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Mon Feb 10 10:49:41 EST 1997

With all the discussion that goes on in this newsgroup about mentors and 
such, let me HIGHLY reccommend this workshop.  I was accepted and 
attended last year, and it has really changed my thinking about what the 
"standard" of practice is in science.  The presentations are first rate, 
and the matereials you come away with are fantastic (and they don't pay 
me to say this!) :)

A Workshop at 
Indiana University
June 4-8, 1997

Application Deadline:  April 1, 1997

Supported By:

*The National Science Foundation
*Office of Research and the University Graduate School, Indiana
*Association for Practical and Professional Ethics
*Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American
 Institutions, Indiana University 

Research Ethics in Education
The current generation of science and engineering graduate
students will be called upon to provide leadership in ethics in
their professional communities and to provide ethics education
for future generations of students. Such leadership requires a
broad and deep understanding of ethics, a multidisciplinary
historical perspective on problems of misconduct and issues of
reseach ethics and a broad understanding of the scientific
enterprise and its social implications.  This workshop is
designed to prepare the leaders of the next generation of
scientists and engineers  to confront significant issues in
research ethics such as:
*  Responsible use of data in publication of research, data
   ownership,responsible sharing of data.

*  Ethical issues in the use of computers. 

*  Ethical issues in the mentor-student relationship.

*  Social and environmental responsibilities of scientists and
Workshop Objectives
Workshop participants will gain a conceptual understanding of
research ethics and ethical thinking and an awareness of the
ethical literature that informs these approaches.  The historical
context in which scientific misconduct has developed will be
discussed as well as variations in conventions and expectations
among differing disciplines.  Participants will be asked to do
some advance preparation for the workshop including the
development of a research case drawn from their own experience
and share cases and materials with colleagues or students at
their home institutions. 

* "The Nazi Doctors: Significance for the Ethics of Scientific
  Research"--Robert Proctor, History of Science , Pennsylvania
  State University
* "Social /Historical Context of Engineering Ethics" --Taft
  Broome,  Engineering, Howard University
* "Statistical Analysis and the Responsible Use of Data"  --David
  DeMets,  Medical Biostatistics, University of Wisconsin-Madison 
* "Impact of Science and Technology on the Environment" --Aarne
  Vesilind, Civil Engineering, Duke University 
* "Computers, Ethics and Social Values" --Deborah Johnson,
  Department of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer
  Polytechnic Institute.
* "Ethical Issues in the Mentor / Student Relation" --Deborah
* "Owning Scientific Information" --Vivian Weil, Director, Center
  for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute
  of Technology.
* "Standards of Conduct in the Sciences and Variations in
  Conventions" --Vivian Weil
* "Case Studies in Research Ethics" --Karen Muskavitch, Biology,
  Indiana University
* "The Relation of Ethical Theory to Teaching" --Michael
  Pritchard, Western Michigan University 
* "Ethical Theory and Concepts Underlying Research on Human
  Subjects" Brian Schrag, Indiana University

Discussions of case studies and videos and the writing of case
studies will develop participants' capacity to recognize and
analyze ethical issues and to apply moral principles to ethical

Participant Support
Participants will receive up to $400 for travel, all meals and
lodging at the workshop, books in research ethics valued at $200,
and stipends of $200. To facilitate continual ethical discussion
and support participants in their professional growth, they will
have access to an electronic network for the length of the grant,
which will promote networking among peers and mentors concerned
with research ethics. Participants will be given membership in
the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics for the
duration of the grant and will be invited to submit papers on 
research ethics for the Annual Meeting.

Eligibility and Nomination
Post-doctoral fellows, graduate students in the physical and
natural sciences who have completed at least two years of work,
and engineering students who have completed at least one year of
graduate work are eligible to apply.  Applicants must be
nominated by their mentors and must submit a two-page essay on
why they wish to be a participant.  THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
IS April 1, 1997.

Graduate Research  Ethics Education will be held annually for
three years on the campus of Indiana University.  The 1997
workshop will convene at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4, and will
end at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 8.

                          WORKSHOP FACULTY
Core faculty
*  Deborah Johnson, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy,  Department
  of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic
  Institute. Author of  Computer Ethics and Co-author of
  Computers, Ethics and Social Values.
*  Karen M. Muskavitch, Ph.D., Assistant Scientist and Assistant
  Professor of Biology, Indiana University; Fellow, Indiana 
  Institue for Molecular and Cellular Biology, Contributing
  Author, Research Ethics: Cases and Materials
*  Michael Pritchard, Ph. D.,  Professor of Philosophy; Western
  Michigan University; Director, Center for the Study of Ethics
  in Society; co-author, Ethics in Engineering: Concepts and
*  Aarne Vesilind, Ph.D., Professor of Civil Engineering, Duke
  University; co-author, Environmental Pollution and Control.   
*  Vivian Weil, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy and Director,
  Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois
  Institute of Technology; author, "Owning and Controlling
  Scientific Data," in Communications, Ethics and Technology; co-
  Author, "Normative Issues in Data Sharing," in Sharing Social
  Science Data. 
*  Brian Schrag, Ph. D. ( Project Director), Senior Scholar,
  Poynter Center, Indiana University; Executive Secretary,
  Association for Practical and Professional Ethics

Visiting Faculty
*  Taft Broome, M.S.E., Sc.D., Professor of  Engineering, Howard
*  David L. DeMets, Ph.D., Professor of  Medical Biostatistics,
   University of Wisconsin-Madison  
*  Robert Proctor, Ph.D. , Professor of the History of Science,
   Pennsylvania State University

The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics is an
international association founded to promote high quality
scholarship and teaching in practical and professional ethics. 
The Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American
Institutions was founded in 1972.  Major projects in recent years
have focused on ethics education for faculty and assisting
faculty to incorporate the discussion of ethical issues into
their courses. 

For More Information: 
       Brian Schrag, Ph.D.
       Project Director
       "Graduate Research Ethics Education"
       Association for Practical and Professional Ethics 
       410 North Park Avenue
       Bloomington Indiana, 47405
       (812) 855-6450      FAX (812)-855-3315
       APPE@ INDIANA.EDU (Internet)
       APPE at INDIANA (Bitnet)

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             Association for Practical and Professional Ethics
                           410 North Park Avenue
                           Bloomington, IN 47405
		Phone (812) 855-6450     Fax (812) 855-3315
                              appe at indiana.edu
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Julia Frugoli
Dartmouth College

visiting grad student at
Texas A&M University
Department of Biological Sciences
College Station, TX 77843
FAX 409-847-8805

"Evil is best defined as militant ignorance."
																										Dr. M. Scott Peck

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