Ethics Case Studies

The APS Ethics Case Studies are a series of case studies on ethical issues that can arise in the course of doing physics research. Many of the studies are accompanied by discussion. These case studies are intended to be an educational resource for researchers, mentors, and students.

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Ethics Activity and Discussion Guides

APS has formatted the ethics case studies for courses and seminars on ethics education. The Teacher Edition includes an activity and discussion guide.
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National Science Foundation Ethics Education Requirements

The National Science Foundationnsf-icon requires institutions to provide training in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in funded research projects. The APS Ethics Case Studies can help provide physics-relevant, rather than generic, ethics training.
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APS Task Force on Ethics Education

The ethics case studies were prepared by a special APS Task Force on Ethics Education to promote discussion of these issues. They are based on the views of the task force members, and should not be considered to be the views of APS as a whole.
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Ethics Case Study Topics

Gray arrow  Conflicts of Interest
Gray arrow  Data Acquisition
Gray arrow  Educational Concerns
Gray arrow  Health and Safety
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Suggestions & Comments

Have an idea for a case study? Send the Ethics Review Committee your ideas! (APS Members Only)
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