New Course: E204, Research Ethics for Engineers & Scientists

Mary Tang mtang at
Wed Mar 23 10:26:50 PDT 2011

Dear labmembers --

Have you ever wondered:

- How is authorship on a paper decided?  Who gets to be first author?
What are the responsibilities of a contributors to jointly authored paper?
- Who should be included as an inventor on a patent?
- Is it OK to omit "bad" data points from an analysis?
- What can and should you do if you suspect fraudulent data?
- How should peer review be handled?  How is it actually done?
- Are you responsible for anticipating the ways, good and bad, that your
research might be used?  What are a researcher's responsibilities to society?
- What are the responsibilities of mentors and mentees?
- What kinds of conflicts of interest are important to avoid?

Explore these issues and more, in E204, Research Ethics for Engineers
and Scientists, a new course that examines the practical  aspects of
ethics for researchers with lectures, discussions, guest speakers, and
real case studies.  This course is 1-2 units and will be held Spring
term, on Wednesdays, 4:15-6 pm, in Allen 101.  The course instructor is
Prof. Robert McGinn, Director of the Program in Science, Technology&
Society. For more information, see the Bulletin or contact Prof. McGinn,
Mary Tang, or Mike Deal.  This course is sponsored in part by NNIN.

For students supported by NSF fellowships, this course satisfies the NSF
requirement for "Training in the responsible and ethical conduct of

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