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Physics Colloquium: “Value-Based Ethics and the Moral Compass; from Preaching and Teaching to Reaching”

February 12, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

Roel Snieder

Colorado School of Mines Education Center for Wave Phenomena & Office of Academic Affairs

Abstract: Professional ethics education in science and engineering is often based either on telling students what proper ethical principles are (e.g., professional codes of ethics) and/or by teaching the philosophical theories of ethics. Although there is a value and purpose for both types of teaching ethics, these approaches alone are not effective to bring about ethical engagement and behavioral change unless the materials are embraced and internalized by students. Instead, we propose that effective ethics teaching includes connecting to the personal values of students. But often we are not aware what our values really are; we need to reach out to them. We will explore the concept of values, and do an exercise to help us get clarity on what our values are. We will then explore how these values might shape the daily professional practice of scientists or engineers.

Bio-sketch: Roel Snieder holds the W.M. Keck Distinguished Chair of Professional Development Education at the Colorado School of Mines. He received in 1984 a Masters degree in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics from Princeton University, and in 1987 a Ph.D. in seismology from Utrecht University. In 1993 he was  appointed as professor of seismology at Utrecht University, where from 1997-2000 he was appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Earth Sciences. Roel served  on the editorial boards of Geophysical Journal International, Inverse Problems, Reviews of Geophysics, the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, and the European Journal of Physics. In 2000 he was elected as Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. He is author of the textbooks  “A Guided Tour of Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences”, “The Art of Being a Scientist”, and “The Joy of Science” that are published by Cambridge University Press. Roel is a corresponding member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2011 he was elected as Honorary Member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and in 2014 he received a research award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In 2016 Roel received the Beno Gutenberg Medal from the European Geophysical Union and the Outstanding Educator Award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. From 2000-2014 he was a firefighter in Genesee Fire Rescue where he served for two years as Fire Chief. 

Berthoud Hall 241


February 12, 2019
4:00 pm
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