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.

Coverage in the journal Science of the AAAS

The journal Science had a nice commentary about our Ethics in Science program.
The article is entitled "Responsibly conducting research."

It is also posted at the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science
at the National Academy of Engineering.


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  • Featured Blog

    A Reflection on Ethics in Science

    By Haley Nicole Smith | December 12, 2017

    Today, we live in a world that is constantly changing. Everything happens in the blink of an eye, and if you have your eyes closed for more than a second, you miss so many important advancements, specifically in the STEM fields. As techno-scientists move forward into new territories, shattering past experts’ wildest dreams, the idea of what is wrong and what is right is constantly being examined. Many practices are going on today, such as stem cell research, among others, that have divided experts. There is a fine line that STEM professionals are finding themselves progressing along in regards to morality. Read more ...

  • Featured Blog

    ‘Research Data: More Than Just Numbers!

    By Khob Raj Bhandari | December 12, 2017

    With the advancement of science and technologies, the world has seen tremendous amount of research studies being undertaken in different avenues of science. There is an increasing depth of knowledge including a broad range of topics from small microorganisms, human systems to the extraterrestrial mission, for an instance, promising a future journey of mankind to the Mars. It is obvious that necessity drives the innovations, and unsurprisingly there is an increased interest and investments in these fields. With the quest of helping the mankind and making lives easier, even the government and private parties are funding the studies, and scientists are assiduously working to discover new things, test old hypothesis, improve the existing practices or to modify the currently available devices. With this rush, it is obvious that every one competes for the research publications, not just for the academic contribution but to ensure they receive the regular funding or get a good position in a company, or a tenure tract faculty position in a reputed university. Read more ...

  • Featured Blog

    Round The World in 60 Seconds: What Ethical Obligations Do Tech Companies Have In the Age of Misinformation?

    By Srujana Lam | December 12, 2017

    In the internet age, a few companies have come to the forefront as industry leaders that have changed the way we live and communicate. Social media sites, like Facebook and Twitter, have accelerated the speed and ease with which we can connect with friends, family, and veritable strangers. Technology behemoth Google has integrated itself into every nook of our lives with services that range from email to photos to fitness tracking to online advertisements. But as important as these services have become to the everyday routines of millions of people, their immense potential as tools of social change was only realized with movements like the Arab Spring and Black Lives Matter, where activists used technology to mobilize protestors and spread real-time information that was not being reported on by the media. For many, these events only confirmed what they had believed all along: that tech companies and their services were fundamentally good. Read more ...

  • Featured Blog

    Why all IT Professionals need education in Ethics?

    By Sakhitha Chowdary Kanyadhara | December 12, 2017

    The education and training of IT professionals usually focuses on technical knowledge and skills. You learn how to perform tasks, yet with little thought of how those abilities can be misused. Actually, numerous IT professionals approach their work with a hacker’s perspective: whatever you can do, you’re qualified to do. IT professionals often have access to confidential data and knowledge about individuals’ and companies’ networks and systems that give them a great deal of power. That power can be abused, either deliberately or inadvertently. But there are no standardized training requirements for hanging out your shingle as an IT security consultant. Many of the ethical issues that face IT professionals involve privacy. Read more ...

Featured Course

Ethics in Science
(Fall 2018)

The course incorporates analytical as well as experiential and emotional elements. It focuses on historical perspectives and current practices of ethics and responsibility in STEM. The course also includes a practicum component in science or medical lab.

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