The Slow Professor: Rethinking the University

How should we conceive of the work of professors and the goals of the university? Maggie Berg, a professor of English at Queen’s University in Canada, and Barbara K. Seeber, a professor of English at Brock University, also in Canada offer a compelling arguement for universities to reduce their emphasis on speed and productivity, in favor of time for thinking and reflection.

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CBC Interview with the authors

SEAC 2016: Dr. Insoo Hyun

Insoo Hyun

Dr. Insoo Hyun is Associate Professor in the Department of Bioethics and Director of the CWRU Stem Cell Ethics Center. Dr. Hyun was a plenary speaker at the 18th International Conference on Ethics Across the Curriculum in October of 2016 in Salt Lake City Utah.1 His talk is titled “Ethics at the Edge of Science”.


  1. The conference was hosted by Utah Valley University and co-sponsored by the Dale Ethics Center. ↩︎

Students Recreate Life-Saving Malaria Drug

Just How Much is a Life-Saving Drug Worth?

A group of Australian high school students recently created 3.7 grams of the active ingredient in a life-saving malaria drug for around $20. The same amount of that drug would cost about $110,000 in the US.

“It seems totally unjustified and ethically wrong,” student James Wood said. “It’s a life-saving drug and so many people can’t afford it.”

Read the entire BBC article here

SEAC 2016: Dr. Mario Capecchi

[The following talk was given at the 18th International Conference on Ethics Across the Curriculum. The Dale Ethics Center was a co-sponsor of the event.].

Dr. Mario Capecchi is Distinguished Professor of Biology and Human Genetics at the University of Utah. The author and co-author of numberous publications, in 2007 Dr. Capecchi shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Martin Evans and Oliver Smithies for discovering a method to create “knockout mice” – mice in which a specific gene is turned off.

SEAC 2016: Dr. Leslie Francis

The Significance of Injustice for Bioethics

[The following talk was given at the 18th International Conference on Ethics Across the Curriculum. The Dale Ethics Center was a co-sponsor of the event.]

FullSizeRender Dr. Leslie Francis holds joint appointments as the Alfred C. Emery professor of law and professor of philosophy, and adjunct appointments in Family and Preventative Medicine (in the Division of Public Health), Internal Medicine (in the Division of Medical Ethics), and Political Science). The title of her talk is “The Significance of Injustice for Bioethics”.

Reminder: We the People 2.0

We the People 2.0

Wednesday October 19, 2016 7 p.m.

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Screening followed by Q & A with Tish O’Dell and Doug Shields (both from the movie)

“We the People 2.0 confronts its viewers with the ravages of mine tailings and leaky containment ponds, of sludge and ooze and grue, all of which, the film documents, are killing people, particularly in the cancer-blighted small towns of North America. The film’s brief is laudable: Alongside documenting grassroots activism, including the kayak flotillas that protested Shell Oil in Seattle, the film focuses on legal challenges presented to corporations by granting rights to ecosystems. Talking heads come from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, a nonprofit that helps small towns draft laws against fracking, factory farming, and water privatization.”

Series Website

Co-sponsored by the Dr. James Dale Ethics Center

CRISPR – Genome Editing

What is CRISPR? CRISPR an acronym for “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats”. If that doesn’t mean anything to you, you are not alone. But the moral importance of understanding this new technology is extremley important to bioethicists, and should be important to the rest of us. In this recent TED talk, Ellen Jorgensen explains CRISPR in a way the non-scientist can understand. 

The ethical implications of CRISPR, and related genetic technologies, was recently discussed in talks presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum in Salt Lake City. We will be posting the audio of these presentations soon.

Doumentary Screenings at YSU

Two new documentaries to be screened at YSU
 
As part of his ongoing lecture series on Energy and The Environment, Dr. Ray Beiersdorfer, Distinguished Professor of Geology, is bringing two new film documentaries to the YSU campus. Both films deal with environmental issues, but go beyond that. “I started this lecture series in support of YSU’s mission to foster understanding of sustainability and global perspectives,” says Beiersdorfer, “and both films address that. “Everyone needs to be talking about climate change, yet for some reason there seems to be a taboo about speaking about it.” “That needs to change, and I hope people attending this films can hang around for the discussion.” We will have Tish O’Dell and Doug Shields, both featured in We the People 2.0 in person to answer questions after the screening on Wednesday October 19th.  Film maker, Josh Fox will be available via Skype after the Tuesday October 25th screening of his film.  On a personal note, Beiersdorfer is proud that his daughter and YSU alumni Crystal Beiersdorfer is credited for filming some of the footage used in We the People 2.0. Both screenings are free and open to the public. The screenings are sponsored, in part, by The James Dale Ethics Center and NextGen Climate Action. Due to the ongoing campus improvements, Lincoln Avenue will be closed to vehicles. Attendees should allow extra time to avoid any problems. Anyone needing assistance should call the YSU Student Security Service at 330-941-1515.
 
We the People 2.0
Wednesday October 19, 2016 7 p.m.
Cushwa B100
Screening followed by  Q & A with Tish O’Dell and Doug Shields (both from the movie)
 
“We the People 2.0 confronts its viewers with the ravages of mine tailings and leaky containment ponds, of sludge and ooze and grue, all of which, the film documents, are killing people, particularly in the cancer-blighted small towns of North America. The film’s brief is laudable: Alongside documenting grassroots activism, including the kayak flotillas that protested Shell Oil in Seattle, the film focuses on legal challenges presented to corporations by granting rights to ecosystems. Talking heads come from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, a nonprofit that helps small towns draft laws against fracking, factory farming, and water privatization.”
Source: http://www.wethepeople2.film/
 
How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can’t Change
Tuesday October 25, 2016 7 pm
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Screening followed by Skype Q & A with Josh Fox
 
“In How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can’t Change, Oscar Nominated director Josh Fox continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change – the greatest threat our world has ever known. Traveling to 12 countries on 6 continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?” Source: http://www.howtoletgomovie.com/