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David Resnick, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Thursday, March 27, 2008
4:00pm, Wolf Hall, Rm 100
"Misconduct in Research:
What It Is, Why It Happens, How To Deal with It, and How to Prevent It"

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John B. Carberry , E.I. DuPont Experimental Station
Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer, 2007-2008
Thursday, April 12, 2007
3:30pm, Wolf Hall, Rm 100
Sustainable Industry in a Changing Society

Changing Expectations of Society and Government: Over the past 40 years, the expectations of the public, regulators, and the government about the impact of industry on the environment has changed from almost laissez-faire to a strong and dynamic demand for sustainability. This trend was first manifest in a large array of laws and regulations that can be particularly expensive unless addressed proactively and, during the last decade has been increasingly reflected in the marketplace. This presentation seeks to review the major environmental issues and trends over that period along with methods to anticipate or otherwise prepare for these rising expectations along with examples of creative responses to these issues. The concepts of green manufacturing and sustainable businesses will be outlined in the context of the business case for meeting those expectations.

Dr. Carberry is responsible for recommendations on technical programs and product development for DuPont based on an analysis of environmental issues. Since 1989, he has led this technology function in a transition to increasingly emphasize waste prevention, product stewardship and sustainability while maintaining excellence in treatment. Externally, Mr. Carberry serves on the National Academy Committee on Strategic Advice to the U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Academy's Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability. Mr. Carberry is a founding member of the Green Power Market Development Group. He recently was Chair of the National Academy Committee on the Destruction of the Non-Stockpile Chemical Weapons, and served on six previous National Academy Committees. He holds a B.ChE. and an M.E. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, an MBA from UD and is a Registered Professional Engineer. His wife Sandra is a professor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at UD.

Following the lecture, a reception will be held in the lobby of Dupont Hall.

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  Lewis A. Burkley, National Science Foundation
Thursday, March 1, 2007
3:30pm, Wolf Hall, Rm 100
Integrity at Risk: Handling Alleged Research Misconduct by Institutions and NSF

Dr. Burkley, a former university professor, dean, and petroleum exploration research geologist, is now an investigative scientist at the National Science Foundation in the Office of Inspector General, a position he has held for the past 14 years. He handles allegations of research misconduct as well as other allegations of unethical behavior.
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Mark Greene, Tom Powers, and David Silver, University of Delaware
Thursday, March 1, 2007
5:30pm, Memorial Hall, Rm 127
"Good Science": A facilitated discussion for graduate students


What does it mean to do “good science”? It may concern what scientists seek to produce: the deeper understanding and innovation promised by new knowledge. But it may also concern how researchers do science well: the behaviors that are deemed ethical or unethical in the context of research.

Following the presentation by Dr. Burkley, we hope you will join us for a continuation of the discussion of research ethics, directed by faculty from the Department of Philosophy and the Delaware Biotechnology Institute. This event is sponsored by Sigma Xi, the College of Arts and Sciences, Delaware NSF-EPSCoR, the Delaware Interdisciplinary Ethics program, and the Science, Ethics, and Public Policy program at the University of Delaware.


Eugenie Scott, National Center for Science Education
Thursday, April 20, 2006

Rodney Room, Perkins Student Center, University of Delaware
Teaching Evolution Better: Problem Concepts in Evolution
[Feel free to bring your lunch. Light refreshments and hot and cold beverages will be provided.]

Public Lecture at 3:45pm
100 Wolf Hall, University of Delaware
Why Scientists Accept Evolution and Not Intelligent Design

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Dr. Scott, a former university professor, is the Executive Director of NCSE. She has been both a researcher and an activist in the creationism/evolution controversy for over twenty years, and can address many components of this controversy, including educational, legal, scientific, religious, and social issues. She has received national recognition for her NCSE activities, including awards from the National Science Board, the American Society for Cell Biology, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, the Geological Society of America, and the American Humanist Association.

These lectures are co-sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute program at UD, the Department of Biological Sciences, and the College of Arts & Sciences.


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