The beta site for a national digital library for ethics in science and engineering was an 18-month project that explored the use of digital repositories to compile and disseminate materials for ethics in science and engineering. The ESENCe site on ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst represents the materials collected during that time. A new site for materials related to ethics in science and engineering will be developed at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, (NSF SES 1045412).

ESENCe was a direct response to the America COMPETES Act, which, since January 4, 2010, requires "that each institution that applies for financial assistance from the Foundation for science and engineering research or education describe in its grant proposal a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in the proposed research project" (Section 7009) and "that all grant applications that include funding to support postdoctoral researchers include a description of the mentoring activities that will be provided for such individuals" (Section 7008).

Administrative Project Site

Funding for this project comes from the National Science Foundation through grant number 0936857. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Project Directors
Jane Fountain, PI; Marilyn Billings, Co-PI; Jessica Adamick, Ethics Clearinghouse Librarian; Michelle Sagan Goncalves, Program Manager

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Submissions from 2007

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Ethics Bowl Competition as Capstone Activity for Practical and Professional Ethics Classes, William J. Frey and Jose A. Cruz-Cruz

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Integrating the Statement of Values into Course Syllabi, William J. Frey and Jose A. Cruz-Cruz

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Humanitarian Engineering: Ethics, Theory, Practices, Juan C. Lucena, Jon Leydens, Carl Mitcham, Junko Munakata-Marr, and Jay Straker

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Ethics in Statistics, Maria de los A. Medina

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Using Case Studies in Teaching Research Ethics, Kenneth D. Pimple

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America COMPETES Act, United States

Submissions from 2006

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OpenSeminar in Research Ethics, Gary Comstock, David Edelman, Jamaal Pitt, David Auerbach, and Douglas MacLean

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Proposal to the Ethics Education in Science and Engineering Program, National Science Foundation: Role-Play Scenarios for Teaching Responsible Conduct of Research, Michael C. Loui and C. K. Gunsalus

Submissions from 2003

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Guía de Mentoría: Guía de los Protegidos, Center for Health Leadership & Practice

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Guía de Mentoría: Guía para Mentores, Center for Health Leadership & Practice

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Mentoring Guide: A Guide for Mentors, Center for Health Leadership & Practice

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Adventures in Collaborative Research: A Case Study for Performance and Discussion, Kenneth D. Pimple

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Mentoring Guide A Guide for Protégés, The Center for Health Leadership & Practice

Submissions from 2001

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The Polly Wells Case, Kenneth D. Pimple

Submissions from 2000

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Science and the Media: Ethics Issues, JoAnn Burkholder

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Intellectual Property - Copyright, Peggy Hoon

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The Mentoring of Graduate Students, Margaret King

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Professional Responsibility and Codes of Conduct, Nell Kriesberg

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Animal Subjects in Research, Nell Kriesberg and Richard Fish

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Responsible Use of Statistical Methods, Larry Nelson, Charles Proctor, and Cavell Brownie

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The Allan Mathers Case, Kenneth D. Pimple

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The Cynthia Lee Case, Kenneth D. Pimple

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The Nexus I Case, Kenneth D. Pimple

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Research Ethics: An Introduction, Tom Regan

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Human Subjects in Research, Matt Ronning

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Rightdoing and Misconduct in Research, Rebeca Rufty and Nell Kriesberg

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Responsible Authorship and Peer Review, James Wilson

Submissions from 1999

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The Alex Saunders Case, Kenneth D. Pimple

Submissions from 1998

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Faculty Responsibilities and Student Rights, Kenneth D. Pimple