By: Jonathan Engelsma On: March 15, 2010 In: Blog, Events Comments: 0

Wikipedia defines an institutional review board as

a committee that has been formally designated to approve, monitor, and review biomedical and behavioral research involving humans with the aim to protect the rights and welfare of the research subjects.

Our approach to mobile application research often involves real applications used by real people, hence it is critical that students and faculty involved in MASL projects are familiar with this process.

Here at GVSU our “IRB” is known as the Human Research Review Committee or the HRRC. This Tuesday at our regular MASL Meetup, Dr. Paul Reitemeier, a GVSU faculty member who presently chairs the committee, will be giving an introductory talk on the HRRC and its processes. Dr. Reitemeier will be covering the following topics in his presentation:

  • Why we have regulations (history of abuses),
  • How the regulations are organized
  • Who has to obey the regulations
  • How the review process is designed
  • How to get approval the first time through without revisions.

The meeting will be held Tuesday (March 16) at 4pm-5pm in D2-168 Mackinac Hall. CIS faculty and students not directly involved in MASL but interested in learning about or refreshing their knowledge of the HRRC are also welcome to attend.

Be sure to mark you calendars for these upcoming MASL Meetups:

  • March 30, Using GIT for software version control, Presenter: Dr. Hans Dulimarta
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Jonathan Engelsma leads the GVSU Mobile Applications and Services Lab. He is currently an Associate Professor in GVSU’s School of Computing. His research interests are in distributed and pervasive computing with a focus on mobile applications and services. Dr. Engelsma earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Michigan State University in 1993. He has over two decades of industry experience, including 16 years in various research and development positions with Motorola.


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