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Mentor Support?

Anonymous
This case discusses issues of student-mentor relationship and it's responsibilities as it relates to advising.

O, What a Tangled Web We Weave!

Anonymous
This case discusses the need for clarification of what is expected of a mentor, an advisor or a supervisor to a graduate student, the differences between mentors and advisors and the need for improved communication between both parties.

Counting Sheep: Ethical Protocols in Animal Research

Anonymous
This case discusses two important, interrelated issues, responsible research and the concept of proper and ethical treatment of research animals.

Jack Fry's Interview

Anonymous
This case raises two primary issues: data sharing and recognition of the contributions of others, along with issues of collaboration, intellectual contribution and authorship.

Last Rites/Rights for a Dying Patient

Julita Ramirez
Cells from a dying patient are used to create a multi-billion-dollar drug.

Risk Communication and Electromagnetic Fields (EMF)

William J. Frey
A case in which an official must consider his own beliefs as well as current research to decide how to communicate with the public about the potential risk of a navy project.

The Value Engineering Clause

Antonio A. Gonzlez-Quevedo
A design firm considers adding unnecessary items to an initial design in order to boost profits.

Conflict of Interest (RCR Role Plays)

Michael Loui & C.K. Gunsalus
One of nine role play scenarios developed by Michael Loui and C. K. Gunsalus. This page, on conflicts of interest, includes the summary, resources, and handouts to be given to various participants. The full role play instructions with discussion guidelines are included in pdf format.

Authorship (RCR Role Plays)

Michael Loui & C.K. Gunsalus
One of nine role play scenarios developed by Michael Loui and C. K. Gunsalus. This page, on authorship issues, includes the summary, resources, and handouts to be given to various participants. The full role play instructions with discussion guidelines are included in pdf format.

Informal Discussions/Formal Authority

Anonymous
This case demonstrates how the vagueness and uncertainty of conventions on credit and ownership create subtle but complex problems in the practice of science, also illustrating the subtleties of the authority relationship between student and professor.

Role Play Scenario: A City Decides on Self-Driving Buses

Jason Borenstein, Amanda Meng, Benjamin Shapiro, Emma Logevall & Ellen Zegura
This role playing scenario involves creating a stakeholder committee that evaluates whether a city should allow a company to use its downtown area as a testbed for a fleet of self-driving buses.

Public Criticism of Bridge Safety -- NSPE Case No. 88-7

Anonymous
A case in which an engineer agrees to take a job for the local newspaper, which misrepresents the engineer's professional opinion.

Joint Authorship Of Paper -- NSPE Case No. 85-1

Anonymous
This case addresses issues of fair authorship credit in research practice. This is a historical case reviewed by the NSPE Board of Ethical Review in 1985.

City Engineer -- NSPE Case No. 88-6

Anonymous
An engineer privately informs other city officials of an environmental threat, a problem her supervisor has ordered her not to disclose.

Gifts to Foreign Officials -- NSPE Case No. 76-6

Anonymous
This is a historical case reviewed by the NSPE Board of Ethical Review in 1976. It provides guidelines on what gift-giving practices are acceptable.

Crossing Cultural Barriers: Informed Consent in Developing Countries

Anonymous
This case highlights potential dilemmas encountered by postdoctoral fellows in a research setting. Does the promise of a U.S. standard of medical care undermine informed consent in foreign based studies? It also explores the issues of informed consent when U.S. supported medical research is taking place in a developing country.

The Federal Scientist: Multiple Roles and Moral Issues

Anonymous
This scenario highlights potential dilemmas encountered by postdoctoral fellows in a research setting. This scenario looks at the multiple roles a scientist must play and how it can affect decision making.

The Final Exam

Anonymous
This scenario highlights potential dilemmas encountered by postdoctoral fellows in a research setting. How should issues of possible cheating be resolved when no clear evidence supports the claim?

Ray C. Anderson: An Attempt at Sustainable Development

Anonymous
The story of a "born-again environmentalist" who went from commercial carpet manufacturer to world-renowned advocate for sustainable industry.

Inventory Transactions

Jaime Rodriguez
A scenario in which a manager orders a packaging supervisor to complete transactions outside of the Standard of Business Conduct.

Assisted Migration

Michelle Sullivan Govani
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.

DIY Biology and the Case of the Glowing Plants

Valerie Racine
In 2013, the Glowing Plant Project raised money to fund amateur biologists attempting to insert a firefly gene into a small flowering plant called Arabidopsis thaliana. This historical case explores ethical concerns with synthetic biology and the DIY Biology movement.

Forensic DNA Identification

Leslie E. Wolf & Roberta M. Berry
This problem was given to students as part of a course on problem based learning (PBL) using fractious problems.It asked them to consider the use of extensive DNA databases for forensic identification. Students were asked to apply six skills in analyzing and devising policy resolutions for the problems and to apply PBL skills in doing so.

Obligation to Client or Employer?

Michael Davis & Arthur E. Schwartz
Joe Engineer encounters a conflict of interest when attempting to support work he performed for a past employer.

Neuroimaging and Violence in the Educational Setting

Gillian Hue Beckford & Roberta M. Berry
This problem was given to students as part of a course on problem based learning (PBL) using fractious problems. It asked them to consider the ethicality of a law permitting or requiring the use of neuroimaging tests as an aid to predicting the likely future dangerousness of students identified as "at-risk". Students were asked to apply six skills in analyzing and devising policy resolutions for the problems and to apply PBL skills in doing so.

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