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.
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.
When a graduate student in psychology proposes a novel approach for conducting an experiment for his dissertation, he decides that he does not have time to submit his proposal to his university's institutional review board before he needs to get the pilot experiment finished. This case explores when experiments need IRB approval.
When a development company offers to buy a piece of land that potentially holds pre-contact Native American archaeology, an archaeologist faces a number of questions from the local community.
An anthropologist conducting research on a program run by an international organization, she finds that members of the local community are hesitant to sign informed consent forms. However, her funding organization requires that all participants give written consent before participating in any kind of research program.
A short case on who should be considered an author.
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.
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.
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.
Joe Engineer encounters a conflict of interest when attempting to support work he performed for a past employer.
Artificial Intelligence Applications for Older Adults and People with Disabilities - Balancing Safety and Autonomy: Proceedings of a Workshop - in BriefAnonymous
Link to the National Academies reportArtificial Intelligence Applications for Older Adults and People with Disabilities " Balancing Safety and Autonomy: Proceedings of a Workshop
Proceedings for Workshop on Overcoming Challenges to Infusing Ethics into the Development of EngineersAnonymous
Link to National Academies reportProceedings for Workshop on Overcoming Challenges to Infusing Ethics into the Development of Engineers.
Framework for Addressing Ethical Dimensions of Emerging and Innovative Biomedical Technologies: A Synthesis of Relevant National Academies ReportsAnonymous
Over the past 15 years, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) have convened multiple committees of leading experts to address ethical challenges related to innovative and emerging biomedical technologies. After reviewing prior National Academies' reports, individual ethics principles and considerations were identified and grouped into sets of related considerations to establish guidelines for future studies. Framework for Addressing Ethical Dimensions of Emerging and Innovative Biomedical Technologiesprovides a synopsis of principal...
Link to the National Academies Report,Ethical Conduct of Clinical Research Involving Children
Link to the National Academies Report,Ensuring the Integrity, Accessibility, and Stewardship of Research Data in the Digital Age
Link to the National Academies Report, The Case for International Sharing of Scientific Data: A Focus on Developing Countries
Link to the National Academies Report,Reproducibility Issues in Research with Animals and Animal Models
An article outlining the facts of the case and detailing the pre-trial motion to dismiss introduced by the defendant (LaMacchia).
An article discussing the District Court Judge's consideration of LaMacchia's motion to dismiss the case against him.
Memorandum of decision and order on defendant's (David LaMacchia) motion to dismiss the case against him.
Statement of Silverglate & Good Concerning the Dismissal of the Indictment in the United States v. David M. LaMacchiaAnonymous
Statement of Silvergate & Good Concerning the Dismissal of the Indictment in United States v. David M. LaMacchia.
An article about the governments opposition to LaMacchia's motion to dismiss the case and their explanation as to why the Dowling case doesn't apply in this situation.
Links related to the case study "Ethical Issues in the Design of Ultra-Lightweight Vehicles."
An article about LaMacchia's indictment, the background of file sharing over a network and the possible ramifications on the future of the internet and intellectual property.
Discussion of a student's project about research safety in laboratories prompted by her job as a new researcher in the laboratory where safety precautions were ignored.