Glossary

Substantive definitions of concepts and terms commonly used in engineering ethics are written to be accessible to a broad audience and accompanied by links to useful related topics, materials, and relevant professional societies and organizations. If you would like to submit or revise a term, please contact us at onlineethics@nae.edu.

  • American Association of Engineering Societies is an association of various engineering societies. It works to coordinate information and activities among these societies, and represents the interests of the engineering community to the government, to the general public, and to the media.

    American Association of Engineering Societies is an association of various engineering societies. It works to coordinate information and activities among these societies, and represents the interests of the engineering community to the government, to the general public, and to the media.

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  • The American Academy of Microbiology is composed of distinguished scientists who have been recognized for excellence in microbiology. It is an elite group within the American Society of Microbiology (ASM).

    The American Academy of Microbiology is composed of distinguished scientists who have been recognized for excellence in microbiology. It is an elite group within the American Society of Microbiology (ASM).

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  • Positive steps to enhance the diversity of some group, often to remedy the cumulative effect of subtle as well as gross expressions of prejudice. In science and engineering affirmative actions often aim to enhance the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in these fields.

    Positive steps to enhance the diversity of some group, often to remedy the cumulative effect of subtle as well as gross expressions of prejudice. In science and engineering affirmative actions often aim to enhance the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in these fields.

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  • Authenticity is the character trait or virtue of authenticity is that of being genuine, honest with oneself as well as others. Therefore, "authenticity" connotes not only candor, but an absence of hypocrisy or self-deception.

    Authenticity is the character trait or virtue of authenticity is that of being genuine, honest with oneself as well as others. Therefore, "authenticity" connotes not only candor, but an absence of hypocrisy or self-deception.

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  • A challenge study is one in which researchers intentionally give subject/patients pharmacological agents in order to induce and study psychiatric symptomatology.

    A challenge study is one in which researchers intentionally give subject/patients pharmacological agents in order to induce and study psychiatric symptomatology.

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