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Rock Ethics Institute Featured in "We Are: A Magazine of Penn State Philanthropy"

This issue offers a look at the impact of private giving within Penn State. One of the featured gifts from the "Grand Destiny" (1997-2003) campaign led to the creation the Rock Ethics Institute.

The Rock Ethics Institute will participate in a panel discussion on Industry-Sposnored Research

The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics was founded in 1991 to encourage interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching of high quality in practical and professional ethics by educators and practitioners who appreciate the practical-theoretical aspects of their subjects. The Association facilitates communication and joint ventures among centers, schools, colleges, business and nonprofit organizations and individuals concerned with the interdisciplinary study and teaching of practical and professional ethics.

Rock Ethics Institute to host panel discussion on genetically modified organisms

The panel discussion will take place at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, in the Foster Auditorium (102 Paterno Library) on the University Park campus.Registration to attend the event in-person is recommended. However, if you are unable to attend in person, a live stream of the event will be available. We will also take questions and send out real time updates through our Twitter page during the event. This event is free and open to the public.

Penn State researcher assists in Global Soundscapes Day to record sounds of the Earth on Earth day

Researchers studying natural soundscapes are hosting a Record the Earth event on Earth Day (April 22) 2014. People from around the world are encouraged to download their free Soundscape Recorder app (from iTunes or GooglePlay Store) and record their soundscapes. The app allows users to record their own soundscape which can then be uploaded their recordings to the Global Soundscapes Day web site (www.globalsoundscapes.org) where participants can share their recordings with the rest of the world. At the web site, users can map out places where “soundscapes make people happy”.

October 14th, 2014: The Rock presents Dr. Sheldon Krimsky

Sheldon Krimsky is the Lenore Stern Professor of Humanities & Social Sciences at Tufts University and the Carol Zicklin Professor of Philosophy at Brooklyn College. Professor Krimsky received his bachelors and masters degrees in physics from Brooklyn College, CUNY and Purdue University respectively, and a masters and doctorate in philosophy at Boston University.

Our own Nicolae Morar is speaking about biodiversity at the Huck Institutes of Life Sciences at Penn State on Jan 27 at 4pm

Biodiversity at 25: An Argument for a Critical Understanding of the Normative Role of Biodiversity

Our next Research Ethics Series Lecturer, Allen Hornblum, is speaking on October 21st.

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Our next Research Ethics Series Lecturer, Dr. Benjamin Levi, is speaking on November 15th.

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Final Fall Research Ethics Series Lecturer: Jonathan Marks - November 18th

used in news itemused in news itemEvent photo We rely on universities to conduct research that seeks to explore and address society’s most complex and pressing problems—from obesity and cancer to energy and climate change. However, universities rely increasingly on money from industry to fund scientific research. Sometimes industry support comes in the form of research grants; at other times, in the form of corporate philanthropy. Critics often express concern about individual financial conflicts of interest, pointing to several studies that find a correlation between industry funding of research and results that are more favorable to industry sponsors.

Nominees sought for the Rock Ethics Institute's 2015 Stand Up Awards

Nominees sought for the Rock Ethics Institute's 2015 Stand Up Awards The Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State announces a call for nominations for its Eighth Annual Stand Up Awards in recognition of undergraduate students at Penn State’s campuses who have demonstrated ethical leadership in taking a stand for a person, cause or belief. The goal of the award is to recognize courageous individuals and to inform the entire Penn State community of how often the extraordinary act is possible in ordinary circumstances.

Know a Penn State Undergraduate Student who is an Ethical Leader? Nominate them for the 2014 Stand Up Award.

used in a news item Nominate a Penn State Student and help these undergraduate ethical leaders receive recognition for their accomplishments. The Rock Ethics Institute inaugurated the Stand Up Award to honor Penn State undergraduate students who have demonstrated courage, fortitude, and ethical leadership by taking a stand for a person, a cause, or a belief. This award and the individuals it honors should remind the entire Penn State community of how often the extraordinary act is possible in ordinary circumstances.

Faculty appointments to position Penn State as leader in ethics literacy

Penn State is embarking on a transformative effort to establish itself as a leader in interdisciplinary ethics research and ethical literacy, with plans to make 12 tenure-track appointments across an array of academic disciplines over three years. The positions will be co-funded by the University and the academic colleges.

Rock Ethics Institute to host panel discussion on genetically modified organisms

Large GMO Header. The Rock Ethics Institute will host the Research Ethics Lecture Series for a second year. The first event of this year’s series will be a panel discussion that will focus on the environmental impacts of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The panel discussion will take place at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, in the Foster Auditorium (102 Paterno Library) on the University Park campus. Registration to attend the event in-person is recommended. However, if you are unable to attend in person, a live stream of the event will be available. We will also take questions and send out real time updates through our Twitter page during the event. This event is free and open to the public. Much of the public debate around genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has been the subject of hot debate. Environmental impacts of GMO development have often been overshadowed by concerns about food safety. This is in spite of consistent scientific evidence that such concerns are more driven by hype than understanding.

We're on Google+!

We are pleased to announce that we now on Google+. We'll be posting a variety of content ranging from our event videos, lectures, video blogs, and more! So, check us out and follow our posts!