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This section contains problems submitted by visitors to the Center and student projects (problem situations followed by interviews with knowledgeable people on how best to address those problems). All have been edited slightly for clarity, and most names appearing within the scenarios have been changed.

[In contrast to accident cases, these exemplars are intended to give neophyte engineers examples of engineers and scientists responding well to situations, so they have positive examples not only of actions, but to the extent possible, reasoning behind those actions. By including both cases in which others also acted well in response to the engineer's actions and cases in which they did not, we intend to avoid the fallacy of judging every effort by its outcome.

This course provides an introduction to key issues relating to genomics in society. It explores social, ethical and policy questions raised by genomics in the context of: synthetic biology, genetics and crops, genetic modification of domestic animals, genetics and conservation, human genetic therapies and human enhancement, and privacy and genetic information.

This collection of resources on Big Data is part of a larger collection of Life and Environmental Science ethics education resource sets on ethics of emerging biotechnologies, big data in the life sciences, human enhancement, and conservation and biodiversity. Doctoral students from Arizona State University’s Center for Biology and Society developed the resources under the direction of Karin Ellison and Joseph Herkert between 2014 and 2019. This particular collection was developed by Valerie Racine. It includes lesson plans, case studies, and bibliographies.

This collection of resources on Biodiversity is part of a larger collection of Life and Environmental Science ethics education resource sets on ethics of emerging biotechnologies, big data in the life sciences, human enhancement, and conservation and biodiversity. Doctoral students from Arizona State University’s Center for Biology and Society developed the resources under the direction of Karin Ellison and Joseph Herkert between 2014 and 2019. This particular collection was developed by Michelle Sullivan Govani. It includes lesson plans, case studies, and bibliographies.

Developed by Michael Pritchard, co-author of one of the seminal texts used to teach engineering ethics, this is a collection of engineering ethics case studies that help students explore many different facets of the engineering profession. The cases cover professional issues that arise in research, the workplace, and for engineers working with clients. 

On the OEC you can find two versions of National Society of Professional Engineers, or NSPE, cases.  The parent collection “Cases from the NSPE Board of Ethical Review” contains the original summary of an actual case brought to the NSPE Board of Ethical Review and the board’s conclusions.  The parent collection “Professional Ethics in Engineering Practice: Discussion Cases Based on NSPE BER Cases” has adapted versions some instructors find easier for use in classrooms.  The individual cases contain cross links in the notes.  Additionally, the NSPE has a larger collection of cases available on their website at: https://www.nspe.org/resources/ethics/ethics-resources/board-ethical-review-cases.

This is a collection of resources generated and gathered during the NSF Climate Change Educational Partnership (CCEP) Phase I award, It includes cases and a bibliography as well as teaching tools and general organizational information.

A collection of instructional tools for research ethics education that promote active, participatory learning. These kinds of teaching methods are widely recognized as the most effective way to engage trainees, convey knowledge, develop skills, and change attitudes.

This collection of resources on emerging biotechnologies is part of a larger collection of Life and Environmental Science ethics education resource sets on ethics of big data in the life sciences, emerging biotechnologies, human enhancement, and conservation and biodiversity. Doctoral students from Arizona State University’s Center for Biology and Society developed the resources under the direction of Karin Ellison and Joseph Herkert between 2014 and 2019. This particular collection was developed by Valerie Racine. It includes lesson plans, case studies, and bibliographies.

Ethics in the Science Classroom: An Instructional Guide for Secondary School Science Teachers With Model Room Use, by Theodore Goldfarb (Chemistry, SUNY at Stony Brook) and Michael Pritchard (Philosophy, Western Michigan University).

These cases and commentaries result from a series of workshops on Graduate Research Ethics Education, held at Indiana University, Bloomington, from 1996 to 2000. The project brought together many graduate and post-doctoral students in the natural sciences for a study of research ethics and reflects the experiences and problems they face. The project was sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF Grant No. SBR 9421897) to the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE). Volume 1 addresses issues of faculty responsibility to students; collaboration, authorship, and intellectual property, and human subjects.

These cases and commentaries result from a series of workshops on Graduate Research Ethics Education, held at Indiana University, Bloomington, from 1996 to 2000. The project brought together many graduate and post-doctoral students in the natural sciences for a study of research ethics and reflects the experiences and problems they face. The project was sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF Grant No. SBR 9421897) to the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE). Volume 2 includes 17 cases exploring many aspects of res search ethics including publication ethics, ethics in the use of animals and humans in research, and conflicts of interest. Each case is accompanied by at least two expert commentaries. 

These cases and commentaries result from a series of workshops on Graduate Research Ethics Education, held at Indiana University, Bloomington, from 1996 to 2000. The project brought together many graduate and post-doctoral students in the natural sciences for a study of research ethics and reflects the experiences and problems they face. The project was sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF Grant No. SBR 9421897) to the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE). Volume 3 addresses issues of publication, management of the lab, the responsibilities of managers/supervisors to students and post docs, integrity in research including human subjects.

These cases and commentaries result from a series of workshops on Graduate Research Ethics Education, held at Indiana University, Bloomington, from 1996 to 2000. The project brought together many graduate and post-doctoral students in the natural sciences for a study of research ethics and reflects the experiences and problems they face. The project was sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF Grant No. SBR 9421897) to the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE). Volume 4 addresses issues of research with human and animal subjects, collaborative research, authorship, mentorship, and professional responsibilities in consulting and as a public scientist.

These cases and commentaries result from a series of workshops on Graduate Research Ethics Education, held at Indiana University, Bloomington, from 1996 to 2000. The project brought together many graduate and post-doctoral students in the natural sciences for a study of research ethics and reflects the experiences and problems they face. The project was sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF Grant No. SBR 9421897) to the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE). Volume 5 addresses issues of human and animal research procedures, scientists's social responsibilities, authorship, and lab relationships between supervisors and students.