1,078 Works

Truth and Trustworthiness in Research

Caroline Whitbeck
This paper develops an overview of the subject of trustworthiness among researchers. Beginning with the breaches of trust that constitute major wrongdoing in research misconduct, Whitbeck argues that these are more often examples of lesser betrayals and defections that undermine trust, than they are of outright fraud. Whitbeck also considers trust and trustworthiness among collaborating researchers and a range of intentional and unintentional behaviors that influence the character of these trust relationships, particularly between a...

Using Student-Authored Case Studies to Teach Bioengineering Ethics

Rosa Lynn Pinkus
This activity is considered an NAE Exemplar in Engineering Ethics Education and was included in a 2016 report with other exemplary activities.The activity described here instructs students in a 14-week required bioengineering ethics course to author a case study based on their research and analyze it using methods taught in the course. Based on solid research from two consecutive NSF grants, this activity is exemplary because it recognizes the ill-definednature of ethics and teaches students...

Responsibility of Engineering: Codes and Professionalism

Steve Starrett
This activity is considered an NAE Exemplar in Engineering Ethics Education and was included in a 2016 report with other exemplary activities.his activity is a complete, graduate-level, 3-hour university course on engineering ethics. I created it about 15 years ago and have been teaching it continuously ever since. The focus is on the engineer as an individual designer, consultant, inspector, contractor, vendor, and/or government employee. Most of the multiple hundreds of students who take this...

Fieldwork and Cooperative Learning in Professional Ethics

Michael Loui
In this essay Michael Loui explains fieldwork and cooperative learning in professional ethics. The paper describes two courses relating to professional ethics in which students develop skills for working in multidisciplinary teams and deepen their understanding of collective moral responsibility.

Inez Austin - Protecting the Public Safety at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation

This page presents the case of whistleblower Inez Austin as an example of someone who, even in the face of overwhelming adversity, followed her ethical convictions and refused to sanction a procedure she believed to be unsafe. The information in this page is drawn from extensive personal communications with Inez Austin.

Pre-Disaster Background

Roger Boisjoly
Background on the events, meetings, and SRM testing leading up to the Morton Thiokol Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster.

Post-Disaster Treatment

Roger Boisjoly
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.

A Health Equity Approach to Obesity Efforts: Proceedings of a Workshop - in Brief

Link to the National Academies report,A Health Equity Approach to Obesity Efforts.

Reproducibility and Replicability in Science

Link to the National Academies ReportReproducibility and Replicability in Science.

Intentional Human Dosing Studies for EPA Regulatory Purposes: Scientific and Ethical Issues

Link to the National Academies Report,Intentional Human Dosing Studies for EPA Regulatory Purposes: Scientific and Ethical Issues

Three Mile Island Nuclear Accident

The accident at the Three Mile Island Unit 2 (TMI-2) nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania on March 28, 1979 was one of the most serious in the history of the U.S. nuclear industry. It not only brought to light the hazards associated with nuclear power, but also forced the industry to take a closer look at the operating procedures used at the time. What makes the TMI-2 accident such an interesting case study is the...

How Should Undergraduates Acknowledge Research Aid

A scenario that covers ethical issues that arise when people give helpful information for a project but do not contribute significantly.

Who Owns My Invention? A Look at University Researchers and Technology Transfer

Justin Rich
This student project includes a scenario that looks at internet search engines and the ethical questions raised about technological transfer and research.

Suspected Hazardous Waste (adapted from NSPE Case No. 92-6)

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.

Deepfakes and the Value-Neutrality Thesis

Michael J. Quinn & Nathan Colaner
The creator of FakeApp says it would be wrong to condemn the technology. How could we not?

Understanding and Evaluating Ethical Engineering Practice

This project qualitatively investigates how practicing engineers experience ethical issues in their workplace. This understanding of practicing engineers' experiences will support a better alignment of engineering ethics instruction with what students might experience in professional practice.

List of Environmental Legislation and Agencies

A list of legislation and agencies involved.

Excerpt from Letter That Prevented Reader's Digest from Publishing Pesticide Article

A letter from Rachel Carson to the editor of Reader's Digest.


An overview of pesticides pertaining to Rache Carson's "Silent Spring."

Section II: Uses of DDT

An essay about the use of the pesticide DDT after World War II.

Summary of Silent Spring

A summary of Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring".

Science, Medicine, and Animals: Teacher's Guide

Link to the National Academies Report,Science, Medicine, and Animals: Teacher's Guide

Doing Global Science: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in the Global Research Enterprise

Link to theInterAcademy Partnership guide,https://www.interacademies.org/publication/doing-global-science-guide-responsible-conduct-global-research-enterprise

L'Acide Case: Cleanup Recommendation Report

Daniel A. Vallero
This page includes the Cleanup Recommendation Attachment to accompany handouts for the L'Acide case discussion. It includes necessary background information for the case.

Ethics of Challenge Studies, Avalanche Testing and other Approaches to Vaccine Development [Webinar]

In collaboration with the American Association of Engineering Education (ASEE) Ethics Division, and the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE), the National Academy of Engineering Online Ethics Center (OEC) hosted series of panel discussions on "Engineering Solutions for the Next Pandemic: Exploring Ethics Concerns."

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