Case Design & Analysis Competition: Ethics of International Research and Scholarship

For more information about PSI’s “Ethics of International Research and Scholarship” case design and analysis competition, please see the following:

For competition background, guidelines and the GRACE rubric,          Competition guidelines

For a powerpoint presentation of the competition details,                        Competition powerpoint

For the top ten reasons why you should do this competition,                                    Top ten reasons 

DEADLINE: 1 April 2014

Meredith Hammons “Ethics of Using Sources” (14 November 2013)

For a guide to the ethical use of sources, please see the handout below:

Ethical Use of Sources Handout

Jenny Chio “Ethics of Ethnography” (5 November 2013)

Please see the articles below for Professor Chio’s workshop.

Campbell ‘The ‘problem’ of ethics in contemporary’ (2010)

Statement on Ethics (2012)

Aryeh Stein, “Ethics of Human Subjects Research” (23 October 2013)

Rid A, Emanuel EJ, Wendler D. “Evaluating the Risks of Clinical Research.” JAMA.2010;304(13):1472-1479.


PSI 600 Seminar (15 October 2013)

Below are some of the powerpoint presentations from the recent PSI 600 Seminar:

Cassandra Quave (Environmental Studies, Biology)                                          Quave pdf (10-2013)

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson (Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and English)                                                                                                                                    Garland-Thomson pdf (10-2013)

Karen Hegtvedt (Sociology)                                                                                     Hegtvedt pdf (10-2013)

Eric Weeks (Physics)                                                                                                          Weeks pdf (10-2013)


PSI 600 Seminar (23 August 2013)

Below are some of the powerpoint presentations from the recent PSI 600 Seminar:

Carlos Moreno (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Genetics and Molecular Biology Program, Cancer Biology Program)                                                            Moreno ppt

Deboleena Roy (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology)                                                                                                                     Roy ppt

Cassandra Quave (Environmental Studies, Biology)                                          Quave ppt

Toby Schonfeld (Director of the Program for Scholarly Integrity, Bioethics)  Schonfeld ppt

Karen Hegtvedt (Sociology)                                                                                     Hegtvedt ppt

Eric Weeks (Physics)                                                                                                          Weeks ppt

Paul Root Wolpe (Center for Ethics)

Cassandra Quave on “Ethics in International Research: Navigating International Policies Concerning Human Subjects and Bioprospecting”

January 29 @ 10-11:30, Claudia Nance Rollins Building room 2001

Click here for an article by Professor Quave on Ethics in Bioprospecting.

Bioprospecting, a vital step in drug discovery research, is also one of the most controversial and socially complex aspects in the pharmaceutical industry. In this workshop, we will discuss the key elements of social, political and economic conflict involved in bioprospecting, from the point of view of the diverse stakeholders involved in the activity. We will review international codes of ethics concerning human subjects (from the lens of social sciences) and cover highlights of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Lastly, we will work in small groups to discuss some case studies pertaining to this topic. 

Target audience: all students

Format: Workshop.  1) Introduce students to basic principles of international policy concerning bioprospecting from natural resources( convention on biological diversity) 2) Go over some of the society codes of ethics concerning human subjects research (for the social sciences – i.e. anthropological and ethnobiological interviews) 3) Present Case Studies of biopiracy – to distinguish between bioprospecting and biopiracy 4) Break students into small groups for an activity in which they address ethical dilemmas encountered in international human subjects and bioprospecting research. Students will present their group conclusions to the class.

Matthew Collins on “The Ethics of Big Data”

February 26 @ 2-3:30, Claudia Nance Rollins Building room 4001

The workshop will raise questions about potential ethical dilemmas that arise when working with large data sets (‘big data’). Large data sets related to human subjects, such as digital patient records, genomes, students records (Blackboard?), and consumer purchasing, are becoming more widely available for data mining and research. Use of these data sets in calculating trends and/or predicting outcomes raises potential ethical issues. The workshop will explore examples that raise such issues.

Target audience: Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural/Biological/Biomedical Science Students

Format: Workshop. 20-minute topic introduction and distribution of examples to small groups. 40 minutes of small group discussions of examples. 30 minutes to report out to and discuss with larger group.

See below for  links to some of the articles discussed during the workshop:

“Beware the Big Errors of ‘Big Data’ | Wired Opinion |” Wired Opinion. Accessed February 12, 2013.

“The Case for Selective Paternalism in Genetic Testing | Wired Science |” Wired Science. Accessed January 15, 2013.

“Embrace Your Dangerous Genome | Wired Science |” Wired Science. Accessed January 15, 2013.

“The Flip Side of Database Snooping – CNET News.” CNET. Accessed February 17, 2013.

Duhigg, Charles. “How Companies Learn Your Secrets.” The New York Times, February 16, 2012, sec. Magazine.

Kolata, Gina. “Search of DNA Sequences Reveals Full Identities.” The New York Times, January 17, 2013, sec. Health.

Stefan Lutz on “Scholarly Misconduct in the Physical and Life Sciences”

March 20 @ 2:30-4, location TBA

Studies show a significant percentage of researchers engaging in, what at best can be considered, questionable behavior; “cooking” or deliberately misinterpreting data to fit their hypotheses, unfairly assigning authorship credits, “borrowing” other scientists’ ideas etc. Proper ethical standards have become an important aspect of our work in the research laboratory, yet where do we draw the line between innocent mistakes, negligence and deliberate misconduct? We use a series of case studies to discuss everyday situations that might raise questions about ethical behavior; present ideas on how to address these concerns in constructive ways, and learn about resources available to guide and advise us on these issues.

Target audience: Natural/Biological/Biomedical Science Students

Format: Training exercise. After a short introduction, the session will focus on case studies.

Denyse Levesque on “The Ethics of Using Animals in Research”

April 4 @ 10:30-12, Claudia Nance Rollins Bldg., Room 4001

The use of animals in research provides knowledge that ultimately save lives and increases the quality of health and life of individuals, families and society. Despite the benefits to the health of animals and humans from animal research, it remains one of the most controversial areas of research ethics. Ethical questions such as if the benefits to human health justify the discomfort to animals or do researchers have obligations in the care of the animals use for research, will be explore through cases discussion. We will discuss those ethical issues in light of the three “R”s of animal research, Replacement, Reduction and Refinement.

Target audience: Natural/Biological/Biomedical Science Students

Format: Workshop. The first 30 minutes will be an introduction to different regulations and guidelines which will help for the discussion part of the workshop. Then, we will use the remaining hour to discuss cases involving animal use in research which will include complex ethical situations.