The NCLLab acknowledges that we live and learn on the ancestral and traditional homeland of the Lenni-Lenape and Wappinger people. By acknowledging the legacies of displacement, migration, and settlement, we wish to take a small first step toward the long and overdue process of healing and repair. As part of our commitment to education and equity, we acknowledge the injustices that indigenous peoples have faced and continue to face in the United States. We honor and pay respect to all indigenous peoples, by recognizing their relationship with this land.
Our Land Acknowledgment Statement is partly based on the statements by Teachers College and the Columbia University School of the Arts.
The foundations of integrity in research are objectivity, honesty, openness, accountability, fairness, and stewardship (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2017).
Objectivity is instantiated by the freedom and responsibility to pose, test, and reject hypotheses according to evidence while minimizing our own biases (Popper, 1999), and by the ability to state our findings “clearly and unambiguously to any interested person” (NASEM, 2017).
We work to describe our approaches clearly to permit replication, which is key to objectivity. Lab members are required to maintain accurate and complete records of activities related to experimental procedures. Such records remain the property of the NCL lab even after its author has moved on, maintaining the replicability and clarity of reporting.
Honesty is foundational to scientific reporting.
Openness relates to transparency in communication and presenting all information that may be relevant to a conclusion.
Accountability means that we are individually and collectively responsible for our work and our actions and behavior while the work is conducted. NCLLab members commit to abide by the standards of behavior, community, and scientific integrity outlined in this document, acknowledging our accountability on multiple levels.
We are accountable to one another, to our research participants, to our institution, to our broader research community, to the funders and sponsors of our work, to our students and colleagues, and to all those who may be impacted by the findings of our research.
Fairness governs all relationships in science.
Stewardship requires that all in the systems of research to support one another, to ensure and maintain the standards of integrity for research conducts.
Photo cr: Self Reflected Gallery. (2017). Greg Dunn Neuro Art. https://www.gregadunn.com/self-reflected/self-reflected-gallery/
We recognize that it is a great privilege to work together as a research community to advance toward our scientific goals. We take seriously the responsibility to conduct meaningful research that addresses real-world issues and is communicable to the broader public. We strive to conduct our research with integrity, care, and a deep investment in the scientific process. We believe that we all have the right to learn, contribute to science, and achieve professional growth in a supportive and respectful environment.
This means that we treat each other, and each other’s work, with honesty, respect, and kindness. Specifically:
If you do not intentionally, deliberately, and proactively include, you unintentionally exclude.
-- Calvin Mackie, Ph.D.
We recognize that participants in the research endeavors of the NCLLab represent a great diversity of scientific, educational, and personal backgrounds. We value the contributions and knowledge brought to our research community through the engagement of individuals from diverse experiences.
Oppression consists of individual, institutional, and systemic problems that necessitate solutions at every level. Our individual acts and behaviors are important palliative measures. We work to have patience and understanding when we encounter differences in culture, perspective, and communication. We willingly and intentionally engage in self-reflection and acknowledgment of missteps or gaps in our knowledge and experience, and we strive to learn from one another and from the work we produce.
This means, at a minimum: