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.


Behavioral Concepts and the Sciences of Human Behavior

Professor Helen Longino

Apr 21 2017
11:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
232 Philip G. Hoffman Hall

What do researchers measure when measuring behavior? This talk explores the ways behavioral concepts are operationalized/defined for scientific study, the ways in which social preconceptions and values still permeate such concepts, and some of the social consequences of the particular operationalizations adopted. The focus will be on concepts of aggression and of sexuality.

About Professor Helen Longino

Helen Longino received her PhD in Philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University in 1973. Her teaching and research interests are in philosophy of science, social epistemology, and feminist philosophy. She is particularly interested in the relations between scientific inquiry and its social, cultural, and economic contexts. In addition to Studying Human Behavior (University of Chicago Press, 2013), Longino is the author of Science As Social Knowledge (Princeton University Press, 1990), The Fate of Knowledge (Princeton University Press, 2001), many articles in the philosophy of science, feminist philosophy and epistemology, and co-editor of Scientific Pluralism (University of Minnesota Press, 2007). Longino has taught at UC San Diego, Mills College, Rice University, the University of Minnesota, and is currently Clarence Irving Lewis Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University.


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