS regulations apply to research using the Internet and discuss strategies for managing the relevant ethical issues and regulatory considerations, including:

  • assessing the privacy and identifiability of subject information obtained via the Internet;
  • the use of the Internet for subject recruitment and retention;
  • informed consent procedures;
  • and maintaining confidentiality in an online environment.


In light of the July, 2011 Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services seeking comment on possible changes to the Common Rule, this session will also discuss the related ANPRM proposals that are being contemplated on the Federal level.

Speaker and Biography

Laura Odwazny, JD, is a Senior Attorney with the Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Ms. Odwazny’s primary client is the Office for Human Research Protections, which interprets and enforces the HHS regulations that provide protections for human research subjects.

Throughout her 14 years with the Office of the General Counsel, Ms. Odwazny has provided legal advice to various other agencies within HHS, including the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, the Program Support Center Division of FOIA Services, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, and the Office of Research Integrity.

Ms. Odwazny is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and received a M.A. in Bioethics through the History and Philosophy of Science Department at the University of Pittsburgh.

Call for Undergraduate Research Highlights: Summer 2014 issue of the CUR Quarterly

Submissions for the "Undergraduate Research Highlights" feature of the Summer 2014 issue of the CUR Quarterly are being accepted until March 15, 2014.  Highlights consist of brief descriptions of recent (past six months) peer-reviewed research or scholarly publications in scholarly journals, book and book chapters, web-based publications, and juried performances.  These publications must be in print and must include one or more undergraduate co-authors.  To be considered for publication as an Undergraduate Research Highlight, the following information must be submitted:

-Title of the article and full journal citation (inclusive pages).
-A brief description (3-5 lines) of the research and its significance.
-Title and department or program affiliation of the faculty member.
-A brief description of the student co-author(s).  Include the year of study in which the student(s) undertook the work, the opportunity through which the work was undertaken, (independent study project, summer project, REU program, senior thesis project, etc.), and the current status of the student (graduate school, employed, still enrolled, etc).
-The source of funding for the work.

Submissions selected for inclusion will be posted to the Highlights portion of CUR's web site.

Submissions must be highlights from research published in peer-reviewed journals.  Undergraduate Research Journals or Conference Abstracts are generally not accepted.  Should you have any questions regarding the eligibility of your highlight, please send your question to the Editor by email (Marie Graf, 

Should you have any questions with the submission process, please contact the CUR National Office at

Institutional Account with Survey Monkey

Effective immediately, use of Marywood University's institutional account with Survey Monkey will no longer be allowed for research involving human subjects (only research requiring review by the Institutional Review Board or Exempt Review Committee).  This is due to security issues and the protection of human subjects.

While you may still utilize Survey Monkey's service for research, you will need to subscribe to a secure, personal account.  Subscriptions at various levels are available and may last as long as the researcher desires.  The type of account allowed will depend upon the nature of the research.

New Funding Search Tool: SPIN

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs recently subscribed to SPIN.  You may access the search functions anywhere on campus without an account but you will need to register for off-campus use. This service is available to students as well as faculty and staff.

SPIN offers both active searching and automated opportunity matching and daily opportunity notifications and contains over 40,000 opportunities from more than 10,000 global sponsors.

SPIN provides training videos that may be helpful to new users. 

We hope that you find this tool useful and we are available to assist you with any questions that you might have.

CITI Offers New Learner Account Registration

Marywood University researchers and research personnel are required to complete basic and perhaps other additional research training courses. The required research training is available online through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).  Check out CITI's New Learner Account Registration.

New ORSP Form:  Classroom Project

Classroom assignments, exercises, and projects involving human participants may or may not require IRB/ERC review depending on whether they meet the federal definition of "research" which is defined as "a systematic investigation designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge" (45CFE46). Check out the new Classroom Project Form.  Still have questions?  Contact Laura Ann Camlet Houser, Ph.D., Director of Research Compliance at


Gemma Boyd, Clinical Psychology student, will make two presentations at the American Psychological Association's Convention, Honolulu, HI (August 2013). Poster Presentation of 'Examining How Ruminative Processes Relate to State and Trait Moods and Working Memory Abilities', sponsored by Edward J. Crawley, Ph.D. and Round Table Discussion of 'Novel Approaches to Improving Multiculturalism in Supervision', with co-presenter Janet L.Muse-Burke, Ph.D.



Suzanne A. Crockett, Psychology and Counseling student presented research at the Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, New York City (March 2013) titled 'Religiosity and Openness to Experience: Predicting Attitudes Towards Traditional and Nontraditional People' and at the Association for Psychological Sciences , Washington D.C. (May 2013), titled 'Religiosity and Openness to Experience on Attitudes Towards Gender Role Adherence'. Ms. Crockett's research is sponsored by Sr. Gail Cabral, Ph.D.


Colleen Siti, B.A., and Tracie Pasold, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Psychology & Counseling, presented research entitled, Northeastern Pennsylvania Region Pediatricians Knowledge and Attitudes Toward Eating Disorders at the 2013 Academy for Eating Disorder's International Conference held in Canada in May.  The purpose of this Institutional Review Board approved study is to assess pediatricians’ level of training, knowledge, comprehension of, attitudes toward, and ability to identify eating disorders as well as their treatment practices.

TecBridge Funds Four Marywood University Faculty

Congratulation to Deb Hokien, Ph.D. and Lisa Antoniacci, Ph.D., Science, Ahmed A. Gomaa, Ph. D., Business and Managerial Science, and Angela Hillman, Ph. D., Health and Physical Education on recent funding awarded from TecBridge.  Formerly know as GVTA/NPTI, TecBridge supports programs designed to help grow technology and biotechnology within northeastern Pennsylvania.  


Dr. Erkan Acar's Article Discusses Teacher Motivation

Congratulations are extended to Dr. Erkan Acar, Academic Advisor for International Students, on his recent publication, Theoretical Analysis of the Intrinsic and Extrinsic Factors for Teacher Motivation. Found in the Wulfenia Journal, Vol 20, No. 5; May 2013, Dr. Acar's paper investigates the different types of motivational factors that influence teacher performance and contribute to teacher motivation.


Dr. Joseph Cabrera's Research Included in Housing Policy Debate

New Urbanism and Selection Bias in the Formation of Social Capital, the work of Dr. Joseph F. Cabrera, Assistant Professor, Social Sciences may be found as part of the 2013 Housing Policy Debate, 23 (2), 376-394. The article examines the assertion that new urbanism can help facilitate social capital within communities.

Dr. Cabrera also presented "Measuring Sense of Community Using Social Network Structure" at the Sunbelt Networks Conference in Hamburg, Germany in May and wiill present "How Smoking Affects Individual and Community Level Social Networks" at the American Sociological Association Conference in New York in August! 


2013 Annual Research Forums a Success

A total of 157 undergraduate and graduate students presented their reserach at the recent Annual Marywood University Research Forums. Check out the Undergraduate and Graduate abstracts  





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