12.751 - Resources for Scientific Ethics Discussion

For our seminar on 9/28/04, please look through the NAS booklet On Being a Scientist: Responsible Conduct in Research and the "additional scenarios" provided below and given out in class on 9/21. Choose 2 or 3 scenarios describing an ethical challenge and be prepared to lead the discussion* of at least one of them.

On Being a Scientist: Responsible Conduct in Research, National Academy of Sciences
(Second year students should have a copy of this book already. If first year students haven't received a copy, you can pick one up in the Academic Programs office or from Karen Rauss.)

"Additional Scenarios"

You may also be interested in knowing the Institution's policy on scientific misconduct. We can discuss it, if there is interest.
WHOI Policy on Scientific Misconduct

Here is a link to the handout on conventions regarding authorship, which came from the website onlineethics.org.

*In keeping with our seminar's objectives, here is some advice: "leading the discussion" means that you summarize the scenario, outline the issues brought forward, and initiate and sustain a group discussion of those issues. Make an effort to draw everyone in the group into the discussion ("Hans, what do you think Dr. Einstein should have done for Jimmy in this situation?").

A good discussion leader will come prepared with a few "mind bending" questions of her/his own and will, if needed, pose them to the group as a way of initiating or sustaining discussion. ("What if it was Jimmy who had screwed Dr. Einstein over? What would Dr. Einstein's proper recourse have been in that case?")