These resources are a starting point for introducing ethics into science and engineering curriculum.
Annotated bibliography to an online module designed to stimulate discussion about the ethical issues that arise in the supervisor-trainee relationship.
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.
A scenario that covers ethical issues that arise when more than one person contributes directly to an invention.
A scenario that covers ethical issues that arise when people give helpful information for a project but do not contribute significantly.
A business owner designs a database management system with security protections, but the client opts for less security.
An engineer, hired by a software company, believes that the company's new software design is safe under existing standards. However, the new software may not meet the new standards that he knows are about to be released--standards that performing more tests could cost both the company and the public significantly. Issues of conflicting obligations to the company and the general public also arise.
This is an open-ended scenario for discussion based on a case from the NSPE Board of Ethical Review.It describes possible methods of making amends for a firm's deficit in a particular area of expertise that a client needs to complete his project.
Commentary and Part 3 of the Occidental Engineering case by Michael McFarland, S.J.
Practical Guidance on Science and Engineering Ethics Education for Instructors and Administrators: Papers and Summary from a Workshop December 12, 2012Anonymous
Link to the National Academies Report,Practical Guidance on Science and Engineering Ethics Education for Instructors and Administrators Papers and Summary from a Workshop December 12, 2012
Link to the National Academies Report,Science, Medicine, and Animals: Teacher's Guide
Link to theInterAcademy Partnership guide,https://www.interacademies.org/publication/doing-global-science-guide-responsible-conduct-global-research-enterprise
Link to the National Academie Report,Integrity in Scientific Research: Creating an Environment That Promotes Responsible Conduct
Link to the National Academies Report,Review of Federal Strategy for Nanotechnology-Related Environmental, Health, and Safety Research
Link to the National Academies Report,Safe Science: Promoting a Culture of Safety in Academic Chemical Research
A Boston Globe article about the indictment of LaMacchia and the rather murky interpretations of law brought forward when trying to regulate the internet.
An article describing U.S. Attorney's decision not to appeal the decision on the David LaMacchia case.
This case includes handouts for 4 teams, each with hidden agendas, to be used in class discussion. It is also accompanied by a companion presentation on "The Environmental Implications of Biotechnology." The case concerns the City of L'Acide that has contracted with an engineering firm to remediate a 3 hectare hazardous waste site from an old firing range.
This page includes the Cleanup Recommendation Attachment to accompany handouts for the L'Acide case discussion. It includes necessary background information for the case.
A short guide to some key resources and readings on the topic of mentoring.
This bibliography contains an annotated list of several articles on safety and on how engineers are expected to address safety.
A set of partially-annotated bibliographies including biotechnology, brain implants, geoengineering, nanotechnology, robotics, and synthetic biology.
A scenario meant to stimulate discussion about the ethical issues that arise when researchers want to share samples of human tissue for research; issues of informed consent and privacy arise here.
A scenario meant to stimulate discussion about the ethical issues that arise when multiple researchers contribute to a paper.
A scenario about field research on a live HIV vaccine to be given to chimpanzees.