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Dual-Segree Student Camilla Tassi Finds Harmony Between Music and Computer Science


Camilla Tassi is a member of the class of 2015 and 2016, participating in the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values' original education program, The Reily Five Year Dual-Degree Program in Arts and Letters / Engineering (AL/ENG). Through this program, she has pursued and excelled in both music performance and computer science & engineering, two seemingly disparate disciplines that she has managed to pull together with impressive results. As of January 2016, she has already been offered her choice of a job in engineering/computer science, one in music, and the opportunity to pursue a graduate degree. 

Camilla, in her own words: 

Through the Reilly Dual Degree program I have been able to study, fully, two seemingly unrelated areas of interest.

When I was looking at universities, I knew I wanted to study both Computer Science and Music. I visited other colleges, but many discouraged the combination. Notre Dame, on the other hand, fully supported it. Read more> 

Notre Dame’s Reilly Center Releases it’s Annual Top 10 of Ethical Dilemmas and Policy Issues in Science and Technology

The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame has released its annual list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology for 2016. This marks the fourth year the Center has released a list, designed to get people thinking about potential dilemmas before the science or technology goes mainstream. Readers are encouraged to vote on the issue they find most compelling and in need of discussion at and clicking on the vote button. Read more >

Gary Lamberti to Direct GLOBES Program

Gary Lamberti

The Reilly Center is delighted to announce that Gary Lamberti, Professor of Biological Sciences and Director of the Stream and Wetland Ecology Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame, has agreed to serve as the Interim Director of the GLOBES Program in Environment and Society for 2015-16.

Reilly Center Newsletter

The Reilly Center has published the first in a series of new newsletters that will come out in Fall, Spring, and Summer each year. The newsletter highlights the accomplishments of the Center and it's faculty, staff, students, and alumni/ae. Click here to view the Summer 2015 edition (this link will take you off-site). 

Change in staff of the Assistant Director for Research

Jess Nickrand

Melinda Gormley, the Reilly Center's Assistant Director for Research, is taking a one-year leave from Notre Dame to accept Science and Technology Policy fellowship with AAAS. The Center welcomes Jessica Nickrand into this position for the 2015-2016 academic year. Read more about Melinda Gormley's leave and learn more about Jessica Nickrand (right).

GLOBES Graduates Demonstrate Novel Interdisciplinary Research Approaches

Since January 2015, six GLOBES students have earned doctoral degrees in their home departments while finishing up certificate requirements associated with GLOBES-IGERT fellowships. GLOBES students integrate an interdisciplinary research component into their dissertation thesis under the mentorship of an advisor from a discipline outside of their primary field.

GLOBES Certificate Open to ND Energy Graduate Students


The GLOBES Interdisciplinary Graduate Training Program in Environment and Society and the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) are pleased to form a new partnership to advance interdisciplinary graduate education in energy studies. This partnership will promote the pursuit of GLOBES certificates by graduate students affiliated with ND Energy. The partnership also promotes the growth of a campus-wide community of scholars who reach across disciplines and discover better environmental and energy research solutions.

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Reilly Center Welcomes First SRR Cohort


The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values is pleased to announce the first cohort of fellows in the NSF-funded Social Responsibilities for Researchers (SRR) program.  This program is designed to provide training for STEM doctoral students in the ethical responsibilities of researchers arising from the impact of scientific and technological advancements on society.  We are fortunate to welcome an exceptionally strong and truly diverse set of PhD students to this inaugural year of the program.

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Reilly Center to Train STEM PhD Students in Social Responsibilities


A new NSF-funded program in the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values is encouraging STEM PhD students to go beyond standard research ethics training and look at their research in terms of its social relevance.  The people behind the project are Don Howard, Reilly Fellow and former Director of the center, Melinda Gormley, Assistant Director for Research of the center, and Mark Bourgeois, a postdoc hired to implement the program. 


The 2015 Reilly Center Top 10 List 

2015 Reilly Top 10 List of Ethical Dilemmas and Policy Issues in Science and Technology

The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame has released its annual list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology for 2015. This marks the third year the Center has released a list. Readers are encouraged to vote on the issue they find most compelling at


Kristin Shrader-Frechette and grad students bring socially engaged HPS to HSS/PSA 2014 


ND HPS faculty member Kristin Shrader-Frechette and 4  grad students will present their work  on "Socially Engaged HPS" on Thursday evening, 7-8:30 pm, at the biennial HSS-PSA meeting in Chicago.   All 4 of these ND students, on the  program, did the work (that they are presenting at HSS/PSA)  during Dr. Shrader-Frechette's grad HPS course last semester, "Philosophy of Science and Public Policy." 

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In Memoriam: John D. ("Jack") Reilly, 1942-2014

Jack Reilly

When Jack Reilly died of pneumonia on August 12th of this year at the age of 71, we lost not only the primary benefactor of the John J. Reilly Center, but also a good personal friend. Jack’s vision of a broad education, combining technical and humanistic interests, developed when he was himself a student of engineering at Notre Dame (BS 1964), when he felt the strictures of engineering study, and he spent an extra year at Notre Dame completing a degree in art history (BA 1963).

Kate Marshall wins 2014 Dorothy Lee Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Culture

Kate Marshall

Kate Marshall, Thomas J. and Robert T. Rolfs Assistant Professor of English, has won the 2014 Dorothy Lee Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Culture for her book Corridor: Media Architectures in American Fiction (University of Minnesota Press, 2013). The award is given by the Media Ecology Association at their annual summer meeting.

Dr. Marshall tells us a bit about her work and the award here.  

HPS launches new graduate minor

From this fall, we now offer a graduate minor in HPS, open to all graduate students across the university. Our graduate minor provides students with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the historical, philosophical, social, ethical, political and conceptual dimensions and contexts of science and technology in societies past and present. We welcome students from all disciplines, including those in the sciences and engineering who wish to explore their own specialist discipline from different perspectives. Please contact the HPS director, Katherine Brading ( if you would like to learn more.

Click here for more information about our HPS degree programs.

Tom Stapleford Wins NSF Grant

Thomas Stapleford

Professor Tom Stapleford has been awarded a grant of over $100K from the National Science Foundation for his project titled "Economic Statistics and the Challenge of Democratic Control." Stapleford aims to transform the way Americans construct and understand economic statistics and will use the funding to design a new undergraduate course on the conceptual foundations of economic statistics. This course will become the basis for a text book targeted toward undergraduates, policymakers, and journalists. He also plans to construct a website on price indexes that will explain basic conceptual issues, digest recent methodological research, and provide an ongoing, non-partisan commentary about policy issues connected with these statistics. See more about his grant here.

Stellar year for ND HPS Placements

Richard Oosterhoff

2014 was a great placement year for our HPS program, with all of our job candidates accepting excellent positions: Manuela Fernandez Pinto has taken up her post-doc at the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences (, Elise Crull and Charles Pence accepted tenure-track positions in philosophy at CCNY and LSU respectively, Richard Oosterhoff (pictured) has accepted a multi-year post-doc at the University of Cambridge, and our first ND HPS post-doc Catherine Jackson accepted a tenure-track position in history of science UW-Madison.

Reilly Center Welcomes New Director

Anjan Chakravartty

The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce its new director, Dr. Anjan Chakravartty.

Dr. Chakravartty, a distinguished philosopher of science, joined the Notre Dame faculty in 2011 from the University of Toronto, where he was director of the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. He is currently a professor of philosophy and the editor-in-chief of the journal Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. Chakravartty’s book, A Metaphysics for Scientific Realism: Knowing the Unobservable, won the Canadian Philosophical Association’s biennial book prize in 2009.

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2014 Sloan Prizes Awarded


Stephen Case

The winners of this year’s Phillip R. Sloan Prize are Stephen Case and Uma Avinash!

The prizes are awarded every year to one graduate student who exemplifies a commitment to scholarship and to one undergraduate student who in some special way embodies the mission and core values of the Reilly Center. Both prizes come with a $500 award.

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Reilly Center Will Host Conference on the Ethics of Emerging Weapons Technologies

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This month, the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame will host a conference entitled "Ahead Of The Curve: Anticipating Ethical, Legal, and Societal Issues Posed by Emerging Weapons Technologies" in order to discuss the "action-oriented" chapters of the National Academy of Sciences report titled "Emerging and Readily Available Technologies and National Security: A Framework for Addressing Ethical, Legal, and Societal Issues". The conference will be held April 22-23, 2014 in the Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom in Notre Dame's Eck Hall of Law.

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Reilly Center "Weapons Ethics" Course Featured in NYT

Robert Latiff

Maj. Gen. Robert Latiff (Ret.), an adjunct professor for Notre Dame's John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values, was featured in the New York Times on Saturday, February 8th, 2014 for his course "The Ethics of Emerging Weapons Technologies." In the article, author Samuel G. Freedman, the religion editor for the Times, follows Dr. Latiff's path from decorated major general and Distinguished Service Medal recipient in the U.S. Air Force to adjunct professor in the Reilly Center.

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Notre Dame HPS Program Well-Represented on PSA Boards

The results of the 2013 Philosophy of Science Association election have been revealed and three members of our Notre Dame History and Philosophy of Science community have been elected to the new governing board and nominating committee.

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Board members pen op-ed on Iran nuclear deal

Reilly Center advisory board members USAF Col. (Ret) John A. Warden III and Patrick J. McCloskey have penned a new op-ed for titled "Dealing With Iran As A Responsible Nuclear Power?" In their piece, Warden and McCloskey reflect on the Iran nuclear deal made in Geneva in November and the promises that were and were not made by the Iranian government. They use the lens of strategic planning to discuss the elements that may have gone into the decision making process.

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Reilly Center releases 2014 List of Emerging Ethical Dilemmas and Policy Issues in Science and Technology

Emerging Ethical Dilemmas 2014 list

The University of Notre Dame’s John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values has just released its annual list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology for 2014.

This year, the issues range from DIY cyborgs to property rights in space and highlight issues in robotics, neuroscience, and economics. The list was created with the help of Reilly fellows, other Notre Dame experts, and friends of the center.

The goal of the annual list is to present items for scientists, policy makers, journalists, and laypeople alike to consider in the coming months and years as new technologies develop. The Reilly Center will feature one of these issues on its website each month in 2014, giving readers more information, including questions to ask and resources to consult.


Reilly Center elects four new fellows

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The fellows of the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame elected four new members at their Fall meeting on November 25, 2013. The new fellows represent a wide array of expertise, hailing from four different schools – Arts & Letters, Law, Engineering, and Business - and all of them are heavily involved in educating audiences outside of academia. The new fellows are Michael Desch (Department of Political Science), MaryEllen O’Connell (Law School), Laurel Riek (Department of Computer Science and Engineering), and Brett Robinson (Department of Marketing).

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Reilly Center to sponsor 2013 Comet Festival Art Exhibit

Marie Arch

The Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to sponsor an art exhibit as part of the 2013 Comet Festival activities taking place in South Bend, Indiana from November 28 to December 8. The festival is organized by Chuck Bueter, an award-winning local amateur astronomer who leads astronomy education and public outreach programs both regionally and nationally.

The Comet Festival Art Exhibit will open at the Colfax Cultural Center from November 19 to December 19, with a formal reception taking place on Friday, December 6, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. The exhibit will feature art by adults as well as by children from the South Bend Community School Corporation (SBCSC). Candace Butler, Art Facilitator for SBCSC has arranged for each of the over 20,000 children in South Bend schools to create a piece of art with a comet or solar system theme. The Comet Festival Art Exhibit will feature ten pieces from each of the 33 schools.

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Reilly Center to host military ethics conference

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The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values will host the annual meeting of the International Society for Military Ethics (ISME) from October 13-16, 2013. This year's conference is titled "Military Virtues and Contemporary Challenges." See for more details.

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Reilly Center seeks a postdoctoral fellow


The Reilly Center received a grant for Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE) from the National Science Foundation and is looking for a postdoctoral fellow to help with the project.

This project on "Citizen-Scientists as Agents of Change: Training the Trainer in the Ethics of Science and Technology" seeks to produce science and engineering graduate students who will be models of the ethically engaged citizen-scientist. 

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Reilly Center receives $300K NSF award

The Reilly Center is pleased to announce that the NSF will fund our $300K proposal to the EESE Program (Ethics Education in Science and Engineering).

The proposal, entitled "Citizen-Scientists as Agents of Change: Training the Trainer in the Ethics of Science and Technology" aims to produce science and engineering graduate students who will be models of the ethically engaged citizen-scientist. A select group of fifteen students per year will have the opportunity for advanced training in the ethics of science and technology with a focus on “big picture” or “macro-ethics” issues.

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South Bend Science Café launches September 9th

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The South Bend Science Café will launch the first of a monthly series of presentations on science and society tonight, September 9, 2013 at 6pm at Chicory Cafe in downtown South Bend.

The South Bend Science Café originated as part of a presentation at Ignite Michiana by Jessica Baron from ND's Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values. To see the presentation, visit

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Perspectives on Syria

Syrian man from USAID

Two members of the Reilly Center advisory board as well as two members of our Emerging Technologies of National Security and Intelligence (ETNSI) initiative have appeared in the news over the last few weeks to discuss recent events and U.S. policy in Syria.

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GLOBES moves to the Reilly Center


We are pleased to announce that the GLOBES graduate program is now part of the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values. The move will take place before the start of the Fall 2013 semester and will allow for maximum collaboration between the two entites in the coming school year.

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Global Adaptation Index moves to Notre Dame


The Global Adaptation Index (GAIN, now known as ND-GAIN) - the world’s leading Index showing which countries are best prepared to deal with droughts, super-storms, and other natural disasters that climate change can cause - is moving to the University of Notre Dame under the guidance of our partners at the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI). ND-ECI announced the news today at a press conference at The National Press Club in Washington D.C. GAIN ranks countries annually based on how vulnerable they are to climate change and how prepared they are to adapt. It was formerly housed in the Global Adaptation Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit.

Five Reilly Fellows are involved in the beginning stages of ND-GAIN. In addition to David Lodge, fellows Jessica Hellmann (Biological Sciences) and Nitesh Chawla (Computer Science and Engineering) will be among key faculty working on the GAIN Index. Reilly Center Director Don Howard (Professor of Philosophy) as well as fellow Frank Incropera (H. Clifford and Evelyn A. Brosey Professor and Dean Emeritus of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering) are affiliated researchers.

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