Resources for Engineering and Science Ethics

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    • qualitative 1
    • quantitative 0
  • Bibliography 53
  • Case Study / Scenario 555
    • Historical / Non-Fiction Case 114
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    • Mini-case 37
    • Moral Exemplar 16
    • Open-ended scenario 183
    • Role Play 12
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  • Code / Policy / Guideline 98
    • governmental policy 1
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  • 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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    • Train the Trainer 1
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  • Essay 13
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  • Published Work / Text 115
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Ethics and Society
  • Catastrophes, Hazards, Disasters 12
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  • Corruption 2
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  • Emerging technologies 21
  • Environmental Justice 6
  • Governance 17
  • Human Rights 23
  • Law and Public Policy 17
  • Political and Social Conflict 6
  • Privacy and Surveillance 17
  • Public and Community Engagement 7
  • Public Well-being 35
  • Responsible Innovation 32
  • Risk 21
  • Security 24
    • Biosafety/Biosecurity 2
    • Dual Use 3
  • Social Justice 8
  • Social Responsibility 27
    • Corporate Social Responsibility 2
  • Sustainability 20
    • Economic 0
    • Environmental 2
    • Social 0
    • Sustainable Development 5
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  • Animal Use 12
  • Bias in Research 4
  • Collaboration 5
    • Interdisciplinary Research 0
    • International Collaboration 0
  • Community and Participatory Research 6
  • Confidentiality 14
  • Conflict of Interest 16
  • Data Management 22
  • Diversity 5
    • Discrimination in the Workplace 0
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  • Expert Witness 0
  • Grant Management 5
  • Human Subjects Research 29
    • Informed Consent 3
    • Institutional Review Boards 1
    • Vulnerable Populations 2
  • Intellectual Property and Patents 3
    • Industrial Espionage 0
    • Trade Secrets 0
  • Mentors and Trainees 8
  • Organizational Climate 9
  • Publication Ethics 11
    • Authorship 2
    • Peer Review 1
  • Reproducibility 7
  • Research Misconduct 14
    • Fabrication 2
    • Falsification 2
    • Handling Misconduct Allegations 0
    • Plagiarism 1
  • Safety 36
    • Lab and Workplace Safety 2
    • Product Liability 1
    • Public Health and Safety 5
  • Whistleblowing 2
  • Workplace Ethics 9
    • Bidding Process 0
    • Bribery and Extortion 0
    • Community Relations 0
    • Employer/Employee Relationships 1
    • Engineer/Client Relationships 0
Controversies
  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics 1
  • Big Data 3
  • Climate Change 4
  • Cloning 0
  • Dual Use Research 7
  • Embryo Research 1
  • Energy 3
  • Geoengineering 2
  • Human Enhancement 3
  • Human Migration 1
  • Military and Defense Research 3
  • Stem Cell Research 1
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  • Computer, Math, and Physical Sciences 25
    • Applied Mathematics 0
    • Astronomy and Astrophysics 0
    • Atmospheric Sciences 1
    • Chemistry 0
    • Computer Sciences 1
    • Earth Sciences 1
    • Geological Sciences 1
    • Mathematics 0
    • Meteorology 0
    • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 3
    • Oceanography 0
    • Physics 0
    • Statistics and Probability 0
  • Engineering 40
    • Aerospace Engineering 0
    • Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering 3
    • Chemical Engineering 0
    • Civil Engineering 1
    • Computer Engineering 1
    • Earth Resources Engineering 3
    • Electrical Engineering 0
    • Engineering Management 0
    • Environmental Engineering 1
    • Industrial Engineering 1
    • Material Science and Engineering 0
    • Mechanical Engineering 0
    • Nuclear Engineering 0
    • Systems Engineering 1
  • International Perspectives 22
  • Life and Environmental Sciences 65
    • Animal Science 0
    • Biochemistry 0
    • Bioinformatics 0
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    • Biotechnology 0
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    • Environmental Health 3
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    • Neuroscience and Neurobiology 1
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    • Public Health 1
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    • Synthetic Biology 0
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    • Toxicology 0
  • Research Ethics 51
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 38
    • Agricultural and Resource Economics 1
    • Anthropology 1
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    • Criminology and Criminal Justice 0
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    • Economics 0
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    • Information Sciences 0
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    • Public Policy and Public Administration 3
    • Science and Technology Studies 0
    • Sociology 0
    • Urban Studies and Planning 3
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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
  • Doubts About Published Results

    Added09/09/2006

    Updated01/29/2016

    research ethics, responsible conduct of research, ethics, research, publications, scientific misconduct, fabrication, falsification,

    A scenario meant to stimulate discussion about the ethical issues that arise when one researcher suspects that another researcher fabricated data.

    Author(s) Albert R. Meyer Caroline Whitbeck
    Contributor(s) Caroline Whitbeck
    Year 1993
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