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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. Rock Ethics Institute Featured in "We Are: A Magazine of Penn State Philanthropy" - Read More…

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. The Rock Ethics Institute will participate in a panel discussion on Industry-Sposnored Research - Read More…

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. Rock Ethics Institute to host panel discussion on genetically modified organisms - Read More…

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”. Penn State researcher assists in Global Soundscapes Day to record sounds of the Earth on Earth day - Read More…

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. October 14th, 2014: The Rock presents Dr. Sheldon Krimsky - Read More…

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


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. Even a cursory examination of 20th century medical research will illuminate numerous examples of children – some only days old – being incorporated in a wide range of medical research. Many prominent investigators in search of practical treatments and vaccines, exploring the impact of radiation and psychotropic drugs, or new surgical procedures like lobotomy, routinely found their way to poorly funded and under-staffed state institutions housing the nation’s most vulnerable citizens. Our next Research Ethics Series Lecturer, Allen Hornblum, is speaking on October 21st. - Read More…

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


This presentation will describe the problem of child abuse, particularly as it relates to reporting suspected abuse; share research findings from the Center for the Protection of Children; and discuss some of the ethical and practical challenges that arise in our efforts to protect children from abuse. Our next Research Ethics Series Lecturer, Dr. Benjamin Levi, is speaking on November 15th. - Read More…

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


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. Final Fall Research Ethics Series Lecturer: Jonathan Marks - November 18th - Read More…