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Symposium: Are there new rules for the new economy?
September 29, 2010

PULLMAN – Graduate students, law students, lawyers, judges, academics and senior business people in the Pacific Northwest are invited to a free day-long symposium to explore critical legal and ethical problems in the new economic environment and discuss potential solutions in an interactive setting.


A welcoming reception will be 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at the LaQuinta Inn, Moscow, Idaho. The symposium will begin at 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 12, in the Lewis Alumni Centre at WSU Pullman.


Financial reform, tax ethics, business student ethics and professional conduct are among the topics that will be addressed.


In addition to WSU faculty … » More …

48th annual Potter Lecture examines the ethics of war
March 12, 2010

PULLMAN – Georgetown University Professor of Philosophy, Nancy Sherman, will deliver the WSU Department of Philosophy’s 48th annual Potter Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. March 25 in CUE, Room 203. Sherman’s lecture, “The Untold War: The Guilt They Carry,” will examine the psychological and moral burdens borne by soldiers.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will draw from her recent book, “The Untold War: Inside Hearts, Minds, and Souls of Our Soldiers.” A book signing will follow the lecture.

A highly acclaimed philosopher, psychoanalyst, ethicist and the first Distinguished Chair in Ethics at the U.S. Naval Academy, Sherman … » More …

Political and campaigning activities
August 27, 2008

In election years, questions invariably are raised regarding whether WSU employees may engage in certain types of political and campaigning activities. The Ethics in Public Service Act strictly prohibits any use of state resources for the purpose of assisting a campaign for election of a person to an office or for the promotion or opposition to a ballot proposition. RCW 42.52.180(2). That portion of the Ethics Act provides:

No state officer or state employee may use or authorize the use of facilities of an agency, directly or indirectly, for the purpose of assisting a campaign for election of a person to an … » More …

Forces that drive business ethics
January 5, 2007

Business ethics is not an oxymoron, but figuring out what drives ethical behavior in a competitive environment, and how to strengthen it, is a complicated endeavor. Enter John Cullen, professor of management and operations in the College of Business, whose ethical climate theory has been used by scholars and business leaders around the world to help them understand why some companies — indeed some countries — adhere to higher ethical standards than others.In his recent work, Cullen has looked at business environments in numerous countries and found that managers are more likely to justify unethical acts and engage in activities such as bribery and tax … » More …

Moral reasoning and teaching found lacking in sports, society
December 2, 2005

Moral reasoning among athletes is at a record low and declining rapidly, according to 18 years of research and statistics gathered by WSU’s Jennifer Beller, and University of Idaho’s Sharon Stoll. “When I first heard that (supposition), I thought ‘What does that say about me,’ ” said Beller, who played field hockey and tennis throughout high school and college — enough to advance to the AIAW (Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) national tennis championships. So in 1987 that news propelled her to focus her doctoral research on the topic, with Stoll as her principal advisor. To Beller’s dismay, their study and statistics supported the … » More …

Ethics teaching celebration April 29
April 24, 2003

The presentation of this year’s Richard Crain Faculty Award for Distinction in Ethics Teaching will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in SCUE 518. A wine and cheese reception will take place, along with the presentation of the award by Mrs. Carolee Crain. Candis S. Claiborn, associate professor, College of Engineering & Architecture and recipient of the award will present “Shades of Grey: Teaching Professional and Scientific Ethics.”Dr. Val Limburg, professor of communication, will also receive a “Certificate of Special Recognition.” The Richard Crain Faculty Award for Distinction in Ethics Teaching honors a faculty member who has distinguished him or … » More …