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Discovering the oil/plastics cycle
Lauren Sahl, Maine Maritime Academy
Lauren Sahl, Corning School of Ocean Studies, Maine Maritime Academy Summary Students examine a video clip showing dead albatross chicks with their guts full of plastics. They are asked to write down a list of all ...

Presenting science to the public: The ethics of outreach
Joy Branlund, Southwestern Illinois College
Joy Branlund, Southwestern Illinois College Summary This case study involves class discussion about (a) the environmental concerns of developing a new industrial project (in this case, a new mine in Minnesota), ...

Ethics in Publishing
Cindy Palinkas, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Cindy Palinkas, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Summary This collection of case studies deals with ethics involved in publishing research in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Often, ...

Geology in the City: Ethical Issues
Anne Marie Ryan, Dalhousie University
Anne Marie Ryan, Dalhousie University Summary This is a work in progress. We make decisions every day in our lives as earth scientists, many of which have ethical implications. In this activity, students apply ...

Encountering geoscience issues in the popular press
Marian Buzon, University of Idaho
Marian Buzon, University of Idaho Summary Geoscientists (as do all scientists) have a duty to present facts to their audience, whether that audience is composed of other scientists or of the general public. Many ...

Ethics and Paleontology: Dinosaur Wars
Jim Schmitt, Montana State University-Bozeman
Jim Schmitt, Montana State University-Bozeman Summary Dinosaur fossils capture the interest of students and the public, but their study, collection, and disposition often engender signficant highly-publicized ...

Geoethics Forums
Shaun Taylor, University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Shaun Taylor, University of Washington / Educurious Summary Geoethics Forums is a format for a classroom discussion and creative resolution of an ethical issue. Students research a particular dilemma, identify ...

Do the Right Thing
David Mogk, Montana State University-Bozeman Summary THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS. Earth Scientists often work independently in laboratory or field situations, and may be confronted with ethical challenges at times ...

Geoethics and Professional Societies
Susan Kieffer, University of Illinois at Urbana
Susan Kieffer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Summary Codes of Ethics for scientists have been formulated primarily by professional organizations. Most of these codes enumerate principles that cover ...

Living with Sinkholes: Fragile Foundation
Catherine Pappas-Maenz, Dawson College
Catherine Pappas-Maenz, Dawson College, Montreal, Canada Summary Students are given a brief scenario based on an actual event, designed to illustrate specific ethical issues associated with science. After reading ...

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