The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values will host the annual meeting of the International Society for Military Ethics (ISME) from October 13-16, 2013. This year's conference is titled "Military Virtues and Contemporary Challenges." See reilly.nd.edu/isme13 for more details. Read More
The Reilly Center is pleased to announce that the NSF will fund our $300K proposal to the EESE Program (Ethics Education in Science and Engineering).
The proposal, entitled "Citizen-Scientists as Agents of Change: Training the Trainer in the Ethics of Science and Technology" aims to produce science and engineering graduate students who will be models of the ethically engaged citizen-scientist. A select group of fifteen students per year will have the opportunity for advanced training in the ethics of science and technology with a focus on “big picture” or “macro-ethics” issues.
The South Bend Science Café will launch the first of a monthly series of presentations on science and society tonight, September 9, 2013 at 6pm at Chicory Cafe in downtown South Bend.
The South Bend Science Café originated as part of a presentation at Ignite Michiana by Jessica Baron from ND's Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values. To see the presentation, visit ignitemichiana.com. Read More
Two members of the Reilly Center advisory board as well as two members of our Emerging Technologies of National Security and Intelligence (ETNSI) initiative have appeared in the news over the last few weeks to discuss recent events and U.S. policy in Syria. Read More
We are pleased to announce that the GLOBES graduate program is now part of the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values. The move will take place before the start of the Fall 2013 semester and will allow for maximum collaboration between the two entites in the coming school year. Read More
The Global Adaptation Index (GAIN, now known as ND-GAIN) - the world’s leading Index showing which countries are best prepared to deal with droughts, super-storms, and other natural disasters that climate change can cause - is moving to the University of Notre Dame under the guidance of our partners at the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI). ND-ECI announced the news today at a press conference at The National Press Club in Washington D.C. GAIN ranks countries annually based on how vulnerable they are to climate change and how prepared they are to adapt. It was formerly housed in the Global Adaptation Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit.
Five Reilly Fellows are involved in the beginning stages of ND-GAIN. In addition to David Lodge, fellows Jessica Hellmann (Biological Sciences) and Nitesh Chawla (Computer Science and Engineering) will be among key faculty working on the GAIN Index. Reilly Center Director Don Howard (Professor of Philosophy) as well as fellow Frank Incropera (H. Clifford and Evelyn A. Brosey Professor and Dean Emeritus of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering) are affiliated researchers. Read More
Student Spotlight - Antwane Mason (Class of 2013)
This is part of a series of student spotlights for the Reilly Dual-Degree Arts & Letter/Engineering Program.
Author: Antwane Mason (Computer Science and Japanese)
Antwane Mason recently received the honor of second place with the prize of $1500 in a curriculum development competition sponsored by the Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in Information Technology, CMD-IT. He was also awarded the opportunity to attend this year's SIGCSE Technical Symposium.
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"I believe that the Reilly Dual Degree program has broadened my thinking, which has allowed me to look beyond simply writing code, but also into thinking about how to sustain the practice of computer science in the future, which I believe is tied to increasing diversity within the field. This desire led our group to think about how to get minority groups and people with disabilities excited about computer science in introductory CS coursework."
The Reilly Center announced its Dual-Degree (DD) Reilly Scholars for 2014 on Friday, April 5 at the annual spring gathering. The Reilly Scholars Award recognizes three to four rising fifth-year students who while pursuing two majors have found ways to merge their two degrees. It is the greatest honor that the Reilly Center offers to Dual-Degree students and comes with official honors at commencement and a $1,000 award.
Awardees exemplify the highest ideals of the dual-degree program because they are using both degrees in their present endeavors and have their sights on fusing the two degrees in their future careers.
This year's awardees are Michael “Mitch” S. Kochanski, A. James Schmidt, Jonathan Schommer, and Vanessa Steger. Read More
Maj. Gen. Robert Latiff (Ret., USAF) and Patrick McCloskey have co-authored an op-ed in today's issue of the Wall Street Journal.
The op-ed, titled "With Drone Warfare, America Approaches the Robo-Rubicon," explores the ethics of autonomous weapons systems and calls for a debate among military decision-makers, think tanks, politicians, and the public regarding both the parameters for research and the deployment of these weapons. Read More
Student Spotlight - Breanna Stachowski (Class of 2013)
This is the first in a series of student spotlights for the Reilly Dual-Degree Arts & Letter/Engineering Program.
Author: Breanna Stachowski
At the end of January, I received news that I had placed 3rd in the International Housewares Association Student Design Competition and would have the opportunity to present my design at the International Housewares show which took place from March 2-5. The product I designed is called the Neat Seat, a space-saving high-chair for kids. Read More
Paul Schreier, B.A. '73/ B.S. '74
Paul Schreier PR (Marketing/authoring/translating for high-tech companies)
"When I was accepted at Notre Dame, I entered the EE program primarily because of the fun I was having as a ham radio operator. However, I enjoyed so many other things – literature, music, art – that I didn’t want to give them up, and I convinced my parents to let me enter the 5-year Arts & Letters/Engineering program. It wasn’t until years later that my father became convinced it was a wise choice that had actually paid off." Read More
The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values announced three new faculty felllows, representing a wide array of teaching and scholarship. The fellows are Nitesh Chawla (pictured), the Frank Freimann Collegiate Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering; Mark McKenna, a Professor of Law and a Notre Dame Presidential Fellow in the Law School and a Fellow in the Notre Dame Program on Law & Market Behavior; and Robin Darling Young (pictured), an Associate Professor of Theology in the College of Arts & Letters. Read More
The new program, says Susan Blum, professor and chair of the department, will focus its curriculum and training on integrative anthropology.
“The strengths of Notre Dame’s anthropology department are in its commitment to multiple approaches to understanding humanity and its diversity, willingness to face big questions, individual excellence in teaching and scholarship, exceptional mentoring of students and engagement beyond academia,” she says. Read More
Patrick J. McCloskey, a member of the Reilly Center Advisory Board, has just published an Op-Ed in the New York Times entitled “Catholic Education, In Need of Salvation."
In the piece, McCloskey and his co-author Joseph Claude Harris discuss the crisis in Catholic parochial education and suggest ways to raise money and recruit personnel in order to revitalize the system.
In addition to being on the Reilly Center Advisory Board, Patrick J. McCloskey is a project director at the Center for Catholic School Effectiveness at Loyola University Chicago, is the author of The Street Stops Here: A Year at a Catholic High School in Harlem.
Witnessing a car wreck or encountering a poisonous snake are scenes that become etched in our memories.
But how do we process and store these emotional scenes so that they’re preserved more efficiently than other, more neutral memories?
In a new study published recently in “Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience,” University of Notre Dame researchers Jessica Payne and Alexis Chambers found that people who experienced rapid eye movement (REM) sleep soon after being presented with an emotionally-charged negative scene — a wrecked car on a street, for example — had superior memory for the emotional object compared to subjects whose sleep was delayed for at least 16 hours. Read More
As a new year approaches, the University of Notre Dame’s John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values has announced its inaugural list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology for 2013.
The center aimed to present a list of items for scientists and laypeople alike to consider in the coming months and years as new technologies develop. It will feature one of these issues on its website each month in 2013, giving readers more information, questions to ask and resources to consult. Read More
Alumni Spotlight - Santiago Garcés (Class of 2011)
This is the first in a series of alumni/ae spotlights for the Reilly Dual-Degree Arts & Letter/Engineering Program. Read on to see what Santiago Garcés ('11) is doing for the city of South Bend and how thedual-degree program helped forge that path. Read More
When many of us view a great building, we are struck by the majesty and artistry that spring from its form, function and materials. University of Notre Dame mathematician Alexander J. Hahn sees all this, but also something more. He sees the mathematics that lies at the heart of great buildings and finds in it a beauty of its own.
Hahn examines the mathematics at work in great buildings in a compelling and richly illustrated new book, ""Mathematical Excursions to the World’s Great Buildings:http://press.princeton.edu/titles/9693.html," published by Princeton University Press.
“Mathematical Excursions” discuss the pyramids of Egypt; the Parthenon in Athens; the Colosseum and Pantheon in Rome; the Hagia Sophia; historic mosques; great Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance cathedrals; some of Palladio’s villas; the U.S. Capitol; and three icons of the 20th century: the Sydney Opera House, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Read More
The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values focuses on three broad areas in support of its mission: education, research and outreach, says Don A. Howard, center director and professor of philosophy. “We want to be a partner with technical faculty, to help them talk about social, ethical, legal and policy implications of science and technology. We also want to take our voice off-campus, and be more than a campus leader—we want to be a national and international leader.” Read More
Three philosophers from the HPS program are giving papers at The International Conference on Scientific Explanation and Methodology of Science at Shanxi University's Research Center for Philosophy of Science and Technology this week. Katherine Brading is presenting "Special Relativity and the Spatiotemporal Extent of the Present," Janey Kourany is giving a paper on "The New Ignorance," and Anjan Chakravartty will talk about "Cases as Bases for the Epistemology of Science." Read More
Dr. Melinda Gormley, Assistant Director for Research at the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values, has been chosen as a fellow for the To Think, To Write, To Publish project at Arizona State University (ASU). The program is funded by the National Science Foundation and administered through the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes at ASU. Read More
For her contributions to Emerson studies, Laura Dassow Walls, the University of Notre Dame’s William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English, has been awarded the 2012 Ralph Waldo Emerson Society Distinguished Achievement Award. Read More
A female student holds two paper-based counterfeit drug strips, which will become part of a larger pad later.
Marya Lieberman, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, has collaborated with faculty and students to demonstrate advances in paper analytical devices (PADs) to test for counterfeit drugs. The promising low-tech solution has received broad attention in the scientific community. Lieberman’s work was featured in Chemical and Engineering News and presented recently at the American Chemical Society’s 244th National Meeting in Philadelphia. Read More
Highlighting the strength in science & literature at Notre Dame
Laura Dassow Walls
William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English
- literature and natural science in 19th-century America, especially Thoreau, Emerson, Melville, and Poe, along with Alexander von Humboldt, Charles Darwin, and Louis Agassiz. …
The HPS program would like to welcome Catherine Jackson as its first postdoctoral fellow! Professor Jackson received her first Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Cambridge University and her second Ph.D. in History of Science from University College London. She was most recently a Gordon Cain Teaching Fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Read More
Notre Dame will be well represented at this year’s meeting of the International Society for the History and Philosophy of Science (HOPOS). The four-day conference, to be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, will feature four current students from Notre Dame. Read More