Spotlight on Ethics

Spotlight on Ethics is a regular showcase of innovative ethics programming. Our mos recent spotlight is highlighted on the right, and an archive of previous spotlights can be found below.

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Reframing the Ethics of Climate Change

The Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions at Illinois Institute of Technology was founded in 1976 originally focusing on ethics in the professions. Recently, the Center launched a new project, Climate Change & Ethics, that questions our ethical assumptions around climate justice by bringing scholars and activists together to investigate the presuppositions in the current climate change debate.

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Ethics Center Protects Democracy in Battleground State

Misinformation can acquire power through repetition, creating an illusion of truth. Such dangers lead the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Journalism Ethics in their three-prong approach to spreading the truth this election season.

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Ohio State University Creates Ethics Circles

“People don’t always know how to talk about ethics,” said Piers Turner, the Director of the Center for Ethics and Human Values (CEHV) at Ohio State University. “But there is a hankering for ethics once they look at it with something that interests them.”

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JMU Ponders Eight Key Questions

When a university makes teaching ethical reasoning skills a ten-year project, people notice.

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Growing Ethics Across the Curriculum

Elaine Englehardt was an instructor at the Utah Technical College in 1986 when she designed the first grant-funded Ethics Across the Curriculum (EAC) program. The National Endowment for the Humanities agreed that a required course in ethics might help the 1,700 vocationally minded students to examine their own lives.

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Marian University Leadership Prioritizes Ethics

Marian University Indianapolis, prides itself on transformational leadership. So, it was no surprise that duties for the new Semler Endowed Chair in Ethics include providing expert consultation on ethics issues faced by the university itself.

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Institute Develops Ethics Framework for Decision-makers Addressing COVID

The pandemic fractured normal life, creating a call to action for the public-facing Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. By the end of May, the Institute had issued a white paper, An Ethics Framework for the COVID-19 Reopening Process, to aid decision-makers from small business owners to governmental leaders at the local, state and national levels.

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NSF Grant Embeds Responsible Innovation

If innovation is to be responsible, consideration of a technology’s ethical and social dimensions must be made a systematic part of the innovation process. Notre Dame Professor Mark Bourgeois wrote his successful Responsible Innovation NSF proposal with that goal in mind.

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Teaching Leaders to Listen

A university ethics center founded on a Presidential apology for unethical research has practical application written into its DNA. Today, The National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care at Tuskegee University continues a 20 plus-year tradition of addressing health, health disparities and social justice.

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