We aim to develop a new, practicum-based science ethics training program which will be particularly appropriate for the diverse, practically oriented student population at the University of Houston. This project, "Experiencing Ethics", is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Click here to read more about this effort.

Two Seminars on April 3: Ethics in Science & LoneStar History of Science

Ethics in Science Seminar

Welfare, Work, and Witness: Why Clinical Research Can Survive the Death of a Healthy Human Subject

Professor Laura Stark

Apr 3, 2015
12:30 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.
267 Health and Biomedical Sciences Center (HBSC)

❖ Lunch starts at 12:00 pm

During the early twentieth century, medical researchers rarely experimented on healthy human beings who had no debt to the state. By the end of the century, millions of healthy people with full civil rights enrolled in medical experiments each year. This talk explains how serving as a “normal control” became the norm and sustained American medicine in the postwar decades—to the extend that the death of a human subject could be managed administratively as a “routine tragedy.” Read more...

LoneStar History of Science Seminar

Writing the 'Origin' with Burned Fingers: Darwin's Penance for the "Sin of Speculation"

Professor Alistair Sponsel

Apr 3, 2015
4:00 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.
267 Health and Biomedical Sciences Center (HBSC)

❖Reception starts at 3:00 pm

Charles Darwin was notoriously slow to publish his theory of evolution by natural selection. His reticent approach to publishing on species is generally attributed to his supposed fear of advocating the potentially controversial doctrine of transmutation. I argue, by contrast, that Darwin’s caution was the result of a specific scientific embarrassment in his past. What concerned him most about the prospect of publishing a theory of evolution was not the topic, evolution, but the general act of publishing a theoretical book. Read more...

  • Featured Blog

    Balancing The United States Energy Profile

    By Tyler Watkins | December 10, 2014

    In a recent study by H Damon Matthews et al. of Concordia University, it was found that the United States was the global leader in green house gas emissions. These gases have been proven to build up in the earth’s atmosphere and trap heat over time. Their accumulation has led to changes in the global climate and the United States’ government must not only take responsibility, but also make significant strides into lowering these harmful emissions. Read more ...

  • Featured Blog

    Timeless designs and irresponsible practices

    By Olga Bannova | December 10, 2014

    There are famous architects whose names probably well‐known even to people who are far from architectural profession: Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Santiago Calatrava, Renzo Piano, Jean Nouvel and quite few others. They have received Pritzker prizes and their creations are distributed around the world on postcards and tourists brochures. After all, buildings that we construct now and that will stand for years to come will represent our times to future generations, right? Maybe it is true and nothing else matters except a masterpiece that left for centuries to admire, argue about, or even hate but never remain neutral about it. Read more ...

  • Featured Blog

    Big Oil: Emulating the Tobacco Industry

    By Sophia Ewens | December 10, 2014

    When we see a stray can in our private gardens we do not hesitate to pick it up. It is considered common sense to prevent our children from playing in a lawn drenched in pesticides. Yet, because Earth is so unfathomably large, most of us quickly treat pollution and environmental degradation as if they are someone else’s problems rather than our own. But the Earth is ours. It is our only home and the provider of everything we need to survive. It is therefore essential that we translate the compassion we feel towards our private homes into a sense of concern on the grander scale. Read more ...

  • Featured Blog

    Technology – Do we control it or does it control us?

    By Dinesh Majeti | December 3, 2014

    The rate at which science is progressing is really breathtaking. About 50 years ago, one could imagine of what we have achieved today. Earlier, computers were the size of many rooms. With the intervention of mobile technology, we are able to produce computers that can fit into our pockets. We can know what’s happening all around the world at our fingertips. With Google glass, get the ability to carry a computer in our glasses instead of having to carry one in our hand. You can just say, ‘Ok Google’ and Google will do everything for you at your command. Read more ...

Featured Course

Ethics in Science (Fall 2015)

The course focuses on historical perspectives and current practices of ethics and professional responsibility in science, technology engineering and mathematics. It includes a practicum component in a science or medical lab.

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