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Poynter Center Ethics Seminars

On May 5-8, 2003 in recognition of the retirement of its longtime director, professor David Smith, the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions at Indiana University presented four ethics seminars. At the beginning of each seminar three speakers made thought-provoking presentations as starting points for discussion. Here are links to the audiostreams of the ethics seminars pertaining to: Journalists' Ethics in a Time of War, the Role of Religion in Contemporary American Politics, Direct Marketing of Genetic Tests and Issues in Research Ethics.

Journalists' Ethics in a Time of War

Brian E. Schrag, Executive Secretary of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics located at Indiana University Bloomington

  • Opening remarks
  • Is the practice of imbedding of reporters with troops in a war zone good for the military?
  • Is the practice of imbedding reporters with troops in a war zone good for the public?
  • Impact of imbedded reporters on independent journalists
  • Is the practice of imbedding reporters with troops in a war zone good for journalists and journalism?
  • David E. Boeyink, Associate Professor of Journalism at Indiana University and Director of Media Studies in the IU School of Journalism

  • Opening remarks
  • Our expectations as an audience for war reporting
  • Analysis of war coverage
  • Charlene J. Brown, Director of Extracurricular Programming for the Honors College at Indiana University

  • Laying out guidelines for journalists to follow in the next time of war
  • Notion of Imbedding
  • Conflicts between patriotism and professionalism
  • Questions of privacy, respect and dignity
  • The Role of Religion in Contemporary American Politics

    Richard B. Miller, Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University Bloomington

  • Posing questions
  • Public reason and Civic Participation approaches to questions
  • Judy Failer, Assistant Professor of Political Science and American Studies at Indiana University Bloomington

  • "It's an old truism that mixing church and state is bad for both church and state."
  • Hard to avoid mixing church and state; Important to try to keep church and state separate
  • Daniel O. Conkle, the Robert McKinney Professor of Law in the School of Law at Indiana University Bloomington

  • Four ways in which religion can be involved in politics
  • Direct Marketing of Genetic Tests

    Kimberly Quaid DeCordon, Professor of Clinical Medical and Molecular Genetics in the School of Medicine at Indiana University

  • Three types of genetic tests. Are genetic tests a special kind of medical test? Direct-to-public genetic tests are outside the conventional system of medical referrals
  • Advertising of genetic tests
  • Gail H. Vance, M.D., Director of the Indiana Familial Cancer Center and Interim Chairperson of the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics in the School of Medicine at Indiana University

  • Self-introduction Breast cancer gene and related tests
  • Breast cancer gene isolated and patented; Example of colon cancer research
  • Peter T. Cherbas, Professor of Chemistry at Indiana University and Director of IU's Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics

  • Economics of genetic tests
  • Issues in Research Ethics

    Kenneth D. Pimple, Director of Teaching Research Ethics Programs at the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions located at Indiana University Bloomington

  • "Wondering about whether we have reached, or are about to reach, the limit of our ability to control research; specifically, to declare some lines of research off limits."
  • Eric M. Meslin, Director of the Center for Bioethics located at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

  • Noting Prof. David Smith's contributions
  • International Dimensions of Research Ethics
  • Peter R. Finn, Professor of Psychology at Indiana University Bloomington and Chair of IU Bloomington's Institutional Review Board and Special Assistant to the Vice President for Research at IU

  • Opening remarks
  • Research with vulnerable populations
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