Friday, April 26, 2013

Community responses to wrongdoing

Janet Stemwedel of San Jose State University writes:

"I’m inclined to think, however, that taking steps to avoid shame by hiding the facts, or by allowing retaliation against people asking inconvenient questions, is itself a kind of wrongdoing — the kind of thing that incurs guilt, for which no audience is required."

"As well, I think the scholars and researchers at the University of Minnesota who prefer not to take a stand on how their university responds to ethically problematic research, even if it is research in someone else’s lab, or someone else’s department, underestimate the size of the audience for their actions and for their inaction."

Read the rest of her excellent post on the Scientific American "Doing Good Science" blog.

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