Ethical misconduct normally violates good professional standards but may not be illegal. Ethical standards vary in different areas of human conduct. As defined by professional societies, professional ethical standards for science differ significantly from those for engineering. Two case studies in ethical misconduct will be discussed. The first deals with sexual harassment. The second deals with issues of professional standards for publication in a long distance collaboration gone awry.
Jim McGuire holds the Murchison Mallory Endowed Chair in the department of Physics and Engineering Physics at Tulane University in New Orleans. His research is in theoretical Atomic physics, publishing ~300 papers and a book on electron correlation dynamics. He has received a senior Alexander von Humboldt and served as department chair from 2003 to 2011.