Online Ethics Center for Engineering and science
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  • The first of two brief videos based on interviews with leaders in climate adaptation, city management, engineering systems, public engagement, and other key fields, who gathered at the national meeting on “Climate Change and America’s Infrastructure: Engineering, Social, and Policy Challenges,” January 28-30, 2013.
  • This video highlights participant views about the wide range of expertise and public involvement that will be needed to respond adequately to the stresses on engineering systems from climate change. It is designed to enable educators and others to engage with engineers and the public about the numerous challenges, and to stimulate discussion about how to respond.
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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  • IEEE TechEthics Conference on AI - Oct 13, 2017

    PostedTuesday, September 19, 2017 AT 5:36 PM

    The National Academy of Engineering's Center for Engineering Ethics, and Society is collaborating with IEEE to hold the inaugural IEEE TechEthics Conference on October 13, 2017. The conference features luminaries in technology, philosophy, ethics, and policy development. This highly interactive event will feature keynotes by Rodney Brooks and Danielle Bassett, multimedia showings by Heather Knight, and panels on:

    • The Social, Personal and Ecnomic Impacts of AI
    • Planes, Trains and Automobiles…and Ships and More: How Autonomous Transportation Systems are Impacting Society
    • Will Neuroscience Research Lead to Conscious AI?
    • Influencing the Next Generation of Engineers via Ethics Education

    Be part of the conversation! Join us as we explore the ethical and societal implications of technology.

    Register Today at https://techethics.ieee.org/events/dc-2017

  • 2018 NNCI Winter School - Call for Applications

    PostedThursday, September 14, 2017 AT 11:24 AM

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    2018 NNCI Winter School

    Call for Applications

     

    6th Annual Winter School on Responsible Innovation and Social Studies of Emerging Technologies

    hosted by The National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure

    January 3-10, 2018. 

    The Winter School is designed to give junior scholars an introduction to and practical experience with methods and theory for better understanding the social dimensions of emerging technologies. The National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure Coordinating Office is now supporting the winter school, previously run by the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University.

    Presentations describing various tools, concepts and methods that guide social science research into emerging technologies will be supplemented by practical activities and rigorous discussion. Ample work time and breaks are built into the Winter School schedule to encourage participants to guide their own learning experience throughout the week. ...

  • NSF Notice on RCR Training, 2017

    PostedTuesday, August 29, 2017 AT 11:42 AM

    NSF issued an Important Notice No. 140 to Presidents of Universities and Colleges and Heads of Other National Science Foundation Grantee Organizations on the Training in Responsible Conduct of Research – A Reminder of the NSF Requirement on August 17, 2017. It can be found here: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/issuances/in140.jsp?org=NSF

     

    In addition here is recent article on NSF and RCR: http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/08/despite-its-weaknesses-nsf-reiterate-policy-teaching-good-research-habits

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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 resource submissions, see the Submit Materials page.

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