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Looking Ahead and Looking Back: Lessons from the 2014 AER Conference


by Jim Gearhart, BA, Member of the Board of Directors for Quorum Review IRB

PRIM&R is pleased to share a post from Jim Gearhart, a member of the PRIM&R Blog Squad for the 2014 Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference. The PRIM&R Blog Squad is composed of PRIM&R members who will blog here, on Ampersand, about the conference to give our readers an inside peek of what happened December 4-7 in Baltimore, MD.

Tucked into an airplane seat on my way home from the 2014 Advancing Ethical Research conference, I reflected on my experience. I had a fantastic time as a member of the PRIM&R Blog Squad; thank you for taking the time to read my posts and thanks to PRIM&R for the chance to contribute to Ampersand. For my final post, I thought I’d share some quotes and reflections about the conference.

Near the end of this year’s conference, an acquaintance sighed and said, “I need some time to decompress. And now I have a lot of things to do when I get back.”

It’s a sign of a good conference when afterwards everything reminds you of something you learned from the event. After the last session I checked my email, and noticed a banner ad. An advertisement for travel to a destination that I researched just a few days before appeared. Similarly, on my way to the airport, I used Google Maps to gauge my travel time, which it quickly did after determining my current location. In both of these instances, I recalled discussions about consent and privacy and tried to remember when, exactly, I had agreed to give Google access to my search and location data.

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