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Congratulations to New HPS PhDs
Congratulations to Moiz Hasan and John Slattery. Both HPS students successfully defended their dissertations on April 6, 2017.
Moiz's dissertation "Foundations of Science in Post-classical Islam: Philosophical, Historical and Historiographical Significance of Sayyid al-Sharif al-Jurjani's (d.1413) Project" was co-advised by Robert Goulding (Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame) and Jamil Ragep (Professor, Medieval Studies, McGill University). Other committee members included Lynn Joy (Professor, Philosophy, University of Notre Dame), and Robert Wisnovsky (James McGill Professor, Medieval Studies, McGill University).
John Slattery is the first graduate student in HPS's History of Theology Track. His Dissertation "Old Science, New Problems: A Theological Analysis of John Zahm's Attempt to Bridge Evolution and Roman Catholicism" was directed by Matt Ashley (Associate Professor, Theology, University of Notre Dame) and his committee included Celia Deane-Drummond (Professor, Theology, University of Notre Dame) Don Howard (Professor, Philosophy, University of Notre Dame), and Father Robert Krieg (Emeritus Professor, Theology, University of Notre Dame)
Janet Kourany Receives Mullin Hancock Teaching Award
Prof. Janet Kourany (Philosophy, HPS) has been selected as the second recipient of the Gender Studies Program’s Marian Mullin Hancock Teaching Award.
"Dr. Kourany’s students described her as a “generous and dedicated mentor” who expresses a genuine interest in her students and cares for them “both in the classroom and outside of it.” Students wrote that her classes – on topics of feminist philosophy of science and feminist epistemology, as well as the philosophy of gender and sexual difference itself – were “extremely unique, captivating, and well thought out.” She is one of the “strongest and most innovative teachers” in her department. Her former students also noted how challenging Dr. Kourany's courses are. One student described the specific approach that they felt made Dr. Kourany such a phenomenal professor: “We never knew the nature of her philosophical commitments. She constantly assumed a contrary position to serve the foil for one’s claim, which shifted the focus away from trying to provide the ‘right’ answer and toward a more comprehensive understanding of one’s own argument.”
Monica Solomon Awarded 2-Year Fellowship
Congratulations to Monica Solomon, who is taking up a two year postdoctoral fellowship as a member of the University of Southern California Society of Fellows in the Humanities, affiliiated with the USC School of Philosophy. Monica will defend her dissertation later this semester, and take up her fellowship at USC in the summer.
Congratulations to Laura Bland
HPS PhD alum Laura Bland has just been appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Liberal Studies in the Honors College at the University of Houston in Houston, TX. Bland is currently teaching in Notre Dame's Program of Liberal Studies. She is also working on a book manuscript on the "Great Comet" of 1680 to explore how natural disasters became "natural" on the eve of the Enlightenment.
Evan Ragland Wins ACLS Fellowship
The American Council of Learned Societies has named Evan Ragland, Assistant Professor of History and HPS a 2017 ACLS Fellow. The set of 71 fellows was selected through ACLS’s rigorous, multi-stage peer-review process from a pool of nearly 1,200 applicants—one of the largest in the history of the program. The fellowships support scholars for six to twelve months of full-time research and writing.
Ragland will use his fellowship time to work on a project titled "Experimental Life: Medicine, Science, and the Emergence of a Culture of Experiment."
The Center received $50,000 from the NSF to address the burgeoning field of "positive research ethics." Read more >
Notre Dame's Law School, Center for Digital Learning, and the Reilly Center will co-sponsor a conference on data security on February 24th in the Eck Hall of Law. Everyone is welcome. Click here for details.
Reilly Center releases 2017 List of Emerging Ethical Dilemmas and Policy Issues in Science and Techology
For the fourth year in a row, the University of Notre Dame’s John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values has released a list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology that we should be talking about in the coming year.
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