Dr. Nancy Jecker's new book Ending Midlife Bias: New Values for Old Age is now available! In her book, Dr. Jecker coins the term, the life stage relativity of values, to capture the idea that at different stages of our lives, different ethical concerns shift to the foreground. During early life, infants and small children hold dear the value of being cared for and nurtured by someone they trust--and their vulnerability and dependency make these the right values for them.
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Dr. Gina Campelia co-authored a March 2020 essay "Creating Space for Feminist Ethics in Medical School" in HealthCare Ethics Committee Forum. The essay addresses the mounting reasons medical schools need to examine nontraditional approaches to ethics, such as systems of oppression and their effects medical professionals.
Dr. Malia Fullerton is featured in an article about the genetic afterlives of individuals' DNA. People who donate DNA to ancestry websites or medical databases are inadvertently signing up to a "genetic afterlife" in which intimate details could be revealed after their death, ethicists have warned. Millions have given away swabs containing genetic code to research projects or websites compiling family trees.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a severe threat to global public health, and the policy priorities are clear: prevent the virus’ spread and care for those who are affected. But this event also raises a host of ethical questions that you may wish to discuss with your students. Assembled below is a collection of resources that offer accurate, timely information on the virus and attempts to deal with it—some focusing on COVID-19, and some focusing on broader bioethical considerations.
Dr. Mark Tonelli, Department of Bioethics and Humanities adjunct professor, addresses the potential surge of coronavirus patients at the University of Washington Medical Center:
"At the center of the coronavirus outbreak, a hospital prepares for the worst", Washington Post, March 17, 2020
Angel Nkwonta, University of Washington Track and Field athlete and student in the Bioethics and Humanities minor program, will compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships on Friday and Saturday, February 28th and 29th, 2020, in weight throws.
We stand with the University of California-Irvine Center for Medical Humanities in their call for compassion in the face of coronavirus: