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Tue Nov 4, 2014

Reilly Center Lecture- Jennifer Wiseman

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Location: 310 DeBartolo

Cosmic Discoveries:Galaxies, Planets and Life Beyond Earth

 

Jennifer Wiseman is a senior astrophysicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where she serves as the Senior Project Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope.…

Wed Nov 5, 2014

Research Integrity Workshop Series

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Location: DeBartolo 330

Business and Professional Ethics

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Any number of questionable practices can be witnessed in a workplace, including sexual harassment, racial discrimination, or the inappropriate use of physical resources. Hypothetical situations are explored and participants learn about several resources available at Notre Dame for dealing with such situations.  …

Tue Nov 11, 2014

Research Integrity Workshop Series

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Location: Flanner 625

Social Responsibility

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Many academics are experts on topics pertinent to societal and political issues of the day. Scholars who communicate with the public should be cognizant of the roles and responsibilities of public intellectuals so that they protect their integrity and that of their profession. Topics covered are advising and advocacy, responsible communication, and professional obligations to the public. …

Thu Nov 13, 2014

Evan Selinger - The Digital Age Challenge of Being a "Public Intellectual"

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Location: 210 DeBartolo Hall

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This talk will argue that humanities and social science scholars who do work resembling philosophy of technology should participate more regularly in public discussions by contributing to popular media, including newspapers, magazines, and blogs. It will identify some of the fundamental, ethical, and practical reasons why this should be the case, and also discuss the main institutional, ideological, and skill-based barriers that make this goal hard to accomplish.…

Fri Nov 14, 2014

HPS Professional Development Workshop

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Location: 105 Pasquerilla Center

"HPS professional development workshop: developing a competence in applied ethics"
 
A panel of four speakers, Cherie McGill (Boston College), Melinda Gormley, Mark Bourgeois, and Edward Jurkowitz disccused a range of ways to enhance one's teaching proflie by gaining an area of competence in applied ethics, and more generally how to teach courses exploring ethical issues arising in science, technology, and medicine.…

Tue Nov 18, 2014

HPS Colloquium - Joel Isaac. “The Twentieth Century’s Adam Smith Problem”

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Location: 310 DeBartolo

 “The Twentieth Century’s Adam Smith Problem”

Joel Isaac

This paper presents a counter-history of Adam Smith's reception in the twentieth century.  Instead of itemizing the many but superficial attempts to claim Smith's mantle by economists and political scientists, the paper explores the puzzling irrelevance of Smithian ideas in development economics and in growth and trade models emerging from the neoclassical tradition.  Smith's absence seems especially striking in connection with Allyn Young's pioneering but ultimately marginalized attempt to construct a Smithian growth theory in his seminal 1928 essay on increasing returns and economic development.  Displaced from mainstream economics, these ideas emerged instead in the history of political thought in the 1970s and 1980s.  The intellectual topography that emerges from this account yields some valuable insights into the recent history of the social sciences.…

Wed Nov 19, 2014

Fri Nov 21, 2014

HPS Brown Bag - Lane Des Autels. “Thinking About Stochastic Mechanisms”

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Location: 105 Pasquerilla Center

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“Thinking About Stochastic Mechanisms”
Lane Des Autels 
University of Notre Dame

Abstract:

The primary aim of my research has been to develop some important new resources for explaining probabilistic phenomena in the life sciences. In short, I have undertaken to articulate and defend a novel account of stochastic mechanism for grounding probabilistic generalizations in the life sciences.…