Penn State professor to speak on reproducibility crisis

August 30, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Rick Gilmore, associate professor of psychology at Penn State, will deliver a talk entitled “The Reproducibility Crisis in Computationally-Intensive Human Behavior Research.” The talk will occur from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sept. 7 in 223A HUB-Robeson Center.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The lecture is sponsored by the Institute for CyberScience (ICS) as part of the ICS CyberScience Seminars, a series of talks on cutting-edge topics of interest to the cyberscience research community at Penn State.

In recent years, researchers across certain scientific disciplines have voiced concern that many published findings may be false. This problem extends to computationally intensive studies — research involving specialized high-performance computers and massive amounts of data — because the findings can be difficult to replicate. Gilmore will explore practical ways that scientists using computation, especially those who study human behavior, are addressing this issue.

As space is limited, please reserve a seat at the seminar by Sept. 4.

The event includes Gilmore’s talk, an extended question-and-answer session, and time to socialize. Refreshments will be served

Future CyberScience Seminars will explore a wide range of topics, including big data and fake news, forecasting student learning outcomes, and protecting data privacy. Check out the full slate of speakers for 2017-18.

Gilmore is a Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences faculty co-fund and an ICS associate. He received his doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University. From 2008 to 2014, Gilmore served as the founding Director of Human Imaging at Penn State's Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center (SLEIC). He researches the development of brain networks that enable perceivers to extract information about the layout of their environment, the shape of objects, and the speed and direction of self-movement. He is also keenly interested in developing tools and practices that make scientific research more open, transparent and reproducible.

The Institute for CyberScience is one of the five interdisciplinary research institutes under the Office of the Vice President for Research, and is dedicated to supporting cyber-enabled research across the disciplines. ICS builds an active community of researchers using computational methods in a wide range of fields through co-hiring of tenure-track faculty, providing seed funding for ambitious computational research projects, and offering access to high-performance computing resources through its Advanced CyberInfrastructure. With the support of ICS, Penn State researchers harness the power of big data, big simulation, and big computing to solve the world’s problems. For more information, visit or email  

  • Rick Gilmore

    Rick Gilmore, associate professor of psychology at Penn State, will deliver a lecture on the reproducibility crisis, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Sept. 7 in 223A HUB-Robeson Center.

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Last Updated August 30, 2017