An Ethics Center can be a starting point for focusing attention on where we are and what is needed to change behaviors and attitudes that do not benefit the public good. - Gloria Penner, KPBS


Special Announcement:

The Center for Ethics in Science and Technology is pleased to announce that we are celebrating our 10th Anniversary this year!

We thank everyone who has supported and contributed to our mission of bringing the public and scientists together to explore how science can best serve society. We look forward to many more years of exciting programs and stimulating discussions, and hope to see you at one of our upcoming programs!

The Center for Ethics in Science and Technology

Spotlight Program - Drones and Other UAVs: Benefits and Risks

The emergence of drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has raised challenging questions about the ethics of their use in military and civilian operations. These aircraft can be directed autonomously by onboard computers or remotely by humans.

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Overthrowing the Emperor of All Maladies Series:

In 2013-2014, the Ethics Center partnered with many San Diego organizations and institutions to present a series of forums with a common theme. The series focused on cancer, as seen through the lens of Siddhartha Mukherjee's book The Emperor of All Maladies. Participants included Fleet Science Center, Grossmont College, Legler Benbough Foundation, Moores Cancer Center, Point Loma Nazarene University, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, SDSU, Sharp HealthCare, UC San Diego, and USD.



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Recent News

Texas Leading Challenge to New Smog Standards

Ethics Center Director, Mike Kalichman, was recently interviewed by the Texas Tribune on the topic of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new ozone standards intended to reduce pollution nationwide. In the article, Mike Kalichman discusses the ethical issues facing industry-funded research. The article can be found here.

How Should Drug Trials Be Conducted In The Middle Of An Ebola Outbreak?

Ethics Center Director Mike Kalichman was recently interviewed on the topic of conducting drug trials during an Ebola outbreak. You can read the article and watch an accompanying video here: How Should Drug Trials Be Conducted in the Middle of an Ebola Outbreak

Review of Ethics Forum "Ethicists Confront Cancer: When the Professional Becomes Personal" in U~T San Diego


Rebecca Dresser, author and Professor of Law and Ethics at Washington University, spoke Wednesday, June 4th at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Click here for the full article

The lead and founding supporters of the Ethics Center are UC San Diego, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego State University, and the University of San Diego.



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