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Professional Ethics Report: Spring 2016

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Spring 2016 Professional Ethics Report

Cover Story

"Arms, AI, and Automobiles: The Increasingly Complex Ethics of Autonomous Robotics" by Jonathan Drake

In the News

Pfizer Will No Longer Supply Products for Lethal Injections

National Academies Support Further Gene Drive Research 

Canadian Scientists Now Free to Speak to Press and Public

NIH Announces a Single IRB Policy for Multi-site Clinical Research

In the Societies

International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) Issues New Research Guidelines 

AAAS Urges Policy Makers to Support Ethical Fetal Tissue Research


Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues Publishes Capstone Report


Alan Turing Institute Fellowships
The Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s new national institute for data science, calls for applications for research fellowships in the following areas: 1) Computational social data science; 2) data science and ethics; 3) data science in the digital humanities, culture and heritage; 4) data science challenges in key sectors; 5) all subfields of security and privacy. Submit applications at by July 13, 2016. More information:  

Growing Research Integrity Together Conference
Vanderbilt University
June 29 – July 1, 2016
Nashville, TN

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Handbook of Academic Integrity now available
A new reference work on academic integrity has been published, bringing together the body of literature regarding the subject. The Handbook demonstrates commonalities and differences between regions and approaches to academic integrity, and addresses debates in the field. More information:

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Robotics, Autonomous Technology & Policy
The Duke Initiative for Science & Society invites applications for the 2016-2017 Science & Society Robotics, Autonomous Technology and Policy Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program. The fellow will lead the Human and Autonomy lab section of an interdisciplinary project, focusing on analysis, research, and communication of new developments in science policy. To apply, send a CV, contact information for three references, a writing sample, and a research proposal of less than 2,000 words to Mary Jo Smith ( by June 30, 2016. More information:

18th International Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum Conference
Utah Valley University
October 6 – 8, 2016
Salt Lake City, UT

The Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum encourages papers on any area of ethics across the curriculum, but especially welfare, genomic research, cancer treatment, and palliative care. The theme of the conference is “Social Justice and Bioethics: The Rich, the Poor, and the Rest of Us.” Submit full papers or abstracts of no more than 250 words via EasyChair. For more information, visit

Research Policy Special Issue: Academic Misconduct & Misrepresentation
This special issue of Research Policy welcomes papers examining not only traditional misconduct such as plagiarism, but also misconduct targeting the publication system itself, such as the production of fake peer reviews. Submit papers to editors Mario Biagioli ( and Martin Kenney ( by December 31, 2016. More information:

Workshop on Overcoming Challenges to Infusing Ethics into the Development of Engineers
National Academy of Sciences
January 10 – 12, 2017
Washington, D.C.

The National Academy of Engineering Center for Engineering Ethics and Society (CEES) invites teams to apply to attend a collaborative workshop on effectively incorporating ethics in the curriculum and culture of engineering education. The application process is open to teams of 2 – 3 that include faculty, administrators and/or professors of practice. For more information, visit

5th World Conference on Research Integrity
Vrije Universiteit
May 28 – 31, 2017
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Registration for the 5th World Conference on Research Integrity opens on July 1. The conference will center on the themes of transparency and accountability. The conference co-chairs invite abstracts on these themes, and topics of special interests such as interventions that work, replicability, plagiarism, handling allegations, research culture, the role of the media, detecting research misconduct, and RCR education. Submit abstracts online by September 15, 2016 at For more information about the conference, visit  

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