Resources for Engineering and Science Ethics

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    • Course 15
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  • Catastrophes, Hazards, Disasters 1
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  • Corruption 0
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  • Environmental Justice 2
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  • Human Rights 6
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  • Privacy and Surveillance 2
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  • Public Well-being 15
  • Responsible Innovation 0
  • Risk 2
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    • Dual Use 0
  • Social Justice 4
  • Social Responsibility 6
    • Corporate Social Responsibility 0
  • Sustainability 7
    • Economic 1
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    • Social 2
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  • Animal Use 4
  • Bias in Research 2
  • Collaboration 9
    • Interdisciplinary Research 0
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  • Confidentiality 21
  • Conflict of Interest 22
  • Data Management 12
  • Diversity 0
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  • Expert Witness 2
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  • Human Subjects Research 14
    • Informed Consent 6
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  • Intellectual Property and Patents 9
    • Industrial Espionage 0
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  • Mentors and Trainees 10
  • Organizational Climate 0
  • Publication Ethics 19
    • Authorship 15
    • Peer Review 3
  • Reproducibility 1
  • Research Misconduct 8
    • Fabrication 0
    • Falsification 0
    • Handling Misconduct Allegations 0
    • Plagiarism 3
  • Safety 22
    • Lab and Workplace Safety 4
    • Product Liability 1
    • Public Health and Safety 20
  • Whistleblowing 0
  • Workplace Ethics 19
    • Bidding Process 1
    • Bribery and Extortion 2
    • Community Relations 1
    • Employer/Employee Relationships 11
    • Engineer/Client Relationships 10
Controversies
  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics 0
  • Big Data 1
  • Climate Change 1
  • Cloning 0
  • Dual Use Research 0
  • Embryo Research 0
  • Energy 0
  • Geoengineering 0
  • Human Enhancement 0
  • Human Migration 0
  • Military and Defense Research 0
  • Stem Cell Research 0
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  • Computer, Math, and Physical Sciences 23
    • Applied Mathematics 0
    • Astronomy and Astrophysics 1
    • Atmospheric Sciences 0
    • Chemistry 4
    • Computer Sciences 8
    • Earth Sciences 1
    • Geological Sciences 1
    • Mathematics 1
    • Meteorology 1
    • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 0
    • Oceanography 1
    • Physics 3
    • Statistics and Probability 1
  • Engineering 35
    • Aerospace Engineering 0
    • Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering 1
    • Chemical Engineering 1
    • Civil Engineering 3
    • Computer Engineering 0
    • Earth Resources Engineering 0
    • Electrical Engineering 2
    • Engineering Management 0
    • Environmental Engineering 1
    • Industrial Engineering 2
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    • Nuclear Engineering 0
    • Systems Engineering 0
  • International Perspectives 0
  • Life and Environmental Sciences 16
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    • Biophysics 2
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    • Pharmacology 3
    • Physiology 1
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    • Public Health 4
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    • Toxicology 2
  • Research Ethics 16
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 15
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    • Anthropology 2
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    • Criminology and Criminal Justice 1
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    • Public Policy and Public Administration 1
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    • Sociology 1
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  • 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
  • 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
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