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The mission of the Rock Ethics Institute is to promote ethical awareness and inquiry across the University, and in the public and professional sectors, through a three-fold emphasis on teaching, research, and outreach.

EDUCATION: We support the ongoing development of innovative courses on theoretical and practical issues in ethics—and provide resources for faculty across Penn State to develop ethics modules tailored for their courses. Our ethics curriculum is designed to ensure that every student inherits a legacy of ethical integrity and ethical leadership as part of their Penn State education.
RESEARCH: We sponsor innovative, interdisciplinary research on ethical issues—research designed to impact scholarship, policy, and public dialogue.
OUTREACH: Working with community and public leaders through a variety of outreach activities, we support local, national, and international projects that promote general ethical awareness.

We will use this podcast to discuss our initiatives, events, and other topics of interest.

The Rock Podcasts are a forum to promote ethical awareness and inquiry across the Penn State Community and beyond. Podcasts aim to identify and clarify the often hidden moral dimensions of a topic or question, establish facts relevant to ethical analysis, and explain and evaluate the different ethical positions and arguments one might take on a particular issue or question. But podcasts ultimately represent the interests and judgments of each author as an individual scholar, and not official positions of the Rock Ethics Institute.

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The mission of the Rock Ethics Institute is to promote ethical awareness and inquiry across the University, and in the public and professional sectors, through a three-fold emphasis on teaching, research, and outreach.

EDUCATION: We support the ongoing development of innovative courses on theoretical and practical issues in ethics—and provide resources for faculty across Penn State to develop ethics modules tailored for their courses. Our ethics curriculum is designed to ensure that every student inherits a legacy of ethical integrity and ethical leadership as part of their Penn State education.
RESEARCH: We sponsor innovative, interdisciplinary research on ethical issues—research designed to impact scholarship, policy, and public dialogue.
OUTREACH: Working with community and public leaders through a variety of outreach activities, we support local, national, and international projects that promote general ethical awareness.

We will use this podcast to discuss our initiatives, events, and other topics of interest.

The Rock Podcasts are a forum to promote ethical awareness and inquiry across the Penn State Community and beyond. Podcasts aim to identify and clarify the often hidden moral dimensions of a topic or question, establish facts relevant to ethical analysis, and explain and evaluate the different ethical positions and arguments one might take on a particular issue or question. But podcasts ultimately represent the interests and judgments of each author as an individual scholar, and not official positions of the Rock Ethics Institute.

    The Rock Ethics Institute Podcast Series Intro

    The Rock Ethics Institute Podcast Series Intro

    A podcast discussing the goals of this series.

    • 3 min
    What is the Rock Ethics Institute?

    What is the Rock Ethics Institute?

    Curious about The Rock? Curious about what we do? Listen to our inaugural podcast discussing these topics and more!

    • 18 min
    Research Ethics Lecture Series Teaser Trailer

    Research Ethics Lecture Series Teaser Trailer

    The Research Ethics Lecture Series creates a new opportunity for students, educators, researchers, and the members of the community to explore the impacts of science as being integrated in a broader social context and to be exposed to new ways of spotting how value claims, whether epistemic or moral, shape the scientific enterprise.

    • 9 min
    Dr. Sheldon Krimsky's Visit Recap

    Dr. Sheldon Krimsky's Visit Recap

    In this recap we talk about Dr. Krimsky's visit to Penn State University and the impact of both his informal and formal lectures.

    • 5 min
    Allen Hornblum Teaser

    Allen Hornblum Teaser

    Though often cited as our most precious resource and dearest commodity, children – particularly those institutionalized in orphanages, mental asylums, and warehouses for the “feebleminded” – were often sought out by physicians and medical researchers as test subjects for experimentation. Even a cursory examination of 20th century medical research will illuminate numerous examples of children – some only days old – being incorporated in a wide range of medical research. Many prominent investigators in search of practical treatments and vaccines, exploring the impact of radiation and psychotropic drugs, or new surgical procedures like lobotomy, routinely found their way to poorly funded and under-staffed state institutions housing the nation’s most vulnerable citizens.

    • 5 min
    Allen Hornblum visit Recap

    Allen Hornblum visit Recap

    Though often cited as our most precious resource and dearest commodity, children – particularly those institutionalized in orphanages, mental asylums, and warehouses for the “feebleminded” – were often sought out by physicians and medical researchers as test subjects for experimentation. Even a cursory examination of 20th century medical research will illuminate numerous examples of children – some only days old – being incorporated in a wide range of medical research. Many prominent investigators in search of practical treatments and vaccines, exploring the impact of radiation and psychotropic drugs, or new surgical procedures like lobotomy, routinely found their way to poorly funded and under-staffed state institutions housing the nation’s most vulnerable citizens.

    Allen Hornblum an author and public lecturer. He has served as the Chief-of-Staff in the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office, the Pennsylvania Crime Commission, and the Philadelphia Prison System. In addition to writing several books, such as Acres of Skin, Confessions of a Second Story Man, and the forthcoming Against Their Will, he has presented before a cross-section of organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, Institute of Medicine and a host of medical schools.

    • 8 min

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