Biofutures in a Globalized World

Pilot Courses
Spring 2013

VALUES 591: Ethics Matters in Science: Research Questions as Moral Questions

Colloquium - Spring 2013
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12:00 - 1:30 pm at the Simpson Center, Communications 202

Monday, April 29, 2013
"What Counts as Consent?"

Monday, May 6, 2013
"New Belmont: Knowledge, Power and the Ethics of Biological Security"

Monday, May 20, 2013
"Stewardship . . . of what, by whom, in whose interests?"

Project News

"Rethinking Research: What's Ethics Got To Do With It?"

“Scientists evaluate ethics behind flu research”

KUOW Weekday February 6, 2013: Steve Sher interview with Gaymon Bennett (from 29:00 – 39:40)

“Biological Futures in a Globalized World Presents Flu Forum, Lecture”

See an article about the Biological Futures program in the 2012-2013 Simpson Center Newsletter

Read about our 2012 Summer Research Consortium Faculty and Graduate Fellows here

"Biological Futures Initiative Aims to Bring Larger Ethical Issues Into Non-Medical Science"

"Biological Futures in a Globalized World" Addresses Challenges Posed by Explosion of Biological Knowledge

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Biological Futures in a Globalized World (BFGW) is a cluster of projects hosted by the Simpson Center for the Humanities in partnership with the Center for Biological Futures (CBF) at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Program on Values in Society (POV) at UW. Our goal is to develop an interdisciplinary network of scholars and scientists in order to foster better thinking about the dramatic growth in biological knowledge, its increasing use to manipulate living systems, and its consequent impact on human affairs.

In the first year of the project, 2011-2012, we developed an inventory of research ethics courses and resources already in place at the University of Washington, and sponsored a colloquium series and an ethics teaching workshop designed to bring together faculty and students who share an interest in research ethics. Our goal is to develop a coordinated curriculum that reaches across the social and natural sciences. To this end, BFGW is sponsoring a series of pilot courses on research ethics in 2012-2013.

For details of these projects see:

Project Personnel:

  • Alison Wylie (Philosophy and Anthropology) Principal Investigator, Biological Futures in a Globalized World
  • Roger Brent (The Hutchinson Center) Director, Center for Biological Futures
  • Laura Harkewicz, Biological Futures Lecturer, Program on Values in Society
  • Suzanne Long, Program Coordinator, Biological Futures in a Globalized World
  • Katie Banks, Research Assistant, Biological Futures in a Globalized World

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