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  • The first of two brief videos based on interviews with leaders in climate adaptation, city management, engineering systems, public engagement, and other key fields, who gathered at the national meeting on “Climate Change and America’s Infrastructure: Engineering, Social, and Policy Challenges,” January 28-30, 2013.
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What is the OEC?

The Online Ethics Center (OEC) is a repository of resources on the ethics of science, engineering, and research that help engineers, scientists, scholars, educators, students, and interested citizens understand and address ethically significant topics and problems that arise in the practice and results of science and engineering.

A five-year improvement effort to update and expand site, with new features and content, began in 2014 with an award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). More information about the OEC can be found in the About section.

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  • Call for Papers and Posters: Integrity of Creation Conference - Duquesne University

    PostedThursday, April 21, 2016 AT 7:13 AM

    Submission Deadline: Friday, May 27, 2016.
    Conference Dates: Wednesday, September 28 - Friday, September 30, 2016.
    Registration: The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Visit duq.edu/ioc to register.
    Questions: For more information, contact Glory Smith at smithg@duq.edu or (412) 396-4504.

    The second annual conference in this scholarly series on the Integrity of Creation will focus on Protecting our Common Home, reflecting Pope Francis’ appeal to all people to meet “the urgent challenge to protect our common home” (Laudato Si’, number 13). Various scientific contributions & religious perspectives will consider a wide range of topics, such as the planetary common good, ecological interdependence, the future of the earth and navigating the Anthropocene (referring to human activity as making a significant impact on Earth’s geology and ecosystems).

    In addition to our plenary speakers, we invite ...

  • Trust But Verify: The Crisis in Biomedicine

    PostedMonday, April 18, 2016 AT 2:33 PM

    https://www.newamerica.org/future-tense/trust-but-verify/

    Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016
    Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST
    Location:
    New America
    740 15th Street NW, Suite 900
    Washington, DC 20005

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    Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, shame on scientific research? Research studies investigating other research studies – yes, it’s very meta – have diagnosed a “reproducibility” crisis in biomedicine. Simply put, it’s shockingly difficult to reproduce the results of many laboratory research studies relied upon as authoritative and definitive.

    As a result, the reliability of a large share of the research published about medicine and the biology of medicine is in question. The reasons vary from poor training of young scientists engaged in ever more complex and esoteric inquiries to perverse incentives that reward researchers for flashy findings but don’t penalize them for being wrong. Some errors are inevitable—in fact, it’s a part of science. But today’s ...

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The OEC seeks submissions of high-quality ethics education resources in science and engineering for inclusion in its collection. Interdisciplinary materials are particularly welcome, as are resources that promote active learning at the undergraduate or graduate level. Materials are also needed to assist faculty new to teaching in science and engineering ethics. For more information on submitting materials, see the Contribute to the OEC page.

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