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Previous Research Ethics lectures

Ethics Education in Science and Engineering is one of Rock Ethics Institute's major initiatives. The research conducted at the institute has made visible the need for a broader understanding of Research integrity, which would include both traditional Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and two additional domains, the broader impacts of science and embedded ethics. The broader impacts of science examines the effects of the choice of research questions in science and engineering, the impacts of knowledge on society, issues related to communication of science to the public, as well as issues related to expanding diversity within the science and engineering fields. Embedded ethics targets ethical and value issues that arise in the course of the practice of science or engineering.

The Research Ethics Lecture Series creates a new opportunity for students, educators, researchers, and the members of the community to explore the impacts of science as being integrated in a broader social context and to be exposed to new ways of spotting how value claims, whether epistemic or moral, shape the scientific enterprise. 

You can stream & download both the lectures and speaker interviews on either the Rock's
YouTube or iTunes U page.
A Game-based Experiential Approach to Teaching Professional Ethics

A Game-based Experiential Approach to Teaching Professional Ethics

When: Apr 06, 2015 at 5:30 PM
Where: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library,

Does this increase student engagement? Join us when Dr. Thomas P Seager visits Penn State and explains his innovative experimental approach to teaching professional ethics. A Game-based Experiential Approach to Teaching Professional Ethics - Read More…

GMO Panel: What broader ethical issues relate to and conflict with issues of Food Safety and Security?

When: Oct 13, 2014 at 5:30 PM
Where: 102 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802

Ethics of Genetically Modified Organisms (G.M.O.’s): Food Security vs. Environmental Impact GMO Panel: What broader ethical issues relate to and conflict with issues of Food Safety and Security? - Read More…

Institutionalized Children - The Medical Community's Guinea Pigs of Choice during the 20th Century

When: Oct 21, 2013 at 6:00 PM
Where: 201 Thomas Building, University Park, PA 16802

Though often cited as our most precious resource and dearest commodity, children – particularly those institutionalized in orphanages, mental asylums, and warehouses for the “feebleminded” – were often sought out by physicians and medical researchers as test subjects for experimentation. Institutionalized Children - The Medical Community's Guinea Pigs of Choice during the 20th Century - Read More…

International Research Ethics: Experiences of researchers and participants in the field, and moving forward with ethics training

When: Feb 26, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Where: 102 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802

Presented by Nancy Kass, Phoebe R. Berman Professor of Bioethics and Public Health, in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Deputy Director for Public Health in the Berman Institute of Bioethics International Research Ethics: Experiences of researchers and participants in the field, and moving forward with ethics training - Read More…

Masking the Meaningful

When: Mar 04, 2015 at 12:00 PM
Where: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library

Why do citizens of the societies we count as democracies fail to react to catastrophic threats? Because those societies aren’t genuine democracies. Electoral choices fail to correspond to the voters’ interests, and citizens cannot identify what is of most concern to them. Climate change is a striking example of this phenomenon. Professor Philip Kitcher, a leading voice in science and ethics issues, will discuss the relationships between the practices of science and of democracy that develop at these conflicting intersections. Kitcher’s talk, part of the Research Ethics Lecture Series, will engage the campus community in a broad discussion about the roles and responsibilities of those of us who are both scientists and citizens. Masking the Meaningful - Read More…

Should we mandate vaccination for your doctor, you and your children?

When: Nov 10, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Where: 102 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802

Suspecting Child Abuse: Challenges and Guidance

When: Nov 15, 2013 at 3:30 PM
Where: 101 Ag Sciences Building, University Park, PA 16802

This presentation will (i) describe the problem of child abuse, particularly as it relates to reporting suspected abuse; (ii) share research findings from the Center for the Protection of Children; and (iii) discuss some of the ethical and practical challenges that arise in our efforts to protect children from abuse. Suspecting Child Abuse: Challenges and Guidance - Read More…

The Ethical Foundation of Addressing Scientific Conflict of Interest

When: Oct 14, 2013 at 6:00 PM
Where: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library,

When We Dance…Mapping the Systemic Ethical Implications of the Research University’s Relationships with Industry

When: Nov 18, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Jonathan H. Marks is currently a non-residential fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. He leads a collaborative research project that is jointly funded by the Rock Ethics Institute and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics (through its Lab on Institutional Corruption), exploring the ethical and policy implications of industry sponsorship of health-related food research, nutrition education, and practice. Marks has co-organized—with Donald B When We Dance…Mapping the Systemic Ethical Implications of the Research University’s Relationships with Industry - Read More…

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