Ben Eggleston

University of Kansas

Spring 2016

Biology 420 / Philosophy 500:

The Ethics of Scientific Research

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January 6, 2016:

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

From: Eggleston, Ben
Sent: Wednesday, January 06, 2016 9:39 AM
To: PHIL500_etc{63989_etc}Sp16
Subject: The Ethics of Scientific Research - introductory information

Dear students,

Hello. I’ll be your professor for BIOL 420 / PHIL 500, The Ethics of Scientific Research, and I am writing to you today in order to give you some information that you might find useful as you gear up for the semester.

First, this course is listed as both a section of BIOL 420 and PHIL 500. The requirements are the same regardless of the number under which you are enrolled.

Second, there is one required textbook for this course. The book is ORI Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research, updated edition, by Nicholas H. Steneck. I have asked the KU Bookstore to stock this book. Alternatively, you can buy it at, or download it from, or download it from the course Blackboard site. If you look for this book at the KU Bookstore, you may need to look for it under PHIL 500 and not BIOL 420.

Third, I have set up a website for the course, at I’ve posted the syllabus there (though I will also hand out hard copies on the first day of class) and I may post other things there as the course progresses. There won’t be anything there that you’ll be responsible for prior to our first class, so you don’t have to worry about it right away. I just wanted to go on and give you the URL.

Fourth, I will also be using a Blackboard site, to provide you with electronic copies of many non-textbook readings. I plan on handing out hard copies of as many of those readings as possible, so do not feel obliged to print (or read online) everything you see there when the course Blackboard site appears in your list of available Blackboard sites.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me. Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to seeing you at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 25, in 4011 Wescoe Hall.

Best wishes,

Ben Eggleston