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 0
    • qualitative 0
    • quantitative 0
  • Bibliography 2
  • Case Study / Scenario 26
    • Historical / Non-Fiction Case 2
    • Hypothetical / Fictional Case 13
    • Mini-case 2
    • Moral Exemplar 0
    • Open-ended scenario 9
    • Role Play 1
    • Technical / Numerical Case 0
  • Code / Policy / Guideline 9
    • governmental policy 0
    • honor code 0
    • International Declarations and Standards 1
    • professional code 7
  • Educational Activity Description 0
    • Course 0
    • Ethics Across the Curriculum 0
    • Exercise/Assignment/Module 0
    • Institution-wide Program 0
    • Multi-semester program 0
    • Online activity 0
    • Public Engagement Activity 0
    • Service Learning 0
    • Train the Trainer 0
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  • Instructor Material 2
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    • report 14
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  • Topical Collection / Resource Collection 2
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  • Catastrophes, Hazards, Disasters 31
  • Communicating Science & Engineering 69
  • Corruption 8
  • Cultural Awareness & Sensitivity 40
  • Emerging technologies 52
  • Environmental Justice 46
  • Governance 38
  • Human Rights 42
  • Law and Public Policy 48
  • Privacy and Surveillance 52
  • Public and Community Engagement 46
  • Public Well-being 99
  • Responsible Innovation 54
  • Risk 74
  • Security 37
    • Biosafety/Biosecurity 7
    • Dual Use 7
  • Social and Political Conflict 19
  • Social Justice 47
  • Social Responsibility 105
    • Corporate Social Responsibility 10
  • Sustainability 87
    • Economic 2
    • Environmental 33
    • Social 12
    • Sustainable Development 18
Research & Practice
  • Animal Use 47
  • Bias in Research 15
  • Collaboration 119
    • Interdisciplinary Research 7
    • International Collaboration 6
  • Community and Participatory Research 31
  • Confidentiality 66
  • Conflict of Interest 85
  • Data Management 98
  • Diversity 33
    • Discrimination in the Workplace 9
    • Diversity in Research Design and Practice 7
  • Expert Witness 7
  • Grant Management 13
  • Human Subjects Research 125
    • Informed Consent 51
    • Institutional Review Boards 20
    • Vulnerable Populations 34
  • Intellectual Property and Patents 47
    • Industrial Espionage 1
    • Trade Secrets 2
  • Mentors and Trainees 129
  • Organizational Climate 24
  • Publication Ethics 122
    • Authorship 85
    • Peer Review 22
  • Reproducibility 14
  • Research Misconduct 57
    • Fabrication 10
    • Falsification 9
    • Handling Misconduct Allegations 12
    • Plagiarism 18
  • Safety 145
    • Lab and Workplace Safety 32
    • Product Liability 15
    • Public Health and Safety 74
  • Whistleblowing 29
  • Workplace Ethics 123
    • Bidding Process 11
    • Bribery and Extortion 13
    • Community Relations 10
    • Employer/Employee Relationships 55
    • Engineer/Client Relationships 47
Controversies
  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics 6
  • Big Data 21
  • Climate Change 22
  • Cloning 3
  • Dual Use Research 11
  • Embryo Research 8
  • Energy 13
  • Geoengineering 5
  • Human Enhancement 17
  • Human Migration 4
  • Military and Defense Research 12
  • Stem Cell Research 1
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  • Computer, Math, and Physical Sciences 25
    • Applied Mathematics 0
    • Astronomy and Astrophysics 1
    • Atmospheric Sciences 0
    • Chemistry 3
    • Computer Sciences 4
    • Earth Sciences 0
    • Geological Sciences 0
    • Mathematics 4
    • Meteorology 0
    • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 0
    • Oceanography 0
    • Physics 4
    • Statistics and Probability 1
  • Engineering 22
    • Aerospace Engineering 0
    • Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering 2
    • Chemical Engineering 2
    • Civil Engineering 0
    • Computer Engineering 0
    • Earth Resources Engineering 0
    • Electrical Engineering 0
    • Engineering Management 0
    • Environmental Engineering 0
    • Industrial Engineering 0
    • Material Science and Engineering 1
    • Mechanical Engineering 0
    • Nuclear Engineering 0
    • Systems Engineering 0
  • International Perspectives 6
  • Life and Environmental Sciences 28
    • Animal Science 0
    • Biochemistry 2
    • Bioinformatics 0
    • Biophysics 0
    • Biotechnology 0
    • Cell and Developmental Biology 1
    • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 1
    • Entomology 0
    • Environmental Health 0
    • Food Science 0
    • Forestry and Forest Science 0
    • Genetics and Genomics 2
    • Immunology and Infectious Diseases 2
    • Integrative Biology 0
    • Microbiology 0
    • Neuroscience and Neurobiology 0
    • Nutrition 0
    • Pharmacology 2
    • Physiology 1
    • Plant Sciences 0
    • Public Health 1
    • Structural Biology 0
    • Synthetic Biology 0
    • Systems Biology 1
    • Toxicology 1
  • Research Ethics 47
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 17
    • Agricultural and Resource Economics 0
    • Anthropology 0
    • Communications 0
    • Criminology and Criminal Justice 0
    • Decision, Risk and Management Sciences 0
    • Economics 0
    • Geography 2
    • Information Sciences 0
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    • Psychology 0
    • Public Policy and Public Administration 0
    • Science and Technology Studies 0
    • Sociology 0
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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
  • The Gladiator Sparrow-Ethical Issues in Behavioral Research on Captive Populations of Wild Animals

    Added04/04/2006

    Updated08/19/2016

    animals in research, research, anthropomorphism, conservation criterion, deontology, sentience, utilitarianism

    This case discusses whether humans should consider animal suffering and sentience when conducting research; and, who is stopping an experiment justified on the grounds that animal welfare takes precedence over human intellectual endeavor?

    Contributor(s) Brian Schrag
    Authoring Institution Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE)
    Year 2000
  • 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
  • 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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