Tarleton State University will implement a semester-long study and dialogue related to ethics in science and scholarship thanks to a $10,000 gift from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX).

A portion of the gift, presented by Dr. Dan McCoy, president of BCBSTX—a 1989 graduate of Tarleton—will support the student-faculty study, dubbed “The Focus on Research Ethics.”

The rest of the BCBSTX donation will support the President’s Circle and university-wide initiatives.

Part of Tarleton’s College of Graduate Studies and Office of Research Innovation, the semester-long ethics project and dialogue set this spring will bring faculty and students together for a common book study and several group discussions with speakers from various fields of research and scholarship. The project culminates with a lecture by Dr. David Resnik in September on ethics as a “moving target.”

Resnik is a bioethicist and chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

“The program brings together faculty and students to discuss the very important topic of ethics as it relates to research and creative activities,” said Dr. Barry Lambert, dean of Tarleton’s College of Graduate Studies. “The knowledge gained during this book study and invited lecture will serve our students throughout their careers. I am extremely grateful to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas for providing funding for this initiative.”