Cindy Rankin appointed UA Research Integrity Officer

Release Date: 
Monday, May 14, 2007 - 12:35pm

From the 3D Memo:
"The RIO is an important post at the University as it strives to preserve high scholarly standards through the institutional oversight procedures outlined in UHAP 2.1309. Dr. Rankin is a Lecturer in the Department of Physiology, College of Medicine, and last month was selected as one of the 2006-2007 recipients of the Graduate and Professional Education Teaching and Mentoring Awards. She received her Masters degree from the Department of Kinesiology at UCLA and her Ph.D. from the UA's Department of Physiology. Dr. Rankin did postdoctoral research in the UA's Department of Animal Sciences and Division of Neurobiology of the Arizona Research Laboratories.

"For almost ten years Dr. Rankin co-taught a University-wide course in Survival Skills and Ethics which not only focused on the practical information needed by future academics to be successful in their careers, but also the ethical dimensions of those skills. Since 1996 Dr. Rankin has been a member of the Physiological Sciences Graduate Interdisciplinary Program (GIDP) where she has distinguished herself as a driving force for curriculum development and the evaluation of student teaching efforts in the GIDP. Extensive experience on the University General Education Committee and the Undergraduate Council and as Educational Coordinator of the Graduate Training Program in Neurobiology of Motor Control has given her a full appreciation of the teaching and research missions of the UA. Dr. Rankin's service and experience as a researcher, teacher, and mentor makes her well suited to assume the position of RIO, and in that role to offer guidance and assistance in the oversight of research and creative activities at the University of Arizona.

"As background, the position of Research Integrity Officer is mandated by the University policy titled "POLICY AND PROCEDURES FOR INVESTIGATIONS OF MISCONDUCT IN SCHOLARLY, CREATIVE, AND RESEARCH ACTIVITIES," (see UHAP 2.1309). The RIO bears primary responsibility for implementing the procedures set forth in this policy by assisting the preliminary Inquiry Panels and ad hoc Investigative Committees and other personnel to carry out this policy and implement any applicable standards imposed by compliance entities or government or external funding sources. As part of this assistance, the RIO is responsible for evaluating whether, as a matter of law, applicable federal or state regulations mandate further investigation.

Dr. Rankin can be reached at 520-621-3104 or, or by contacting the Research Office at 520-621-5196."

Originally Posted: 
Monday, April 27, 2009 - 3:12pm