Resources for Engineering and Science Ethics

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Case Study / Scenario
  • 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 113
    • blog 1
    • book 0
    • journal article 4
    • newspaper / magazine article 1
    • report 83
    • web article 3
  • Subject Aids 37
  • Topical Collection / Resource Collection 25
  • Website / organization 32
Topic
Ethics and Society
  • Catastrophes, Hazards, Disasters 9
  • Communicating Science & Engineering 27
  • Corruption 5
  • Cultural Awareness & Sensitivity 15
  • Emerging technologies 10
  • Environmental Justice 15
  • Governance 6
  • Human Rights 4
  • Law and Public Policy 12
  • Privacy and Surveillance 16
  • Public and Community Engagement 21
  • Public Well-being 33
  • Responsible Innovation 9
  • Risk 28
  • Security 6
    • Biosafety/Biosecurity 2
    • Dual Use 1
  • Social and Political Conflict 6
  • Social Justice 14
  • Social Responsibility 47
    • Corporate Social Responsibility 6
  • Sustainability 24
    • Economic 2
    • Environmental 15
    • Social 1
    • Sustainable Development 4
Research & Practice
  • Animal Use 16
  • Bias in Research 2
  • Collaboration 93
    • Interdisciplinary Research 2
    • International Collaboration 4
  • Community and Participatory Research 15
  • Confidentiality 20
  • Conflict of Interest 40
  • Data Management 44
  • Diversity 20
    • Discrimination in the Workplace 7
    • Diversity in Research Design and Practice 5
  • Expert Witness 3
  • Grant Management 5
  • Human Subjects Research 61
    • Informed Consent 38
    • Institutional Review Boards 15
    • Vulnerable Populations 25
  • Intellectual Property and Patents 26
    • Industrial Espionage 0
    • Trade Secrets 1
  • Mentors and Trainees 98
  • Organizational Climate 14
  • Publication Ethics 74
    • Authorship 58
    • Peer Review 13
  • Reproducibility 3
  • Research Misconduct 26
    • Fabrication 4
    • Falsification 3
    • Handling Misconduct Allegations 8
    • Plagiarism 11
  • Safety 59
    • Lab and Workplace Safety 17
    • Product Liability 10
    • Public Health and Safety 34
  • Whistleblowing 19
  • Workplace Ethics 74
    • Bidding Process 6
    • Bribery and Extortion 6
    • Community Relations 4
    • Employer/Employee Relationships 38
    • Engineer/Client Relationships 33
Controversies
  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics 0
  • Big Data 8
  • Climate Change 3
  • Cloning 0
  • Dual Use Research 1
  • Embryo Research 1
  • Energy 4
  • Geoengineering 0
  • Human Enhancement 5
  • Human Migration 0
  • Military and Defense Research 5
  • Stem Cell Research 0
Field
  • Computer, Math, and Physical Sciences 75
    • Applied Mathematics 1
    • Astronomy and Astrophysics 1
    • Atmospheric Sciences 0
    • Chemistry 18
    • Computer Sciences 31
    • Earth Sciences 0
    • Geological Sciences 1
    • Mathematics 7
    • Meteorology 0
    • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2
    • Oceanography 0
    • Physics 7
    • Statistics and Probability 1
  • Engineering 209
    • Aerospace Engineering 6
    • Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering 8
    • Chemical Engineering 12
    • Civil Engineering 10
    • Computer Engineering 5
    • Earth Resources Engineering 2
    • Electrical Engineering 2
    • Engineering Management 2
    • Environmental Engineering 8
    • Industrial Engineering 2
    • Material Science and Engineering 8
    • Mechanical Engineering 7
    • Nuclear Engineering 3
    • Systems Engineering 2
  • International Perspectives 14
  • Life and Environmental Sciences 139
    • Animal Science 5
    • Biochemistry 12
    • Bioinformatics 2
    • Biophysics 2
    • Biotechnology 3
    • Cell and Developmental Biology 3
    • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 8
    • Entomology 2
    • Environmental Health 1
    • Food Science 1
    • Forestry and Forest Science 5
    • Genetics and Genomics 21
    • Immunology and Infectious Diseases 12
    • Integrative Biology 2
    • Microbiology 4
    • Neuroscience and Neurobiology 6
    • Nutrition 2
    • Pharmacology 9
    • Physiology 2
    • Plant Sciences 5
    • Public Health 16
    • Structural Biology 2
    • Synthetic Biology 3
    • Systems Biology 3
    • Toxicology 7
  • Research Ethics 240
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 60
    • Agricultural and Resource Economics 1
    • Anthropology 9
    • Communications 0
    • Criminology and Criminal Justice 1
    • Decision, Risk and Management Sciences 0
    • Economics 1
    • Geography 0
    • Information Sciences 4
    • Linguistics 1
    • Political Science 1
    • Psychology 18
    • Public Policy and Public Administration 3
    • Science and Technology Studies 0
    • Sociology 9
    • Urban Studies and Planning 0
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    Added07/26/2018

    This case explores ethical issues surrounding assisted migration of endangered species. In particular, it focuses on Torreya taxifolia, an evergreen conifer tree endemic to Florida, and an activist group, Torreya Guardians, that has been distributing trees to sites outside the endemic range, including in North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, and Oregon.

    Author(s) Michelle Sullivan Govani
    Year 2017
  • Biodiversity Case Study: Ecotourism

    Added07/26/2018

    This case explores a variety of ethical issues concerning ecotourism. The setting is a fictitious lodge in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Mini-vignettes offer three perspectives. Nuru is a poor Botswanan who lives near the lodge and would like to be involved in its activities. Rachel, the lodge’s new manager, has just come to the position from working as a field biologist specializing in African elephants with Conservation International (CI), a non-profit dedicated to worldwide conservation of ecosystems. She must make decisions on how the lodge will pursue environmental and sustainability goals. Mahendra is a well-known expert in elephant behavior and social structures, as well as an avid traveler and photographer. He is coming to the delta to conduct research and must decide where he and his family will stay.

    Author(s) Michelle Sullivan Govani
    Year 2017
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    Author(s) Marshall Thomsen
    Year 2018
  • Research Ethics and the Norwegian Oil Industry

    Added01/05/2018

    In 2014, researchers and students at University of Bergen questioned the university's research cooperation with the nation’s oil industry, Statoil. The rector asked the Norwegian National Committee for Research Ethics in Science and Technology (NENT) for advice, which it provided in a public report.

    Author(s) Rachelle Hollander
    Year 2017
  • An Algorithm Discriminates

    Added11/28/2017

    software, discrimination, computer science

    A software developer designs a software that screens the résumés of candidates applying for a job at her company. She later discovers that the software may be having a disparate impact on minority communities. She brings the issue up with her boss, who is reluctant to change the software.

    Author(s) Jason Ludwig Kendall Darfler
    Year 2017
  • Sensitive Health Data and Privacy

    Added11/28/2017

    privacy, corporate responsibility, data security

    A tech company contracts Luminia, a healthcare information firm, to design an employee wellness program. The President of Luminia recommends that the company implement a secure messaging platform to protect employee’s private health information (PHI). The company’s vice president, however, thinks that the platform is too expensive and that the extra protection is unnecessary.

    Author(s) Jason Ludwig Dalton George
    Year 2017
  • Taking a Product to Market

    Added11/28/2017

    software engineering, sales, corporate responsibility, computer science

    A software engineer has concerns about a recommender system his firm is designing to sell to health and life insurance companies. In a meeting with the sales team leader, he brings up these concerns and argues for extending their development timelines to address them. The sales manager, however, wants to hit the market with their product as soon as possible.

    Author(s) Dalton George Jason Ludwig
    Year 2017
  • Biodiversity Case Study 2: Conservation in the Amazon

    Added06/28/2017

    In this case, Armando, a Brazilian Federal Senator with a BS and MS in Biology, must confront ethical dilemmas concerning the Amazon forest. Topics for consideration include: 1) the biodiversity and ecosystem services associated with the forest, 2) the social and economic issues surrounding deforestation, and the 3) options available to Armando as he makes his recommendation on how to use the US funds. Finally, we will explore the role of Maria as a science advisor and address her responsibilities, as well as her mistake in addressing the press.

    Author(s) Michelle Sullivan Govani
    Contributor(s) Michelle Sullivan Govani Karin Ellison Joseph R. Herkert
    Year 2016
  • Biodiversity Case Study 1: Biodiversity and Human Health

    Added06/28/2017

    A scientist working for an environmental advocacy group in Indonesia fights against the transfer of a portion of state owned native forest to a palm-oil plantation. The case raises ethical issues including how to establish the value of natural lands, environmental justice, and communicating science.

    Author(s) Michelle Sullivan Govani
    Contributor(s) Michelle Sullivan Govani Karin Ellison Joseph R. Herkert
    Year 2016
  • Big Data Case Study:  Big Data & Conservation Biology

    Added06/13/2017

    An amateur birdwatcher contributes to eBird--a citizen science project. When conservation scientists begin tagging owls in the state park near his home and ask his neighbor for permission to conduct research on her property, he wonders whether the value of the knowledge created about endangered species through both studying migration and citizen science projects such as eBird justifies the impact these activities can have on individual birds and species.

    Author(s) Valerie Racine
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    Year 2017
  • Big Data Case Study:  Big Data & Neuroscience

    Added06/13/2017

    A neuroscientist studies brainwave technologies with the aim of developing brain-machine computer interfaces (BMCI) and biometric systems. In considering projects she might work on, such as developing a database system to identify individuals by EEG biosignatures or advancing the field of neuromarketing, she starts to wonder about the long-term social value of these emerging technologies.

    Author(s) Valerie Racine
    Contributor(s) Valerie Racine
    Year 2017
  • Big Data Case Study: Big Data & Public Health

    Added06/13/2017

    A computer science graduate has an opportunity to work managing large data sets from smartphone applications designed to track individuals’ personal health information. His father, an epidemiologist, encourages him to consider the project’s use of personal data, as well as the ability to design algorithms that could accurately predict and track outbreaks based on this kind of data.

    Author(s) Valerie Racine
    Contributor(s) Valerie Racine Karin Ellison Joseph R. Herkert
    Year 2017
  • Big Data Case Study: Big Data & Genetic Privacy: Re-identification of Anonymized Data

    Added06/13/2017

    In 2013, Melissa Gymrek, Amy McGuire, David Golan, Eran Halperin, and Yaniv Erlich published an article describing how they re-identified almost 50 individuals from “anonymized” data in a genomic database from the 1000 Genomes Project. Their goal was to show the vulnerability of genomic databases to this sort of manipulation. The case opens discussion of sharing genomic data and protecting privacy.

    Author(s) Valerie Racine
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