Science and Technology Research Institutes

Mednansky Institute

  • Pine Valley, CA
  • minst.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Mednansky Institute shall be to develop and sustain biological research programs in microbiology for advancement of knowledge to benefit mankind.  The objective of the Institute shall be to achieve scientific discovery by detecting and uncovering unknown aspects of biological life.  Fundamental research shall be the preferred route for scientific investigation.  The Institute shall pursue multi-disciplinary approaches and collaborative efforts with universities, or any other similar institutions, to achieve mission goals.  Results of scientific findings shall be made available to the public through the on-line journal of the Institute or other external publications.  The Institute shall sustain a mentor program giving students the opportunity to seek mentors and improve their understanding and respect of science.  The goals of the mentor program shall be fulfilled among students and researchers by divulging principles conducive to the preservation and advancement of science.  The program shall stress loyalty to truth, development of correct thinking and duty to perpetuate learning.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. WatchTeam for Ethics
Service Areas

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International

The geographic area is served internationally through the organization website which displays scientific data as well as other informative material related to science including scientific book reviews and a NewsWatch section for ethical issues

ruling year

2005

Principal Officer since 2004

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Mr. David Mednansky

Keywords

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Microbiology, Basic Research, Education, Ethics, Online Library

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EIN

20-1362825

 Number

7013797921

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Biological, Life Science Research includes Marine Biology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biotechnology, etc.) (U50)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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In 2009 the institute developed a 'watchdog' program to promote integrity in the scientific peer-review process within the expertise of the Chief Science Officer. This was a consequence of the previous year experience with editors of scientific journals which indicated corruption was rampant at the highest level (that is with scientific journals with a high impact factor). Two programs were started. One under the caption: 'Warning: Article one is entitled not to read!' was aimed at saving taxpayer dollars by demonstrating scientifically what was wrong with the articles in question thereby demonstrating the failure in the review process. The second program called 'NewsWatch: Professional Ethics' links to published articles dealing with peer-review 'scandals' and was extended to Professional Ethics including issues involving free speech on American campus.

Top goals for the current year are fundraising (as many grant submission as possible besides other fundraising activities).

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

The institute provides an online review updated monthly for use by university students and researchers. The institute maintains an online library for the general public specifically for public outreach and stimulating young students to acquire a passion for science. The institute's research program is active and laboratory space is available. Presently the institute has implemented non-laboratory research and collaborations and is seeking funding for laboratory research.

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Program 2

WatchTeam for Ethics

Watchdog Program to promote integrity in the scientific peer-review system

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General Public/Unspecified

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Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The geographic area is served internationally through the organization website which displays scientific data as well as other informative material related to science including scientific book reviews and a NewsWatch section for ethical issues

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Operations

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Mednansky Institute

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. David Mednansky

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The uniqueness of the institute is to fight corruption within the peer-review system (which costs a lot in taxpayer dollars) and to cultivate individual thinking in scientific research (which means the institute encourages independent thinking)."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

David Mednansky

Mednansky Institute

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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