Experiencing Ethics - UH Wins NSF Award to Develop Novel Educational Methods

August 2011


Experiencing Ethics - UH Wins NSF Award to Develop Novel Educational Methods

The University of Houston (UH) has won a highly selective award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the development and proliferation of novel educational methods and materials in Science Ethics. The coursework will feature three levels: Theoretical/Case Studies/Experiential. The theoretical level will identify and explain central moral issues and principles relevant to research ethics. This will be followed by dialectic investigations of famous cases in science ethics. The coursework will culminate with the experiential level, an ethics practicum with emphasis on topics of peer review and human/animal experiments – two cornerstone of modern research life. The practicum element is the crown jewel of the program and is likely to revolutionize science ethics education, which traditionally depends solely on theoretical instruction. The program's practicum is supported by an ever expanding set of mentors from UH and the local medical schools, as well as conference committees and journal boards. In the program also participates a minority institution, the University of Texas at Brownsville.

The winning team: Ioannis Pavlidis – Computing and Physiology (PI), Ioanna Semendeferi – Science Ethics (co-PI), Dov Liberman – Educational Psychology (co-PI), David Phillips – Philosophy (co-PI).