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 1
  • Case Study / Scenario 44
    • Historical / Non-Fiction Case 3
    • Hypothetical / Fictional Case 21
    • Mini-case 3
    • Moral Exemplar 0
    • Open-ended scenario 18
    • Role Play 1
    • Technical / Numerical Case 0
  • Code / Policy / Guideline 17
    • governmental policy 0
    • honor code 0
    • International Declarations and Standards 1
    • professional code 15
  • Educational Activity Description 3
    • Course 1
    • Ethics Across the Curriculum 0
    • Exercise/Assignment/Module 2
    • Institution-wide Program 0
    • Multi-semester program 0
    • Online activity 0
    • Public Engagement Activity 0
    • Service Learning 0
    • Train the Trainer 0
    • Workshop/Event 0
  • Essay 0
  • Event / presentation 1
  • Instructor Material 5
    • lecture plan / notes 0
    • lesson plan / guide 1
    • pedagogical notes/essays 2
    • rubric 0
    • syllabus 1
  • Multimedia 0
    • application 0
    • documentary 0
    • film 0
    • podcast 0
    • software 0
    • video clip 0
  • Online Course 0
  • Published Work / Text 24
    • blog 0
    • book 0
    • journal article 1
    • newspaper / magazine article 0
    • report 22
    • web article 0
  • Subject Aids 1
  • Topical Collection / Resource Collection 1
  • Website / organization 1
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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 98
  • 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 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
Field
  • Computer, Math, and Physical Sciences 36
    • Applied Mathematics 0
    • Astronomy and Astrophysics 1
    • Atmospheric Sciences 0
    • Chemistry 1
    • Computer Sciences 9
    • Earth Sciences 2
    • Geological Sciences 2
    • Mathematics 4
    • Meteorology 0
    • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 1
    • Oceanography 0
    • Physics 5
    • Statistics and Probability 2
  • Engineering 24
    • Aerospace Engineering 0
    • Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering 1
    • Chemical Engineering 1
    • Civil Engineering 0
    • Computer Engineering 1
    • 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 1
  • International Perspectives 10
  • Life and Environmental Sciences 55
    • Animal Science 2
    • Biochemistry 6
    • Bioinformatics 4
    • Biophysics 2
    • Biotechnology 2
    • Cell and Developmental Biology 2
    • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 2
    • Entomology 2
    • Environmental Health 3
    • Food Science 1
    • Forestry and Forest Science 2
    • Genetics and Genomics 11
    • Immunology and Infectious Diseases 4
    • Integrative Biology 2
    • Microbiology 2
    • Neuroscience and Neurobiology 3
    • Nutrition 1
    • Pharmacology 3
    • Physiology 2
    • Plant Sciences 4
    • Public Health 4
    • Structural Biology 2
    • Synthetic Biology 1
    • Systems Biology 2
    • Toxicology 3
  • Research Ethics 65
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 34
    • Agricultural and Resource Economics 0
    • Anthropology 3
    • Communications 0
    • Criminology and Criminal Justice 2
    • Decision, Risk and Management Sciences 1
    • Economics 1
    • Geography 3
    • Information Sciences 3
    • Linguistics 0
    • Political Science 1
    • Psychology 1
    • Public Policy and Public Administration 2
    • Science and Technology Studies 1
    • Sociology 2
    • Urban Studies and Planning 1
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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
  • 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
  • Post-Doc Blues

    Added04/26/2006

    Updated01/20/2016

    responsible research, appe, reseth, student and post-doc authorship, authorship, acknowledgment, collaborative research, publication, credit

    This case discusses scientific relationships including adviser-graduate student; adviser-post-doc; and post-doc-graduate student. It also explores the relationship of one lab to another lab in the scientific community and intellectual property.

    Contributor(s) Brian Schrag
    Authoring Institution Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE)
    Year 2006
  • Raising an Issue of Participation in a Professional Society (adapted from NSPE Case No. 82-7)

    Added06/10/2006

    Updated12/10/2015

    Ethical Engineering/Fair Trade

    This is an open-ended scenario for discussion based on a case from the NSPE Board of Ethical Review. An engineer actively participates in professional and technical societies. This participation accords with the policy of the engineer's employer, but the engineer's immediate supervisor tries to block or prevent some of these activities.

    Authoring Institution Online Ethics Center
    Year 1999
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