Newswise — The Morgridge Institute for Research launched the fourth Ethics Cartooning Competition, and public voting is now open to select the winners out of 17 semi-finalists.

A panel of judges selected the 17 cartoons for display to the public, based on their depiction and analysis of a research ethics issue, humor, and artistry.

Each year, public voting contributes to the selection of finalists who will receive cash prizes. 

Morgridge Bioethics Scholar in Residence Pilar Ossorio developed the Ethics Cartooning Competition to encourage scientists to talk about the possible social and ethical impacts of their research.

This year, the entrants created cartoons on a variety of research ethics topics, including timely issues on public health and vaccine development in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.The Morgridge Ethics Cartooning Competition is open annually to junior scientists including grad students, post docs, lab techs, and people with scientist-level positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and its affiliated biomedical research centers or institutes.

Public voting is open now through April 16, 2021. Vote here:


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