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Final Project

I’ve nearly completed a first draft of this project, with a good sense of what I’ll be using to teach this class. Before the semester’s over, I’ll be refining the class, adjusting some of the parts to be more thorough or to … Continue reading

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STS and Ethics

In the field of Science and Technology Studies, a lot of what researchers do involves a critique of scientific research. In many cases, this involves the ethics of researchers. Environmental ethics come into play, as do medical ethics, journalistic ethics, and … Continue reading

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Universities and a Social Contract

It’s frustrating doing graduate work, for many reasons. Right now, the frustration is with the ways the system functions. (Note: I almost used the word “work,” but I reconsidered since it doesn’t always work.) Higher education places the most importance on sustaining itself. This … Continue reading

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Historians and Ethics

My research, and my academic interests, are straddled between several fields: Science and Technology Studies (STS), History (of Science), and Librarianship. The professional organizations most directly relevant to these fields are 4S (the Society for the Social Study of Science), HSS (History … Continue reading

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Open Access

I’m a big proponent of open access. For me, it’s the best way for scholarship to become most widely available, since those who are active in the field yet are unaffiliated with an academic institution, such as independent scholars, can … Continue reading

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Teaching citations

This is among the least pleasant parts of my memories from teaching in a high school. Citation methods are an important part of research, but the learning curve makes their instruction difficult. From when I taught high schoolers, there were … Continue reading

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Plagiarism and faculty responsibility

The concern that faculty have regarding plagiarism is of utmost concern in the academy. Maintaining academic integrity promotes good scholarship and maintains the reputation of the university. But helping students learn what plagiarism is and how to avoid it can be difficult. Services … Continue reading

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Honor Codes

While I’m a firm believer in the notion that people who are willing to engage in unethical behavior regardless of their codification, I also see that honor codes are absolutely necessary in most universities. First, universities, especially R1 institutions, are multicultural … Continue reading

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Everyday Values and Expectations of Science

The National Academies’ On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research delineates several “everyday values” that guide a sensible scientist’s work: honesty, openness, collegiality, and fairness. These are laudable values for scientific research, as well as for a person engaging … Continue reading

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Purpose of a University

A research university has a responsibility to all those who participate in it–the research professionals (including, but not limited to professors, librarians, and laboratory technicians), students, instructors, and supporting communities. What, though, is this responsibility? I argue that the primary responsibility is to foster an … Continue reading

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