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

    Error 404: “Heart” Not Found – A Personal Take on the Value of Ethics in Scientific Research

    By Augustine Nyarko | December 15, 2018

    Scientific research is undeniably important. Researchers are at the forefront of knowledge and technology that drives humanity. These scientists spend their working lives trying to prolong and enrich the lives of people. Thus, I find it quite sad when I read and hear about the unethical ways in which some researchers conduct their work. There are several instances of misconduct by researchers that directly led to harm and even death of some research participants. Egregious examples such as the Tuskegee Syphilis Experimentand the Nazi human experiments readily come to mind. Though these examples are from the past, there are several types of research beingconducted today that raise serious ethical questions. Read more ...

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    The Human Side of Science

    By Drew Boagni | December 15, 2018

    I have a passion for science. I love to ask questions, learn, think through every action I take, and combine creativity with objective logic. I want to be a scientist so that I can continue to do those things as much as possible throughout my entire life. But because I am human, knowledge and problem solving are not the only parts of me, nor are they necessarily the most important parts of me. I have emotions, I care about people, and I have an innate sense of morality. My ethics in science class provided a space in which I could pause from studying molecules, equations, and cell processes to consider how my drive to find objective truth should interact with my subjective emotions and moral views. Read more ...

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    Ethics Blog

    By Cole Hudson | December 15, 2018

    This course presented many historical examples of techno-scientists practicing unethical behaviour. In many cases, the scientists were respected members of the scientific community. I was always surprised by their behaviour and how they were unable to see how what they were doing was wrong. This made me think about what may be happening now that we see as ethical that we may look back on in the future as unethical. The biggest issue I can see has not yet been fully developed, human genome editing. This technology is being extensively researched and would give us the ability to identify and remove or replace our genes. Such an incredible technology could easily explode and grow too quickly to consider the ethics of it. Read more ...

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    Ethics as a Responsibility in STEM and Medicine

    By Natalia Paz | December 15, 2018

    It seems as though technology and science are the backbone of today’s society. Science, discoveries, and technological inventions have all opened doors into the unknown realms of chemistry, pharmaceuticals, and space to name a few. Naivete, however, can cause us to place too much trust in scientists, doctors, and engineers. We rarely wonder whether our laptops, computers, and phones affect our health. Every day we trust that our cars will take us to work and back home, but we never question how the fumes they release will harm our health or the environment. During a doctor’s appointment we trust that they will provide us with the correct medicine or treatment, but we rarely wonder whether their recommendation is influenced by some financial gain. Read more ...

Featured Course

Ethics in Science
(Fall 2019)

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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