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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.

Is it ethical to transmit powerful radio signals?

by wav103 Nov 26, 2018
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 wav103 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 wav103 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 wav103 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 wav103 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 wav103 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 wav103 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.

Rock Ethics Institute accepting applications for Faculty Fellows Program

by wav103 Sep 28, 2017
Program provides funding allowing up to a two-course release from teaching to support ethics-related research projects.

Eduardo Mendieta publishes "Race Beyond the Black/White Binary" in On Race: 34 Conversations in a Time of Crisis

by wav103 Sep 26, 2017
Eduardo Mendieta publishes "Race Beyond the Black/White Binary" in On Race: 34 Conversations in a Time of Crisis Eduardo Mendieta, professor of philosophy and associate director of the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State, publishes a chapter on post-race and Latinos with philosopher George Yancy.

Ethicist Walter Sinnott-Armstrong to discuss morality of artificial intelligence

by wav103 Oct 05, 2017
Ethicist Walter Sinnott-Armstrong to discuss morality of artificial intelligence Will computers make morally better decisions than humans? Can artificial intelligence improve on human moral judgments? The Rock Ethics Institute presents "Are Machines Taking Over? How to Build Moral Artificial Intelligence," Thursday, Oct. 5 at 3:30 p.m. in Foster Auditorium of Paterno Library.