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Centered on ethics: New center and website serve as a focal point for ethics education, research and outreach at UD

Centered on ethics:  New center and website serve as a focal point for ethics education, research and outreach at UD

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), in collaboration with the Delaware Environmental Institute, has launched the new Center for Science, Ethics and Public Policy (SEPP) at the University of Delaware and with it a revamped website.

Since the founding of the SEPP program at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute in 2007, participating faculty have sponsored educational, research and outreach initiatives both on and off campus. The Center for SEPP will continue these activities, including the Science Café, the RAISE research ethics seminar for graduate students, a yearly research ethics workshop for undergraduates, support for undergraduate and graduate student research, and (with Arizona State University) a two-week science and technology policy orientation in Washington, D.C.

“The experience and support that we've gained from collaborations on eight federal and state grants—in areas as diverse as research ethics, nanotechnology, nature-inspired engineering and food security—have enabled us to lead inquiry into the ethical and public policy dimensions of science, engineering and emerging technologies,” said Thomas M. Powers, assistant professor of philosophy and director of the center. (full article)