Monthly Archives: November 2013

Introducing the Research Ethics Scales and Measures Website

How do you measure research on research ethics?

The Fordham University Center for Ethics Education in partnership with the HIV Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute has recently introduced Research Ethics Scales and Measures, a continuously-updated evidence-based research ethics resources website for investigators who wish to use scales and measures to study all aspects of research ethics.

The website contains an extensive bibliography on quantitative approaches to research on research ethics which is divided into the following categories: Consent Assessment & Enhancement, Institutional Review Boards, Investigator and Institutional Perspectives, and Participant Perspectives.

In addition to the website, the scales and measures are also available on this blog.

We welcome submissions of scales and measures on research on research ethics. Please contact Elizabeth Yuko ( with submissions or for more details.

Our Inherited Diet: Reconsidering the Reason We Eat Meat


This is the first in a series of posts by students in Fordham University’s Master of Arts in Ethics and Society program.

By: Christopher Kovel

I recently had the opportunity to attend a debate on moral perspectives between famed philosopher Peter Singer, and theologian (and Fordham’s own) Charles Camosy at the idyllic campus of Princeton University. Singer, who is a secular utilitarian, balances his ethical stances on a pain vs. pleasure scale. Reducible to the method of pleasure maximization, Singer uses this calculus to identify rectitude. Camosy, in turn, is a Catholic ethicist, who begins at God and His fundamental goodness. Amid the clash of these disparate mindsets, the two professors tended to find commonality about the gross mistreatment of animals. They both, I learned, abstain from the consumption of animal products because they find the choice morally bankrupt. As I was leaving Princeton, I remembered a recent dinner out with the family:

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Dr. Celia B. Fisher Featured on Al Jazeera Documentary Discussing Psychological Effects & Ethics of NSA Surveillance

Dr. Celia B. Fisher, psychologist and ethics expert appeared on the Al Jazeera America program Fault Lines. Photo by Bud Glick.

Dr. Celia B. Fisher, psychologist and ethics expert appeared on the Al Jazeera America program Fault Lines. Photo by Bud Glick.

What are the psychological effects of surveillance? Center for Ethics Education Director Dr. Celia B. Fisher discussed this, as well as the ethical implications of surveillance on Fault Lines, a program on Al Jazeera America.

Collect it All: America’s Surveillance State aired on Friday and Saturday nights, and will be shown internationally on Al Jazeera English on Wednesday, November 6th at 6:30 p.m. E.S.T.

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