The ETHOS program is designed to give members of the Ohio State community an opportunity to learn about the moral values that motivate and help shape the research and scholarship of those in our community.

Our aim is to explore how questions of value informed a particular person’s decision to enter a given field of study, how those questions have shaped their work over time, and how researchers navigate whatever tensions arise between honoring their value commitments and producing high-quality scholarship.

ETHOS will commence with an annual ETHOS Spotlight video series, sharing the stories of Ohio State researchers through brief video interviews.

The subject of our first ETHOS Spotlight was Ohio State's Distinguished Professor of Soil Science, Rattan Lal, whose internationally-recognized work on soil and agriculture has been motivated by questions about the ethics of sustainability.