Ben Eggleston

University of Kansas

Spring 2011

Biology 420 / Philosophy 500:

The Ethics of Scientific Research

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February 1, 2011:

Today I sent the following e-mail message to all enrolled students:

From: Eggleston, Ben
Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2011 8:37 AM
To: BIOL420 (64263) Sp11 - DL
Subject: revised syllabus due to snow day

Hi everybody,

Because of the closure of campus today and the resulting cancellation of our class, I have revised the syllabus. Basically, everything is just pushed back by one class period. I have posted the revised syllabus on the course web site and will hand out hard copies in class next Tuesday.


Ben Eggleston

January 10, 2011:

Today I sent the following e-mail message to all enrolled students:

From: Eggleston, Ben
Sent: Monday, January 10, 2011 4:05 PM
To: BIOL420 (64263) Sp11 - DL
Subject: The Ethics of Scientific Research - preliminary information

Dear students enrolled in The Ethics of Scientific Research,

I know next semester is still a couple of weeks away, but I wanted to mention that I have posted the syllabus for our course on the web site I’ve set up for our course, at The syllabus gives information about the book we’ll be using in our course (I’ve asked the bookstore to stock it, and you can also order it online), as well as other readings, most of which will be available on the Blackboard site for the course. I believe that everyone enrolled in the course will be automatically added to the Blackboard site a couple of days before the semester starts, but if you would like access sooner, just let me know, and I’ll be happy to add you manually.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the break, and I’m looking forward to our course.

Best wishes,

Ben Eggleston

Course description (as of September 15, 2010):

This course will be a survey of the main ethical issues in scientific research. Topics to be covered include data fabrication, data falsification, plagiarism, conflicts of interest, data management, mentor and trainee responsibilities, collaborative research, authorship and publication, peer review, animal experimentation, and human experimentation. The text will be the ORI Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research, by Nicholas H. Steneck, supplemented by about twenty articles and excerpts from various other sources.