Resources for Engineering and Science Ethics

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  • Assessment Tool 0
    • qualitative 0
    • quantitative 0
  • Bibliography 7
  • Case Study / Scenario 24
    • Historical / Non-Fiction Case 4
    • Hypothetical / Fictional Case 13
    • Mini-case 0
    • Moral Exemplar 0
    • Open-ended scenario 4
    • Role Play 1
    • Technical / Numerical Case 3
  • Code / Policy / Guideline 8
    • governmental policy 0
    • honor code 0
    • International Declarations and Standards 0
    • professional code 5
  • Educational Activity Description 14
    • Course 2
    • Ethics Across the Curriculum 1
    • Exercise/Assignment/Module 10
    • Institution-wide Program 1
    • Multi-semester program 2
    • Online activity 0
    • Public Engagement Activity 0
    • Service Learning 0
    • Train the Trainer 0
    • Workshop/Event 0
  • Essay 1
  • Event / presentation 6
  • Instructor Material 6
    • lecture plan / notes 0
    • lesson plan / guide 4
    • pedagogical notes/essays 0
    • rubric 0
    • syllabus 1
  • Multimedia 2
    • application 0
    • documentary 0
    • film 1
    • podcast 0
    • software 0
    • video clip 1
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  • Published Work / Text 16
    • blog 0
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    • journal article 2
    • newspaper / magazine article 1
    • report 14
    • web article 0
  • Subject Aids 1
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  • Website / organization 4
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  • Catastrophes, Hazards, Disasters 31
  • Communicating Science & Engineering 69
  • Controversies 98
    • 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
  • 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 48
  • Public Well-being 102
  • Responsible Innovation 54
  • Risk 75
  • Security 37
    • Biosafety/Biosecurity 7
    • Dual Use 7
  • Social and Political Conflict 19
  • Social Justice 50
  • Social Responsibility 107
    • Corporate Social Responsibility 10
  • Sustainability 88
    • Economic 3
    • Environmental 33
    • Social 12
    • Sustainable Development 18
Research & Practice
  • Animal Use 47
  • Bias in Research 16
  • Collaboration 120
    • Interdisciplinary Research 7
    • International Collaboration 6
  • Community and Participatory Research 31
  • Confidentiality 67
  • Conflict of Interest 86
  • Data Management 100
  • 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 48
    • Industrial Espionage 1
    • Trade Secrets 2
  • Mentors and Trainees 130
  • Organizational Climate 26
  • Publication Ethics 123
    • Authorship 86
    • Peer Review 22
  • Reproducibility 14
  • Research Misconduct 57
    • Fabrication 10
    • Falsification 9
    • Handling Misconduct Allegations 12
    • Plagiarism 18
  • Safety 148
    • Lab and Workplace Safety 34
    • Product Liability 16
    • Public Health and Safety 76
  • Whistleblowing 30
  • Workplace Ethics 125
    • Bidding Process 11
    • Bribery and Extortion 13
    • Community Relations 10
    • Employer/Employee Relationships 56
    • Engineer/Client Relationships 47
Field
  • Computer, Math, and Physical Sciences 13
    • Applied Mathematics 0
    • Astronomy and Astrophysics 0
    • Atmospheric Sciences 3
    • Chemistry 1
    • Computer Sciences 1
    • Earth Sciences 5
    • Geological Sciences 5
    • Mathematics 0
    • Meteorology 2
    • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 3
    • Oceanography 2
    • Physics 0
    • Statistics and Probability 0
  • Engineering 57
    • Aerospace Engineering 0
    • Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering 1
    • Chemical Engineering 6
    • Civil Engineering 5
    • Computer Engineering 2
    • Earth Resources Engineering 4
    • Electrical Engineering 4
    • Engineering Management 1
    • Environmental Engineering 9
    • Grand Challenges for Engineering 0
    • Industrial Engineering 6
    • Material Science and Engineering 5
    • Mechanical Engineering 5
    • Nuclear Engineering 3
    • Systems Engineering 6
  • International Perspectives 8
  • Life and Environmental Sciences 34
    • Animal Science 2
    • Biochemistry 1
    • Bioinformatics 0
    • Biophysics 0
    • Biotechnology 0
    • Cell and Developmental Biology 0
    • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 6
    • Entomology 0
    • Environmental Health 5
    • Food Science 1
    • Forestry and Forest Science 0
    • Genetics and Genomics 8
    • Immunology and Infectious Diseases 0
    • Integrative Biology 0
    • Microbiology 1
    • Neuroscience and Neurobiology 0
    • Nutrition 0
    • Pharmacology 0
    • Physiology 0
    • Plant Sciences 1
    • Public Health 3
    • Structural Biology 0
    • Synthetic Biology 1
    • Systems Biology 0
    • Toxicology 3
  • Research Ethics 8
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 18
    • Agricultural and Resource Economics 1
    • Anthropology 0
    • Communications 0
    • Criminology and Criminal Justice 0
    • Decision, Risk and Management Sciences 3
    • Economics 1
    • Geography 1
    • Information Sciences 0
    • Linguistics 0
    • Political Science 4
    • Psychology 0
    • Public Policy and Public Administration 9
    • Science and Technology Studies 2
    • Sociology 1
    • Urban Studies and Planning 7
  • Teaching Ethics in STEM 6
    • Case Study Method 1
    • Ethical Decision-Making 0
    • Ethics Across the Curriculum 1
    • Evaluation and Assessment 0
    • Goals of Ethics Education 0
    • Institution-Wide Methods 0
    • Instructional Methods 2
    • Online Education 0
    • Pedagogical Materials (Approaches) 0
    • Service Learning 0
    • Using Moral Theories in Teaching 0
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  • Evaluation & Assessment Bibliography

    Added03/26/2010

    Updated09/16/2016

    This bibliography includes resources for assessing students' competence in ethics as well as for evaluating the effectiveness of ethics instruction. It also has a section looking at methods for assessing the ethical climate of an organization.

    Author(s) Kelly Laas
    Year 2016
  • 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
  • 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
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