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Ethics, Integrity, and Behavior: 2020 Webinar Series
Part One: Geoethics across our discipline:
Accepted Standards and Adopted Codes

Get the answer to this question during this webinar:

What important roles do Geoethics play in the day-to-day workplace life of an environmental and engineering professional?

This webinar is more important than ever, because:

Geoethics have risen to the forefront and are in the spotlight across scientific disciplines, professional societies, federal agencies, and institutions of work and learning. Ethical behavior is also explicitly defined in most licensure codes for geologists and engineers. This webinar will examine the basic premise of geoethics and ethical behaviors for practicing Earth Scientists.


Beginning with basic definitions as accepted by our industry, we will review the formal ethics statements, accepted standards, and adopted codes that impact our profession.

As clearly articulated in the Cape Town Statement on Geoethics, which we will examine in this webinar, "Embracing geoethics is essential: to improve both the quality of professional work and the credibility of geoscientists, to foster excellence in geosciences, to assure sustainable benefits for communities, as well as to protect local and global environments..."

Those are admirable, necessary, and worthy goals that we will illuminate in this webinar and are found no where else on the web.

We are in a profession that demands sound technical judgments and decisions with fearless integrity and clear accuracy.

Ask Yourself...

  • ... what do we mean by Geoethics?-we'll figure that out.
  • ... what do Geoethics have to do with my job?-we'll try to explain that.
  • ... can I do what I do a bit better with an understanding of geoethics?-Yes you can!

Immediately benefit from:

  • Geoethics-It's the right thing to do!
  • Your profession, explicitly through licensure & disciplinary society codes, demands the understanding and practice of ethical behaviors, and you will be exposed to the expectations of ethical behaviors.
  • You will understand the salient elements in the adopted codes of the disciplinary societies that represent our profession and provide certification to earth and environmental scientists and engineers.
  • You will be empowered to develop a more comfortable and productive workplace for you and your team.
  • Your clients will know they are working with ethically responsible professionals.
  • You will meet licensure requirements for ethics continuing education.

Fee: 66.75 USD Per Computer Site
(unlimited participants per site)
when Members register for the 'Entire' series:

Part Two: Macroethics-Ethics Related to Society and Stewardship of Earth
Part Three: Boundaries and Behavior to Avoid Bullying, Discrimination, and Harassment

Part Four: Microethics-Ethics Related to Our Personal Values and Our Profession

125.00 USD
Per Computer Site for our Members
(unlimited participants per site)
when Members register for another 'Part' in this series

199.00 USD
Per Computer Site for our Members
(unlimited participants per site)

249.00 USD Per Computer Site for Non-Members
(unlimited participants per site)

Pay one site registration fee and an unlimited number of participants from your organization can attend at that site.
Free Book: Register for the entire series before March 31, 2020 and receive a free book: Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown
Instructor: Paul Doss, Ph.D., Professor at University of Southern Indiana
Handouts: Copy of Webinar Slides (pdf)
Record of Attendance Form (pdf)
Duration: 1.0 hour plus Q&A
(no restrictions on time limit for extra Q&A!)
Earn 1.0 Professional Development Hours (1.0 PDH)

A Record of Attendance Form is included free with each webinar for your record keeping and individual PDH verification. We ask your on-site coordinator to return the completed and signed copy of the Form to us following the webinar for (1) maintaining a separate copy as a service to attendees and (2) forwarding to NIU confirming attendance for those who order certificates.

Attendees may also order an official a Course Completion Certificate from Northern Illinois University for a small administrative fee. The Certificate is optional and may be ordered separately following the webinar to confirm your attendance and showcase the certificate on your office wall. Instructions for ordering certificates are given during the webinar.

* This webinar is eligible for the 'BUY THREE, GET THREE' discount; however ANY webinar series discount shown above cannot be combined with it.

Attendees will be invited to actively participate during this live and interactive on-line web seminar. Discussion is planned following the webinar for those who want to continue the session. Bring your questions to the webinar and present them to the instructor and other participants for exploring the best solution.

Instructors Bio

Paul Doss, Ph.D.

Paul Doss, PhD earned his BS from IUPUI and his PhD from Northern Illinois University. He is currently Professor of Geology at the Univ. of Southern Indiana, where he served as Department Chairman for eight years, and teaches courses on Environmental Geology-Environmental Science, Geology of National Parks, and Water Resources.

He directs student research on environmental problems such as impacts of humans on water resources, natural-resources management, and geological hazards. Doss served as the Supervisory Geologist for Yellowstone National Park and the NPS Coordinating Scientist for the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, and also worked in Indiana Dunes, Acadia, and Everglades National Parks.

He was named the Integra Distinguished Professor at USI in 2007, received natural resource protection awards from the National Park Service and the US Forest Service, and was named IUPUI School of Science Distinguished Alumnus in 2016. His current research focuses on potential impacts of commercial groundwater extraction, ecosystem restoration, and climate change on aquatic resources in Manistee National Forest of Michigan.

Doss served as Chair of the Geological Society of America's national committee on Geology and Public Policy, has served on municipal planning boards, and natural resource conservation committees, and was a Visiting Scholar for Earth Science Policy in Washington DC in 2017. He is a long-term instructor for the Yellowstone Forever Institute and the Southern Indiana Master Naturalist program.

Student from University of Southern Indiana (Photo courtesy of Paul Doss)

by Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW

Why this book?

This is the perfect follow up to an Ethics Webinar Series. Braving the Wilderness is not a story about being outside - it's about those times when you find yourself ethically at odds with what's going on around you and have to find the courage to act effectively and appropriately, i.e., 'brave the wilderness.'

And when nothing else seems to be working in getting across the importance of ethics and integrity, ask yourself: what could have been done during Volkswagen's Dieselgate to avoid the ethics disaster that's cost tens of billions of dollars.

"True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are." social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives-experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy.

In Braving The Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging.

It's our hope that you combine this webinar series and the book to experience the empowerment of ethical behavior with fearless integrity.

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