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Sophomore Prathm Juneja gains insights into civic discourse at College Debate 2016

The nonpartisan initiative was focused on promoting civil discourse, understanding responsible digital citizenry, and avoiding stereotypes and assumptions while focusing on issues rather than party politics. (Juneja is a Reilly Dual-Degree student and an alum of our Science, Ethics, and Responsibility Summer Leadership Seminar.)  Read More

Program of Liberal Studies associate professor wins fellowship to further research on Renaissance intellectual

Robert Goulding, an associate professor in Notre Dame’s Program of Liberal Studies and the History and Philosophy of Science program, has won a yearlong fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, where he will finish a book on Renaissance thinker Thomas Harriot. About 200 scholars from around the world are chosen each year to work with 28 permanent faculty at the IAS. Read More

Two Arts and Letters graduate students awarded Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships


Graduate students Filippo Gianferrari and Adriana Monica Solomon have been awarded Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships to delve deeper into the lives and impact of two intellectual archetypes—Dante and Isaac Newton, respectively. Gianferrari, a Ph.D. candidate in the Medieval Institute, is investigating the Latin authors who may have influenced Dante. And Solomon, a philosophy Ph.D. candidate in the History and Philosophy of Science Program at the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values, is shining a light on Newton’s lesser-known contributions to philosophy and science. Read More

HPS Program Welcomes Two New Postdocs

The Reilly Center's History and Philosophy of Science Graduate Program welcomes two new postdoctoral fellows, James Nguyen (Philosophy) and Scott Trigg (History). 

James Nguyen received his Ph.D. in Philosophy London School of Economics and Political Science and Scott Trigg received his Ph.D. in History & History of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Read More

The James T. Cushing Memorial Prize in History and Philosophy of Physics - Announcement of 2016 Winner

Adam Caulton

The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values, along with the Graduate Program in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Notre Dame and the Advisory Committee of the James T. Cushing Memorial Prize in History and Philosophy of Physics are pleased to announce the award of the Cushing Prize for 2016 to Dr. Adam Caulton, currently assistant professor at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, for his paper, “The Role of Symmetry in the Interpretation of Physical Theories,” published in Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics (2015).  The Cushing Prize carries a $2000 award plus an invitation to deliver a lecture as part of the History and Philosophy of Science Colloquium at the University of Notre Dame. Read more >

Dual-Degree 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 >

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). 

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 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 and Mark Bourgeois, a postdoc hired to implement the program. 


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).

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.

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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