Notre Dame’s Reilly Center Releases Its Annual Top 10 of Ethical Dilemmas and Policy Issues in Science and Technology

Author: Jessica Baron

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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 and clicking on the vote button. Read More

Janet Kourany to speak at celebration of Martin Carrier in Bielefeld

Author: Jessica Baron

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).
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Welcome to new faculty, students, and visitors

Author: Jessica Baron

The HPS program welcomed ten new and visiting faculty and students this Fall:

Julianna Poole

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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Jessica Nickrand joins the Reilly Center

Author: Melinda Gormley

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 accepts AAAS fellowship

Author: Melinda Gormley

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

Reilly Fellow News, 2014-2015

Author: Jessica Baron

Our Reilly Fellows have been traveling the world, publishing in academic and popular venues, organizing and speaking at conferences, giving television interviews, and getting elected to new positions in their professional organizations. Here is a sampling of a wide array of fellow news for the 2014-2015 academic year:  Read More

Interview: Notre Dame's Science Policy Initiative

Author: Jessica Baron

An interview with Eve Granatosky and Joshua Mason, co-founders of the Science Policy Initiative at Notre Dame

June 9, 2015

Science Policy Notre Dame

Can you tell us a little bit about your project and what you're trying to accomplish?

After taking a class through the GLOBES program (the Policy and Communication Training Module), we both realized we wanted to be more actively involved in activities related to science policy and communication on campus. We decided to form the Science Policy Initiative at Notre Dame (SPI@ND) after realizing that there was a need for a forum for graduate students from across various natural and social scientific disciplines to engage in issues related to science policy. We’re trying to spark student-driven dialogue on campus, provide networking and professional development opportunities for students interested in science policy, and work to communicate the value of scientific research to society at large through interactions with policymakers. Read More

Faculty workshop on sustainability generates new coursework ideas

Author: Jessica Baron

Notre Dame faculty were both teachers and learners in the recent “Sustainability Across the Curriculum” Workshop organized by Rachel Novick, Director of the Sustainability Minor, and colleagues with the Campus Coalition on Research and Education for Sustainability (CREST). More than 20 faculty and graduate students from a dozen disciplines and institutes joined in panel discussions, interactive sessions with local sustainability experts, and area field trips over the course of the two-day workshop held in the Greenhouse, a state of the art classroom located in Leighton Hall at Innovation Park. Read More

GLOBES Graduates Demonstrate Novel Interdisciplinary Research Approaches

Author: Jessica Baron

Since January 2015, six GLOBES students have earned doctoral degrees in their home departments while finishing up certificate requirements associated with GLOBES-IGERT fellowships. GLOBES students integrate an interdisciplinary research component into their dissertation thesis under the mentorship of an advisor from a discipline outside of their primary field. Read More

In Memoriam - Cathy Pieronek

Author: Jessica Baron


The Reilly Center mourns the loss of the College of Engineering's Dean of Academic Affairs Cathy Pieronek, who served as the Engineering mentor to students in the Reilly Arts & Letters/Engineering Dual-Degree Program. 

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GLOBES Certificate Open to ND Energy Graduate Students

Author: Jessica Baron


The GLOBES Interdisciplinary Graduate Training Program in Environment and Society and the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) are pleased to form a new partnership to advance interdisciplinary graduate education in energy studies. This partnership will promote the pursuit of GLOBES certificates by graduate students affiliated with ND Energy. The partnership also promotes the growth of a campus-wide community of scholars who reach across disciplines and discover better environmental and energy research solutions. Read More

Reilly Center Welcomes First SRR Cohort

Author: Mark Bourgeois


The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values is pleased to announce the first cohort of fellows in the NSF-funded Social Responsibilities for Researchers (SRR) program.  This program is designed to provide training for STEM doctoral students in the ethical responsibilities of researchers arising from the impact of scientific and technological advancements on society.  We are fortunate to welcome an exceptionally strong and truly diverse set of PhD students to this inaugural year of the program. 



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Reilly Center to train STEM PhD students in social responsibilities

Author: Jessica Baron


A new NSF-funded program in the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values is encouraging STEM PhD students to go beyond standard research ethics training and look at their research in terms of its social relevance.  The people behind the project are Don Howard, Reilly Fellow and former Director of the center, Melinda Gormley, Assistant Director for Research of the center, and Mark Bourgeois, a postdoc hired to implement the program.  Read More

The Reilly Center for Science Technology, and Values Releases 2015 List of Emerging Ethical Dilemmas and Policy Issues in Science and Technology

Author: Jessica Baron


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 2015. This marks the third year the Center has released a list. Readers are encouraged to vote on the issue they find most compelling at Read More

Kristin Shrader-Frechette and grad students bring socially engaged HPS to HSS/PSA 2014

Author: Jessica Baron


ND HPS faculty member Kristin Shrader-Frechette (pictured) and 4 grad students will present their work on "Socially Engaged HPS" on Thursday, November 6th, from 7-8:30 pm, at the biennial HSS-PSA meeting in Chicago. They will be part of the line-up at the Joint Caucus for Socially Engaged Philosophers and Historians of Science (JCSEPHS) Read More

Announcing the Reilly Center’s training programs for graduate students

Author: Ginna Anderson

The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values has expanded its menu of training options for University of Notre Dame graduate students. Since August of 2013, three supplementary training and degree programs have been added and are open for graduate student enrollment. The new offerings advance understanding of the connections between science, technology, and society while broadening a traditional PhD or Master’s degree program of study. Read More

Meet Mark Bourgeois, the new Reilly Center postdoc

Author: Jessica Baron

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Mark Bourgeois completed his PhD in Philosophy this year at Loyola University Chicago, with a dissertation analyzing the concept of natural function in biology, and comparing it to function in artifacts.  He also has a Master’s in philosophy from Miami of Ohio, and a BA in philosophy and a BS in physics from the University of Illinois. He spent several years as an engineer in the telecom industry, mostly with Lucent Technologies, working on big optical backbone networks before starting his PhD.   Read More

HSS Awarded NSF Grant for Conference Travel

Author: Jessica Baron

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The History of Science Society (HSS), which resides at the University of Notre Dame, has won a grant of over $200K from the National Science Foundation for a project titled “Eight Societies Travel Grants for Graduate Students, Independent Scholars, and Recent PhDs” (SES-1354351). Read More

Reilly Center Welcomes New Director

Author: Jessica Baron

The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce its new director, Dr. Anjan Chakravartty.

Anjan Chakravartty

Dr. Chakravartty, a distinguished philosopher of science, joined the Notre Dame faculty in 2011 from the University of Toronto, where he was director of the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. He is currently a professor of philosophy and the editor-in-chief of the journal Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Read More

Stephen Case and Uma Avinash Win 2014 Sloan Prizes

Author: Jessica Baron

The winners of this year’s Phillip R. Sloan Prize are Stephen Case and Uma Avinash!

The prizes are awarded every year to one graduate student who exemplifies a commitment to scholarship and to one undergraduate student who in some special way embodies the mission and core values of the Reilly Center. Both prizes come with a $500 award. Read More

Dual-Degree Student Spotlight

Author: Jessica Baron

Jon Schommer

Jon Schommer is a 2014 graduate of the Reilly Arts & Letters/Engineering Dual-Degree Program, with majors in Civil Engineering and the Program of Liberal Studies (PLS). He was named a 2014 Reilly Scholar in recognition of his exemplification of the highest ideals of the dual degree program. Jon is also the recipient of the Newman Civic Fellow Award Recipient (2012) and the Richard J. Wood Student Community Commitment Award (2013). Read More

Reilly Fellow Darcia Narvaez to Co-Direct $2.6 Million Virtue Project

Author: Kate Garry

Darcia Narvaez, a professor of psychology in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, and Nancy Snow, a professor of philosophy at Marquette University, are co-directing a new, interdisciplinary research initiative on virtue, character, and the development of the moral self. The three-year project is supported by a $2.6 million grant from the Templeton Religion Trust, which funds “discoveries relating to the big questions of human purpose and ultimate reality.” Read More

Reilly Center will host conference on the ethics of emerging weapons technologies

Author: Jessica Baron

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This month, the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame will host a conference entitled "Ahead Of The Curve: Anticipating Ethical, Legal, and Societal Issues Posed by Emerging Weapons Technologies" in order to discuss the "action-oriented" chapters of the National Academy of Sciences report titled "Emerging and Readily Available Technologies and National Security: A Framework for Addressing Ethical, Legal, and Societal Issues". The conference will be held April 22-23, 2014 in the Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom in Notre Dame's Eck Hall of Law. Read More

Reilly Center "weapons ethics" course featured in NYT

Author: Jessica Baron

Maj. Gen. Robert Latiff (Ret.), an adjunct professor for Notre Dame's John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values, was featured in the New York Times on Saturday, February 8th, 2014 for his course "The Ethics of Emerging Weapons Technologies." In the article, author Samuel G. Freedman, the religion editor for the Times, follows Dr. Latiff's path from decorated major general and Distinguished Service Medal recipient in the U.S. Air Force to adjunct professor in the Reilly Center.

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Advisory board members pen op-ed on Iran nuclear deal

Author: Jessica Baron

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Reilly Center advisory board members USAF Col. (Ret) John A. Warden III and Patrick J. McCloskey have penned a new op-ed for titled "Dealing With Iran As A Responsible Nuclear Power?" In their piece, Warden and McCloskey reflect on the Iran nuclear deal made in Geneva in November and the promises that were and were not made by the Iranian government. They use the lens of strategic planning to discuss the elements that may have gone into the decision making process. Read More