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<name>Caution--this module is still under construction!</name>"Graduate Education in Research Ethics for Scientists and Engineers" is a project funded by the National Science Foundation (SES 0629377) to design and integrate a pilot program in research ethics for graduate students in science and engineering. This project is being built around three key components three workshops: (1) a Graduate Awareness Workshop to create awareness of fundamental ethical issues in research, (2) a Moral Deliberation Workshop to promote skills of moral deliberation, (3) a Case Analysis Workshop that will provide frameworks and strategies for structuring and framing problematic situations in research ethics, and (4) a capstone activity, an Ethics Banquet, where students will generate poster presentations on their work in research ethics. This first module introduces the Graduate Awareness Workshop to students. It will be accompanied shortly by an instructor module that provides insights into how to approach teaching basic issues in research ethics. This module has been developed through Connexions as a part of the EAC Toolkit project, NSF SES 0551779.

Module introduction

Graduate awareness workshop

Upon entering UPRM, you will be asked to participate in an awareness workshop that introduces basic ethical issues and concepts pertinent to research activities. A Pre-Test involving discussion of scenaros in research ethics will be followed by a lecture that defines key concepts and situates the fundamental problems of research ethics in its "Three Capital Sins," i.e., fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism. Integrated into this part of the workshop will be a demonstration of the intrinsic connection between science and ethics. This workshop closes with a Post-Test designed to measure and assess any changes in your awareness.

What you are going to do.

    Workshop activities

  • To prepare for the workshop, you will read a short selection on research ethics and explore the links provided in this module on the Hwang Woo Suk, Tuskegee, and Enron cases. This will get you ready for the workshop.
  • Exercise 1: Take a workshop pre-test in Research Ethics
  • Exercise 2: Identify key duties in the research ethics context, the duties of researchers, duties of professors to students, and duties of students to professors.
  • Exercise 3: Reflect and write on the fundamental mission an purpose of the university. What goes on within the university? How does the university contribute to the surrounding community?
  • Exercise 4: You will return to the cases presented in the first part of the workshop. What issues covered during the workshop on research ethics arose in these cases? For example, what issues discussed in the workshop arose in the Tuskegee case?

    Beginning your exploration of research ethics. click on the links to the following three cases:

  • Hwang Woo Suk
  • Tuskegee
  • Enron (Exploring the link to Enron will also help you to access interviews with Jeff Skilling.)

    Key issues and themes in research ethics

  • Conceptual map exploring the etymological roots of ethics and its relations and differences with concepts like morality, religion, and law.
  • Research Ethics Themes: Research gravitates around a double axiological axis. The first deals with issues surrounding the commitment of any academic endeavor to the pursuit of truth . The second arises from the social responsibility of the researcher to the whole academic enterprise. This double axiological axis provides a basis for framing issues in Research Ethics.
  • Academic integrity as the condition that makes possible the university's mission.
  • The intrinsic connection between science and ethics
  • Three Capital Sins against academic integrity: fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism
  • What is ethical relativism and absolutism ?

Questions & Answers

what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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