Collections

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 6 addresses issues of post-doc authorship and research, confidentiality, research ethics, and faculty responsibility to students and fellow researchers.

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 7 addresses issues of post-doc authorship and research, confidentiality, research ethics, and faculty responsibility to students and fellow researchers.

This collection of resources on Human Enhancement 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.

These 16 problems were originally developed as part of an NSF-funded project to create numerical problems that raise ethical issues for use in engineering and other course assignments. This project included a workshop held at Texas A & M University in August, 1995, under the direction of Professors Charles E. Harris and Michael Rabins. Additional cases and details can be found on the Texas A&M website.

Subject aids serve as an introduction to a number of issues in science and engineering ethics. Each topic listed in the OEC has an accompanying subject aid that provides a short overview of the topic, links to key guidelines, and publications that help put the topic in context for STEM ethics, as well as links to larger bibliographies.

Course materials from an experimental, graduate-level, interdisciplinary and inter-institutional, problem-based learning (PBL) course addressing "fractious problems" in science and technology offered in fall 2009 and 2010.

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.

An extensive list of scenarios that are part of a modular sequence of materials on the responsible conduct of research. The materials support a series of activities for student-faculty learning.

Research, Ethics, and Society Cases provide starting points for discussion of the outcomes of new knowledge and innovation for society and the ethical obligations of researchers to society. Collectively these eight cases explore several themes in this broad area, and they introduce historical episodes in which research or researchers impacted public interests.

This collection includes nine role-play scenarios on central topics in responsible conduct of research (RCR): authorship, conflict of interest, peer review, interpersonal conflicts in mentoring, data management and whistle-blowing, professional relationships and whistle-blowing, and compliance with regulations on human participants, animal subjects, and hazardous materials. Each scenario has a professor role and a graduate student role. The instructions for the two roles provide divergent perspectives on the same problem.

An extensive case study that includes teaching notes covering the Therac-25 accident during which a computerized radiation therapy machine massively overdosed patients at least six times between June 1985 and January 1987.

These 25 activities and programs were selected by an NAE committee for being exemplary in their approach to infusing ethics into the development of engineering students and were published in an NAE report, Infusing Ethics into the Development of Engineers: Exemplary Education Activities and Programs. These activites and programs were assembled to raise awareness of the variety of exceptional programs and strategies for improving engineers' understanding of ethical and social issues and to provide a resource for those who seek to improve ethical development of engineers at their own institutions. Several of the activities listed below include additional information, such as syllabi and rubrics, to assist in recreating or modifying the program for your educational purposes.

This collection lists individual resources about sustainability.  The CEES Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society has gathered some of these resources in projects undertaken in partnership with the University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC) and the University of Minnesota (UMN).  A compilation of results from the UMN project is available on the OEC project page.  To join the UNCC Integrated Network for Social Sustainability (INSS), see the INSS Homepage.