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.