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Review of the Proposed Code of Ethics – Deadline Approaching

The January 30th deadline to review the posted draft code of ethics and submit your comments is quickly approaching.

At the 2011 AAA Annual Meeting recently held in Montréal, Quebec, Canada, the AAA Executive Board (EB) voted to receive a draft revision of the AAA’s Code of Ethics as revised by the Task Force for Comprehensive Ethics Review. The EB also passed a resolution thanking the task force and its chair, Dena Plemmons, for all of their hard work. Beginning in early 2009, the Task Force was commissioned to review the Code of Ethics and consult extensively with relevant AAA committees and commissions, the Section Assembly, the membership at large and other interested parties. The Task Force finished its review in October 2011.

After receiving the draft, the EB appointed a subcommittee to review the draft code which is currently available for review on the AAA website. The subcommittee is chaired by Vice President and President-Elect Monica Heller, and members include Hugh Gusterson, Jean Schensul, Ida Susser, Vilma Santiago, Deb Martin, Sandra Lopez Varela and AAA President Leith Mullings (ex-officio). The subcommittee will present its recommendation to the Executive Board at its May meeting.

We invite you, the membership at large to review the posted code, and submit your comments by January 30, 2012 to ethicsfeedback@aaanet.org for the subcommittee to consider.  Your input is crucial to this process, and we thank you for your dedication to our association.

Ethics Committee Announces Winners of Inaugural Small Grants Program

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) Committee on Ethics recently presented cash awards to two separate teams of anthropologists who offered proposals centered on encouraging awareness of and innovation in ethics curricular materials used in introductory, undergraduate, and graduate classes.

The goal of the AAA Small Grants Program is to foster the development and use of curricular materials for the teaching and communication of ethics and ethical practice across the discipline of anthropology. Award applicants exhibited the ability to develop curricular materials in a variety of different ways, including texts, films, blogs, websites, exhibits, and other innovative media forms.

Samuel Gerald Collins and Matthew Slover Durington of Towson University were awarded $350 for their proposal “Multimedia Ethics for a Networked Anthropology,” which seeks to formulate and freely disseminate ethical guidelines for a public anthropology premised on the production and dissemination of multimedia. These would be used for an ethical component in the methodological classes they teach, in training seminars for anthropologists and other multimedia researchers, and would contribute to a general debate on how anthropology might enjoin a public sphere characterized more and more by shared, social media.

Lakshmi Fjord and Devva Kasnitz of AAA’s Society for Medical Anthropology, Disability Research Special Interest Group were awarded $650 for their proposal, “Disability and Bioethical Curriculum: Please Mind the Gaps.” Their project is designed to address the absence of the disability experience, expertise, and theory in anthropology and bioethics curricula. The primary product will be a 3-hour (one week) class module that contains clear learning objectives addressed in multimedia and cross-learning styles and includes new PowerPoints,  lectures, and discussion notes for instructors’ use, suggested assigned and supplementary readings, suggested short assignments and suggested use of existing documentary or film clip resources.

“The Committee on Ethics is please to make these awards to two teams of scholars who are dedicated to teaching ethics in new, innovative ways,” AAA Committee on Ethics Chair Roberto Gonzalez said in a statement issued today. “I look forward to the final results of both of these projects, and am optimistic that they will provide helpful to our students, our members and our discipline.”

Review of the Proposed Code of Ethics

At the 2011 AAA Annual Meeting recently held in Montréal, Quebec, Canada, the AAA Executive Board (EB) voted to receive a draft revision of the AAA’s Code of Ethics as revised by the Task Force for Comprehensive Ethics Review. The EB also passed a resolution thanking the task force and its chair, Dena Plemmons, for all of their hard work. Beginning in early 2009, the Task Force was commissioned to review the Code of Ethics and consult extensively with relevant AAA committees and commissions, the Section Assembly, the membership at large and other interested parties. The Task Force finished its review in October 2011.

After receiving the draft, the EB appointed a subcommittee to review the draft code which is currently available for review on the AAA website. The subcommittee is chaired by Vice President and President-Elect Monica Heller, and members include Hugh Gusterson, Jean Schensul, Ida Susser, Vilma Santiago, Deb Martin, Sandra Lopez Varela and AAA President Leith Mullings (ex-officio). The subcommittee will present its recommendation to the Executive Board at its May meeting.

We invite you, the membership at large to review the posted code, and submit your comments by January 30, 2012 to ethicsfeedback@aaanet.org for the subcommittee to consider.  Your input is crucial to this process, and we thank you for your dedication to our association.

The Proposed Code of Ethics – Please Review

At the 2011 AAA Annual Meeting recently held in Montréal, Quebec, Canada, the AAA Executive Board (EB) voted to receive a draft revision of the AAA’s Code of Ethics as revised by the Task Force for Comprehensive Ethics Review. The EB also passed a resolution thanking the task force and its chair, Dena Plemmons, for all of their hard work. Beginning in early 2009, the Task Force was commissioned to review the Code of Ethics and consult extensively with relevant AAA committees and commissions, the Section Assembly, the membership at large and other interested parties. The Task Force finished its review in October 2011.

After receiving the draft, the EB appointed a subcommittee to review the draft code which is currently available for review on the AAA website. The subcommittee is chaired by Vice President and President-Elect Monica Heller, and members include Hugh Gusterson, Jean Schensul, Ida Susser, Vilma Santiago, Deb Martin, Sandra Lopez Varela and AAA President Leith Mullings (ex-officio). The subcommittee will present its recommendation to the Executive Board at its May meeting.

We invite you, the membership at large to review the posted code, and submit your comments by January 30, 2012 to ethicsfeedback@aaanet.org for the subcommittee to consider.  Your input is crucial to this process, and we thank you for your dedication to our association.

Ethically Impossible: STD Research in Guatemala from 1946 to 1948

Report released by the US Bioethics Committee on the Public Health Service’s supported research on STDs in Guatemala in the 1940’s -

Following the revelation last fall that the PHS supported research on sexually transmitted diseases in Guatemala from 1946 to 1948, President Obama asked the Bioethics Commission to oversee a thorough fact-finding investigation into the studies. Commission staff carefully reviewed more than 125,000 original pages of documents and approximately 550 secondary sources collected from public and private archives around the country. Commission staff also completed a fact finding trip to Guatemala and met with Guatemala’s own internal investigation committee.

The PHS research involved intentionally exposing and infecting vulnerable populations to sexually transmitted diseases without the subjects’ consent. “In the Commission’s view, the Guatemala experiments involved unconscionable basic violations of ethics, even as judged against the researchers’ own recognition of the requirements of the medical ethics of the day,” Commission Chair Amy Gutmann, Ph.D., said. “The individuals who approved, conducted, facilitated and funded these experiments are morally culpable to various degrees for these wrongs.”

The full reportEthically Impossible: STD Research in Guatemala from 1946-1953, also includes the Commission’s ethical analysis of the case.

Read the entire press release here. How do you think this will impact future research on human subjects? Drop your comment below.

ANPRM – Human Subjects Research

On Tuesday, July 26, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) for “Human Subjects Research: Enhancing Protections for Research Subjects and Reducing Burden, Delay and Ambiguity for Investigators.” The notice was published in the Federal Register (76 FR 44512).

The Chronicle reported this week that there would be a one month extension for universities to submit their pleas…

Universities knew they faced a complicated and far-reaching challenge when the federal government announced last month that it planned the first overhaul in three decades of regulations governing research on humans.

That realization was confirmed Wednesday with an announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services that it would accept university pleas for a one-month extension of the period for comments on the plan.

Read the entire article here: http://chronicle.com/article/Complexity-Slows-Drive-to/128852/

Want to know more about Protecting Human Subjects? Visit the AAA website: http://www.aaanet.org/issues/policy-advocacy/Protecting-Human-Subjects.cfm

AAA Code of Ethics in Review

Have you reviewed AAA’s complete draft Code of Ethics? AAA members have until Saturday, September 3rd to review and comment on the draft Code of Ethics. Visit the Ethics Task Force tab at the top of this blog page for complete commentary and draft stages of this Code of Ethics review.  Be sure to share your thoughts and opinions by leaving a comment for the Task Force for Comprehensive Ethics Review.

Click here to review the draft to the existing Code of Ethics.

Draft AAA Code of Ethics Compared With Existing Code

KEY:

2009 Code in Times New Roman, black (with an exception, explained below)

Draft code in Calibri in red

To facilitate the work of the task force, we’ve decided to produce a side by side comparison document with the new draft code of ethics provisions and the latest (2009) version of the code. The 2009 code is presented in its current order in black. Each section of the current code is followed, where appropriate, by the draft code revisions in red (with the draft principle named in parentheses after the text).  Where necessary/useful, particular pieces of the draft code corresponding to specific text in the current code is underlined and bolded.

Where text in the current code has not been explicitly / evidently reiterated in the draft code, that text is in blue and italics.

The preamble, the introduction, and the epilogue are not included here; the Task Force continues work on those sections. We welcome your comments and feedback.

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American Anthropological Association Request for Proposals – Ethics Small Grant Program

Purpose

The goal of the AAA Small Grants Program is to foster the development and use of curricular materials for the teaching and communication of ethics and ethical practice across the discipline of anthropology. Administered by the AAA Committee on Ethics, this small grant program encourages the awareness of and innovation in ethics curricular materials used in introductory, undergraduate, and graduate classes. Proposals for the development of curricular materials in a variety of forms are welcome, including texts, films, blogs, websites, exhibits, and other innovative media forms.  The grant recipient(s) will have ten months to complete these new curricular materials, the results of which will be featured in the “Ethical Currents” column of the December issue of AN as well as on the AAA ethics blog, and highlighted at the Annual Meeting.

Eligibility

All members of the American Anthropological Association are eligible to apply. Please visit www.aaanet.org for details on joining the Association, dues, and details on the benefits of membership.  Proposals may request from $200 to $1,000 and must address a clearly defined curricular material development project.  Note, the total budget allocation for this grant program for is $1000, thus proposals that include matching funds are encouraged.

Conflict of Interest Statement

All CoE award committees follow NSF guidelines regarding potential conflict of interest between applicants and reviewers.

Deadline

The deadline for proposals is November 1, 2011.  Please send proposals, acceptable in the following format only, and questions about the program via email to laradeeb@gmail.com in advance of the deadline.

Proposal Format

1. Application Cover Page should include the name, organization/department, address, phone number, and AAA membership number of the applicant, the title of the project, and the total amount in the requested budget.

2. Summary or Abstract (1/2 page) Present a brief summary of the entire proposal.

3. Project Description, including timeline (two pages) The project description should address the following questions: (a) What is the new curricular material to be developed? (Provide detail on form, content, and development strategies and intended audiences — including the potential involvement of undergraduate or graduate students and the broader public). (b) What is the curricular lacuna(e) that this new material will fill?  (c) How will this new material address the specificities of anthropological ethics?  (d) How will this new material be disseminated, in addition to a write-up in AN and on the ethics blog?  (e) What is the timeline for the production of this new material?

4. Summation of Applicant’s CV (2 pages maximum)

5. Budget Explanation (approx. 1/2 page) Provide justification for the budget and any additional information to help the review committee understand how calculations were made. Explain any unusual line items in the budget. If the requested grant amount will not cover all project expenses, please indicate the other sources of funding. You may also identify other contributions in this section, such as your time, resources of your department, equipment and other materials.

Grant Timeline

The successful applicant(s) will be notified in December 2011 and the grant awarded in January 2012.  The new curricular material must be completed by November 1, 2012.  A final report (1 page) is to be submitted to Committee on Ethics Chair Lara Deeb <laradeeb@gmail.com> by December 1, 2012.  The successful applicant is also responsible for providing a write-up about the new curricular material for the “Ethical Currents” column of the December 2012 issue of AN as well as providing additional content and links for the AAA ethics blog.

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