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Fri Nov 1, 2013

Ethics Café – James Lang. "Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty"


Location: The Fishbowl in Hesburgh Library

"Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty"

Associate Professor of English and Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College James Lang, will discuss his latest book Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty (Harvard University Press, 2013).

When students engage in academically dishonest behaviors, they are reacting inappropriately to a learning environment that has not sufficiently captured their attention or motivated them to learn. Dr. Lang will address how to gain a better understanding of the reasons for academically dishonest behavior and use that knowledge to build better learning environments.

Mon Nov 4, 2013

Tue Nov 5, 2013

Thu Nov 7, 2013

HPS Colloquium - Kathleen Okruhlik. "Values and Voluntarism"


Location: 120 DeBartolo Hall

"Values and Voluntarism"

Kathleen Okruhlik, Rotman Institute of Philosophy

If belief is (in some sense and to some degree) a matter of the will, what role do so-called non-epistemic values play in belief formation?  In examining this question, I shall focus on a handful of figures, including Otto Neurath, Bas van Fraassen, and Helen Longino.

Wed Nov 13, 2013

Ethics Café – "How Businesses Can Promote Cyber Peace"


Location: O'Shaughnessy Hall 201


Cyber threats are increasingly impacting the bottom lines of firms and spilling over into larger issues of geopolitical importance including international security.  But so far surveys have revealed that few businesses are taking the necessary steps to safeguard their private data and enhance cybersecurity. Given the slow progress of both U.S. Congressional and multilateral cybersecurity policymaking, the time is ripe for a fresh perspective on how firms can help proactively foster cyber peace in a world increasingly being drawn into cyber conflict.…

Thu Nov 14, 2013

HPS Speaker - Bill Harper. "Isaac Newton’s Scientific Method"


Location: 120 DeBartolo Hall

Isaac Newton’s Scientific Method

Newton employs theory-mediated measurements to turn data into far more informative evidence than can be achieved by hypothetico-deductive confirmation alone. This is exemplified in the classic inferences from phenomena that open his argument for universal gravity in book 3 of his Principia. Newton’s Rule 4, for doing natural philosophy characterizes a concept of theory acceptance that illuminates scientific method in gravity research today.

Mon Nov 18, 2013

Professional Development Event - "Communicating Science Responsibly"


Location: Pasquerilla Center 102

Scientific researchers are now called upon to engage more fully with diverse publics and policy-makers. Public engagement, however, comes with its own challenges. As scientists and engineers leave their labs and enter the public sphere, they need to consider how to make responsible use of communication techniques by coupling skill in communicating effectively with deeper reflection on communicating ethically. STEM graduate students prepare to better navigate their public engagement by tackling this terrain through a case study that explores ethical issues surrounding Science Communication. …

Wed Nov 20, 2013

Coogan Lecture - James Moore. "Darwin's Sacred Cause"


Location: 131 DeBartolo Hall

Why did Charles Darwin, a rich and impeccably upright gentleman, go out of his way to develop privately a subversive image of human evolution and then pursue the subject with tenacity for three decades? Underpinning his work on human origins was a belief in racial brotherhood rooted in the greatest moral movement of his age, for the abolition of slavery. Darwin extended the abolitionist belief in common ancestry to the rest of life, making not just the races, but all races kin.

Mon Nov 25, 2013

Coogan Lecture - Joseph Dumit. "Embodying Improvisation: 3D Fieldwork with Scientists in the KeckCAVES"


Location: 310 DeBartolo Hall


Embodying Improvisation: 3D Fieldwork with Scientists in the KeckCAVES

In collaboration with the KeckCAVES and Humanities Innovation Lab at UC Davis and Natasha Myers (York U), this paper explores ethnographically the processes of engagement with a three-dimensional immersive holodeck-like CAVE that is the ongoing project of seven years of collaboration and encounter between geologists and computer scientists, and many others including artists and performers. The construction of a digital environment to facilitate scientific research on a daily basis makes explicit the need to formulate "research presence" as a related form of what in virtual reality research is called illusive "presence". In particular, the ability to responsively scale data enables a form of "haptic creativity," where researchers are moved by moving images to invent new metaphors. Through temporal and spatial scaling, experimentalists are caught up in prolonged encounters with their data, instruments and stories. As one scientist explained, "The give and take, back and forth between you and the data suggests what to do next in the experiment." A temporal slice into what Hans-Jorg Rheinberger calls experimental systems. In turn, I discuss the the improvisational lessons learned at scales from software design to presentational modes to funding restructuring.  …