Ethics Lecture 2016

Portrait Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Kovac


Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Kovac
Department of Chemistry and
College Scholars Program
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-1600, USA

short biography

What is an Ethical Chemist?

Abstract:
Almost all decisions made by chemists, and all other scientists, in their professional lives have an ethical dimension. In both the practice of chemistry and the education of students it is essential that chemists understand the moral complexity of real-world situations, apply the relevant moral standards, and have the moral courage to make difficult choices, or the foundation of trust essential to the scientific enterprise will erode. In this presentation I will develop the fundamental concepts of scientific ethics and show how they apply to both the practice of chemistry and the relationship between chemistry and society. I will consider both day-to-day ethical problems such as authorship and the treatment of data and larger questions such as the choice of research problems and the social responsibility of scientists.

Read the lecture in Chimia: SCNAT Ethics Lecture Tour 2016.

Or watch the video of the lecture, recorded at and by ETHZ:

What is an Ethical Chemist? SCNAT Ethics Lecture Tour 2016 by J. Kovac. (creative commons: BY-NC-ND, Publisher: ETHZ.)

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