North Carolina State University is the lead institution in a federally funded effort to develop curriculum for research ethics.
The National Science Foundation recently awarded NCSU $250,000 over the next three years to support the initiative. Among topics for study are ethics related to producing human embryonic stem cells for research, or genetically modifying organisms for food.
Also involved are N.C. A&T State University, N.C. Central University, Fayetteville State University, Purdue University, Iowa State University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as the University of Hawaii.
The effort is called LANGURE, or Land Grant University Research Ethics.
“This award reaffirms NC State’s place as a national leader in research ethics and underscores our commitment to high ethical standards,” said NC State Chancellor James Oblinger. “As a research-extensive, land-grant university, NC State leads the way in this endeavor. Land-grant universities across the country are looking to us for innovative thinking in graduate ethics education.”
The LANGURE program is one of 11 such ethics efforts funded by the NSF.
For more information about the LANGURE program, see: www.chass.ncsu.edu/ethics/langure/