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Enhancements for the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016

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978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

NSF Grantees Poster Session I

Tagged Topics

Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session

Page Count

8

DOI

10.18260/p.26689

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https://peer.asee.org/26689

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92

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Frazier F. Benya National Academy of Engineering

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Frazier Benya is a Program Officer in the National Academy of Engineering’s Center for Engineering Ethics and Society (CEES). She manages the projects run by CEES including the Online Ethics Center (OEC) for Engineering and Science website. Her work at the NAE has focused on ethics education for engineers and scientists; climate change, engineered systems, and society; energy ethics; and ethical and social issues with advancing military technologies. She received her Ph.D. in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 2012 and her M.A. in Bioethics, also from the University of Minnesota, in 2011. Her Ph.D. thesis focused on the history of bioethics and scientific social responsibility during the 1960s and 1970s that led to the creation of the first federal bioethics commission in 1974. Her M.A. thesis analyzed different types of institutional methodologies for considering the social implications of science with a focus on those that integrate scientific research with ethics research in the United States and Canada.

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Rachelle Hollander National Academy of Engineering

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Rachelle Hollander directs the Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society (CEES) at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), which manages the NAE Online Ethics Center (www.onlineethics.org), a widely used resource for engineering and research ethics education. She is principal investigator on a current National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project. For many years Dr. Hollander directed science and engineering ethics activities at NSF where she was instrumental in the development of the fields of research ethics and professional responsibility, engineering ethics, and ethics and risk management. She has written articles on applied ethics in numerous fields, and on science policy and citizen participation. Dr. Hollander is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and received the Olmsted Award “for innovative contributions to the liberal arts within engineering education” from the ASEE Liberal Education Division in 2006. She received her doctorate in philosophy in 1979 from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Karin Ellison Arizona State University

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Karin Ellison's research and teaching spans the disciplines of research ethics, ethics education development, and the history of American science and technology. Working with colleagues at the National Academy of Engineering and ASU, she is leading enhancement of Life and Environmental Science ethics education materials for the Online Ethics Center as part of a National Science Foundation sponsored project to improve the site. In the School of Life Sciences, she teaches core graduate courses in Responsible Conduct of Research.

Ellison also fosters graduate education at ASU through her positions as interim program chair of the Masters in Applied Ethics and the Professions, Biomedical and Health Ethics, executive director for the Biology and Society graduate programs, and a founding member of the university's interdisciplinary doctoral degree program in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology.

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Kelly Laas Illinois Institute of Technology

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Kelly Laas is the Librarian/Information Researcher at the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions (CSEP) at the Illinois Institute of Technology. During her four years at the Center, she has supervised a number of projects relating to the development of online ethics resources and collections, including the management of CSEP’s large Online Codes of Ethics collection and the development of the NanoEthicsBank, a web-based bibliographic database of materials on the social and ethical implications of nanotechnology. She also has collaborated with the National Academy of Engineering’s Center for Engineering, Ethics and Society in developing bibliographies and other materials for the Online Ethics Center, as well as developing the Ethics Education Library, an online database of articles, syllabi, ethics case studies, and best practices of how to integrate ethics into existing technical courses and workshops. Ms. Laas received her MLS in 2005 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is a member of the College and Research Libraries division of the American Library Association. She can be reached via email at laas@iit.edu or by phone at (312) 567-6913.

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Simil L Raghavan National Academy of Engineering

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Simil Raghavan is a member of the program office of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Since 2007 she has worked with both the diversity and ethics programs at the NAE where she manages both the EngineerGirl website and the Online Ethics Center (OEC) for Engineering and Science. Simil received her PhD in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2008 where her PhD thesis focused on neural and vocal plasticity in primates.

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Thomas M. Powers University of Delaware

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Thomas M. Powers is the founding director of the Center for Science, Ethics, and Public Policy (CSEPP) at the University of Delaware. He holds appointments as Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and in the School of Public Policy and Administration, and resident faculty at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute. His research concerns ethics in science and engineering, the philosophy of technology, and environmental ethics, and his publications range from topics in artificial intelligence and robotic ethics to the ethical aspects of design. Powers received a B.A. in philosophy (College of William and Mary) and a Ph.D. in philosophy (University of Texas at Austin) for a dissertation Immanuel Kant. He has been a DAAD-Fulbright dissertation-year fellow at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia, and a visiting researcher at the Laboratoire d'Informatique (LIP6) at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France.

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Abstract

Early in 2016 the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science (OEC) website released a significant set of enhancements to its site. These enhancements make it easier to find and use resources for teaching ethics in engineering and science and to recognize those who are authoring and contributing resources. Enhanced search capabilities allow users to refine their search by topic area, discipline, and resource type. Individual resources connect to their related resources using a three-tab system (supporting resources, subject aids, and teaching aids) and a box on the right side that highlights other related resources. While browsing and searching, OEC users can also connect to the more expansive collection of published literature, educational resources, and codes of ethics at the Ethics Education Library (EEL). A new classification system for resources organizes the OEC for easy browsing and future expansion. The site is expanding its collection on issues of diversity, globalization, social responsibility, and social justice. In the next three years, the OEC will also implement and strengthen new social features supporting the resource collection and the community of people using and contributing to the site. A diverse, interdisciplinary project advisory group, an outreach group, and editorial boards guide these efforts. The poster details the new site features and identifies opportunities for ASEE members, and engineering faculty, students, and practitioners to contribute and use the OEC.

Benya, F. F., & Hollander, R., & Ellison, K., & Laas, K., & Raghavan, S. L., & Powers, T. M. (2016, June), Enhancements for the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26689

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