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BIOL 100 Lab Notes

BIOL 100 Lab Notes - Acting With Integrity Survival in our...

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12/30/2007 1 Acting With Integrity Survival in our society requires that we look out for our own interests. Each of us must find a way to support ourselves, seek out shelter and food, and do everything else it takes to be satisfied with our lives. No one else can do these things for us. Microsoft Office Online Fortunately, we don’t have to do this alone. To help us with these tasks, we build communities to provide us with certain resources we all depend on. Environmental Protection Agency There are times when pursuing our individual best interest actually works against us, because it destroys a resource that we and others rely upon. © T. Hofer/FAO Collecting firewood © S. Braatz/ FAO Deforestation When it is immediately obvious how our actions deplete a common resource, most of us will see the conflict and make other choices. Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference But sometimes the conflict is not so obvious. Sometimes it takes time or experience to see how our actions harm our communal resources. Arctic Climate Impact Assessment
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12/30/2007 2 Communities have rules to preserve the resources we all rely on To protect common resources that we all depend on, we ask our community leaders to see the “big picture” for us, and provide us with rules that spell out when we should refrain from following our individual interests. The most obvious rules are the laws and regulations set by the governments of the local, state and national communities we live in. But we are also members of smaller communities. UMBC Alumni Association The United States Capitol For example, the residents in a dormitory form a community. Members of the dorm community expect their rooms will be quiet at night so that they can sleep. UMBC Alumni Association To protect the resource of “peace and quiet” that residents depend upon, dormitories limit when and how loudly you can play music in your private room. Communal resources for scholars Both professional scholars (professors) and scholars- in-training (students) rely on certain common resources: circle6 Free access to the work of others circle6 Information that is accurate and reliable circle6 Feedback on our work that is fair and accurate Stacks at the UMBC library Communities of individuals that share professional goals have rules too. The rules of professional communities are called “professional ethics.” New medical students reciting the Hippocratic Oath at the Medical College of Virginia Medical College of Virginia Alumni Assn. UMBC is a community of scholars There are many communities at UMBC, but above all UMBC is a community of scholars. UMBC students present their work at the 5 th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. . Emily Davis
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12/30/2007 3 To help protect those scholarly resources, UMBC has developed codes of professional ethics for students and faculty.
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