Resources for Engineering and Science Ethics

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  • Assessment Tool 6
    • qualitative 1
    • quantitative 0
  • Bibliography 55
  • Case Study / Scenario 571
    • Historical / Non-Fiction Case 118
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    • Mini-case 37
    • Moral Exemplar 16
    • Open-ended scenario 186
    • Role Play 12
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  • 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
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  • Catastrophes, Hazards, Disasters 9
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  • Corruption 5
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  • Emerging technologies 10
  • Environmental Justice 13
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  • Law and Public Policy 12
  • Privacy and Surveillance 16
  • Public and Community Engagement 18
  • Public Well-being 32
  • Responsible Innovation 7
  • Risk 27
  • Security 6
    • Biosafety/Biosecurity 2
    • Dual Use 1
  • Social and Political Conflict 6
  • Social Justice 12
  • Social Responsibility 47
    • Corporate Social Responsibility 6
  • Sustainability 21
    • Economic 1
    • Environmental 15
    • Social 1
    • Sustainable Development 3
Research & Practice
  • Animal Use 16
  • Bias in Research 2
  • Collaboration 93
    • Interdisciplinary Research 2
    • International Collaboration 4
  • Community and Participatory Research 14
  • Confidentiality 20
  • Conflict of Interest 40
  • Data Management 44
  • Diversity 20
    • Discrimination in the Workplace 7
    • Diversity in Research Design and Practice 5
  • Expert Witness 3
  • Grant Management 5
  • Human Subjects Research 61
    • 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 74
    • Authorship 58
    • 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 19
  • Workplace Ethics 74
    • Bidding Process 6
    • Bribery and Extortion 6
    • Community Relations 4
    • Employer/Employee Relationships 38
    • Engineer/Client Relationships 33
Controversies
  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics 0
  • Big Data 8
  • Climate Change 1
  • Cloning 0
  • Dual Use Research 1
  • Embryo Research 1
  • Energy 4
  • Geoengineering 0
  • Human Enhancement 5
  • Human Migration 0
  • Military and Defense Research 4
  • Stem Cell Research 0
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  • Computer, Math, and Physical Sciences 74
    • Applied Mathematics 0
    • Astronomy and Astrophysics 1
    • Atmospheric Sciences 0
    • Chemistry 18
    • Computer Sciences 30
    • Earth Sciences 0
    • Geological Sciences 1
    • Mathematics 7
    • Meteorology 0
    • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2
    • Oceanography 0
    • Physics 6
    • Statistics and Probability 1
  • Engineering 207
    • Aerospace Engineering 5
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    • Chemical Engineering 12
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    • Computer Engineering 4
    • Earth Resources Engineering 2
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    • Engineering Management 2
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    • Industrial Engineering 2
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    • Nuclear Engineering 3
    • Systems Engineering 2
  • International Perspectives 14
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    • Animal Science 5
    • Biochemistry 12
    • Bioinformatics 2
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    • Environmental Health 1
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    • Genetics and Genomics 21
    • Immunology and Infectious Diseases 12
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    • Nutrition 2
    • Pharmacology 9
    • Physiology 2
    • Plant Sciences 4
    • Public Health 16
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    • Synthetic Biology 3
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    • Toxicology 7
  • Research Ethics 240
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 59
    • Agricultural and Resource Economics 1
    • Anthropology 9
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    • Criminology and Criminal Justice 1
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  • Taking a Product to Market

    Added11/28/2017

    software engineering, sales, corporate responsibility, computer science

    A software engineer has concerns about a recommender system his firm is designing to sell to health and life insurance companies. In a meeting with the sales team leader, he brings up these concerns and argues for extending their development timelines to address them. The sales manager, however, wants to hit the market with their product as soon as possible.

    Author(s) Dalton George Jason Ludwig
    Year 2017
  • 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
  • Cutting Roadside Trees

    Added06/15/1992

    Updated01/19/2016

    For each of the past 7 years at least one person has suffered a fatal automobile accident by crashing into trees closely aligned along a 3 mile stretch of Forest Drive. Many other accidents have also occurred, causing serious injuries, wrecked cars, and damaged trees. Some of the trees are quite close to the pavement. Two law suits have been filed against the road commission for not maintaining sufficient road safety along this 3 three mile stretch. Both were dismissed because the drivers were going well in excess of the 45 mph speed limit.

    Author(s) Michael Pritchard
    Contributor(s) Michael Pritchard
    Authoring Institution Center for the Study of Ethics in Society at Western Michigan University
    Year 1992
  • Heat Transfer Problem

    Added02/16/2006

    Updated01/15/2016

    An engineer, you work for a consulting firm responsible for the renovation of old office buildings for a military base. A new regulation concerning wall materials goes into effect next year. The wall you are working on will not meet the new regulations. Conflict arises when there are differing opinions regarding which regulations to follow.

    Author(s) Wayne Helmer Robert C. Walker
    Authoring Institution Zachry Department of Civil Engineering-TAMU Ethics
    Year 1995
  • Post-Doc Blues

    Added04/26/2006

    Updated01/20/2016

    responsible research, appe, reseth, student and post-doc authorship, authorship, acknowledgment, collaborative research, publication, credit

    This case discusses scientific relationships including adviser-graduate student; adviser-post-doc; and post-doc-graduate student. It also explores the relationship of one lab to another lab in the scientific community and intellectual property.

    Contributor(s) Brian Schrag
    Authoring Institution Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE)
    Year 2006
  • 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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