Resources for Engineering and Science Ethics

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  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics 1
  • Big Data 2
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  • Cloning 0
  • Dual Use Research 0
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  • Energy 1
  • Geoengineering 1
  • Human Enhancement 1
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  • Military and Defense Research 1
  • Stem Cell Research 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
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    Robotics is a branch of science and engineering that develops particular kinds of automated machines for a very wide variety of purposes. The fields of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science are most directly involved with the design, construction, operation, and ...

    Author(s) Rachelle Hollander
    Authoring Institution Online Ethics Center
    Year 2016
  • Added01/23/2018

    A straightforward definition of “big data” appears towards the top of a Google search (June 29, 2016) as “extremely large data sets that may be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behavior and ...

    Author(s) Rachelle Hollander
    Authoring Institution Online Ethics Center
    Year 2016
  • Added01/24/2018

    Climate in a geographical area is its typical or average weather. Climate change therefore would be a change in that typical or average weather that endures over time. Usually in conversation today, climate change refers to the global phenomenon of a long term warming trend in temperatures; ...

    Author(s) Rachelle Hollander
    Authoring Institution Online Ethics Center
    Year 2017
  • Added01/19/2018

    That which is done or communicated in trust is confidential. Confidential information is information entrusted to another. The implication is that, for some reason, such as personal privacy or competitive advantage, the person entrusting this information does not wish others to know. Thus ...

    Author(s) Kelly Laas
    Authoring Institution Online Ethics Center
    Year 2017
  • Added01/19/2018

    Scientific experiments and measurements are transformed into research data. The term “research data” applies to many different forms of scientific information, including raw numbers and field notes, machine tapes and notebooks, edited and categorized observations, interpretations and ...

    Author(s) Kelly Laas
    Authoring Institution Online Ethics Center
    Year 2016
  • Added01/25/2018

    Diversity is the quality or state of having different forms, elements, or characteristics. Diversity may be found in a population or a state of affairs. Two types of diversity issues arise in discussions of science and technology policy. One has to do with design in research and ...

    Author(s) Rachelle Hollander
    Authoring Institution Online Ethics Center
    Year 2017
  • Added01/19/2018

    Technology shapes every aspect of human experience, including our social and ecological world and in turn our social and ecological world helps shape technology. Technologies are often developed as a tool to accomplish a specific goal, like engineering crops to increase food productivity. In turn, ...

    Author(s) Kelly Laas
    Authoring Institution Online Ethics Center
    Year 2017
  • Added01/24/2018

    The Greek philosopher Aristotle used the word “energy” to indicate the ability to act to reach a goal, whereas the modern view of energy indicates the capability to undertake work. In science and engineering disciplines today, energy has precise technical meanings. Today also, ...

    Author(s) Rachelle Hollander
    Authoring Institution Online Ethics Center
    Year 2016
  • Added12/15/2016

    Updated12/15/2016

    Environmental Justice

    One approach to understanding the meaning of “environmental justice” is to consider the intersection of environmental issues and social justice.  Local communities may call for environmental justice when they feel unfairly or overly burdened by pollution ...

    Author(s) Rachelle Hollander
    Authoring Institution Online Ethics Center
    Year 2016
  • Added01/19/2018

    Experts in science and engineering are sometimes called upon in legal trials, either as testifying witnesses or as non-testifying consultants. The roles that experts can take can vary from providing a fact-finder with basic information or in explaining highly technical subjects in a manner ...

    Author(s) Kelly Laas
    Authoring Institution Online Ethics Center
    Year 2016
  • Added01/24/2018

    Many options have been explored for alleviating global warming, including replacement of fossil fuels by renewable energy sources and/or nuclear power, and removal of carbon dioxide and/or direct intervention in climate (geoengineering). When limited to the context of climate change, ...

    Author(s) Rachelle Hollander
    Authoring Institution Online Ethics Center
    Year 2017
  • Added01/23/2018

    ‘Governance’ refers to the process of governing and it encompasses the term ‘government.’ Government denotes the state and its institutions. In contrast, ‘governance’ refers to those entities as well as the formulation of rules and organization of social ...

    Author(s) Zahra Meghani Rachelle Hollander
    Authoring Institution Online Ethics Center
    Year 2017
  • Added01/19/2018

    The debate over human enhancement focuses on interventions (biomedical, technological, genetic) that are used to improve the human form or functioning beyond what is necessary to restore or sustain health.

    Parens, Erik. 1998. Enhancing Human Traits: Ethical and Social Implications. ...

    Author(s) Kelly Laas
    Authoring Institution Online Ethics Center
    Year 2016
  • Added12/16/2016

    Updated12/16/2016

    Movement of human beings from one location to another is a long-standing characteristic of the species. Today, voluntary migration often occurs when people have options and skills that they will be able to exercise better in a new place. Many countries, including the U.S., encourage and promote ...

    Author(s) Rachelle Hollander
    Authoring Institution Online Ethics Center
    Year 2016
  • Added12/12/2016

    Updated12/13/2016

    Human subjects research is any research or clinical investigation that involves human subjects. Investigators conducting human subjects research must satisfy DHHS regulations [45 CFR Part 46] and FDA regulations [21 CFR Part 50 and 56] regarding the protection ...

    Author(s) Kelly Laas
    Authoring Institution Online Ethics Center
    Year 2016
  • Added01/19/2018

    Intellectual property refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic work s , designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce. Intellectual property rights act like other property rights in that they allow creators and owners of patents, trademarks or ...

    Author(s) Kelly Laas
    Authoring Institution Online Ethics Center
    Year 2016
  • Added12/16/2016

    Updated12/16/2016

    Much law and public policy today call on expertise in order to justify their requirements. In the context of decision making for instance, environmental and public health law and policy cite scientific and technical findings to back up their positions concerning regulations about risk.  ...

    Author(s) Rachelle Hollander
    Authoring Institution Online Ethics Center
    Year 2016
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