ethics

What Next? Translating AGIs 2015 Guidelines for Ethical Professional Conduct into Practice

Thursday, December 1, 2016

In 2015, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) published a revised version of the 1999 Guidelines for Ethical Professional Conduct, an aspirational document outlining ethical principles that should inform the professional behavior of all geoscientists. The revised Guidelines reflect a consensus of opinion among AGIs 51 member societies and show an evolution in thinking about geoscience ethics. The Guidelines also represent a foundational document to support the expansion of ethical guidelines by individual societies and organizations.

Geoethics in the Field: Integrating Ethical Principles into Geoscience Fieldwork Practices

This course delves into the key factors involved in ethical fieldwork: values, integrity, and perception, and how these affect not only fieldwork research, but also the geoscience community as a whole. Scott Foss, the course presenter provides a myriad of case studies to help students learn about many different facets of ethics in fieldwork practices including seeking landholder permission for access to field sites, to obtaining permits, to publishing research, and planning for the long-term storage and preservation of samples and collections.

Professionalism and Geoethics: Creating a Workplace Environment Where Everyone Can Succeed

This course introduces topics that contribute to workplace "climate" (e.g., microaggressions, implicit bias, empowering bystanders) and provides suggestions for personal and institutional actions that can be taken to ensure that everyone can succeed in the workplace environment. The course presenter is David W. Mogk, Professor of Geology at Montana State University.

The Development of Geoscience-related Ethics Codes

This course focuses on the adoption of and changes in geoscience-related ethics codes over the years. Many geological and related engineering professional associations were founded in the 19th and early 20th centuries but ethics codes were generally not adopted until after WWII. The AAPG Code of Ethics was the first code and was adopted in 1924. Codes have changed over the years for a variety of reasons as has their organization. There are common principles in the codes like honesty, integrity, transparency, etc.

Fundamentals of Professional Ethics: Elements and Examples

Everyone is in favor of good moral and professional ethical behavior but few have thought about them rigorously. What constitutes common morality and professional ethics? This course explores the basic concepts and definitions of, and the differences between, common morality and professional ethics. This includes the distinction between moral rules and moral ideals. Case histories will illustrate the concepts presented and the methodology of ethical analysis.

The course presenter is David M. Abbott, Jr., AIPG Certified Professional Geologist 4570.

American Geosciences Institute's Guidelines for Ethical Professional Conduct

The American Geological Institute (AGI) expects the profession to adhere to the highest ethical standards in all professional activities. The following aspirational guidelines are presented as representative of the core values that form the foundation of the ethics for the geoscience profession. They are presented as the highest common denominator of values for the profession.

AGU Board Approves Rights and Responsibilities of Scientists Statement

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On April 13th, the American Geophysical Union's (AGU) Board of Directors approved a statement on the "Rights and Responsibilities of Scientists." A story in Eos explains that the statement underscores the ethical duties of scientists since there is a public service component, but it also argues that this should ensure a scientist's rig

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