Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Winter Break Hours
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Congratulations to IIT's Ethics Bowl Team!
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Ethics News: Dutch Psychologist Manipulated Data in Dozens of Papers
Stapel's work encompassed a broad range of attention-catching topics, such has how a position of power influences moral thinking, and is likely to cause damage to to his co-authors and the field. The report from the committee recommends that the university look into pressing criminal charges based on the misuse of research funds and possible harm resulting from the fraud.
What kinds of organizational pressures do you think lead to scientific misconduct?
What do you think that universities and professional associations can do to help reduce the instances of scientific misconduct, other than just focusing on detection and punishment?
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Center Director Dr. Weil Wins Award from World Technology Network
The World Technology Awards have been presented by the WTN since 2000 as a way to honor those in 20 different categories of science and technology and related fields doing "the innovative work of the greatest likely long-term significance." Nominees for the 2011 World Technology Awards were selected through an intense process by the WTN fellows (winners and finalists from previous annual award cycles in the individual Award categories) through an intensive, global process lasting many months. Winners will be selected from among the finalists with input from a select group of prominent advisors.
The Advisors for 2011 include Ray Kurzweil, inventor/futurist/author; Albert Teich, director of Science and Policy Programs at the American Association for the Advancement of Science/AAAS (retired, 2011); Jason Pontin, editor/publisher of Technology Review; and Lev Grossman, senior writer and book critic for TIME and co-author TIME's "Techland" blog.
The winners of the World Technology Awards will be announced during a ceremony at the United Nations on the evening of October 26 at the close of the World Technology Summit, a two-day "thought leadership" conference held at the TIME & LIFE Building and presented by the World Technology Network.
About the World Technology Network (www.wtn.net) The WTN exists to "encourage serendipity" -- the happy accidents of colliding ideas and new relationships that cause the biggest breakthroughs for individuals and institutions. The WTN works to accomplish its mission through global and regional events for its members and extended audience, to help make connections among them, and to examine the likely implications and possible applications of emerging technologies.
The WTN is a curated membership community focused on exploring what is imminent, possible, and important in and around emerging technologies. The WTN exists to "encourage serendipity" -- the happy accidents of colliding ideas and new relationships that cause the biggest breakthroughs for individuals and institutions. The WTN works to accomplish its mission through global and regional events for its members and extended audience, to help make connections among them, and to examine the likely implications and possible applications of emerging technologies.
Text from IIT Today 10/13/2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Sites We Like: EthicsCORE
The site, which is still under development, includes the ability to do multiple kinds of literature searches in the field of professional ethics, browse through its collection of teaching materials, and allows you to get full-text access to just about any article you can find, including full access to the Encyclopedia of Science, Technology and Ethics. There are numerous other features that are still in the works, including an online journal, so be sure to bookmark this site and check back regularly.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Sites We Like: Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
One the best web sites I have found when looking for new and well-written case studies is the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. Their library of case studies covers all areas of academic ethics, business ethics, social ethics, technology ethics etc. and are always thought provoking. The Markkula Center also hosts a student discussion forum called The Big Q on Facebook where students can discuss ethical questions related to life on campus.
Be sure to check this blog in the next few weeks as we highlight more sites we like!
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Ethics News: Scientists Against Sloppiness
Monday, September 12, 2011
Ethics News: Synthetic Biology
Monday, August 29, 2011
Ethics News: Social Media, Flash Mobs, Riots & Privacy : Where is the Balance?
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Ethics News: Changes to Rules Governing Human Participants in Research
Ethics News: Harvard Facebook Study Shows Privacy Issues Related to Internet Research
Monday, June 20, 2011
CSEP and the Boeing Scholars Academy
Monday, May 23, 2011
New Paper available by CSEP Fellow Robert Ladenson
Critical Attributes of Good Process Decisions: A Guide for the Reflective Special Education Hearing Officer
This monograph offers guidance for special education due process hearing officers in their efforts to write good due process decisions. It has four sections dealing respectively with:
- summary and explanation of factual findings;
- justification of legal conclusions;
- framing and determination of rulings and orders;
- writing choices in a special education due process opinion as to word selection, organizational structure, style, rhetoric, and tone.
The monograph is not intended to replace, but instead to supplement, the use of comprehensive summaries of substantive and procedural special education law. It aims to address an essential, yet presently unmet need – for an educational approach that helps special education due process hearing officers to focus critical reflection upon processes involved both in thinking through issues in a case and finding words to express the conclusions arrived at in writing a decision.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Are Dolphins too Intelligent for Captivity?
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Nuclear Power and Public Safety
Friday, March 11, 2011
Spring Break Hours
Monday, February 28, 2011
Limited Access to Center Library
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
The Long Island High School Ethics Bowl Competition
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
In the Lab : A New Interactive Resource for RCR
Friday, January 28, 2011
Business Ethics Case Writing Competition
2011 Intercollegiate Business Ethics Case Competition: Qualifying Information
The 2011 Intercollegiate Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC) will be held on September 21-22 at the Ethics & Compliance Officer Association's 2011 Annual Ethics & Compliance Conference in Bellevue, Washington (east of Seattle). IBECC is now jointly supported by Loyola Marymount University, the University of St. Thomas (MN) and the ECOA.
Current plans for selecting a field of 25 teams are as follows.
- Five international teams will be invited directly by the Executive Committee.
- Fifteen teams will be selected via three qualifying competitions this spring that we're in the process of trying to arrange for in different parts of the country.
- Four "wild card" invitations. The Executive Committee is willing to accept applications from teams for whom the cost of travel to a qualifying competition is prohibitive.
- As the winner of the 2010 IBECC in Anaheim, the University of St. Thomas automatically qualifies.
We hope to have three qualifying competitions in different parts of the country during the spring of 2011. There will definitely be one at LMU in Los Angeles, April 29-30. We are in discussion regarding additional competitions with the Warrington College of Business Administration at the University of Florida in Gainesville and with the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics at the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. Assuming that all three eventuate, the top four teams from each qualifying competition will be invited to Bellevue. Also, in appreciation for the work involved, a team from the hosting institution will receive an invitation.
At present, there are no travel funds available to help with the cost of travel to the qualifying competitions. We hope to have a small amount to assist with travel to Bellevue. In recognition of the fact that some schools may find the cost of travel to a qualifying contest prohibitive, the Executive Committee will accept applications for four "wild card" slots. Interested teams will be asked to submit a video (including Q&A by judges) of their presentation.
Our goal is to have the field for IBECC set by June 1.
Schools that are considering participating should contact Thomas White as soon as possible (firstname.lastname@example.org, 310-338-4523). Inquiries may also be sent to Kirsten Nordblom (email@example.com, 310-338-2321).
Information about the competitions will be posted at http://ethicsandbusiness.lmu.edu as it becomes available.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Interdisciplinary Course To Be Offered in Fall 2011
Chemistry 597, offered in the autumn semester of 2010, is not what it appeared to be: just a chemistry research course. It is in fact a highly innovative, NSF-funded joint research course for PhD students in engineering, science, and science studies, that is, philosophy, history, and sociology of science. Building on this first offering, Chemistry 597 will be offered again in 2011-2012 and e in 2012-2013. Subtitled “Addressing Ethical Issues in the Natural Course of Research,” Chemistry 597 has other innovative features. The science studies students come from other local universities. The format consists of six seminars covering a series of topics, followed by a six week period of joint research across disciplinary boundaries. In the last week of the research period and the final three weeks of the semester, small student research groups present their research reports for critiquing by the instructors and the other students. Each student group includes at least one science or engineering student and one science studies student. The sustained critiquing is to help the students produce publishable papers.
The course is aimed to prepare students for multidisciplinary research, providing science studies students acquaintance with concrete details of scientific research and giving science and engineering students opportunities to grapple with issues, such as the range of values within science. The goal is to help students acquire a view of science, engineering, and science studies that makes the social and normative aspects of each an essential and valuable part of their understanding of their own respective disciplines and opportunities. The format of the first six seminars features lead-off presentations on the week’s readings followed by challenging discussion. After the first seminar led by the faculty, small cross-disciplinary groups of students take responsibility for the presentations and lead follow-up discussion. The readings are drawn from the writings of science studies scholars, scientists, and engineers, and the topics range from Diversity and Cooperation to Models and Causality. The faculty consists of Vivian Weil (PI), Sandra Bishnoi, and Eric Brey of IIT, philosopher of science Jordi Cat (CoPI) of Indiana University, and electrical engineer Alan Feinerman of UIC.
A final unusual feature of Chemistry 597 is an assessment of the concept, design, and implementation by an independent panel with expertise in science, engineering, and philosophy of science. Their assessment will inform the planning for the next offering. Additional details and information about applying for Chemistry 597can be obtained from Vivian Weil (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions.