Colorado State Invites Community to Â??professionalism of Ethics in Science’ Lecture on Oct. 14

Colorado State University’s College of Natural Sciences welcomes the Fort Collins and campus communities to the public presentation, "Professionalism and Ethics in Science," at 6 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Yates Hall auditorium. Renowned ethics author and lecturer Jeffrey D. Kovac will lead the talk, which will focus on scientific ethics as a subset of professional ethics. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Kovac will examine science as a profession and describe the moral ideal, the internal and external bargains between the profession and society, and the code of ethics that derives from the combination. He also will address some of the ethical questions raised by the increasing pressures to commercialize the results of scientific research.  

Kovac is chemistry professor and director of undergraduate studies at the University of Tennessee, a Fellow of the Center for Applied and Professional Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and director of the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Sciences.  

Kovac additionally is the author of more than 70 publications including "Scientific Ethics for High School Students," "Writing Across the Chemistry Curriculum: An Instructor’s Handbook" and "The Ethical Chemist: Professionalism and Ethics in Science." He received his doctoral degree in theoretical chemistry from Yale University in 1974.

For more information, call (970) 491-6974.