The ethics of scientific conduct, once rarely discussed publicly, lately has merited the attention of groups as diverse as national newspapers, professional associations, and Congress.

Much of this attention has been negative. With such causes c‚l`bres as the 1989 and 1990 convictions of Food and Drug Administration scientists for accepting gifts from companies whose products they were investigating and the case of psychologist Stephen E. Breuning, found in 1987 by a National Institute of Mental Health panel to have falsified research results, scientific integrity has been taking something of a beating in the public eye.

In response, at least one group is attempting to change the negative perceptions. And instead of merely reacting to malfeasance, the American Institute of Chemists, based in Bethesda, Md., is trying to promote positive behavior. In May, the 4,500-member association will present the first AIC Ethics Award, dedicated, an AIC statement says, to recognizing "outstanding...

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