1,143 Works

Defendant's Motion to Dismiss United States vs. D. LaMacchia

Defendant's motion to dismiss the indictment for failure to state an offense and on constitutional grounds.

The Patient Wants to Withdraw

Caroline Whitbeck
A scenario meant to stimulate discussion about the ethical issues that arise when a patient wishes to withdraw from a clinical study and the researcher disputes the patient's competency.

Who is Where on the Author List? -- Graduate Students

Scenario discussing the proper listing of student authors.

The Very Interested Reviewer

Caroline Whitbeck
A scenario meant to stimulate discussion about the moral situations that arise when a scientist gets an idea from an article he/she referees for a journal.

Whose Lab Is It?

This case discussed the ethical and moral issues intertwined in the relationship between students and their mentors.

Conflict and Sustainability

Robert J. Muscat
This paper draws attention to an important aspect that has not gotten sufficient examination: How the substance of engineering programs and projects -- location, design, and effects on potential winners and losers -- can worsen, or ameliorate, hostilities in conflicted societies. In these situations, it is important that the engineers involved have the knowledge and tools needed for developing peace-building solutions.

Hope Creek plant staying closed:

This article from The News Journal describes difficulties faced by Hope Creek Nuclear power plant after concerns were raised by Dr. Kymn Harvin.

Best Practices for Publishing Your Research: Overlapping Publications

Christina N. Bennett & Marsha Lakes Matyas
An instructor's guide, slide deck, and video looking at issues of overlapping publications and research publication ethics.

Best Practices for Publishing Your Research: Data Management and Integrity

Christina N. Bennett & Marsha Lakes Matyas
An instructor's guide, slide deck, and video on data management and integrity in research publication.

Sustainable Cities and Interdisciplinary International Education

The NAE's Center for Engineering Ethics and Society (CEES) has participated in an NSF Partnership in International Research and Education (PIRE) grant led by Anu Ramaswami (University of Minnesota) that focuses on "Developing Low-Carbon Cities in the USA, China & India through Inter-Disciplinary Integration Across Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences & Public Health."

Chapter 2: Laboratory Practices

Marshall Thomsen
Chapter 2 of "An Instructor's Guide to Ethical issues in Physics."

Chapter 6: Underrepresented Groups in Physics

Marshall Thomsen
Chapter 6 of "An Instructor's Guide for Ethical Issues in Physics."

Science and Human Rights

Link to the National Academie Report, Science and Human Rights

LaMacchia Will Be Arraigned Friday

An article about the indictment and arraignment of LaMacchia, along with details on how MIT officials discovered the file-sharing network.

Guatemala (1976): Earthquake Relief

An article about Fred Cuny's work in Guatemala in 1976 after an earthquake.

Responsible Conduct of Research Scenario: Conflict of Interest

Chet Kincaid & Virginia Smith
This video of a hypothetical scenario was created as part of a series of videos on Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) by the Office of Research, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). The videos were created by Dan Vasgird, Chet Kincaid, and Virginia Smith.

Climate Change in the News Bibliography

This page contains a collection of news articles that call attention to the issues surrounding climate change, engineered systems and society. They begin with articles about the 2011 flooding in the midwest.

Textbooks for Teaching Research Ethics

Many textbooks are now available for courses in research ethics, or simply for supplemental reading. The list of books under Resources is not intended to be comprehensive, but any of the listed books would be a valuable adjunct for a course in the responsible conduct of biomedical or social sciences research.

Safety, Responsibility, Ethics, and Engineering Bibliography

Kelly Laas
This bibliography contains an annotated list of several articles on safety and on how engineers are expected to address safety.

Professionalism in Engineering Bibliography

Kelly Laas
This annotated bibliography contains references to professionalism within engineering. It includes subsections on the Role of Codes of Ethics in Engineering Practice, the History of Engineering, and Social Responsibility.


Teachers of research ethics have a professional obligation as academics and as researchers to aspire to the highest quality of educational programs. As a minimum, it is often necessary to rely on anecdotal reports of best practices; however, the best use of all of our resources will occur only with seeking evidence-based approaches that align pedagogical and curricular goals with measurable outcomes. In short, we should be evaluating the outcomes of our teaching programs.

Conflicts of Interest and Informed Consent?

Stuart Youngner
A scenario meant to stimulate discussion about the ethical issues that arise when a researcher is unsure if a study participant is too incapacitated to actually give informed consent.

Credit and Collaboration in a Molecular Biology Lab

A scenario that covers ethical issues that arise when people collaborate on research ideas.

A Lie or Just \"a Way of Speaking?\"

Caroline Whitbeck
A scenario meant to stimulate discussion about the phrasing of key pieces of information.

Online Ethics Center: Using the Film, \"The Matrix,\" in an Engineering Ethics Course

Suggestions for using the film, The Matrix, as a teaching tool in an engineering ethics course.

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