Session Detail

Professional Ethics in Astronomy: An Ongoing Dialogue
Special Session
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012, 10:00 AM -11:30 AM
Ballroom E
The AAS recently endorsed a professional ethics statement, which along with the ethics guide for authors established by our journals, forms the framework for professional ethical behavior in the astronomical sciences.
Sigma Xi is using its 125th anniversary to devote the entire year of 2011 to ethics in the sciences, including education through the American Scientist magazine, activities across the country at professional meetings and regular articles in the American Scientist Magazine. I read the engaging column by Dr. Ahearne in the Jan/Feb issue entitled "Honesty" and felt that the time had come to again organize a panel session on professional ethics in astronomy at an AAS meeting. The last such panel session I organized was at the Minneapolis meeting in 2005, which, although scheduled in a small room, was a standing-room only event, with more than 150 people in attendance. Of particular importance to the people attending that session was the participation of the ApJ Editor-in-Chief, Robert Kennicutt and representatives from the funding agencies. Sigma Xi will produce a revised pamphlet on ethics during 2011 for general use and distribution.
The AAS provides new members with a copy of the National Academy of Sciences book "On Being a Scientist" (since 2006), which will be re-written this year with an eye toward changes in technologies used for communication, among other items. This is viewed favorably by our new members, especially Junior members and we plan to continue to distribute this low-cost volume in the future. The NAS has recently revised the edition, led in part by Rich Bissel, who serves as the Executive Director of NAS' office for Policy and Global Affairs.
Kevin B. Marvel1
1American Astronomical Society.

204.00C. Chair
Kevin B. Marvel1
1American Astronomical Society.

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012, 10:00 AM -10:15 AM
204.01. Honesty in Professional Activities
John F. Ahearne1
1Sigma XI.

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012, 10:15 AM -10:30 AM
204.02. Recent Studies of Research Ethics at the National Academy of Sciences
Richard Bissell1
1National Research Council.

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012, 10:30 AM -10:45 AM
204.03. Ethics for Proposal Review
Linda S. Sparke1
1NASA Headquarters.

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012, 10:45 AM -11:00 AM
204.04. What is Plagiarism?
Ethan T. Vishniac1
1McMaster University, Canada.