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Professional Ethics Report: Fall 2014

Cover Story

A Fresh Look at Self-Plagiarism

Pardon Me for Repeating Myself
On Reusing Our Previously Disseminated Work

Student Essay Competition Winning Submissions

Satellite Imagery in International Human Rights Litigation
Water as a Friend and a Right

In the News

Political Scientists in Hot Water over Field Research
Cancer Researcher Brings Defamation Suit against Anonymous Commenters

In the Societies

AAAS Advises UNESCO on Updating 1974 Recommendation on Scientific Researchers
American Psychological Association and Allegations of Human Rights Violations


Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education Publishes Special Issue on Scientific Ethics

The issue covers topics such as responsible conduct of research (RCR), ethics in science, research integrity and ethics education.

Call for Papers: Eighth Annual Undergraduate Ethics Symposium--The Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University

The Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University, Indiana, is hosting the eighth annual Undergraduate Ethics Symposium, April 9-11, 2015. 

The symposium includes four keynote talks from leading experts on this year’s theme, Value and Virtual Spaces. Students will participate in breakout sessions to discuss the work they submitted with each other and one of the four keynote speakers. This year’s theme will encompass ethical concerns brought to the forefront by our increasingly technological modern society. From social media and video games to online currency and net neutrality, there is an abundance of moral questions raised by the virtual world. The organizers welcome submissions on the Symposium’s theme as well as from all other areas of ethical concern. Submissions must be received by February 1, 2015.

For those students accepted to the symposium, DePauw University will cover lodging and meals. Travel expenses would be the responsibility of the participant. Assistance with travel funds may be available in certain circumstances. More information can be found at (, or contact with further questions. 

Call for Abstracts: Third Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy and Ethics

The Third Annual Conference on the Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy and Ethics will be held at the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center in Scottsdale, AZ on May 26-28, 2015.

The conference will consist of  presentations and discussions on regulatory, governance, legal, policy, social and ethical aspects of emerging technologies, including (but not limited to) nanotechnology, synthetic biology, biotechnology, genomics, personalized medicine, stem cell and regenerative medicine, human enhancement technologies, telecommunications, information technologies, surveillance technologies, geoengineering, neuroscience and robotics.

Conference co-sponsors invite submission of abstracts for proposed presentations, the deadline for which is Jan. 15, 2015. The abstract submissions and conference registration should be completed at For more information, contact Gary Marchant at

Voting Opportunity: 2015 List of Emerging Ethical Dilemmas and Policy Issues in Science and Technology

The John J. Reilly Center at the University of Notre Dame has begun a year-long project to identify the "2015 List of Emerging Ethical Dilemmas and Policy Issues in Science and Technology.” The list contains topics such as astronaut bioethics, artificial lifeforms, wearable technology, enhanced pathogens, robot swarms and brain-to-brain interfaces. Place your votes at the following link:

Call for Video Submissions: 2015 NAE Engineering for You Video Contest

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has outlined 14 game-changing opportunities for the 21st century called the Grand Challenges for Engineering. NAE invites the public to review the 14 Grand Challenges, and then create and submit a 1-2 minute video that shows how achieving one or more of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering will lead to a more sustainable, healthy, secure, and/or joyous world. The Grand Prize of $25,000 will go to the most inspiring 1-2 minute video. The E4U2 Video Contest is open for video submissions from January 5, 2015 to March 2, 2015.

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