Congratulations to New HPS PhDs

Congratulations to Moiz Hasan and John Slattery. Both HPS students successfully defended their dissertations on April 6, 2017. 

Moiz's dissertation "Foundations of Science in Post-classical Islam: Philosophical, Historical and Historiographical Significance of Sayyid al-Sharif al-Jurjani's (d.1413) Project" was co-advised by Robert Goulding (Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame) and Jamil Ragep (Professor, Medieval Studies, McGill University). Other committee members included Lynn Joy (Professor, Philosophy, University of Notre Dame), and Robert Wisnovsky (James McGill Professor, Medieval Studies, McGill University).

John Slattery is the first graduate student in HPS's History of Theology Track. His Dissertation "Old Science, New Problems: A Theological Analysis of John Zahm's Attempt to Bridge Evolution and Roman Catholicism" was directed by Matt Ashley (Associate Professor, Theology, University of Notre Dame) and his committee included Celia Deane-Drummond (Professor, Theology, University of Notre Dame) Don Howard (Professor, Philosophy, University of Notre Dame), and Father Robert Krieg (Emeritus Professor, Theology, University of Notre Dame)

Janet Kourany Receives Mullin Hancock Teaching Award

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.” 

Monica Solomon Awarded 2-Year Fellowship

Congratulations to Monica Solomon, who is taking up a two year postdoctoral fellowship as a member of the University of Southern California Society of Fellows in the Humanities, affiliiated with the USC School of Philosophy. Monica will defend her dissertation later this semester, and take up her fellowship at USC in the summer.

Congratulations to Laura Bland

HPS PhD alum Laura Bland has just been appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Liberal Studies in the Honors College at the University of Houston in Houston, TX.  Bland is currently teaching in Notre Dame's Program of Liberal Studies. She is also working on a book manuscript on the "Great Comet" of 1680 to explore how natural disasters became "natural" on the eve of the Enlightenment. 

Evan Ragland Wins ACLS Fellowship

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.

Ragland will use his fellowship time to work on a project titled "Experimental Life: Medicine, Science, and the Emergence of a Culture of Experiment."

Reilly Hosts Pulitzer-Nominated NYT Journalist 

Alan Schwarz, whose work ranges from his important work on concussions in sports to the current state of Big Pharma in the US will be on campus from March 21-23. Contact for details. 

Reilly Center Hosts NSF Ethics Workshop

The Center received $50,000 from the NSF to address the burgeoning field of "positive research ethics." Read more >

Data Security Conference Set for February 24

Notre Dame's Law School, Center for Digital Learning, and the Reilly Center will co-sponsor a conference on data security on February 24th in the Eck Hall of Law. Everyone is welcome. Click here for details. 

Reilly Center releases 2017 List of Emerging Ethical Dilemmas and Policy Issues in Science and Techology

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.

Sophomore Prathm Juneja gains insights into civic discourse at College Debate 2016

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. (Juneja is a Reilly Dual-Degree student and an alum of our Science, Ethics, and Responsibility Summer Leadership Seminar.)  Read More


Update on HPS Alumnus Nahyan Fancy
Congratulations to Nahyan Fancy, who recently received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor of History at DePauw University. Dr. Fancy graduated from the History and Philosophy of Science Ph.D. program in 2007 and wrote a dissertation entitled "Pulmonary Transit and Bodily Resurrection: The Interaction of Medicine, Philosophy and Religion in the Works of Ibn al-Nafis (d. 1288)" under advisors Phillip R. Sloan (emeritus) and Ahmad Dallal (Georgetown University). Read More

Six Current and Former Notre Dame Students to Present at 2012 HOPOS Conference
Author: Jessica Baron
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, will feature four current students from Notre Dame.

Reilly Center Awards 2012 Sloan Prizes
Author: Jessica Baron
Charles Pence and Grace Deardurff have been awarded the 2012 Sloan prizes by the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values. The Sloan Prize is awarded each year to one graduate student who embodies Reilly Fellow and History and Philosophy of Science professor Phillip Sloan's commitment to scholarship and to one undergraduate student who in some special way embodies the mission and core values of the Reilly Center. Each student will receive a $500 award.

Reilly Center Announces Dual-Degree Award Winners
Author: Jessica Baron
The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values hosted an awards ceremony on Friday, April 20, 2012 for students from the Reilly Arts & Letters/Engineering Five-Year Dual-Degree Program. Guests included the Reilly Center’s benefactor Mr. Jack Reilly, as well as John Staud (Senior Director, Pastoral Formation and Administration, ND Alliance For Catholic Education (ACE) Program) and Susan Valdiserri (Executive Coach, Leadership & Learning Consultant).

Historian Jon Coleman Explores a Mountain Man, a Myth, and the American West
Author: ND News & Information
Notre Dame Professor Jon T. Coleman is interested in the truths that hide in lies. In his new book, Here Lies Hugh Glass: A Mountain Man, A Bear and the Rise of the American Nation, the historian uses a whopper of a story to explore not how the west was won but how its image was built.

Reilly Fellow Jon Coleman Publishes New Book
Author: Jessica Baron
A new book by Reilly Fellow Jon T. Coleman explores the myth of Hugh Glass, a hunter brutally mauled by a grizzly bear along the Yellowstone River in the summer of 1823. Glass, who survived the attack despite being abandoned by his hunting partners, became a mythic figure to those seeking adventure in the American West.

Reilly Center Inducts Four New Fellows
Author: Jessica Baron
The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values announced its new fellows on Monday, April 30, 2012: David Hernandez (Classics), Nick Laneman (Wireless Institute), Jessica Payne (Psychology), and Carter Snead (Law School). The four nominees represent a diverse mix of scholarship and are drawn from the College of Arts & Letters, the College of Engineering, and the Law School.

Solving a Fascinating Puzzle
Author: Joanna Basile
Robert Goulding, an associate professor in the University of Notre Dame’s Program of Liberal Studies and Program in the History and Philosphy of Science, was recently awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) to support a research project on English scientist and mathematician Thomas Harriot (1560–1621), whom he calls “a really unusual figure” in intellectual history.

Reilly Center Co-Sponsors Inaugural Ethics Workshop for Notre Dame Doctoral Students
Author: Jessica Baron
On Monday, January 17, 2012 the Graduate School hosted its first Ethics Workshop, a new requirement for all incoming doctoral students at Notre Dame. The event was co-hosted by the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values and drew 254 students from the Schools of Science, Engineering, and Arts & Letters.

Robert Goulding Wins ACLS Fellowship
Author: Jessica Baron
Reilly Fellow Robert Goulding, Associate Professor in the Program of Liberal Studies and in the History and Philosophy of Science, has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) for the 2012-2013 academic year.


Reilly Center to Host Nanomaterials Conference
Author: William Gilroy
The University of Notre Dame’s John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values will host a conference May 10 to 12 (Monday to Wednesday) on regulation of nanomaterials. Titled “Toward Regulation of Nanomaterials: A Conversation between Academia, Industry, Law and Government,” the conference will be held in McKenna Hall.


Reilly Center hosts conference on evolutionary theory
Author: Roberta White
Can acceptance of evolutionary theory coexist with belief in God? Does evolution rule out a divinely ordained place in creation for humanity? These questions reflect the widespread view that evolutionary theory is fundamentally incompatible with religious belief. The hosts of an upcoming academic conference at the University of Notre Dame, titled “Darwin in the 21st Century: Nature, Humanity, and God,” think it is time to lay that view to rest.

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