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Everyday Ethics

Learn how ethics is part of our everyday lives by reading articles and stories that show ethical dilemmas are everywhere.

New course will cover the science, policy and ethics of climate change

by Whitney Chirdon Dec 11, 2017
Brockopp133 RL ST/PHIL/METEO 197 Ethics of Climate Change is an Interdomain GH/GN course and it is available to schedule Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. This new course will give students the tools to understand the basic science of climate change and its ethical dimensions. Throughout the semester, the class will have the opportunity to meet key individuals working on climate change at Penn State.

Rock Ethics research associate appointed to professorship in College of Engineering

Engineering faculty appointed to professorships, chair

by Whitney Chirdon Nov 27, 2017
Alan R. Wagner, assistant professor of aerospace engineering and research associate in the Rock Ethics Institute, was recently recognized for outstanding teaching and research.

Nominees sought for Rock Ethics Institute's 2018 Stand Up awards

by Whitney Chirdon Nov 15, 2017
Nominees sought for Rock Ethics Institute's 2018 Stand Up awards The Rock Ethics Institute is accepting nominations for its 2018 Stand Up Awards, which recognize undergraduate students who demonstrate ethical leadership in taking a stand for a person, cause or belief.

Is it ethical to transmit powerful radio signals?

by Whitney Chirdon Oct 30, 2017
Some researchers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) seek to invite a response from alien civilizations by transmitting powerful signals into space. Others have suggested this is a foolish, or even dangerous endeavor. What are the ethical implications of such messaging? Jason T. Wright, associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics, provides an ethical response to this issue.

Rock Ethics Institute StandUp honoree Julian Haas appears on ABC 7 in Washington, D.C.

by Whitney Chirdon Oct 17, 2017
2012 Rock Ethics Institute StandUp honoree Julian Haas joined "Good Morning Washington" (ABC7) yesterday morning as a guest for their 'Motivational Monday' segment.

"Locking Up Our Own: Crime & Punishment in Black America" public lecture success

by Whitney Chirdon Oct 17, 2017
A book talk with author James Forman was held last Thursday, October 12 at 12:45 p.m. in the Lewis Katz Building. The event was co-sponsored by Penn State Law and the Rock Ethics Institute.

"Are Machines Taking Over? How to Build Moral Artificial Intelligence" public lecture success

by Whitney Chirdon Oct 10, 2017
Chauncey Stillman Professor of Practical Ethics at Duke University, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong gave a keynote lecture as part of the Moral Agency Research Group Conference on Thursday, October 5 in Foster Auditorium in Paterno Library.

Gender and Sex Equity Initiative project featured in Daily Collegian series

by Whitney Chirdon Oct 09, 2017
The body mapping project, which helps survivors tell the stories of their sexual assault and abuse, will be featured in an on-going series in Penn State's Daily Collegian.

Rock Ethics Institute Professor Jeff Catchmark develops new compostable materials that could replace plastic laminates and reduce pollution

by Whitney Chirdon Oct 05, 2017
An affiliate faculty member and professor of agricultural and biological engineering, Jeff Catchmark has been researching biomaterials that might replace plastic laminates.

Rock Ethics Institute welcomed faculty to annual retreat

by Whitney Chirdon Oct 02, 2017
Rock Ethics Institute welcomed faculty to annual retreatRock Ethics Institute Core Faculty The Rock Ethics Institute held its annual retreat for its core and affiliate faculty members to discuss current research, collaborations, events, strategic planning, and procedures.