Resources for Engineering and Science Ethics

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  • Added04/20/2006

    Updated10/18/2016

    This case highlights potential dilemmas encountered by postdoctoral fellows in a research setting. Should a scientist release incomplete data to an environmental group so they may work to prevent further environmental damage, or hope for the best during the five-year EPA funded project that will provide conclusive data? It also explores scientists social responsibilities and public perception of scientific data.

    Contributor(s) Brian Schrag
    Authoring Institution Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE)
    Year 2001
  • Broadening the Applicability of Clinical Research

    Added01/01/2013

    Updated08/05/2016

    In the field of clinical cardiology research, participants have mainly consisted of white males, ages 20 to 50 years. Years of cardiovascular research that excluded women reinforced the belief that coronary heart disease was a “man’s” disease and development of medical treatments more effective for men than women. How can researchers advocate for change in a complex science and technology network when they are in the network themselves? A part of the Research, Ethics, and Society project, this case can be used to address gender bias in science and the social responsibilities of researchers, particularly those concerning understanding knowledge and technological systems as an important tool for acting on social responsibilities.

    Author(s) Karin Ellison Karen Wellner
    Contributor(s) Karin Ellison
    Year 2013
  • Added04/07/2006

    Updated02/11/2016

    This in-depth case looks at the conflicts that arise in managing and reducing pollution in a community that is reluctant to be involved with government agencies. Ethical issues arise in the case as a result of the consulting engineer's dual role (as paid consultant and unpaid advisor to different groups), the community's suspicion and fear of regulators, the controversial data used to initiate the development of the model, and the bureaucratic nature of the process in which the TMDL was developed. The case was created by Kathryn A. Neeley, University of Virginia; Joseph R. Herkert, North Carolina State University; and Teresa B. Culver, University of Virginia.

    Author(s) Kathryn A. Neeley Joseph R. Herkert Teresa B. Culver
    Contributor(s) Joseph R. Herkert
    Year 2001
  • Added09/11/2006

    Updated12/16/2015

    vulnerable populations, responsible conduct of research, research ethics, inclusion, exclusion, research subjects, participants in research, risks, research risks,

    Researchers propose to exclude women from the protocol on the basis of the claim that the research poses risk to reproductive systems.

    Author(s) Atwood D. Gaines
    Contributor(s) Caroline Whitbeck
    Year 2000
  • Microbiologists Respond to Bioterrorism

    Added10/02/2013

    Updated08/05/2016

    In the wake of terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001, a group of microbiologists worked with the FBI to identify the individual or group who mailed letters filled with anthrax to American government officials and media personalities. Others struggled with the issues of whether and how to publish research results of potential use to terrorists. A part of the Research, Ethics, and Society project, this case can be used to address the social responsibilities of researchers, particularly those concerning scientists and engineers and their involvement in or opposition to military projects.

    Author(s) Karin Ellison Karen Wellner
    Contributor(s) Karin Ellison
    Year 2013
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