The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame has released its sixth annual list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology. The annual list is designed to get people thinking about the ethics of potentially controversial technology, but the 2018 list shows that many of these issues are already here. See the list at reillytop10.com Read More
The death of local doctor Todd Graham over the summer spurred South Bend’s doctors, law enforcement officials, politicians, and prosecutors to form the Michiana Opioid Task Force. Both Jessica Baron and Anna Geltzer sit on the task force’s Primary Prevention Committee as well as its Executive Committee. Read More
Notre Dame’s John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values and Aeon Magazine have formed a new strategic partnership that will allow Center faculty, staff, students, and alumni/ae to reach Aeon's global audience of over one million unique users per month. Aeon is a non-profit open access magazine that encourages republication of its shorter articles under a Creative Commons license. They publish pieces on philosophy, science, psychology, health, society, technology, and culture and were founded in London in 2012 by Paul and Brigid Hains. It has offices in London, Melbourne and New York. Read More
The Reilly Center's Science, Technology, and Values minor will offer a new course to undergraduate students on the ethics of emerging technologies this Fall.
Man and Machine: Humanity, Technology, and the Future (STV 10089 (CRN 21118)) will be offered for the first time this Fall on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:05pm to 6:20pm, in a location TBD. Read More
GLOBES fellow Salvatore Curasi, a second year biology graduate student, has received both a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Research Award and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) award. Sal studies the impact of climate change on vegetation and carbon storage in Arctic tundra. He is advised by Dr. Adrian Rocha of Biological Sciences. Read More
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.” Read More
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.
Distinguished mathematical logician Luis Laita, the first person to receive a doctorate from the University of Notre Dame with training in the history and philosophy of science, died on February 24 after a distinguished career teaching artificial intelligence in his native Spain. As a Ph.D. student at Notre Dame, Laita studied for a period in the Department of Philosophy with prominent logician Boleslaw Sobocinski before transferring to the Department of History to focus on the history of mathematics. His 1976 dissertation, A Study of the Genesis of Boolean Logic, was directed by Michael Crowe, who is the the Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Professor Emeritus of the Humanities in the Program of Liberal Studies and Graduate Program in History and Philosophy of Science. Read More
Detection of Elevated Uranium Levels on the Navajo Nation – Claim 28
Reilly Center Mini-Grant Update – March 2017
This research was made possible by a grant submitted to the Reilly Center from GLOBES students Teresa Baumer and Luke Saderski.
Written by grantees Teresa Baumer (Reilly GLOBES), Nikki Moore, Meena Said, and Luke Sadergaski (Reilly GLOBES)
GLOBES students Becca Love and Quirine ten Bosch are part of a new vanguard of Ph.D. recipients armed with cross-cutting training and a deep knowledge of life science to enable them to understand and battle infectious disease in the developing world. Both students recently earned Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Biological Sciences as well as GLOBES Certificates in Environment and Society for their creative and integrative research. Read More
The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values is hosting a multidisciplinary group of ethics scholars from around the country for a 2-day workshop on "positive research integrity." The field is a new and expanding approach to research ethics and integrity training and the Reilly Center's resulting white paper will be one of the first publications defining it and making recommendations for its implementation in academia, industry, and government. Read More
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. Read More
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
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
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. Read More
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
For the third year, the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values has co-sponsored the student-organized Good Shepherd Montessori School Junior High Academic Conference in South Bend, Indiana. This year's conference was titled "Moving Forward" and addressed issues in sustainable transportation. Read More
GLOBES graduate students traveled to Washington, D.C. in early May to make science policy presentations to U.S. State Department and other federal agency officials. The trip to the nation’s capital was part of the U.S. State Department Diplomacy Lab project course taught by University of Notre Dame Professor Emeritus David Lodge, an expert on invasive species and water quality issues. The course was organized around group projects that studied transferable policy lessons between the North American Great Lakes and the African Great Lakes as well as risk management studies related to the rapidly changing Arctic region. The trip to D.C. was funded in part by a mini-grant award from the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values. Read More
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 Read More
The GLOBES Program in Environment and Society will soon mark an important 10th anniversary milestone. In August of 2006, the first cohort of eight graduate students began a regimen of interdisciplinary training activities designed to prepare young researchers to work across disciplines and to contribute lasting solutions to grand challenges in the environment and human health. Under the direction of Professor Jeffrey Feder, Department of Biological Sciences, GLOBES administered more than 50 fellowship awards over a period of seven years with funding support from the National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) $3M grant award.…
Reilly Center Director Anjan Chakravartty has been recognized by Benedictine University’s Center for Values-Driven Leadership (CVDL) with one of three new awards in values-driven leadership, to be granted biennially by the CVDL. “These awards are an important way of recognizing exceptional, values-driven leaders who have a transformative impact on business and society,” says Dr. Jim Ludema, director of the Center for Values-Driven Leadership. Read More
On Tuesday April 26 from 5:30-6:30pm, the Reilly Center's "Ethics of Emerging Weapons Technologies" class will present a public lecture by Rear Admiral Nevin P. Carr, Jr. (Ret.). The lecture, titled "DOD's Third Offset Strategy: Rationale and Implications," will take place in 117 Haggar Hall. This event is free and open to the public. Read More
Article by Jennifer Krauser and photos by David Jansen
On February 8, 2016 the St. Joseph County Library held their annual Science Alive event which invites kids of all ages to come explore the world of science and technology. This year 37 groups came and offered kids hands on activities that will hopefully spark their interest in science. Read More
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. Read More
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 reillytop10.com and clicking on the vote button. Read More
A conference in honor of the 60th birthday of Martin Carrier will be held at Bielefeld University, Germany on October 12. Carrier is a Professor of Philosophy at Bielefeld.
Conference speakers include HPS faculty member and Reilly Fellow Janet Kourany, who was a Resident Fellow at the Center in June-July, 2012, and May-August, 2011, a Transcoop Resident Fellow in June-July, 2008, and a Research Fellow in 2006-07. Other speakers include Philip Kitcher (Columbia), Paul Hoyningen-Huene (Hannover), Torsten Wilholt (Hannover).
The HPS program welcomed ten new and visiting faculty and students this Fall:
Julianna Poole (History track) has a masters degree in molecular biology from Princeton and is currently pursuing research on the character and effects of Old English medical remedies.
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The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values welcomes Jessica Nickrand to its team. She has been hired as Assistant Director for Research for a one-year term. Jessica Nickrand is a PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota in the History of Science program. Her research concentrates on history of medicine and public health in the United States. Read More
Melinda Gormley, the Reilly Center's Assistant Director for Research, has accepted a Science and Technology Policy fellowship with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for the 2015-2016 academic year. She will relocate to Washington D.C. and spend the year working with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Scientific Integrity team. Read More