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Ethics of scientific research the topic of next CCU lecture

March 19, 2012

A lecture on ethical issues associated with conflicts of interest in scientific research will be presented on Thursday, March 22, at 6:30 p.m. in the Wall Auditorium at Coastal Carolina University. The event is free and open to the public.

Kevin Elliott, an associate professor of philosophy at the University of South Carolina, will focus on the financial conflicts of interest in scientific research, such as the funding by pharmaceutical and chemical companies of research to evaluate their own products, including safety testing of new drugs and pesticides.

My talk will argue that we should be concerned about these financial conflicts of interest, and Iwill discuss the ethical significance of themnamely, that these scientific results influence regulations and public policies that influence the health and economic well-being of many people, says Elliott. I will also draw on some psychological research about moral behavior to argue for specific solutions to these problems.

Elliott is a graduate of Wheaton College, where he earned a bachelors degree in chemistry and philosophy. He earned masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Notre Dame in history and philosophy of science. Elliott has also received numerous accolades, including the 2010 Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award and the 2011 Breakthrough Rising Star Award, both from USC.

The Wall Auditorium is located on the ground floor of the E. Craig Sr. Wall College of Business on the CCU campus. This event is part of CCUs Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values visiting lecturer series. For more information, contact the Jackson Family Center at 843-349-2440 or visit