BIO/EVS/CHEM 495 Senior Seminar

Presentation Topics

Rubric here.

(Oct 16) How to ruin your career as a scientist: Cold fusion and press conferences. See here.

(Oct 16) How to ruin your credibility: Put it in writing. Climategate and scientists’ emails. See here, here, and here.

(Oct 23) Currently, we acknowledge that smoking is a leading cause of cancer and heart disease, but the path to accepting that was long and controversial. See here and here.

(Oct 23) Currently, any study that requires the use of human subjects is tightly regulated, including by an institutional review board (IRB). See here, here, and here.

(Oct 30) Who should have access to exploit genetic resources (bioresources/biodiversity) and what ethical processes can be used to guide this type of research? Bioprospecting vs. biopiracy? (See here, here, here, and here.)

(Oct 30) Tradeoffs associated with preprint manuscripts. Especially considering research on topics that has the ability to dramatically shift public health policy (e.g., COVID19) Peer-review process. (See here and here.)

(Nov 13) Potential issues with authorship and how the use of the number of publications and impact measures often used by the scientific community can create an incentive for morally questionable behavior. (See here, here, here, and here.)

(Nov 13) The Double Helix: For the book sections, you are preparing a slide presentation like other students that summarizes the chapters and identifies 3-5 main points that you elaborate upon. The focus, as much as possible, is upon the ethical questions raised.

(Nov 20) The Double Helix

(Dec 4) The Double Helix

(Dec 4) How should credit be allocated? What are some publication mechanisms for providing credit? (See here, here,, and, here.)

(Dec 11) Can an individual’s scientific work be viewed independently of the persons character? Are all good scientists’ individuals with strong moral character? (See here, here, here, here, here, and here)