Videos of past programs that were held by the Ethics Center.

Do you have to be a criminal to study crime?

Date & Time Wed, 04/07/2010 5:30pm-7:00pm Overview   “Dorm Room Dealers” mobilizes six years of fieldwork to tell the story of fifty affluent, disproportionately white, college drug dealers. The criminality of many of our dealers was brazen and substantial, prompting ethical considerations on the part

Who Owns the Data?

Date & Time Wed, 03/03/2010 5:30pm-7:00pm Overview The internet has dramatically changed the way scientists and the public access information. For example, while scientific information about diseases, treatments, and side-effects were previously only accessible to scientists and physicians, a great deal of information on science

Climate Change Challenges

Date & Time Wed, 02/03/2010 5:30 – 7 p.m. Overview The worldwide public debate about climate change and its causes has been with us for at least a decade. In recent months, that debate has significantly escalated with the December 2009 UN Climate Change Conference

Fact vs. Hype in Science News

Date & Time Wed, 12/02/2009 5:30 – 7 p.m. Overview The public needs reliable information on a range of science topics: whether desalination is an effective way to produce drinking water or which climate change policies deserve support. Traditional journalism delivers that through objective reporting

SPECIAL EVENT: Ethics Center 5-Year Anniversary

Date & Time Wed, 10/07/2009 5:30pm-7:00pm Overview At the five-year anniversary mark of the creation of San Diego’s Center for Ethics in Science and Technology, we considered where we’ve been and where we are headed in the next five years. Speaker Laurie Zoloth Northwestern University

Who Owns Your Genes?

Date & Time Wed, 08/05/2009 5:30 – 7 p.m. Overview Over the past 50 years, one of the most exciting areas of biological discovery has been the identification and understanding of human genes. These discoveries hold great promise for medical diagnostics and therapeutics, but questions

Can we share electronic information without losing our privacy?

Date & Time Wed, 07/01/2009 5:30pm-7:00pm Overview Internet Scientists and Computer Security experts need empirical data to protect and understand our information infrastructure. However, obtaining that data potentially raises many questions involving privacy, the law, and ethics. The current default is defensive. The preference is

Facing Pandemics: Science, Ethics, and Uncertainty

Date & Time Wed, 06/03/2009 5:30pm-7:00pm Overview The recent swine flu pandemic captured the attention and the worry of many of us. In simple terms, this epidemic was defined as a pandemic because it had spread rapidly not just through a local community, but through

Stem Cell Therapy: Are we ready?

Date & Time Wed, 05/06/2009 5:30pm-7:00pm Overview It is now close to 5 years since the voters of California decided to provide $3 billion for human embryonic stem cell research. Since that time the debate about the use of human embryos has continued, but so

Smart Drugs: How smart are they?

Date & Time Wed, 04/01/2009 5:30pm-7:00pm Overview Wouldn’t it be great if we could take a pill to learn faster, remember better, or think more clearly? Scientists have already developed drugs that can help people with cognitive deficits, so it isn’t a great leap to