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Professor Marianne Jennings is an emeritus professor of legal and ethical studies from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, retiring in 2011 after 35 years of teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in ethics and the legal environment of business. During her tenure at ASU, she served as director of the Joan and David Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics from 1995-1999. In 2006, she was appointed faculty director for the W.P. Carey Executive MBA Program. She has done consulting work for businesses and professional groups including AICPA, Boeing, Dial Corporation, Edward Jones, Mattel, Motorola, CFA Institute, Southern California Edison, the Institute of Internal Auditors, AIMR, DuPont, AES, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Motorola, Hy-Vee Foods, IBM, Bell Helicopter, Amgen, Raytheon, and VIAD. The sixth edition of her textbook, Case Studies in Business Ethics, was published in February 2011. The ninth edition of her textbook, Business: lts Legal, Ethical and Global Environment was published in January 2011. The 23rd edition of her book, Business Law: Principles and Cases, will be published in January 2013. The tenth edition of her book, Real Estate Law, will also be published in January 2013. Her book, A Business Tale: A Story of Ethics, Choices, Success, and a Very Large Rabbit, a fable about business ethics, was chosen by Library Journal in 2004 as its business book of the year. A Business Tale was also a finalist for two other literary awards for 2004. In 2000 her book on corporate governance was published by the New York Times MBA Pocket Series. Her book on long-term success, Building a Business Through Good Times and Bad: Lessons from Fifteen Companies, Each With a Century of Dividends, was published in October 2002 and has been used by Booz, Allen, Hamilton for its work on business longevity. Her latest book, The Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse was published by St. Martin’s Press in July 2006 and has been a finalist for two book awards. Her weekly columns are syndicated around the country, and her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Reader's Digest. A collection of her essays, Nobody Fixes Real Carrot Sticks Anymore, first published in 1994 is still being published. She has been a commentator on business issues on All Things Considered for National Public Radio. She has served on four boards of directors, including Arizona Public Service (1987-2000), Zealous Capital Corporation, and the Center for Children with Chronic Illness and Disability at the University of Minnesota. She was appointed to the board of advisors for the Institute of Nuclear Power Operators in 2004 and served on the board of trustees for Think Arizona, a public policy think tank. She has appeared on CNBC, CBS This Morning, the Today Show, and CBS Evening News. In 2010 she was named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Business Ethics by Trust Across America. Her books have been translated into four different languages. She received the British Emerald award for authoring one of their top 50 articles in management publications, chosen from over 15,000 articles. Personal: Married since 1976 to Terry H. Jennings, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office Deputy County Attorney; five children: Sarah, Sam, and John, and the late Claire and Hannah Jennings.

Harvard Prof and Cardiologist Fabricated or Falsified Data in 31 Studies

Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital began a review of the work of Dr. Piero Anversa in 2013. In 2014, co-authors who had worked with Dr. Anversa wrote to a journal to complain that the data Dr. Anversa … Continue reading

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“Other bucket-list items: I want to travel more and I can’t wait to start a family, but in due time,”

Meghan Markle in an interview. Recognizing that this is the Duchess’s first child, she may not realize that starting a family is a tad more than an item to check, like a trip to New Zealand. Or, if we hold … Continue reading

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The Ethicist Tackles Cheating, Again

In yesterday’s New York Times, the Ethicist tackled another letter from a young ‘un who was witnessing a colleague cheating and wondered what to do. This time, the two students are seniors (last time the cheating involved the entrance exams … Continue reading

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The College Basketball Bribery Trial

It’s a wonder to behold. A father, Brian Bowen Sr., testifying that he made the arrangements for payments totaling $100,000 in exchange for having his son, Tugs Bowen, a star basketball player, choose Louisville for college. When asked if his … Continue reading

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The FBI’s Ethical Culture Problem

This is not your father’s FBI. This is not even Kevin Costner’s FBI. The FBI issued a “recall” of several agents in Asia whilst the agency investigates reports of “parties and interactions with prostitutes.” Let’s recap the past 18 months … Continue reading

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Third-Grade Teacher Spouts Off on White House’s Stephen Miller

Nikki Fiske taught Stephen Miller in third grade. Ms. Fiske thought it appropriate to share with Hollywood Reporter that Mr. Miller was a “strange dude” in third grade. Weren’t we all? The Barometer had cat-eye glasses and a seriously flawed … Continue reading

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Suspect Stole $1.2 Million in Wine From His Boss: Jumps From 33rd Floor

Nicholas De-Meyer was a former assistant to Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon. One of his responsibilities was to receive wine deliveries at Solomon’s Manhattan apartment and then transport them to Solomon’s East Hampton home. De-Meyer allegedly lifted some of the … Continue reading

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Audi Employees Suspected of Falsifying Road-Worthiness Certifications

Wow — do they not read the papers in Germany? News of VW’s false emissions problems seems to have escaped notice by employees in the automaker’s other subsidiaries. There is a basic ethical standard here: Don’t make stuff up!

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Carlos Ramos: A Stickler for the Rules at the U.S. Open and Always

Carlos Ramos, the chair empire at the Serena Williams U.S. Open final, where there actually was another tennis player who actually won the match (Naomi Osaka). But Ms. Osaka is a footnote as U.S. Opens go because Ms. Williams railed … Continue reading

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“Is It O.K. To Press Your Spouse To Have A Vasectomy Before You Ditch Him?”

The dilemma “The Ethicist” addressed on Sunday, October 7, 2018 in the New York Times. The Barometer is speechless, although not without questions: Why is this a worry if the relationship is so damaged that you are leaving? Why is … Continue reading

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“Their truth,” “Her truth,” and “His truth.”

The Barometer keeps hearing the description of the “right to speak their truth.” The Barometer is not clear on what that means, but the truth is not a personal thing. There is one truth, no matter how much people believe … Continue reading

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Is It Ethical to Choose Your Baby’s Eye Color?

The title of a Wall Street Journalarticle on how fertility clinics are offering parents new options, including DNA tests on embryos to predict their baby’s eye color. That way they and pick and choose embryos. The unknown is parenthood, with … Continue reading

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And 24 Hours Later . . . Elon Musk Will Step Down as Tesla Chairman

Mr. Musk will settle the SEC suit he vowed to fight only yesterday morning. He will pay $20 million and no longer be chairman of the board of Tesla. Yowzers. When entrepreneurs go off the rails at full speed, it … Continue reading

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SEC Files Complaint to Have Elon Musk Ousted

It took the SEC about two weeks to figure out that when Elon Musk tweeted that he had funding for going private at $420 per share, he was puffing. “Puffing” is a charitable description. The complaint alleges Mr. Musk misled … Continue reading

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