Paris Lecture Series

Inaugural Lecture on March 15, 2022 at 4 PM

Culture change toward more open, rigorous, and reproducible research

Brian Nosek

Improving openness, rigor, and reproducibility in research is less a technical challenge and more a social challenge.  Current practice is sustained by dysfunctional incentives that prioritizes publication over accuracy and privacy over transparency.  The consequence is unnecessary inefficiency in research progress.  Successful culture change requires coordinated policy, incentive, and normative changes across stakeholders to improve research credibility and accelerate progress.  Some stakeholder groups and disciplines are making more progress than others.  We can change the system, but if we do not act collectively we will fail.  Let’s not fail.

Brian Nosek is co-Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Open Science ( that operates the OSF (–a collaborative management service for registering studies and archiving and sharing research materials and data. COS is enabling open and reproducible research practices worldwide. Brian is also a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2002. He co-founded Project Implicit (, a multi-university collaboration for research and education investigating implicit cognition–thoughts and feelings that occur outside of awareness or control. Brian investigates the gap between values and practices, such as when behavior is influenced by factors other than one’s intentions and goals. Research applications of this interest include implicit bias, decision-making, attitudes, ideology, morality, innovation, barriers to change, open science, and reproducibility. In 2015, he was named one of Nature’s 10 and to the Chronicle for Higher Education Influence list.


Location:         Oscar H. Harris Student Union Theatre

Date:               March 15, 2022

Time:               4-5 PM


About The Paris Endowed Lecture Series 

The lecture series brings persons distinguished in the field of Education, Psychology and Research to deliver compelling lectures to current School of Education students, faculty, alumni, educators, and friends. The inaugural lecture is in 2022.  The series recognizes and honors the lives, service, dedication, and professional careers of John Viehe’s mother, Ethel Paris Vieh, Aunts Florence Edith Paris and Cora Paris Hagen.  

The Paris sisters were exemplars in the field of education, examples for current students to emulate. Each was born in the city of Buffalo, New York and remained in education long enough to retire and earn a pension. When they entered the field, most teachers were prepared solely at two-year normal schools. Some obtained additional higher education. Among New York State’s major cities, Buffalo had the highest proportion of teachers with no formal education beyond normal school.

However, the Paris Sisters did not follow this trend. Each graduated from Buffalo Normal School (now called SUNY Buffalo State College), and then earned a Bachelors degree at the University of Buffalo (now called the State University of New York at Buffalo). Subsequently, each of the sisters earned a Masters degree from an Ivy League University. Firstborn Florence also acquired a Principal’s Certificate and became the youngest and first female principal in Buffalo School System. She served as principal of Buffalo, New York Public School 65 for 47 years.

Cora, the middle sister, later attended Colorado School of Mines and developed a solid understanding of earth science. During World War II, she stepped forward to support the war effort by teaching science courses, including meterology, to pilots, enabling the opening of an airplane factory which produced over a thousand lend-lease fighter planes.

Ethel had the misfortune of being widowed with four children under the age of 11; she immediately returned to teaching and became Chairman of the Science department at Hamburg, New York High School. She was awarded three National Science Foundation grants to study specialized advanced topics. She imparted the importance of education to her four, each of whom subsequently earned a doctoral degree.

Biographies for the Paris Lectureship in the School of Education at Campbell University

The Paris sisters were exemplars in the field of education, examples for current students to emulate. Each was born in the city of Buffalo, New York and remained in education long enough to retire and earn a pension. When they entered the field, most teachers were prepared solely at two-year normal schools. Some obtained additional higher education. Among New York State’s major cities, Buffalo had the highest proportion of teachers with no formal education beyond normal school. 

However, the Paris Sisters did not follow this trend. Each graduated from Buffalo Normal School (now SUNY Buffalo State College) and then earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Buffalo (now the State University of New York at Buffalo). Subsequently, each of the sisters earned a master’s degree from an Ivy League University.

Firstborn Florence also acquired a Principal’s Certificate and became the youngest and first female principal in the Buffalo School System. She served as principal of Buffalo, New York Public School 65 for 47 years.

Cora, the middle sister, later attended Colorado School of Mines and developed a solid understanding of earth science. During World War II, she stepped forward to support the war effort by teaching science courses, including meteorology, to pilots, enabling the opening of an airplane factory which produced over a thousand lend-lease fighter planes.

Ethel had the misfortune of being widowed with four children under the age of 11; she immediately returned to teaching and became Chairman of the Science department at Hamburg, New York High School. She was awarded three National Science Foundation grants to study specialized advanced topics. She imparted the importance of education to her four, each of whom subsequently earned a doctoral degree.