Resources for Engineering and Science Ethics

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  • Educational Activity Description 0
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    • Ethics Across the Curriculum 0
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  • Catastrophes, Hazards, Disasters 31
  • Communicating Science & Engineering 67
  • Corruption 7
  • Cultural Awareness & Sensitivity 36
  • Emerging technologies 49
  • Environmental Justice 39
  • Governance 37
  • Human Rights 42
  • Law and Public Policy 44
  • Privacy and Surveillance 50
  • Public and Community Engagement 41
  • Public Well-being 97
  • Responsible Innovation 51
  • Risk 71
  • Security 36
    • Biosafety/Biosecurity 7
    • Dual Use 7
  • Social and Political Conflict 18
  • Social Justice 44
  • Social Responsibility 104
    • Corporate Social Responsibility 10
  • Sustainability 78
    • Economic 2
    • Environmental 33
    • Social 11
    • Sustainable Development 15
Research & Practice
  • Animal Use 47
  • Bias in Research 14
  • Collaboration 116
    • Interdisciplinary Research 4
    • International Collaboration 6
  • Community and Participatory Research 26
  • Confidentiality 65
  • Conflict of Interest 85
  • Data Management 97
  • Diversity 32
    • Discrimination in the Workplace 8
    • Diversity in Research Design and Practice 6
  • Expert Witness 6
  • Grant Management 13
  • Human Subjects Research 125
    • Informed Consent 51
    • Institutional Review Boards 20
    • Vulnerable Populations 34
  • Intellectual Property and Patents 46
    • Industrial Espionage 0
    • Trade Secrets 1
  • Mentors and Trainees 128
  • Organizational Climate 23
  • Publication Ethics 122
    • Authorship 85
    • Peer Review 22
  • Reproducibility 13
  • Research Misconduct 57
    • Fabrication 10
    • Falsification 9
    • Handling Misconduct Allegations 12
    • Plagiarism 18
  • Safety 142
    • Lab and Workplace Safety 31
    • Product Liability 14
    • Public Health and Safety 71
  • Whistleblowing 28
  • Workplace Ethics 122
    • Bidding Process 11
    • Bribery and Extortion 12
    • Community Relations 10
    • Employer/Employee Relationships 55
    • Engineer/Client Relationships 47
Controversies
  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics 6
  • Big Data 19
  • Climate Change 19
  • Cloning 3
  • Dual Use Research 11
  • Embryo Research 8
  • Energy 12
  • Geoengineering 4
  • Human Enhancement 16
  • Human Migration 4
  • Military and Defense Research 10
  • Stem Cell Research 1
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  • Computer, Math, and Physical Sciences 9
    • Applied Mathematics 0
    • Astronomy and Astrophysics 1
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    • Computer Sciences 1
    • Earth Sciences 0
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    • Mathematics 2
    • Meteorology 0
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    • Physics 3
    • Statistics and Probability 1
  • Engineering 7
    • Aerospace Engineering 1
    • Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering 0
    • Chemical Engineering 0
    • Civil Engineering 0
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    • Earth Resources Engineering 0
    • Electrical Engineering 0
    • Engineering Management 0
    • Environmental Engineering 0
    • Industrial Engineering 0
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    • Nuclear Engineering 0
    • Systems Engineering 0
  • International Perspectives 3
  • Life and Environmental Sciences 7
    • Animal Science 0
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    • Pharmacology 0
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    • Synthetic Biology 0
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    • Toxicology 0
  • Research Ethics 11
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 5
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    • Anthropology 0
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    • Criminology and Criminal Justice 0
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  • 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
  • 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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