June 14, 2015
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The Online Resource Center for Ethics Education in Engineering and ScienceEthical and social justice concerns are integral to how science and engineering get done as wellas their consequences; ignoring them can undermine research efforts and the social institutionssustaining those efforts; as well as lead to unintended and undesirable outcomes. Most scientistsand engineers need resources and support to recognize and address the ethical implications oftheir work.This paper reports on progress to date on a project to expand the National Academy ofEngineering’s Online Ethics Center (OEC) to be the go-to online source for these criticalresources and support for ethics and ethics education in science and engineering. Collaborationwith the Ethics Education Library (EEL) of the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professionsat the Illinois Institute of Technology provides access to a wider array of materials than will behoused in the OEC and promotes interactions with other repositories of ethics-relatedinformation. The OEC is redesigning and augmenting its resources to highlight ethical and socialjustice and other macro-ethical considerations associated with science and engineering such aspublic engagement, sustainability, and diversity.Content Working Groups in five areas focus on identifying and developing materials, and onreaching out to and meeting the needs of their communities. The Content Working Groups are: • Engineering • Life & Environmental Sciences • Research Ethics • Computer, Mathematics, & Physical Sciences • Social, Behavioral, and Economic SciencesThis paper focuses on the work of the Engineering and Life & Environmental Science workinggroups. Since the OEC historically focused on Engineering Ethics, the task of the EngineeringEthics Working Group is primarily to review existing materials and identify gaps and areas thatneed improvement. The Life and Environmental Science Working Group, in collaboration withArizona State University, in addition to reviewing existing website materials, is developing newmaterials in these fields. The paper will also discuss opportunities for participation in the projectby ASEE members (e.g. by submitting or reviewing website materials).
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