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Making Science Right Institute

In June 2001 the Institute initiated a summer institute for high-school science teachers wishing to improve the ethics content of their courses. The institute was made possible by a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

2001 June 26-29

a workshop for Ohio high-school teachers



Science has a history, a sociology, and a set of values. But most students, taught only the facts and left to figure out the rest for themselves, graduate with little grasp of the societal forces that shape science, or of the influence of science on society.

This is becoming increasingly problematic as state proficiency examinations put more emphasis on an understanding of the nature and history of science. Making Science Right will provide a select group of teachers a chance to address this problem while earning graduate humanities credit from Ohio University.

Participants will gain a solid grounding in theoretical and applied ethics; hands-on experience in the development of ethical content for the science curriculum; and an opportunity to participate in the development of a state-wide resource repository for science teachers planning to incorporate ethical instruction into their teaching.

Participants can expect to take with them: a solid vocabulary for communicating to their students the ethical implications of scientific developments and a toolkit for teaching students to make reasoned and defensible choices about technological developments and scientific claims.


  Who:        Active Ohio HS Science Teachers
              (participation limited to 20)

  Where:      Ohio University Athens Campus

  When:       June 26 - 29, 2001

  Tuition:    $204.12

  What:       2 months at-home resource
              1-day (optional) evaluation meeting
              3 hours graduate credit
              Food, lodging, and materials
              $54 travel grant

  Deadline:   June 11, 2001

  Details:    740 593 9802


Arthur Zucker    (applied ethics, medical ethics,
                  Director, Institute for Applied
                  and Professional Ethics

Donald Borchert  (ethical theory)
                  Chair, Department of Philosophy

Richard Milter   (business & professional ethics)
                  Director, MBA Without Bounds

Ralph Martin     (science education)
                  Professor of Education

David Wight      (bioethics)
                  Director, Edison Biotechnology

Gary Meyer       (business ethics, copyright)
                  Assistant Vice President for
                  Economic and Technical
Evans-Romaine    (technical support)
                  Assistant Director,
                  Institute for Applied and
                  Professional Ethics


Day 1, Tuesday, June 26: INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS

Ethical theory, applied ethics, case studies and other methods
(Zucker, Borchert)

Day 2, Wednesday, June 27: SCIENCE & ETHICS

Pseudo-science & science, scientific fraud, & other values issues
(Zucker, Martin)

Day 3, Thursday, June 28: SCIENCE & BUSINESS

Biotechnology, business research, copyrighting discoveries, social responsibility
(includes visit to Edison Biotechnology Laboratories)
(Zucker, Wight, Meyer)

Day 4, Friday, June 29: CURRENT QUANDARIES

Animal rights, environmental ethics, other specific areas of interest, institute web resources & database access
(Zucker, Martin, Evans-Romaine)


Participants collaboratively develop programs for adding or improving ethics content in their curricula. Course credit assigned

(Optional) January 27, 2002 FOLLOW-UP CONFERENCE

Day-long conference for participants who have implemented or attempted to implement changes based on the Making Science Right institute.


Following the model of Ohio University’s 10-year-old “ethics modules” program, Making Science Right instructors provide participants basic theoretical concepts and skills, hone those skills on a few practical examples, then step back and function as a resource while participants create content and forge materials tailored to their goals and their needs.

The program begins with a four-day institute, during which participants will explore ethical theory and applied ethics methods. Participants then solidify and build on their understanding of the material by considering real-life ethical dilemmas. This phase of the institute includes a visit to the Edison Biotechnology Laboratory. As each topic is covered, participants will discuss options for incorporating the material into their curricula.

Following the on-campus portion of the insti-tute, participants will spend two months deve-loping materials for incorporation into their teaching. At the end of August, participants will submit these materials for course credit.

The Institute will provide an interactive website for participants to share ideas, compare notes and discuss classroom experiences in implementing the new content. The website databases will form the core of a state-wide ethics and science-history education resource repository for HS teachers.

Finally, in January 2002 participants will gather in Athens to review the summer institute, to compare notes and to share experiences.


Athens is located in southeast Ohio, in the western foothills of the Appalachian mountains. More information about the city and the area is available at: http://www.athensohio.com/.

Each participant in Making Science Right receives a $54 travel grant. Participants how attend the optional conference in January receive an additional $54 grant.

Driving distances to Athens (US miles):

Parkersburg: 40 Columbus: 70
Dayton: 150 Cincinnati: 170
Pittsburgh: 200 Cleveland: 220

Driving directions are available at http://www.ohiou.edu/athens/travel.html.


Bus service is available to and from the Columbus airport. For details, see:http://www.ohiou.edu/about/new/transport.html.

Food and lodging will be provided to participants at no cost. Participants are also free to make their own arrangements, if they so desire.


For further information, please contact conference coordinator Kathleen Evans-Romaine at ethics@ohio.edu or 740 593 9802.