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

by SKeira Jul 15, 2015
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 researcher assists in Global Soundscapes Day to record sounds of the Earth on Earth day

by SKeira Jul 15, 2015
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 ( 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 conference explores reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions… to zero

by SKeira Mar 06, 2015
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.

by SKeira Jul 15, 2015
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.

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

by SKeira Jul 15, 2015
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.

Nancy Tuana to speak at the United Frameworks Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC Conference of the Parties Side Event

by SKeira Jul 16, 2015
UNFCCC COP 20 Side Event flyer The United Frameworks Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (UNFCCC COP 20) takes place from December 1 to December 12, 2014 in Lima, Peru. Nancy Tuana, Nancy Tuana Directorship in the Rock Ethics Institute andDuPont/Class of 1949 Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies, will be speaking on the challenges for robust decision making on climate change science during a Side Event at the Conference. Joining her from Penn State will be Dr. Petra Tscharkert

Penn State conference explores reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions… to zero

by khepler Jul 15, 2015
Goal: for Penn State, already a leader in Greenhouse Gas reduction, to reach zero effective emissions.

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

by khepler Jul 15, 2015
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.

by khepler Jul 15, 2015
used in a news item 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.