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An Interview with Melissa Anderson
University of Minnesota Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Professor of Higher Education
Meet the 2015 Stand Up Award Honorees
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.
Maggie Cardin
Maggie is a Stand Up 2014 Honoree for her dedication to mental health advocacy and her ethical leadership in educating emerging teachers to recognize and prevent depression and suicide in students.
Zachary Brubaker
Zach is a Stand Up 2014 Honoree for his dedication to civil rights and his ethical leadership in uniting the blind and sighted to promote respect and equality for workers with disabilities.
Carolyn McDonald
Carolyn McDonald was honored for her dedication to poverty relief efforts in Haiti and her ethical leadership in mobilizing her peers to develop education programming for Haitian students.
Melissa McCleery
Melissa McCleery was honored for her dedication to combatting sexual violence and her ethical leadership in educating others to stand up for the dignity and respect of all persons.
Parker Werns
Parker Werns was honored for his dedication to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equity and his ethical leadership in advocating for underserved queer communities at Penn State and beyond.
Gizelle Studevent
Gizelle was honored for her leadership in organizing Penn State athletes in an effort to help young people learn about and address.
Taryn Noll
Taryn was honored for her leadership developing a network of support for young adults at Penn State who are dealing with a loved one's diagnosis of cancer.
An Interview with Dr. Thomas P. Seager
Dr. Thomas Seager leads research teams working at the boundaries of engineering and social science to understand the environment, technology, and society.
A Game-based Experiential Approach to Teaching Professional Ethics
Dr. Seager presents his ethics education game which positions students in situations that require first-hand ethical decision-making.
An Interview with Dr. Philip Kitcher
Dr. Kitcher is a John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia and author of books on topics ranging from philosophy to science and ethics.
Should we mandate vaccination for your doctor, you and your children?
Professor Arthur Caplan will discuss the range of ethical, social, political, and economic forces that impact the discourse on vaccine mandates in the U.S.
Ethics of GMO Panelist Interview: Dave Mortensen
David Mortensen, professor of weed and applied plant ecology at Penn State, focuses on the environmental impacts of weed management systems.
Ethics of GMO Panelist Interview: Bart Gremmen
Professor Bart Gremmen speaks about ethical and social issues related to genetically modified organisms.
Ethics of GMO Panelist Interview: Paul Thompson
Dr. Thompson discusses the ethical implications of genetically modified organisms for environmental and social concerns.
Ethics of GMO Panelist Interview: Kyle Whyte
Kyle Whyte speaks about the intersections of his work on indigenous communities and the impacts of genetically modified organisms.
Ethics of GMOs: A Panel Discussion
The panelists discuss a range of ethical issues related to questions of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their environmental implications.
The Guatemala STD Experiments: What they are, how they happened, and why they matter to you
In 1948, over 1,300 Guatemalan subjects were intentionally exposed to STDs through invasive and painful procedures by U.S. Public Health Service workers.
An Interview with Dr. Sheldon Krimsky
Tufts University Professor Sheldon Krimsky shares his views on ethical issues present in the relationships between industry and academia.
The Ethical Foundation of Addressing Scientific Conflict of Interest
Dr. Krimsky explores the ethical foundations of conflict of interest (COI) in the sciences by investigating the concepts of stewardship, transparency, consequentialism, and scientific integrity.
Institutionalized Children - The Medical Community's Guinea Pigs of Choice during the 20th Century
Allen Hornblum presents on institutionalized children used as raw material for experimentation.
Allen Hornblum and Gordon Shattuck Interview
Author and advocate Allen Hornblum and Massachusetts native Gordon Shattuck help us explore a dark undercurrent of research on children in the US.
An Interview with Dr. Benjamin Levi
In this interview, Levi shares how research involving children can protect and promote children's interests as long as researchers take the time to understand the special needs and interests of participants.
Barbara Donnini
Meet Barbara Donnini - a 2012 Stand Up Award Recipient. She was honored for demonstrating a morally literate approach to working for big change.
Suspecting Child Abuse: Challenges and Guidance
Dr. Benjamin Levi discusses some of the ethical and practical challenges that arise in our efforts to protect children from abuse.
When We Dance...
Jonathan H. Marks on Mapping the Systemic Ethical Implications of the Research University's Relationships with Industry.
An Interview with Jonathan Marks
Dr. Jonathan Marks tackles the question, "What are the effects of industry (for example, pharmaceutical, petroleum, or food industries) when they sponsor specific research programs?"
An Interview with Dr. Nancy Kass
Dr. Nancy Kass answers, "What are the moral obligations a researcher has when she conducts research in an international setting?"
International Research Ethics
Dr. Nancy Kass presents on International Research Ethics: Experiences of researchers and participants in the field, and moving forward with ethics training.
Julian Haas
Meet Julian Haas - a 2012 Stand Up Award recipient. He was honored for working to address the intersectional nature of systematic forms of oppression.
Staci Neal
Meet Staci Neal - a 2012 Rock Ethics Institute Stand Up Award recipient. She was honored for insisting on the equal rights of all members of the community.
Joshua Brady Branch
Meet Joshua Brady Branch - a 2012 Stand Up Award Recipient honored for demonstrating ethical leadership through everyday encounters.
Jeff Brozena
Meet Jeff Brozena - a 2011 Rock Ethics Institute Stand Up Award Recipient who stood up against social stigma and for members of the community who are struggling in one way or another with mental illness.
Ruth Canagarajah
Meet Ruth Canagarajah - a 2011 Rock Ethics Institute Stand Up Award recipient. She was honored for reminding us that ethical leadership requires that we be just as willing to listen and to help others hear, as we are to make our own voices heard.
Sara Kizer
Meet Sara Kizer - a 2011 Rock Ethics Institute Stand Up Award recipient. She was honored for helping her peers to develop ethically motivated responses to the needs of others.
Peggy Styles
Meet Peggy Styles - a 2010 Rock Ethics Institute Stand Up Award recipient. She was honored for her tireless efforts helping the women of her community heal from the pain and suffering associated with loss
Sarah O'Donald
Meet Sarah O'Donald - a 2010 Stand Up Award recipient. She was honored for her development of Knitivism, a student group that uses knitting in peaceful demonstrations against violence and oppression.
Stephen Lucas
Meet Stephen Lucas - a 2010 Stand Up Award recipient. He was honored for his courage in standing up for marginalized and underrepresented communities.
Shane George
Shane George, a 2009 Stand Up recipient, was honored for his work and dedication in promoting the Smeal College of Business Honor Code, and for his leadership and extraordinary example in promoting integrity and respect.
Koann Eicher
Koann Eicher, a 2009 Stand Up Award recipient, was honored for her leadership in raising awareness about Pennsylvania's Safe Haven Law, which provides for a safe, legal, and confidential alternative to abandoning a newborn.
Andie Graham
Meet Andie Graham - a 2009 Stand Up Award recipient honored for her courage in taking a stand against a pudding wrestling fundraiser, resulting in an event that was more respectful to women.
Hilary Griffith
Meet Hilary Griffith - a 2009 Stand Up recipient. She was honored for her courage in confronting the stigma of a drag show and promoting an environment of acceptance.
Miatta Massaley
Meet Miatta Massaley - a 2008 Stand Up Award recipient. She was honored for her leadership in helping to develop a free Tenant Landlord Mediation Center ensuring that cost is not a factor in students seeking justice.
Liz Francis
Liz Francis is a 2008 Stand Up Award recipient honored for initiating and overseeing the Penn State branch of the Global Medical Relief Program.
Emily Helms
Meet Emily Helms - a 2008 Stand Up Award recipient honored for leadership of Amnesty International and guiding lobbying and involvement efforts around issues of peace and violence against women.
Desiree Martin
Meet Desiree Martin - a 2008 Stand Up Award recipient honored for innovative leadership and program development of diversity and accessibility awareness at Penn State Fayette.
Mallorie McCue
Meet Mallorie McCue - a 2008 Stand Up Award recipient honored for organizing a large-scale protest against the cancellation of a sexual assault awareness program, and for collaboratively producing an on-line sexual assault awareness tool.
Jeremy Weisblatt
Meet Jeremy Weisblatt - a 2008 Stand Up Award recipient honored for facilitating the introduction of kosher and halal food options to students through Penn State Food Services.
The Human Role in Global Climate Change
This short film reviews the current state of scientific understanding about the human influences on climate change through straightforward explanations by top geological, meteorological, and geographic scientists working on climate related research at The Pennsylvania State University.
Environmental Justice Stand Up Award Honoree
Nathan is a Penn State recipient of the 2016 Stand Up Award for his dedication to environmental justice and his ethical leadership in organizing efforts to address climate change and its disproportionate impacts on vulnerable populations.
Social Justice & Fossil Fuel Divestment Stand Up Award Honoree
Alanna is a Penn State University Park recipient of the 2016 Stand Up Award for her dedication to social justice and ethical leadership in promoting productive dialogue between students, faculty, and university administration on the ethics of climate change and fossil fuel divestment.