Category Archives: 2002

Who Owns this Language?

Doug Whalen
Vice President for Research
Haskins Laboratories, Yale University
Endangered Languages Fund
April 9th, 2002, 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Ellis 214

This event co-sponsored with the Ohio University Institute for the Empirical Study of Language.


Pedagogy-appropriate design with Blackboard

Jon Dorbolo, Oregon State University
May 6th, 2002, 12:00 to 1:00 pm
OU without boundaries classroom
42 West Union St.

dorbolo_wagThe objective of this session is to explore some of the pedagogical possibilities of web-based learning, particularly in using the Blackboard course management system. Many topics are possible, but it is very likely that we shall explore strategies for online discussion, advance content development, and assessment. Expect this session to be participatory and constructive. All levels of online development — including haven’t-tried-it-yet — are welcome.

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Cheating in cyberspace: how to do it (and why not to)

Jon Dorbolo, Oregon State University
May 6th, 2002, 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Irvine 194

dorbolo_wagAs information technology changes the character of education, new challenges to academic integrity arise. In some ways, cheating and plagiarism are easier than ever. In other ways, the uses of information are radically transformed such that traditional conceptions of academic dishonesty need to be rethought. The key objective of this address is to identify the impacts of information technology on cheating methods, cheating detection and prevention, and the ethics of academic integrity. As a result of this session the participant will gain resources that can be used immediately to reduce risks of academic dishonesty and to check their work for questionable practices. Students will gain resources that help protect their work against charges of academic dishonesty; faculty and administrators will gain resources valuable in attenuating academic dishonesty and upgrading institutional policy.

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Ethics, technology, and distributed learning

Jon Dorbolo, Oregon State University
May 7th, 2002, 12:00 to 1:00 pm
OU without boundaries classroom
42 West Union St.

dorbolo_wagThe objective of this session is to provide a context in which ethical and social issues involving distance education and educational technology will be considered. The uses of technology to achieve teaching and learning at a distance comprise fundamental transformations in higher education globally. These changes create new challenges and opportunities for rethinking the ends and means of education. This session will be an open discussion about the purpose of education, current worries about distant education, and the potentials to create improved learning via technology.


Trying juveniles as adults: how (not) to punish minors for major crimes

David Brink
University of California of San Diego
May 9th, 2002, 4:00 to 5:30 pm

Anderson Auditorium (Scripps Hall)

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Hitler, the Spanish Civil War, and World War II in Popular Culture

Robert Whealey (Ohio U., history, emeritus)
May 9th, 2002, 8:00 to 9:30 pm

Friends of the Library Room

The Effect of Technological Advancement: Just Because Something Can Be Done, Should It Be Done?

Charles Fleddermann, Associate Dean, Electrical/Computer Engineering, University of New Mexico
May 14th, 2002, 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Morton 235
Public lecture & Miniseminar
Cosponsored with OU ACM and the Athens Area Linux Users’ Group


One of the perks of being an engineer is the opportunity to work on cutting-edge technologies. Indeed, this is what keeps many engineering professionals excited about their work. This sense of excitement is conveyed by the media, where the emphasis is often on the novelty of new technologies, and rarely (at first), on the values associated with the technology. New and advancing technologies are presented as being of great value to society, or at worst, value neutral. It is only much later, after problems have arisen, that the value of a new technology is examined. Of course, most new technologies bring both benefits and unforeseen problems. For example, cell phones have brought people the ability to communicate from nearly any location on earth, but have also been implicated in increased rates of automobile accidents and increased levels of stress as it becomes possible (and therefore necessary!) to work everywhere and all the time.

In this talk I will look at some of the technologies that have changed the world both for better and for worse. Examples will include the development of the internet and some of the technologies the internet has spawned, such as free sharing of music and video files. I will then develop ideas regarding the responsibility of engineers for ensuring that new technologies are used wisely, and ultimately will try to answer the question of whether some new technologies should be developed at all.


Engineering Ethics followup session

Charles Fleddermann, Associate Dean, Electrical/Computer Engineering, University of New Mexico
May 15th, 2002, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Stocker 326

Informal followup session for students and faculty to respond to Dr. Fleddermann’s May 14 lecture. Refreshments provided.

Sentencing, Science, & Philosophy: Philosophical Issues in the Use of Expert Testimony During Federal Sentencing

Mark Allenbaugh
October 25th, 2002, 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Ellis Hall 024

allenbaughMr. Allenbaugh is an Associate at Montedonico, Belcuore & Tazzara, P.C. in Washington, D.C., and is an Adjunct Professor in the Philosophy Department at the George Washington University where he has taught courses in the Philosophy of Law, and Ethics in Business and the Professions. Prior to entering private practice, he served as a Staff Attorney for the United States Sentencing Commission where he was assigned to the Economic Crimes Policy Team and the Terrorism Team. Mr. Allenbaugh has published numerous articles on sentencing and criminal justice, and is a co-editor of Sentencing, Sanctions, and Corrections: Law, Policy, and Practice (2d ed., Foundation Press, 2002). He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Southern California (1993), an M.A. in Philosophy from Ohio University (1995), and a J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law (2000). He can be reached at

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Stock Fraud and the End of Contractarianism

James Sallah
November 1st, 2002, 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Ellis Hall 024

Jim Sallah is a Senior Counsel with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement in Miami, Florida. His responsibilities include investigating and, when warranted, prosecuting violations of the federal securities laws. Prior to joining the SEC he was Assistant General Counsel for Raymond James Financial, Inc., the largest brokerage institution in the Southeastern United States. While at Raymond James, Mr. Sallah represented the firm and its associates in both federal and state courts, as well as in arbitrations before the NASD. Mr. Sallah is an active member of the Florida Bar Association, and has served on the executive committee of its Business Law Section. He is licensed to practice in both Florida and Colorado.

Mr. Sallah holds a B.S.C. (1991) and M.A. (1993) from Ohio University, and a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law (1996). While in law school, Mr. Sallah was a member of the University of Miami Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.

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