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 6
    • qualitative 1
    • quantitative 0
  • Bibliography 55
  • Case Study / Scenario 574
    • Historical / Non-Fiction Case 118
    • Hypothetical / Fictional Case 220
    • Mini-case 37
    • Moral Exemplar 16
    • Open-ended scenario 186
    • Role Play 12
    • Technical / Numerical Case 17
  • Code / Policy / Guideline 101
    • governmental policy 1
    • honor code 1
    • International Declarations and Standards 4
    • professional code 82
  • Educational Activity Description 58
    • Course 15
    • Ethics Across the Curriculum 2
    • Exercise/Assignment/Module 25
    • Institution-wide Program 4
    • Multi-semester program 8
    • Online activity 0
    • Public Engagement Activity 0
    • Service Learning 0
    • Train the Trainer 1
    • Workshop/Event 1
  • Essay 13
  • Event / presentation 13
  • Instructor Material 46
    • lecture plan / notes 2
    • lesson plan / guide 12
    • pedagogical notes/essays 13
    • rubric 5
    • syllabus 13
  • Multimedia 14
    • application 0
    • documentary 0
    • film 2
    • podcast 0
    • software 0
    • video clip 5
  • Online Course 0
  • Published Work / Text 115
    • blog 1
    • book 0
    • journal article 4
    • newspaper / magazine article 2
    • report 84
    • web article 3
  • Subject Aids 37
  • Topical Collection / Resource Collection 25
  • Website / organization 32
Topic
Ethics and Society
  • Catastrophes, Hazards, Disasters 31
  • Communicating Science & Engineering 69
  • Corruption 8
  • Cultural Awareness & Sensitivity 41
  • Emerging technologies 52
  • Environmental Justice 46
  • Governance 38
  • Human Rights 42
  • Law and Public Policy 48
  • Privacy and Surveillance 53
  • Public and Community Engagement 47
  • Public Well-being 101
  • Responsible Innovation 54
  • Risk 75
  • Security 37
    • Biosafety/Biosecurity 7
    • Dual Use 7
  • Social and Political Conflict 19
  • Social Justice 48
  • Social Responsibility 106
    • Corporate Social Responsibility 10
  • Sustainability 88
    • Economic 3
    • 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 67
  • Conflict of Interest 86
  • Data Management 99
  • Diversity 34
    • Discrimination in the Workplace 10
    • 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 25
  • Publication Ethics 122
    • Authorship 85
    • Peer Review 22
  • Reproducibility 14
  • Research Misconduct 57
    • Fabrication 10
    • Falsification 9
    • Handling Misconduct Allegations 12
    • Plagiarism 18
  • Safety 147
    • Lab and Workplace Safety 33
    • Product Liability 15
    • Public Health and Safety 75
  • Whistleblowing 29
  • Workplace Ethics 124
    • Bidding Process 11
    • Bribery and Extortion 13
    • Community Relations 10
    • Employer/Employee Relationships 56
    • Engineer/Client Relationships 47
Controversies
  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics 6
  • Big Data 22
  • 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
Field
  • Computer, Math, and Physical Sciences 173
    • Applied Mathematics 1
    • Astronomy and Astrophysics 3
    • Atmospheric Sciences 4
    • Chemistry 23
    • Computer Sciences 53
    • Earth Sciences 7
    • Geological Sciences 9
    • Mathematics 9
    • Meteorology 4
    • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 11
    • Oceanography 3
    • Physics 16
    • Statistics and Probability 4
  • Engineering 381
    • Aerospace Engineering 9
    • Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering 16
    • Chemical Engineering 16
    • Civil Engineering 18
    • Computer Engineering 12
    • Earth Resources Engineering 5
    • Electrical Engineering 9
    • Engineering Management 3
    • Environmental Engineering 14
    • Industrial Engineering 9
    • Material Science and Engineering 12
    • Mechanical Engineering 16
    • Nuclear Engineering 7
    • Systems Engineering 7
  • International Perspectives 39
  • Life and Environmental Sciences 282
    • Animal Science 6
    • Biochemistry 15
    • Bioinformatics 4
    • Biophysics 5
    • Biotechnology 10
    • Cell and Developmental Biology 7
    • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 13
    • Entomology 2
    • Environmental Health 10
    • Food Science 3
    • Forestry and Forest Science 8
    • Genetics and Genomics 44
    • Immunology and Infectious Diseases 14
    • Integrative Biology 5
    • Microbiology 7
    • Neuroscience and Neurobiology 11
    • Nutrition 2
    • Pharmacology 13
    • Physiology 3
    • Plant Sciences 7
    • Public Health 24
    • Structural Biology 3
    • Synthetic Biology 7
    • Systems Biology 4
    • Toxicology 10
  • Research Ethics 359
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 150
    • Agricultural and Resource Economics 2
    • Anthropology 14
    • Communications 2
    • Criminology and Criminal Justice 3
    • Decision, Risk and Management Sciences 5
    • Economics 3
    • Geography 6
    • Information Sciences 8
    • Linguistics 2
    • Political Science 7
    • Psychology 21
    • Public Policy and Public Administration 19
    • Science and Technology Studies 5
    • Sociology 13
    • Urban Studies and Planning 8
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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
  • Serving Plaintiffs and Defendants (adapted from NSPE Cases No. 98-4)

    Added06/10/2006

    Updated01/20/2016

    (Conflicting Interests and Conflict of Interest) An expert in her field, an engineer is approached by lawyers for manufacturer XYZ to tesitfy on behalf of XYZ. Later, a plaintiff asks her to testify in an unrelated lawsuit against manufacturer XYZ. Does accepting the second job create a conflict of interest for her?

    Authoring Institution Online Ethics Center
    Year 1999
  • 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
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