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Tue Sep 3, 2013

Mon Sep 9, 2013

TEDTalking: Biohacking - you can do it, too


Location: 400 Geddes Hall

Ellen Jorgensen: Biohacking -- you can do it, too
We have personal computing, why not personal biotech? That's the question biologist Ellen Jorgensen and her colleagues asked themselves before opening Genspace, a nonprofit DIYbio lab in Brooklyn devoted to citizen science, where amateurs can go and tinker with biotechnology.…

Thu Sep 12, 2013

Mon Sep 16, 2013

TEDTalking: The Internet could crash. We need a Plan B


Location: 400 Geddes Hall

Danny Hillis: The Internet could crash. We need a Plan B
In the 1970s and 1980s, a generous spirit suffused the Internet, whose users were few and far between. But today, the net is ubiquitous, connecting billions of people, machines and essential pieces of infrastructure -- leaving us vulnerable to cyber-attack or meltdown. Internet pioneer Danny Hillis argues that the Internet wasn't designed for this kind of scale, and sounds a clarion call for us to develop a Plan B: a parallel system to fall back on if and when…..…

Tue Sep 17, 2013

Wed Sep 18, 2013

Ethics Cafe - Copyright: What are your rights and obligations?


Location: O'Shaughnessy Hall 201

Copyright: What are your rights and obligations?Ethics Cafe, fall 2013, copyright

Tim Flanagan, an attorney in Notre Dame’s Office of General CounselAre you concerned about your rights to your own published work? Are you unsure what constitutes fair use? Bring your questions and concerns about copyright issues to this Ethics Café to hear various perspectives about your rights to your work and when using the work of others. The panelists are…

Fri Sep 20, 2013

HPS Brown Bag Talk. Grant Ramsey and Michael Deem - "Guilt by association?"


Location: 131 Decio Hall

Guilt presents us with an evolutionary puzzle. Unlike some basic emotions—fear or surprise, say—that have clear individual-level adaptive functions, guilt is more enigmatic. While it may be good for you that others are guilt prone, and good for the group as a whole, is guilt also good for the individual? In this paper, we provide an evolutionary perspective on the nature of guilt and whether it is an individual-level or group selected trait. We begin by surveying philosophical and psychological analyses of guilt, noting their parallels and problems, before arriving at a clear conception of guilt. We then examine its role in contemporary legal contexts, which provide clues to its original function. Finally, we provide the outlines of two evolutionary explanations for guilt. We argue that group selection probably promoted the capacity to experience guilt, but that there may have been a positive individual selection force as well.…

Mon Sep 23, 2013

Tue Sep 24, 2013

Wed Sep 25, 2013

Writing Successful Grants


Location: De Bartolo 141

Writing Successful Grants

For those who are new to the art of grantwriting, this introductory workshop will cover basic principles of good grant writing, starting with the articulation of a compelling research theme and including the construction of the proposal itself. Major differences between traditional ”academic prose” and persuasive grant writing will be highlighted. Common pitfalls that can lead to early rejection of good ideas will be reviewed, as well as practical strategies for better writing. Special attention will be paid to the perspectives of grant reviewers and how to write in ways that will meet their expectations.

Thu Sep 26, 2013

Mon Sep 30, 2013

Science and Values in Policymaking


Location: DeBartolo Hall 307

This workshop will tease apart the various roles that scientists adopt in the political arena by exploring the interplay and competition between scientific information and personal values in the policy-making process.

This is a Graduate School Professional Development event open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Sign up online here

TEDTalking: The Philosophical Breakfast Club


Location: 400 Geddes Hall

Laura Snyder: The Philosophical Breakfast Club
In 1812, four men at Cambridge University met for breakfast. What began as an impassioned meal grew into a new scientific revolution, in which these men -- who called themselves “natural philosophers” until they later coined “scientists”-- introduced four major principles into scientific inquiry. Historian and philosopher Laura Snyder tells their intriguing story.…