Lectures, discussions and analysis and presentation of case studies in the areas of scientific ethics and communication with the media. Topics in scientific ethics include misconduct, fraud, plagiarism, authorship, intellectual property rights, and academic codes of ethics.
Meetings 5:30 to 7:00 pm in TLS 301 on 29, 30 September, 1, 6, 7, and 8 October
Discussions led by Dr. Gene E. Likens, Distinguished Research Professor
29 September 2009: Introduction and Organization to Scientific Ethics ― Conduct in Science
- Responsible Conduct in Science
30 September 2009: Scientific Ethics ― Conduct in Science
Misconduct and fraud
Falsification of evidence; deletion of “outliers”
Failures of Quality Assurance/Quality Control and methods of validation
Choosing inappropriate methods through ignorance or financial pressure
1 October 2009: Scientific Ethics ― Conduct in Science
Peer review; challenges for referees
Power and personal relationships
Authorship and credit: assigning and responsibility at the beginning
Codes of Ethics at universities and professional societies
6 October 2009: What is Scientific Ethical Behavior?
Pressure from funders to provide particular answers
Censorship, a growing problem?
Challenges of “advocacy science” – how to respond?
Resisting pressures and still be successful
7 October 2009: Communication of Scientific Information
Intellectual Property Rights?
Respect for ideas in collaborative research
Attribution of ideas
“Copycat” research proposals
Relationship between a graduate student and a faculty advisor
Access to data
8 October 2009: Ethics and Communication of Scientific Information
Communicating with the public
Dealing with the media
Responsibilities to science and to the environment; dealing with conflicts
“Least publishable unit”
“Covering the Environment”
Aldo Leopold – A Land Ethic
See last year's outline here
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Butler, D. 2008. Iranian paper sparks sense of deja vu. Nature 455, 1019 (2008) link
Butler, D. 2008. Entire-paper plagiarism caught by software. Nature 455, 715 (2008) link
Carraway, L. N. 2009. Ethics for and responsibilities of authors, reviewers and editors in science. Am. Midl. Nat. 161:146-164.
Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy. 1995. On Being a Scientist: Responsible Conduct in Research. National Academy Press, Washington, DC. Second Edition. www.nap.edu
Couzin, J. Truth and Consequences. 2006. Science 313: 1222-1226.
Couzin,-Frankel, J. and J. Grom. 2009. Plagiarism sleuths. Science 324:1004-1007.
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Eco-Ethics International Union. http://www.int-res.com [EEIU]
Economist Magazine 2008. Publish and be wrong. October 9, 2008. link
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Galindo-Leal, C. 1996. Explicit authorship. Bull. Ecol. Amer., October, pp. 219-220.
Gilovich, T. 1991. How We Know What Isn't So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life. Free Press. New York. 224p link
Gladwell, M. 2004. Something borrowed. (Should a charge of plagiarism ruin your life?) The New Yorker, November 22, 2004, pp. 40-48.
Hayes, R. and D. Grossman. 2006. A Scientist’s Guide to Talking with the Media. Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, NJ.
Horn, K. 2001. The consequences of citing hedged statements in scientific research articles. BioScience 51(12):1086-1093. link
Institute of Medicine, National Research Council of the National Academies. 2002. Integrity in Scientific Research. Creating an Environment That Promotes Responsible Conduct.
Interlandi, J. 2006. An Unwelcome Discovery. The New York Times 10/25/2006 link
Kaiser, J. 2000. Ecologists on a mission to save the world. Science 287:1188-1192. link
Kempner, J., C. S. Perlis and J. F. Merz. 2005. Forbidden knowledge. Science 307:854. link
Kitcher, P. 2004. Responsible biology. BioScience 54(4):331-336. link
Lawrence, P. A. 2003. The politics of publication. Nature 422:259-261.
Lawrence, P. (2007) The mismeasurement of science. Current Biology, Volume 17, Issue 15, Pages R583-R585 link
Leopold, Aldo. 1966. pp. 237-264. The Land Ethic, In: A Sand County Almanac. Oxford University Press.
Likens, G. E. 1992. The Ecosystem Approach: Its Use and Abuse. Excellence in Ecology, Vol. 3. Ecology Institute, Oldendorf/Luhe, Germany. 167 pp.
Long, T. C., M. Errami, A. C. George, Zhaohui Sun and H. R. Garner. 2009. Scientific integrity: responding to possible plagiarism. Science 323(5919):1293-1294.
Macrina, F. L. 2005. Scientific Integrity. 3rd Edition. ASM Press, Washington, D.C. 402 pp.
Martinson, B. C., M. S. Anderson and R. de Vries. 2005. Scientists behaving badly. Nature 435:737-738. link
Matisoff, G. 2001. Is it publishable? J. Great Lakes Res. 27(1):1-2.
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Moller, A. P. 2005. Improving the processing of scientific misconduct charges: an eyewitness perspective. ISBE Newsletter (Supplement to Behavoral Ecology) 17(2):34-35.(See also related articles and emails)
Mooney, C. 2005. The Republican War on Science. Basic Books, Cambridge, MA. 342 pp.
National Academy of Sciences. National Academy of Engineering. Institute of Medicine. 1992. Responsible Science. Ensuring the Integrity of the Research Process. Vol. 1. National Academy Press, Washington, DC.
National Academy of Sciences. 1997. Adviser, Teacher, Role Model, Friend. [On Being a Mentor to Students in Science and Engineering]. National Academy Press.
National Science and Technology Council. 2000. Federal Policy on Research Misconduct. 
Nelson, M. and J. Vucetich. 2009. Abandon Hope. The Ecologist (March 2009), pp. 32-35.
Park, R. 2000. Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud. Oxford University Press, New York. 230p. link
Primack, R. B. 2009. Why did we reject your paper? (Editorial) Biological Conservation 142:1559.
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Schatz, G. 2006. Jeff’s View on Science and Scientists. Elsevier, London. 192 pp.
Shatz, D. 2004. Peer Review. A critical inquiry. Rowman and Littlefield Publ. Inc. NY. 247 pp.
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Steneck, Nicholas H. 2003. ORI Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research. (Office of Research Integrity)
Stokstad, Erik. 2007. ORNITHOLOGY: Gambling on a Ghost Bird. Science 317:888-892
Trevors, J. T. and M. H. Saier, Jr. 2008. Corruption and fraud in science. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution 189:1-3.
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Young, J. R. 2001. The cat-and-mouse game of plagiarism detection. Chronicle of Higher Education, July 6, 2001. A16. link
Ziman, J. 2000. Are debatable scientific questions debatable? Social Epistemology 14(2-3):187-199.