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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.

Learning Sciences/Science of Learning poster conference on Nov. 6

Faculty members of the College of Education are working on initiative to build and foster a broad collaborative environment for research and funded research on learning at Penn State. The purpose of this news release is to invite Penn State faculty to participate in the November 6 Learning Sciences/Science of Learning Poster Conference to be held in the College of Education Chambers Building. The event will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and a buffet lunch will be served. Those interested in meeting around LS/Sol conceptual and methodological topics can participate from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. in roundtable discussion.

Children and the Development of Ethical Decision-Making

Do you remember being in elementary school, and learning “right” from “wrong”? Maybe you had to stay inside during recess because you were acting up in class, or your teacher made you apologize to Susie for taking her crayons when she wasn’t looking? You may not have known it at the time, but it is through these types of interactions at an early age in which children start learning moral rules.

Rock Ethics Institute Announces Honors Thesis Research Awards

The Rock Ethics Institute's Honors Thesis Research Awards are presented to undergraduate students in the Paterno Fellows Program who are researching ethics-related topics in their theses. The award provides financial support for thesis research and related activities. Following the completion of their theses, awardees are asked to present their research at a Rock Ethics Institute event and contribute a blog post on their research for the Rock Ethics Institute Blog.

The Rock Ethics Institute features toolkit of online resources and activities addressing issues of sexual violence.

1 in 5 Women Sexual Assault Graphic Sexual violence has been a recent focus of the Rock Ethics Institute and their website currently features an Anti-Sexual Misconduct Toolkit for educators. As members of the Penn State community, we all have a stake in addressing issues of sexual violence. In continuing the spirit of Penn State’s Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention Month this April, this toolkit of online resources and activities will benefit our community by helping educators address issues of sexual violence, enhance class discussion, and improve learning outcomes throughout the school year.

The Rock on Flickr!

We are pleased to announce that we now have a presence on Flickr. We'll be posting a variety of pictures from around campus, the community, and many of our events throughout the year. So, check us out and follow our posts!

The Rock Ethics Institute invites submissions of proposal for papers or posters on any topic relating to genetically modified organisms (GMO)

The Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State invites submissions of proposal for papers or posters on any topic relating to GMOs. For individual papers, please submit an abstract of 300-500 words. For poster presentations, please submit descriptions of 150-300 words. Individual papers are to be approximately 20 minutes reading time.

The Penn State Reads program will host a lecture by Associate Dean Christopher Long on Monday, March 24, at 7 p.m.

Speaking truth event poster listing date/time information The Penn State Reads program will host a lecture by Christopher Long, Associate Dean for Graduate and Undergraduate Education in The College of Liberal Arts and Professor of Philosophy and Classics, on Monday, March 24, at 7:00 pm, in the Foster Auditorium in Paterno Library, calledSpeaking Truth: The Death of Socrates, The Life of Philosophy.

Ethics Education plans include K-12 outreach and Waterbury lecture series in 2014-15

The Rock Ethics Institute remains committed to introducing and supporting ethics education at Penn State and beyond. During the 2014-15 academic year the Institute is implementing a diverse range of ethics education initiatives designed for children, graduate students, researchers and professionals.

Registration now open for the Fall 2014 RISE UP Graduate Ethics Course

This course introduces a broad concept of research ethics that includes training in the responsible conduct of research as well as the wider impacts of ethics as embedded in and through scientific and engineering research and practice.

Penn State conference explores reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions… to zero

Brockopp, Associate Professor of History, is affiliated with the Rock Ethics Institute; he explained that “Penn State has an obligation toward our students and our community to model ethical leadership in a warming world.” Keynote speakers for the conference are Rob Cooper, Director of Energy and Engineering for the Office of Physical Plant and Steve Maruszewski, Assistant Vice President for Physical Plant. Participants represent a broad cross-section of the University community, including representatives from the Colleges of Liberal Arts, Arts and Architecture, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Business, Engineering, Schreyer Honors College and the school of law, in addition to staff members and some community representatives.

Our next Spring Research Ethics Series Lecturer, Melissa Anderson, is speaking on March 3rd.

SARI@PSU logo Research integrity is a universal foundation of good research. It is supported in the U.S. by a rather elaborate system of oversight mechanisms and instructional approaches. Worldwide, however, it is subject to varying degrees of attention, and there are few standards that are accepted globally. This variation can complicate the work of international research collaborations. This talk draws on Melissa Anderson's empirical research on research integrity, in both domestic and international contexts. It also reflects her role as the co-chair, with Sabine Kleinert of The Lancet, of the latest and upcoming World Conferences on Research Integrity.

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.

Mellon Grants $236,000 for the Development of the Public Philosophy Journal

We are pleased to announce that we have received a one-year, $236,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant will support the development of the journal which, in addition to accepting traditional submissions, will also search the web each day for content at the intersection between philosophy and issues of public interest in order to identify digital conversations that might be developed further for scholarly publication.

Lippin Lecture Series Event: Morality, Understanding of Intentionality, and Intergroup Attitudes

used in news articleused in a news article Moral judgments involve the understanding of fairness, justice, and equality. How do these judgments emerge in development? While new research has revealed the origins of morality, few studies have examined the role of intergroup relationships for formulating notions about fairness. Increasingly, there has been new evidence that the ability to apply morality to the outgroup exists in early development, but it appears to be complex. The challenges associated with applying moral judgments to members of outgroups include understanding group dynamics, the intentions of others who are different from the self, and having the capacity to challenge stereotypic expectations of others who are different from the ingroup.

Lippin Family Fund supports ethical learning for young children

A partnership between Rock Ethics Institute and Child Study Center

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.

Educating for Moral Literacy

Join us at Penn State University for the 2014 Moral Literacy Colloquium.

Associate Director Jonathan Marks' course on Ethical Leadership attracts attention from the New York Times

Associate director of Penn State Bioethics Programs leads students to discuss the Sandusky Scandal in Philosophy 119: Ethical Leadership course.

Announcing the 2014 Stand Up Award Honorees

Announcing the 2014 Stand Up Award Honorees For Zachary Brubaker, taking a stand means uniting the blind and sighted to promote respect and equality for workers with disabilities. For Maggie Cardin, taking a stand means working to educate emerging teachers to recognize and prevent depression and suicide in students. Two Penn State students received the 2014 Stand Up Award for showing courage and fortitude and demonstrating ethical leadership through personal example. The Stand Up Awards are sponsored by the Rock Ethics Institute in the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State. This year's honorees are Zachary Brubaker, a Physics Major and President of the Penn State Alliance of the Blind and Sighted, and Maggie Cardin, a Childhood and Early Adolescent Education Major and President of Penn State’s chapter of Aevidum.

8th Annual PIKSI starts August 3rd

8th Annual PIKSI starts August 3rd What is the Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute? This seven-day institute is designed to encourage undergraduate students from under-represented groups to consider future study in the field of philosophy. PIKSI will emphasize the on-going project of greater inclusiveness that is transforming the discipline, inviting students to be participants in the conversation. PIKSI will be permanently housed at the Rock Ethics Institute on the campus of the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania. The director and the theme will change on a regular basis.

Michael Burroughs Gives a Guest Lecture in Sweden

Michael Burroughs Gives a Guest Lecture in Sweden In western society, children are thought of as inadequate and incomplete individuals. This can cause problems in school because this approach overshadows children's abilities and what they can actually do, according to researcher Michael Burroughs who recently visited Luleå University of Technology. His research concludes that children are often seen as the opposite of adults. In the U.S., teachers and administrators focus on traditional educational goals leaving philosophical thinking about what it means to be a child or the purpose of teaching behind. Burroughs’ focus aims to bring philosophy into the classroom. His seminar consisted of conceptual and practical ideas to aid teachers and administrators.

Ethics Education plans include K-12 outreach and Waterbury lecture series in 2014-15

Michael Burroughs teaching students The Rock Ethics Institute remains committed to introducing and supporting ethics education at Penn State and beyond. During the 2014-15 academic year the Institute is implementing a diverse range of ethics education initiatives designed for children, graduate students, researchers and professionals. During the 2014-15 academic year Michael D. Burroughs, assistant director of the Rock Ethics Institute, will lead weekly philosophy and ethics discussion sessions with three kindergarten classes at Park Forest Elementary in the State College Area School District. Burroughs is an experienced practitioner of "Philosophy for Children" and has led philosophy and ethics programming in K-12 classrooms for more than a decade.

Penn State Reads Seminars

In Chapter 1 of Beautiful Souls (“Disobeying the Law”) we are faced with a key distinction between morality and legality. Paul Gruninger makes a decision to dismiss his obligation to the law and instead uphold or affirm his moral obligation to persons in crisis (drawing on empathy and compassion and a sense of justice, perhaps). In Chapter 3 we see Avner Wishnitzer make a similar decision, choosing to reject “unjust” legal and institutional norms governing the treatment of Palestinians, and affirming principles of peace and equality. What, then, is the relationship between our moral and legal principles and obligations in a society, and how do these principles and obligations differ? How do we determine whether a law is just or unjust (and, in turn, determine our obligation to uphold or reject the law)? In this seminar we will discuss these questions and others, including broader discussions of the development of moral literacy and adjudicating between legal and moral obligations.

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!

Registration will open in early January 2014 for the 19th Annual Values and Leadership Conference at Nipissing University

Registration will open in early January 2014 for the 19th Annual Values and Leadership Conference at Nipissing University The CSLEE 19th Annual Values and Leadership Conference will be held September 18-20, 2014, in Huntsville, Ontario, Canada. Rock Ethics Institute affiliated faculty will attend the conference and present on the Rock's ongoing work in ethics education and moral literacy. The theme of the conference is: "Toward Transformational Leadership: Values and Ethics for Educational Advancement and Sustainability." Keynote presentations and research papers will address the transformational dimensions of leadership from a variety of perspectives and through a variety of lenses, in and across educational contexts, institutions, and organizations. Unique to this conference is a focus strand on the power of emerging media and technology and ethical decision-making in early childhood, elementary, secondary, and post-secondary settings.