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Professional Ethics Report: Summer 2016

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Summer 2016 Professional Ethics Report

 Cover Story

"The Future of Professional and Practical Ethics" by Kenneth D. Pimple

In the News

In Response to Community Uproar, Canadian Health Science Funder Changes Direction

New Guidelines to Improve Communication between Pharma and Health Professionals

Direct to Consumer Genotyping Firm Partners with Clinical Researchers

Majority of Americans Cautious About Biomedical Enhancements

Lessons Learned From Historical Fossil Fraud

NIH Lifts Moratorium on Human-Animal Chimera Research


Scientists Create Competitive and Fun Science-Based Card Game

Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues Publishes Community Engagement Module


Morality, Moral Philosophy, and the Humanities in the Age of Neuroscience
November 17-20, 2016, Kent State University, Kent, OH
Panels, papers, and discussion at this conference will explore the implications for the humanities of cognitive and neuroscientific findings regarding moral judgment and moral action: in light of these findings, what role might the various humanities disciplines—philosophy, literature, languages, history, and religion studies—play in enhancing moral judgment and moral action, both individual and collective? More information.

“Ethically Sound”: Podcast Series from the Bioethics Commission
A new podcast series is being released by the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. Beginning September 12, the Commission plans to release one podcast per week for ten weeks on each of the reports on the ethically challenging topics they have discussed. For more information, click here.

AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition Meeting: The Human Right to Water
January 26-27, 2017, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC
The next meeting of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition will focus on the human right to water. Marc Edwards of Virginia Tech will give the keynote address. Registration opens soon. For more information about the Coalition, click here.

Funding Opportunity for Neuroethics in FY2017
The NIH BRAIN Initiative has included neuroethics in their research priority areas for projects in FY2017. This funding opportunity announcement will seek grant applications proposing to address core ethical issues associated with research focused on the human brain and resulting from emerging technologies and advancements in research and development supported by the BRAIN Initiative. The goal is to support efforts that are both complementary and integrative with the transformative, breakthrough discoveries being supported through the BRAIN Initiative. More information.

Moral Expertise: New Essays from Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives
The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics invites abstracts for an interdisciplinary anthology on moral expertise. The collection addresses whether ethicists, like authorities in other fields, can speak as experts in their subject matter, and is aimed at academic bioethicists, clinical ethics consultants, and clinicians who serve on ethics committees and IRBs. Send abstracts of 300-500 words in length to Dr. Jamie Watson ( Click here for more information.

UNESCO Chair in Bioethics 12th World Conference
Bioethics, Medical Ethics and Health Law, March 21-23, 2017, Limassol, Cyprus
Abstract submissions are invited on a variety of topics related to bioethics, medical ethics, and health law. Authors should submit 250 word abstracts to, including the abstract submission form, by October 31, 2016. For more information, click here.

Workshop on Engineering and Animal Ethics
March 29, 2017, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
The Department of Philosophy at Texas A&M University invites submission of papers for possible inclusion in a workshop on “Engineering and Animal Ethics,” which will also be considered for publication in the Journal of Agricultural and Environment Ethics. To submit, send abstracts of 300-500 words to Gary Varner ( and Clare Palmer ( by October 31, 2016. More information.

Dear Colleague Letter: Robust and Reliable Research in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
NSF has announced its interest in “stimulating research and other activities to enhance the robustness and reliability of research in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences,” referring to “robust and reliable” science as “research that is reproducible, replicable, and generalizable.” The announcement, in the form of a “Dear Colleague Letter” from the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE), invites the submission of proposals for various types of projects to its standing programs. For more information, accepted project types, and to read the letter, click here.