2, Number 1, Oct 2001
Ethics: Cases and Commentaries
staff and students at research universities may find
themselves facing particularly challenging ethical conflicts,
often with little support or previous experience to
help them cope effectively. To better prepare future
researchers and support ethical decision making, the
National Science Foundation gave Indiana University,
Bloomington a 4-year grant to explore Graduate Research
Ethics Education. The project brought together many
graduate and postdoctoral students in the natural sciences
who shared their experiences in this area. Together
they produced a 5-volume set of Cases and Commentaries
that provides some excellent examples of the variety
of problems and conflicts that may crop up. They provide
a valuable starting place for discussion, and in some
cases can serve as a source of role-play materials for
campus mediators in training.
The collection, edited by Brian Schrag, is now available
in full-text on the web. Case topics cover a broad range.
A section on Relationships in the Lab includes such
cases as "What a Site" dealing with a lab
partner who is viewing web-based pornography on one
of the labs computers, and "The Slave Driver vs.
the Lazy Student" exploring a faculty member who
appears to be stalling a student's progress in order
to keep them working in the faculty member's lab. A
section on Integrity in Research includes a case "Collaboration
and Credit" wherein a faculty member is presenting
another's work as his own.
The full collection of cases and commentaries can be
found at http://onlineethics.org/reseth/appe/index.html.
project of Campus Conflict Resolution
Supported by a FIPSE grant from the US Department of Education
and seed money from the Hewlett Foundation-funded CRInfo
to CMHE Report
(Attn: Bill Warters)
Campus Conflict Resolution Resources Project
Department of Communication
585 Manoogian Hall
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48201.
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