Instructor
Dr. Elba Serrano

Location and Time

Conroy Honors College Room 08
WEDNESDAYS
2:30-5:00 pm

New Mexico State University

 

Honors 306V:

Science, Ethics,  & Society

Course Description & Requirements

Spring2013

ASSIGNMENTS WEB PAGE

 

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GOALS:  Honors 306V is designed to encourage an understanding of science and scientific inquiry by exploring the ethical and social issues that scientists encounter during the process of scientific investigation. The course encompasses topics from many scientific disciplines, including neuroscience, agriculture, medicine, physics, and nanoscience. Students are exposed to the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary scientific investigation and to the ethical dilemmas that can arise when scientific advances have ambiguous implications for improving the quality of life.  Emphasis is placed on critical debate and written assignments. Participation in this course will encourage the student to develop her/his own ethical views regarding science and technology, and will foster awareness of multiple perspectives on ethical issues in the sciences and on the role of scientific integrity in research. This course fulfills General Education requirements. Students from outside the College of Arts and Sciences will receive credit for Viewing a Wider World.


Goals
Instructor 
Contact information for Instructor
Textbooks
Copyright and Fair Use

Schedule of classes 

Assignments and important dates

PORTFOLIO (250 pts each)

Due dates and Instructions:

March 22: Portfolio 1

Apr 30: Portfolio 2

FINAL EXAM, 100 PTS:

Thursday May 9 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Policies & Procedures

Earning your grade
How to prepare a paper for class discussion

Grade scale
Points earned (grades)
Late assignments
Attendance
Guidelines for class discussion
Syllabus modification
Students with disabilities
OTHER

 

 


 

 

Instructor

Dr. Elba Serrano
Ph. D. Stanford University
Regents Professor of Biology
Research Interests: Neuroscience, Biophysics, Nanoscience, NeuroEthics, Research Education

Office

Foster 459

Office hours

Daily: By appointment on office door calendar

Telephone

646-5217

email

serrano@nmsu.edu

RequiredTextbooks:

Student's Guide To Research Ethics Oliver, 2010

Fundamentals of Ethics for Scientists and Engineers, Seebauer and Barry, 2000

Defining Right and Wrong in Brain Science: Essential Readings in Neuroethics, Glannon, 2007

RecommendedTextbooks :

Thought-provoking books 
for your personal library, 
term papers and presentations.

Advice for a Young Investigator by Santiago Ramon y Cajal, (1898) MIT Press, ISBN 978-0262681506    

Environmental Ethics: An Anthology by Light, Rolston   (2002)   Blackwell Publishers   ISBN: 0631222944

Ethics for the New Millenium,, Dalai Lama, Riverhead ISBN: 1573228834

Fast Food Nation The Dark Side of the All-American Meal,  Eric Schlosser, 2001  HarperCollins   ISBN: 0060938455

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, by Jared Diamond (1999)  W.W. Norton & Company  ISBN: 0393317552

In the Name of Eugenics: Genetics and the Uses of Human Heredity by Daniel J. Kevles (1986)  University of California Press  ASIN: 0520057635

Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn 1995, Bantam Books ISBN: 0553375407

Nanoethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Nanotechnology (2007) by Allhof et al., ISBN: 0470084170

Nanotechnology: Science, Innovation, and Opportunity (2005) by Lynn Foster,ISBN  978-0131927568

Racial Hygiene,  by Robert Proctor (1988)  Harvard University Press  ISBN 0-674-74578-7

Racial Hygiene: Medicine Under the Nazis,  by Robert Proctor (1988)  Harvard University Press  ISBN 0-674-74578-7 

Science and Other Cultures, by Harding, Figueroa (2003)  Routledge   ISBN: 0415939917

The Baltimore Case: A Trial of Politics, Science, and Character by Daniel J. Kevles (2000) W.W. Norton & Company   ISBN: 0393319709

The Demon in the Freezer: A True Story, by Richard Preston ( 2002)  Random House   ISBN: 0375508562

The Making of the Atomic Bomb (1984), by Richard Rhodes, Simon & Schuster ISBN: 978-0684813783

21st Century Complete Guide to Bioterrorism, Biological and Chemical Weapons, Germs and Germ Warfare, Nuclear and Radiation Terrorism (2001)  Progressive Management ISBN: 1931828091

Textbook Vendors

Textbooks can be obtained at the bookstore or online from vendors such as Amazon and ecampus or Best Book Buys

NMSU Copyright guide

Essentials: http://nmsu.libguides.com/content.php?pid=60019&sid=441190

Fair Use: http://nmsu.libguides.com/content.php?pid=60019&sid=449716

 



 

 

SCHEDULE OF CLASSES  AND ASSIGNMENTS

 

JAN

23

30

FEB

6

13

20

27

MAR

6

13

20

27

APR

3

10

17

24

MAY

1

9

 

 

PART 1: PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT AND RESEARCH INTEGRITY

 

 

 

Jan 23

 

INTRODUCTION                     

Overview of course content, expectations and requirements
Case studies

Jan 30

 

ETHICAL REASONING
PERSONAL ETHICS  

Developing ethical reasoning skills                                       

Introduction to Scientific Misconduct and Research Integrity

Feb 6

 

SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY 
PROFESSIONAL ETHICS

Ethics and the Scientist
    * Regulations
    * Consequences for misconduct
    * Highlights from national cases
Codes of Ethics: Comparisons of student disciplines
Research Integrity
    * Mentoring
     *Scientific Record Keeping

Feb 13

 

SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY 
PROFESSIONAL ETHICS

 

 

Research Integrity
    * Authorship and peer review
    * Collaborative research
    * Conflicts of interest
    * Ownership of data and intellectual property

Feb 20

 

PROFESSIONAL ETHICS

USE OF ORGANISMS IN RESEARCH

Science and Ethics on the Internet:
    * Database development and global sharing of knowledge
    * Ownership, publishing, veracity of information on the net
    * ELSI and AAAS Ethics Web sites

Humans and Animals  in experimentation

Feb 27

USE OF ORGANISMS IN RESEARCH

 

Humans and Animals in experimentation

Mar 6

USE OF ORGANISMS IN RESEARCH

 

Humans and Animals in experimentation

Human Genome Project

PART 2: ETHICAL AND SOCIAL ISSUES

Mar 13

 

GENETICS

Eugenics: historical perspectives

Race and IQ

Genetic Engineering

Mar 20

 

BUSINESS OF SCIENCE:

RESEARCH ECONOMICS

PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR

 

Intellectual Property

Scientific direction: What kind of science gets done and who decides?
Economics: Federal and private funding of research
    * Government agencies: NSF, NIH, ARO, DOE ( genome project), CDC, USDA
    * Industry
    * Foundations
    * Research funds and educational institutions
Public policy development
Privatization: Pharmaceutical Industry/Biofuels/Crop plants
    * Economic base
    * Best seller" pharmaceutical and seed products (Prozac, Ritalin, Contraceptives, Steroids, Viagra, BT-corn, Roundup ready)

Mar 22

PORTFOLIO 1

(Jan 23 – Mar 6)

Mar 27

SPRING BREAK!

 

Apr 3

 

WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION

 

Overview  Weapons, War and Terrorism

Biological and Nuclear Weapons

Case Study: Manhattan Project

Apr 10

WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION

NEUROETHICS

 

Chemical and Informatics Weapons

Case Study: Cybersecurity

 

Introduction to Neuroscience & Neuroethics

Apr 17

NEUROETHICS

NeuroGenetics & Neuroimaging

Profiling, Privacy, Choice

 

NeuroEnhancement Technologies:

NeuroPharmacology & Neural Implants

Apr 24

NEUROETHICS

Right to Live/Right to Die

Pain, Brain Death, Neural Stimulation

Apr 30

PORTFOLIO 2 (Jan 30- Apr 17)

 

May 1

 

SCIENCE AND PUBLIC POLICY

Equity in Science-Who gets to do science?

Science and Human Rights

Global Perspectives: Regenerative medicine (organs; stem cells)

MAY 9:

THURSDAY

FINALS WEEK

 

 

FINAL EXAM

1:00 – 3:00 pm

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

 

CANVAS: Unless otherwise indicated, assignments must be uploaded in CANVAS. Later assignments will not be accepted.

 

EMAIL: Official communication to you will often come through your NMSU e-mail box.  Please access it regularly, or forward email to your current use address, as your success in college may depend on your ability to respond quickly.

 

CELL PHONE POLICY: All cell phones must be turned off during class.

 

Earning your grade (1750 pts maximum):

 

  • Attendance and in class participation (35 pts per class; maximum of 420 pts; lowest two scores will be dropped: Part 1 Mar 8, Part 2 Apr 26): Regular attendance is required. Students are expected to be prepared for class, to contribute to class discussion, activities as session moderator, group leader, and debate participant.  Two kinds of assignments will be important
    • Presentations. Students will make brief presentations based on assigned readings and analysis of case studies
    • Debates. During the semester, the class may divide into teams to debate controversial topics of interest to the students.
  • Class preparation. (35 pts per class; maximum of 385 pts; lowest two scores will be dropped Part 1 Mar 8, Part 2 Apr 26): Students must submit written and other preparatory assignments weekly by midnight Tuesday in CANVAS. Assignments will be incorporated into class discussion.
  • Reflective Writing (10 pts each; maximum of 120 pts; lowest two scores will be dropped):). Due every Friday, short reflection on week’s class.
  • Portfolio assignment: (400 pts; 2 @ 200 pts each) Students will be asked to prepare a portfolio during the course. The objective of this assignment is for students to explore their own values and ethics in the context of scientific issues that are raised by media articles, TV programs, science classes, lab exercises, research experiences etc.  The portfolio will be comprised of selected class assignments, some mini-essays and a few "discovery" style essay letters.  Details of the portfolio entries will be posted on the Portfolio web page and links to the assignments will be available from the syllabus and assignments schedule tables.

*   Portfolio due dates

*   Mar 13

*   Apr 26

  • Final Exam (100 points).
  • How to prepare a paper for class discussion. To really appreciate an article or paper, you will need to read it at least twice. There are many approaches and with time you will develop your own.  Here are some suggested strategies:
      • Be sure you can restate the keypoints made by the author as she/he has made them (the first read of the paper). what part of the article is" factual"? opinion?
      • what ethical dilemmas are raised?
      • what new insights did you gain from this paper?
      • what points or positions did you disagree with?
      • what arguments or viewpoints did  the author omitted?
      • what did you think of the writing style?
      • if you had one question you could ask the author in person, what would it be?
      • rank the paper (1) excellent, worth my time and I gained a lot (2) average paper, some good points but some weaknesses (3) not a strong paper,  wish I had gone rollerblading instead…

 

CLASS PREPARATION

CLASS ATTENDANCE

WEEKLY REFLECTION

PORTFOLIO

FINAL

EACH:

35

35

10

200

100

TOTAL:

385

420

120

400

175

n/a

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9-May

 Grade Scale:

        A 90-100 %

        B 80-89 %

        C 70-79 %

        D 60-69 %

        F < 60 %

        S (Satisfactory) requires a B-

        Note: The grade scale may be curved at the end of the semester at the discretion of the instructor.

Late assignments.  Late assignments will not be accepted..

Attendance: Discussion and debate are essential components of this class, therefore, students are expected to attend all classes except for a documented university business, medical emergency etc.  Documentation must be submitted if you are absent and it is best to inform the instructor in advance if possible if you will need to miss class.   

S/U Option: Students must meet all requirements of the course.  A grade of B- is required to receive an S in an Honors course.

Withdrawals: It is your responsibility to withdraw from the course. The instructor will not automatically drop you from the course for failure to attend class or to complete exams or assignments.

Incompletes, academic misconduct, and make-up work:  Incompletes will be given only if a student has passed the first half of the course (assignments through March 8) and is precluded from completing the course by a documented illness or family crisis.  If you miss an assignment with an excused absences you will receive a prorated score for the assignment.  Excuses must be submitted within one week of the due date of the assignment. There are no provisions for extra credit work.  Students found guilty of academic misconduct, may be subject to disciplinary action. 

Important dates:

Mar 13: Portfolio 1

Apr 26: Portfolio 2

Thursday May 9 1:00-3:00 pm: FINAL EXAM

 

XEROX and/or BACKUP all assignments before submitting them to the instructor.

 

SAVE copies of all graded assignments and exams from this course at least until you have received your final grade.

 

PLAGIARISM: Students found guilty of plagiarism have engaged in academic misconduct and shall be subject to disciplinary action. The penalty for plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct (as defined in the Student Code of Conduct) is failure of the course: no exceptions. The current University definition of plagiarism can be found at http://deanofstudents.nmsu.edu/student-handbook/1-student-code-of-conduct/3-academic-misconduct.html .  It reads as follows:

 

“Plagiarism is using another person's work without acknowledgment, making it appear to be one's own. Any ideas, words, pictures, or other source must be acknowledged in a citation that gives credit to the source. This is true no matter where the material comes from, including the internet, other student's work, unpublished materials, or oral sources. Intentional and unintentional instances of plagiarism are considered instances of academic misconduct. It is the responsibility of the student submitting the work in question to know, understand, and comply with this policy. If no citation is given, then borrowing any of the following would be an example of plagiarism:

 

    An idea or opinion, even when put into one's own words (paraphrase)

    A few well-said words, if these are a unique insight

    Many words, even if one changes most of them

    Materials assembled by others, for instance quotes or a bibliography

    An argument

    A pattern or idea

    Graphs, pictures, or other illustrations

    Facts

    All or part of an existing paper or other resource

* This list is not meant to include all possible examples of plagiarism.

Even with a citation, failure to put quotation marks around direct quotations also constitutes plagiarism, because it implies that the writing is your own.   Material should either be paraphrased or clearly designated as a quotation.   Note that replacing words with synonyms, changing verb tense or other minor alterations do not qualify as paraphrasing.”

OTHER:

GUIDELINES FOR CLASS DISCUSSION: During the semester, many opinions will be voiced in the class. You may strongly disagree with some of these, or you may find them amusing. Outbursts can be misinterpreted or counterproductive to meaningful and thoughtful debate. Therefore, it is important that you exercise self-discipline and self-control, and treat all members of the class with the courtesy that you are entitled to receive in turn. The key words are: respect and courtesy. Please turn off cell phones while in class. Thank you!

SYLLABUS MODIFICATION: The instructor reserves the right to modify this syllabus during the semester as considered necessary to enhance the quality of the instruction, to meet the needs of students in the class and to achieve course objectives. Any changes to the syllabus [or to the course schedule] will be announced in class and it is the responsibility of the student for being aware of them.

COURSE REGISTRATION. If you drop a class on-line or are told that someone else will drop you, you need to check and make sure that the class was properly dropped.  The same applies to adding a class.

 

EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES. http://help.nmsu.edu/ The ICT Help Desk in room 141 of the Computer Center provides walk-in support for many common software and desktop computer issues, including network connection problems and Blackboard and myNMSU support ICT Customer Service Center is equipped to deal with all of your information technology (IT) and telecommunications needs at NMSU.  Their hours of operation are from 8am-8pm Monday through Friday, 10am-3pm Saturday (not open Sunday).  Please feel free to contact them at 646-1840 or via e-mail at help@nmsu.edu. You can also go to the Student Technology Help web page http://studenttech.nmsu.edu”. 

ADA: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) covers issues relating to disability and accommodations. If a student has questions or needs an accommodation in the classroom (all medical information is treated confidentially), contact:

Trudy Luken

Student Accessibility Services (SAS) - Corbett Center, Rm. 244

Phone: 646.6840 E-mail: sas@nmsu.edu

Website: www.nmsu.edu/~ssd/

 

EQUITY: NMSU policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, retaliation, serious medical condition, sex, sexual orientation, spousal affiliation and protected veterans status. Furthermore, Title IX prohibits sex discrimination to include sexual misconduct, sexual violence, sexual harassment and retaliation. For more information on discrimination issues, Title IX or NMSU's complaint process contact:

Gerard Nevarez or Agustin Diaz

Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) - O'Loughlin House

Phone: 646.3635 E-mail: equity@nmsu.edu

Website: http://www.nmsu.edu/~eeo/ 

HONORS COMPUTER CLUSTER is available for your use

HONORS DIRECTOR:  The Honors Director is Dr. William Eamon.  His office is in the Honors building.  Ms. Valerie Torres and Ms. Yvonne Flores are Honors College staff.

 

 

 


 

 

 

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