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What is the OEC?

The Online Ethics Center (OEC) is a repository of resources on the ethics of science, engineering, and research that help engineers, scientists, scholars, educators, students, and interested citizens understand and address ethically significant topics and problems that arise in the practice and results of science and engineering.

A five-year improvement effort to update and expand site, with new features and content, began in 2014 with an award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). More information about the OEC can be found in the About section.

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  • In Memoriam: Dr. Caroline Whitbeck
    In Memoriam: Dr. Caroline Whitbeck

    PostedTuesday, September 13, 2016 AT 10:37 AM

    Caroline Whitbeck, Emerita Elmer G. Beamer-Hubert H. Schneider Professor in Ethics at Case Western Reserve University and Emerita Professor of philosophy, passed away on September 5, 2016.  Whitbeck was a respected philosopher of science, technology, and medicine. In addition to being a past chair of the OEC Advisory Group at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), she was the founder of the Online Ethics Center before its move to the NAE and spent much of her professional energy on developing it as an educational resource in the fields of Engineering and Scientific Ethics.

    Whitbeck held a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Wellesley College, a master's degree from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was elected Fellow of the AAAS for her work in engineering ethics, and was a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar in 1994-95.

    Whitbeck combined research and teaching interests in the philosophy of science, ...

  • Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum 18th International Conference - Call for Abstracts (DEADLINE EXTENDED)

    PostedMonday, August 22, 2016 AT 10:00 AM

    $OCIAL JUSTICE & BIOETHICS: The Rich, The Poor, and the Re$t of Us

    When: October 6-8, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah

    Submit abstracts by September 9, 2016: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=2016seac

    More information: https://rit.edu/cla/ethics/seac/conferences.html
    Register: https://www.pdcnet.org/wp/services/2016-seac/

    Keynote Speakers:


    October 6th 9 a.m.
    “The Significance of Injustice for Bioethics”
    Leslie Francis, JD, PhD
    Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Law, U of Utah


    October 7th 9 a.m.
    “Ethical Obligations and Designer Genes”
    Mario Capecchi, Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine
    Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics & Biology, U of Utah


    October 8th 9 a.m.
    “Ethics At the Edge of Science”
    Insoo Hyun, Professor of
    Bioethics and Philosophy, Case Western University


    October 8th 12 p.m.
    “Clinical Trials: The Possibility of Assent”
    James A. Anderson, Professor of Communication, U of ...

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The OEC seeks submissions of high-quality ethics education resources in science and engineering for inclusion in its collection. Interdisciplinary materials are particularly welcome, as are resources that promote active learning at the undergraduate or graduate level. Materials are also needed to assist faculty new to teaching in science and engineering ethics. For more information on submitting materials, see the Contribute to the OEC page.

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