Two government agencies have granted Dartmouth College nearly $445,000 to organize a curriculum and develop a course plan designed to teach budding scientists about research ethics. The designers of the project anticipate that the educational materials, once they are published, will be used by other schools developing similar programs.
The Dartmouth effort consists of two distinct projects organized by the school's Institute for the Study of Applied and Professional Ethics. Both the National Science Foundation and the United States Department of Education have provided the funding.
A $219,777 grant from the Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) is going to a three-year study to create a model interdisciplinary graduate seminar on ethics and academic research to begin next year. Areas of discussion in the class will include research methodology, professional honesty, reporting on research, whistle-blowing and loy- alty, human experimentation, and animal experimentation. Deni Elliott,...
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