NSF recognizes professors for development of science ethics course

The National Science Foundation rewarded a group of four UH faculty members for their collaborative effort to create the Ethics in Science course with a three-year grant of $300,000 to be used for further course development.

“We are pleased to receive this grant; it took us three years of intensive efforts to obtain it,” said Computer Science Professor Ioannis Pavlidis in a press release.

“The novel aspect of the course is the experiential component involving exposure to peer review and human and animal research.”

Pavlidis, visiting Assistant Professor and Dean of Natural Sciences and Math Ioanna Semendeferi, educational psychology associate professor Dov Liberman and Associate Professor of Philosophy David Phillips worked together to generate course content, which involves treatment of animals and humans, peer review, conflicts of interest and public health.

Students from all disciplines are encouraged to consider the course.

“Despite the differences in disciplines, when it comes to research there are two things that are universal – peer review and human and animal experiments,” Pavlidis said.

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