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.
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.
A scenario that covers ethical issues that arise when an author's name is left off of a paper.
A scenario meant to stimulate discussion about data collaboration between labs and disciplines.
Responsibility for Public Safety and the Obligation of Client Confidentiality (adapted from NSPE Case No. 90-5)Anonymous
Tenants sue their building's owner, and the owner employs an engineer who finds structural defects not mentioned in the tenants' lawsuit. Issues of public safety versus client confidentiality.
An article about Inez Austin's complaint from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, December 5, 1990
An article from The New York Times about Inez Austin from August 1, 1991
Part Three of Seven Discussions Concerning the Challenger Disaster.
Background on the events, meetings, and SRM testing leading up to the Morton Thiokol Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster.
This testimony outlines the post challenger disaster treatment, and the separation of engineers and management. Details the isolation and hostile work environment in the redesign effort at MTI.
Link to the National Academies Report,Intentional Human Dosing Studies for EPA Regulatory Purposes: Scientific and Ethical Issues
Assuring Data Quality and Validity in Clinical Trials for Regulatory Decision Making: Workshop ReportAnonymous
Link to the National Academies Report,Assuring Data Quality and Validity in Clinical Trials for Regulatory Decision Making: Workshop Report
Link to the National Academies Report,Applications of Toxicogenomic Technologies to Predictive Toxicology and Risk Assessment
A newsgroup posting from an individual who believes that the FBI's indictment was accurate in reflecting the charges against LaMacchia.
An article about the dismissal of the governments case against LaMacchia and the international implications of this decision.
An article about Fred Cuny's work in Guatemala in 1976 after an earthquake.
A short guide to some key resources and readings on the topic of responsible innovation.
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.
The following video resourcesare made available on Lockheed Martin Corporation's website for use by academic institutions for educational purposes. All other entities interested in using these videos must request permission from Lockheed Martin's Corporate Ethics Office.
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.
A scenario dealing with issues of authorship, credit, and responsibility as pertaining to graduate students.
A scenario meant to stimulate discussion about the ethical issues that arise when researchers discover a mistake in the data or method used in a paper already published.
A Network Operator Sells Personal Information (Sample Scenarios from the CSTB): Rights and Responsibilities of Participants in Networked CommunitiesAnonymous
A commercial network operator collects personal information and sells it to companies for telemarketers without informed consent. This is one of 5 scenarios that discuss computers and Internet privacy, sampled from a publication of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB).
A supervisor instructs a student engineer to withhold information from a client about the suspected nature of waste on the client's property to protect what the supervisor takes to be the client's interest.
Payment for work on a contingency or commission basis is considered by some to undermine the professional standing of engineers, and, in some circumstances, to create a conflict of interest. Others view it as creating an incentive for an engineer to deliver the best services of which she is capable. This is an open-ended scenario for discussion based on a case from the NSPE Board of Ethical Review.