Resources for Engineering and Science Ethics

This section houses and provides access to all the OEC materials. It is searchable by type of resource, topic, field, and author and other publication information. A search by resource, then topic or field, reduces the number of entries identified.

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  • Assessment Tool 6
    • qualitative 1
    • quantitative 0
  • Bibliography 53
  • Case Study / Scenario 555
    • Historical / Non-Fiction Case 114
    • Hypothetical / Fictional Case 209
    • Mini-case 37
    • Moral Exemplar 16
    • Open-ended scenario 183
    • Role Play 12
    • Technical / Numerical Case 17
  • Code / Policy / Guideline 98
    • governmental policy 1
    • honor code 1
    • International Declarations and Standards 4
    • professional code 79
  • Educational Activity Description 56
    • Course 15
    • Ethics Across the Curriculum 2
    • Exercise/Assignment/Module 23
    • Institution-wide Program 4
    • Multi-semester program 8
    • Online activity 0
    • Public Engagement Activity 0
    • Service Learning 0
    • Train the Trainer 1
    • Workshop/Event 1
  • Essay 13
  • Event / presentation 13
  • Instructor Material 34
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    • lesson plan / guide 6
    • pedagogical notes/essays 12
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  • Multimedia 13
    • application 0
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    • film 1
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  • Online Course 0
  • Published Work / Text 115
    • blog 1
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    • journal article 4
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    • report 82
    • web article 3
  • Subject Aids 11
  • Topical Collection / Resource Collection 17
  • Website / organization 15
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Ethics and Society
  • Catastrophes, Hazards, Disasters 9
  • Communicating Science & Engineering 23
  • Corruption 5
  • Cultural Awareness & Sensitivity 13
  • Emerging technologies 4
  • Environmental Justice 12
  • Governance 5
  • Human Rights 4
  • Law and Public Policy 12
  • Political and Social Conflict 6
  • Privacy and Surveillance 11
  • Public and Community Engagement 18
  • Public Well-being 32
  • Responsible Innovation 6
  • Risk 26
  • Security 6
    • Biosafety/Biosecurity 2
    • Dual Use 1
  • Social Justice 12
  • Social Responsibility 43
    • Corporate Social Responsibility 4
  • Sustainability 20
    • Economic 1
    • Environmental 15
    • Social 1
    • Sustainable Development 3
Research & Practice
  • Animal Use 16
  • Bias in Research 2
  • Collaboration 92
    • Interdisciplinary Research 2
    • International Collaboration 4
  • Community and Participatory Research 12
  • Confidentiality 18
  • Conflict of Interest 40
  • Data Management 41
  • Diversity 19
    • Discrimination in the Workplace 6
    • Diversity in Research Design and Practice 5
  • Expert Witness 3
  • Grant Management 5
  • Human Subjects Research 59
    • Informed Consent 38
    • Institutional Review Boards 15
    • Vulnerable Populations 25
  • Intellectual Property and Patents 26
    • Industrial Espionage 0
    • Trade Secrets 1
  • Mentors and Trainees 98
  • Organizational Climate 14
  • Publication Ethics 73
    • Authorship 57
    • Peer Review 13
  • Reproducibility 3
  • Research Misconduct 26
    • Fabrication 4
    • Falsification 3
    • Handling Misconduct Allegations 8
    • Plagiarism 11
  • Safety 57
    • Lab and Workplace Safety 17
    • Product Liability 10
    • Public Health and Safety 32
  • Whistleblowing 17
  • Workplace Ethics 73
    • Bidding Process 6
    • Bribery and Extortion 6
    • Community Relations 4
    • Employer/Employee Relationships 37
    • Engineer/Client Relationships 32
Controversies
  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics 0
  • Big Data 1
  • Climate Change 0
  • Cloning 0
  • Dual Use Research 1
  • Embryo Research 0
  • Energy 2
  • Geoengineering 0
  • Human Enhancement 4
  • Human Migration 0
  • Military and Defense Research 3
  • Stem Cell Research 0
Field
  • Computer, Math, and Physical Sciences 70
    • Applied Mathematics 0
    • Astronomy and Astrophysics 1
    • Atmospheric Sciences 0
    • Chemistry 18
    • Computer Sciences 26
    • Earth Sciences 0
    • Geological Sciences 1
    • Mathematics 7
    • Meteorology 0
    • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2
    • Oceanography 0
    • Physics 6
    • Statistics and Probability 1
  • Engineering 201
    • Aerospace Engineering 5
    • Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering 7
    • Chemical Engineering 12
    • Civil Engineering 10
    • Computer Engineering 1
    • Earth Resources Engineering 1
    • Electrical Engineering 2
    • Engineering Management 2
    • Environmental Engineering 7
    • Industrial Engineering 2
    • Material Science and Engineering 8
    • Mechanical Engineering 7
    • Nuclear Engineering 3
    • Systems Engineering 1
  • International Perspectives 11
  • Life and Environmental Sciences 126
    • Animal Science 5
    • Biochemistry 12
    • Bioinformatics 2
    • Biophysics 2
    • Biotechnology 2
    • Cell and Developmental Biology 3
    • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 5
    • Entomology 2
    • Environmental Health 1
    • Food Science 1
    • Forestry and Forest Science 2
    • Genetics and Genomics 18
    • Immunology and Infectious Diseases 12
    • Integrative Biology 2
    • Microbiology 4
    • Neuroscience and Neurobiology 4
    • Nutrition 2
    • Pharmacology 9
    • Physiology 2
    • Plant Sciences 4
    • Public Health 15
    • Structural Biology 2
    • Synthetic Biology 2
    • Systems Biology 3
    • Toxicology 7
  • Research Ethics 239
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 58
    • Agricultural and Resource Economics 1
    • Anthropology 9
    • Communications 0
    • Criminology and Criminal Justice 1
    • Decision, Risk and Management Sciences 0
    • Economics 0
    • Geography 0
    • Information Sciences 4
    • Linguistics 1
    • Political Science 1
    • Psychology 18
    • Public Policy and Public Administration 3
    • Science and Technology Studies 0
    • Sociology 9
    • Urban Studies and Planning 0
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  • Active Learning Bibliography

    Added08/17/2016

    Updated11/16/2016

    An annotated bibliography of web sites, books and journal articles looking at how to integrate active learning into ethics education. Includes material on what active learning is and how it is done, how active learning can be done in an online environment, and how it can be integrated into ethics education.

    Author(s) Kelly Laas
    Year 2016
  • Serving Plaintiffs and Defendants (adapted from NSPE Cases No. 98-4)

    Added06/10/2006

    Updated01/20/2016

    (Conflicting Interests and Conflict of Interest) An expert in her field, an engineer is approached by lawyers for manufacturer XYZ to tesitfy on behalf of XYZ. Later, a plaintiff asks her to testify in an unrelated lawsuit against manufacturer XYZ. Does accepting the second job create a conflict of interest for her?

    Authoring Institution Online Ethics Center
    Year 1999
  • 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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