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Engineering Ethics Resources

Ethics Center for Engineering and Science

Established in 1995 by a National Science Foundation grant, the center provides resources-including essays, examples of exemplary behavior, and discussions on ethics cases-for understanding and addressing ethically significant problems that arise in engineers' and scientists' work lives. The center is also a resource for educators who need materials to bring ethics topics into the classroom.

Genetics and Ethics Home Page

This comprehensive Web site, compiled by a Ph.D. student at the University of British Columbia's Centre for Applied Ethics, includes links to journals and e-journals; professors, research centers, and institutes studying genetics and ethics; discussion groups; genethics literature and conferences; careers in bioethics; and more.

The National Institute for Engineering Ethics

NIEE, a not-for-profit educational corporation spun off from the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1996, promotes ethics education and the understanding and application of ethical processes. The Web site includes an ethics newsletter, synopses of 10 years of engineering ethics cases, and information on joining NIEE.

Ethics in Engineering Practice and Research By Caroline Whitbeck. Cambridge University Press; 1998; 330 pp., $69.95 (hardcover), $27.95 (paperback).

This textbook, written for engineers and scientists by a philosopher teaching at Case Western Reserve University, emphasizes research ethics and also tackles workplace ethics and environmental concerns.


A professional-looking satirical Web site, Clones-R-Us spoofs "one possible ramification [of] advances in cloning science." The site includes testimonials ("I look forward to ordering Beth III as soon as we've paid off our loan for Beth II"), prices for celebrity clones ($79,999 for Michael Jordan or Cindy Crawford, $299 for "early Michael Jackson"), and a cloning question-and-answer section that explains: "Cloning extends your life span by exactly zero....If you wish to live forever, we recommend either religion or cryogenic suspension."

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