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Engineering Ethics in Action

Global Ethics Day Events Explore Topics of Ethics in Engineering and Education

PITTSBURGH (Oct. 10, 2019) — In celebration of Global Ethics Day on Wednesday, Oct. 16, the Swanson School of Engineering will present a series of events that explore topics of ethics in engineering and education. 

The events are sponsored by the Swanson School’s Academic Integrity Committee, Engineering Education Research Center, Engineering Student Council, and Engineering Graduate Student Organization.

The series features an outdoor showing of Shattered Glass, the biographical drama about the journalist Stephen Glass’s fall from grace after his work was discovered to be fabricated; a student seminar and faculty and staff seminar on plagiarism and academic integrity, led by academic integrity expert Tricia Bertram Gallant, PhD; and a faculty workshop on creating a classroom of integrity.

“Creating an ethical academic environment is a deeply important part of maintaining an environment that is fair, engaging and diverse,” says Mary Besterfield-Sacre, associate dean for academic affairs at the Swanson School. “We hope these events will spark conversations about ethics that will make a lasting impact, in the classroom and beyond.”

Held on the third Wednesday in October, Global Ethics Day was founded by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs as a day to reflect on the meaning of ethics in international affairs. The Swanson School has adopted it to emphasize the critical importance of ethics and ethical behavior in the classroom, lab, and engineering careers. Students and faculty can register using the links in the full schedule below. 


Full Schedule and Registration: 

Thurs, Oct 17th 6:30 PM Shattered Glass – The Movie 

Where: Benedum Patio Lawn 6:30PM – Bring blankets!  Movie snacks will be served.  If weather is poor, Public Health 115 is our back up. 

Register: https://tinyurl.com/globalethicsMovie 

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hrol_9rcBPs

Tues, Oct 22nd 5:30-6:30 PM Student Seminar with Dr. Tricia Bertram Gallant closed session for students 

Where: 102 Benedum – Pizza and beverages will be provided for registered attendees.

Register: http://bit.ly/F19_TBG_student

Details: Tricia will stimulate an honest dialogue regarding cheating, plagiarism, and school-wide ethics to gain students’ thoughts and ideas; and discuss with students why academic integrity is important to them as engineers

Tues, Oct 22nd 2:00-3:00 PM Faculty and Staff Seminar on Academic Integrity 

Where: 102 Benedum – Afternoon snack

Register: http://bit.ly/F19_TBG_faculty

Details: Dr. Trisha Bertram Gallant has been devoted to the topic of academic integrity since 2002 as a researcher, leader with the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI), Director with an Academic Integrity Office (since 2006), and teacher of ethical decision-making (since 2008).  

Wed, Oct 23rd 8:00 – 9:30 AM Faculty workshop on Creating a Classroom of Integrity: A Proactive, Pedagogical Response to Cheating

Where: Room TBD – FULL Breakfast will be served. 

Register: http://bit.ly/F19_TBG_faculty

Details: In this workshop, Dr. Tricia Bertram Gallant will inspire attendees to reframe cheating as a teaching and learning, rather than student conduct, problem. Attendees will leave with some awareness of the key things they could do to create a culture of integrity.  

Author: Maggie Pavlick

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