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Professional Ethics Report: Fall 2015

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Fall 2015 Professional Ethics Report

Cover Story

"Building Science Integrity Principles" by Dave Secord, Paul Dufour, and Sarah Otto

In the News

Canadian Scientists Now Free to Speak with Media

European Report Advises on Contentious Gain of Function Research

International Bioethics Committee Report on Human Genome and Human Rights

Researchers Speak Out Against Proposed Fetal Tissue Ban

International Summit Publishes Position Statement on Human Gene Editing

ORI Awards Funding for Seven Projects on Research Integrity

Non-Profit Artificial Intelligence Research Company Launched to Promote Responsible Research

In the Societies

Science and Human Rights Coalition Working Group Releases Statement on Codes of Ethics in Scientific and Professional Societies

Scientific Societies Weigh in on Congressional Subpoenas


New Book Explores Tension Between Patents and Universal Access to Science


9th Annual Undergraduate Ethics Symposium
April 14-16, 2016
Prindle Institute for Ethics
DePauw University
Greencastle, IN

This symposium is open to students in any academic discipline working on projects that speak to issues of ethical concern. Undergraduate students are encouraged to submit analytical or creative projects. The Symposium focuses on the dilemmas surrounding communication that this century has yielded. As universities aim to be more inclusive, issues concerning trigger warnings and free speech on college campuses have become a focal point of discussion across the nation. Should professors issue trigger warnings? Should colleges ban hurtful speech? Is the call for free speech a new kind of oppressive behavior? New methods of communication such as Twitter and Facebook allow us to communicate with anyone instantly, serve as a prime news source for many, and enable shaming on a grand and permanent scale. All of this raises unique, new questions about how, when, and what we should communicate.

Submissions will be accepted until February 1, 2016. More information and electronic submissions: Email with further questions.

Does Neuroscience Have Normative Implications?
April 15-16, 2016
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL

Neuroscience seeks to understand the biological systems that guide human behavior and cognition. Normative ethics, on the other hand, seeks to understand the system of abstract moral principles dictating how people ought to behave. Can neuroscience provide insight into normative ethics, and help us better understand which human actions and judgments are right, and which are wrong?

Submit abstracts of 200-400 words by February 1st, 2016 to When submitting a proposal, indicate beneath its title whether you would be interested in developing your presentation into a paper for a collected volume edited by the symposium organizers (“For Collected Volume”) or not (“Not for Collected Volume”).

Email Geoff Holtzman at with further questions. More information:

Fourth Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy and Ethics
May 24-26, 2016
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ

The Fourth Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy and Ethics invites abstracts on topics relating to the governance of emerging technologies. Particular themes that will be emphasized at this year's conference include existential or catastrophic risks, governance implications of algorithms, resilience and emerging technologies, artificial intelligence, military technologies, and gene editing.
Abstracts of 500 words or less must be submitted by January 31, 2016. For more information, visit the conference website or email Lauren Burkhart at