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October 20, 2015

2015 Walter Randall Lecture on Ethics and Research

Nancy Jones pictureDr. Nancy Jones, a Senior Science Policy Analyst at the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, presented the 2015 Walter Randall Lecture on Research and Ethics on Monday, October 19. Her topic was “Navigating the Nexus of Science and Ethics.” She talked about the difference between how science actually works and how it is sometimes perceived. Science is sometimes seen as the ultimate source of truth, but is really a way to model physical reality in a way we can begin to understand it. Science does not have the ability to produce moral values, but is influenced by the values that researchers bring to it. Science is best when it is objective, but objectivity is difficult to achieve. For science to be done well it needs to be done within a moral framework that science itself cannot produce.

This annual lecture series is done in memory of Dr. Walter Randall, a Taylor University alumnus, who returned to Taylor toward the end of his career as a researcher in physiology to include Taylor students in doing his research on cardiac physiology.

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