Ethics for Astronomers

TitleEthics for Astronomers
Publication TypeSyllabi
AuthorsKalas, P
Corporate AuthorsUniversity of California Berkeley, Department of Astronomy,
PublisherUniversity of California Berkeley, Department of Astronomy
Year of Publication2012
Publication LanguageEnglish
AbstractAstronomers encounter a series of ethical dilemmas during their careers that need to be resolved correctly if the integrity of the field is to be preserved. These issues may arise while teaching, conducting research, or leading large, long-term projects or missions. The goal of this graduate seminar is to sharpen ethical reasoning, knowledge, awareness and commitment by providing a fundamental background in responsible conduct as a scientist. Among the topics covered: (1) Mentoring, (2) Data management, (3) Peer review, (4) Authorship, (5) Intellectual property, (6) Conflicts of interest and commitment, (7) Research misconduct, (8) Dual use technologies, and (9) Environmental and Cultural Impact. This syllabus includes case studies in astronomy, links to podcasts, a bibliography for ethics in astronomy, a glossary, as well as links to readings and lecture notes and powerpoints which also include some teaching notes for professors interesting in adapting this course for their own use.
KeywordsASTRONOMY , responsible conduct of research
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