ON SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
FOR INSTRUCTORS AND
Papers and Summary from a Workshop
December 12, 2012
Frazier F. Benya, Editor
Cameron H. Fletcher, Co-Editor
Rachelle D. Hollander, Co-Editor
Joint Advisory Group to the Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society (CEES)
and the Online Ethics Center (OEC)
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On December 12, 2012, the Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society (CEES) at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) held a workshop on “Practical Guidance on Science and Engineering Ethics Education for Instructors and Administrators.” This workshop was part of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign project (NSF No. 1045412) to develop a national online resource on ethics in science, mathematics, and engineering, which was funded by the National Science Foundation. The workshop was supported by Contract/Grant No. 1013801 between the National Academy of Sciences and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
NAE staff prepared the discussion summaries and session introductions and they have been reviewed according to procedures approved by the NAE report review process.
Participants at the workshop prepared the workshop papers and modified them for this publication. The bibliography of suggested resources was compiled from the suggestions of the workshop participants. Publication of signed work signifies that it is judged a competent and useful contribution worthy of public consideration, but the data, interpretations, findings, and conclusions in such publications are those of the authors and do not purport to represent the views of the council, officers, or staff of the NAE or the organizations or agencies that provided support for the project.
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Joint Advisory Group to the Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society (CEES) and the Online Ethics Center (OEC)
JOHN F. AHEARNE, NAE, chair, National Academy of Engineering Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society Advisory Group; director, Ethics Program, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
STEPHANIE J. BIRD, ethics consultant
FELICE LEVINE, executive director, American Educational Research Association
W. CARL LINEBERGER, E.U. Condon Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Fellow of JILA, University of Colorado
MICHAEL LOUI, professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois
ROBERT M. NEREM, NAE, Institute Professor and Parker H. Petit Professor Emeritus, Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, Georgia Institute of Technology
Principal Support Staff
RACHELLE D. HOLLANDER, director, National Academy of Engineering Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society
FRAZIER F. BENYA, program officer, National Academy of Engineering Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society
SIMIL L. RAGHAVAN, associate program officer, National Academy of Engineering
VIVIENNE CHIN, senior administrative assistant, National Academy of Engineering
The summary sections of this publication have been reviewed, in draft form, by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Academies. The purpose of this independent review process is to provide candid and critical comments to assist the committee and NAE in making its published reports as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The reviewers’ comments and the draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their reviews of this report:
Deborah Johnson, University of Virginia
Carl Lineberger, JILA, University of Colorado
Jason Borenstein, Georgia Institute of Technology
William Kelly, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
Although the reviewers listed above provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were neither asked to endorse the views expressed in the report nor did they see the final draft of the report before its public release. The review was overseen by Wm. A. Wulf, former President of the National Academy of Engineering, who was appointed by NAE to ensure that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rest entirely with the editors and the NAE.
In addition to the reviewers, the JAG wishes to thank the project staff. Vivienne Chin managed the committee’s logistical and administrative needs, making sure the workshop ran efficiently and smoothly. NAE senior editor Cameron H. Fletcher edited the authored papers and the summary sections written by CEES program officer Frazier F. Benya. Benya also assisted in planning the workshop, coordinated with the authors on their submissions, edited the proceedings, led the response to review, and managed the development of the publication. CEES associate program officer Simil Raghavan participated in planning the workshop and in workshop discussions. She also assisted in developing the report. NAE senior program officer Janet Hunziker managed the review process. CEES director Rachelle Hollander planned the workshop, reviewed and edited the entire proceedings, and oversaw the project from start to finish.
Lastly, the JAG would like to extend a special thanks to C. K. Gunsalus and Michael Loui from the National Center for Professional and Research Ethics (NCPRE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for collaborating on the workshop planning and publication, and for contributing to the discussion at the meeting. NCPRE supported and co-sponsored the workshop through the Ethics CORE project, which was funded by the National Science Foundation (#1043289), so we also thank the staff members that worked on that project and at NCPRE.