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From: Erec R. Koch, Associate Provost
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Kristin Sommer, Department of Psychology, as the Baruch College Research Integrity Officer (RIO), effective immediately. As RIO, Professor Sommer will lead our efforts in providing training to faculty, staff, and/or post-doctoral associates; in fulfilling the requirements of the CUNY’s institutional plan to meet the National Science Foundation’s “Educational Requirements for the Responsible Conduct of Research”; and in fostering a research environment that adheres to the highest ethical and moral standards. This last charge includes reception and review of allegations of research misconduct involving faculty, staff, and/or post-doctoral associates at the College.
An extremely accomplished researcher, Professor Sommer is ideally suited to serve as RIO. Professor Sommer’s research has been funded by both the National Science Foundation ($239,000) and the National Institutes of Health ($253,000). In addition to these two research grants, Professor Sommer received funding for two consecutive NSF awards that allowed her to establish the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program (REU) ($294,000 and $270,000). The substantive record of student achievement established under those initial awards enabled the Department of Psychology to receive two additional NSF grants, which support their REU program. Professor Sommer has also received numerous PSC CUNY Research Program awards, a CUNY Collaborative Incentive Research Grant, and a prestigious Eugene M. Lang Junior Faculty Fellowship, Baruch College.
In the area of research compliance, Professor Sommer served on Baruch College’s Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects as both a committee member and as vice chair. She has been one of the few faculty mentors in the federally mandated Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training workshops. Since 2010 she has lead the workshop in Human Subject Protections in Baruch’s RCR program.
Professor Sommer has the experience and expertise necessary to serve most effectively as the College’s Research Integrity Officer. I invite you to join me in congratulating her.
The Office of the Provost would also like to thank Alan J. Evelyn for his exceptional service as RIO over the past several years. The standard he set was a high one.
Erec R. Koch
New York, NY 10010-5585