NSC 110 Fall 2009...W 1-2pm in WCH 1.110
Stuart Reichler (sreichler
Office: Bio 6
If you have any questions about class, or topics you would like to
discuss, please feel free to contact me.
(I will post the topic/speaker schedule as well as links of
for each presentation as they are sent to me. When available,
lecture slides can be accessed by clicking the hyperlinked dates.)
Strong Inference: The
9/9 Personal Responsibility, how far can you be held responsible
for your actions?
Imposing Personal Responsibility for Health
Robert Steinbrook, M.D.
Steinberg, L., & Scott, E. S. (2003). Less Guilty by Reason of
Adolescence: Developmental Immaturity, Diminished Responsibility, and
the Juvenile Death Penalty. American Psychologist, 58, 1009-1018.
Schlenker, B. R., Britt, T. W., Pennington, J., Murphy, R., &
Doherty, K. (1994). The triangle model of responsibility.
Psychological Review, 101, 632-652.
9/16 Colleen and Vishu-
effect of politics on science,
(in areas such as funding and censorship) and whether or not this is a
The Political Resources of American
Science (1971) Ezrahi. Social Studies of Science 1:
also see: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/03/17/60minutes/main1415985.shtml
9/23 Brennan and Wenly-
9/30 Cate and Emily will
present about genetic testing on fetuses and the use of that
information. See http://www.geneticsandsociety.org/article.php?list=type&type=82
for background information.
10/7 Adithy and Jessica
will talk about the ethics of animal testing.
10/14 Miranda and Sarah-
- "The Case for Killing Granny"
10/21 Miles and Omar
will talk about Organ Selling and Transplantation.
10/28 Daniel, Patrick, and Paul
will present about stem cell research.
11/4 GM crops: Battlefield from Nature 461, 27-32 (2009)
(You will need to acess this article from campus or via the library
Papers suggesting that biotech crops might harm the environment attract
a hail of abuse from other scientists. Emily Waltz asks if the critics
11/11 Min-Jeong and Stephen
11/18 Daniel C. and Brian will
about ethical dilemmas in automated technologies. One example that
everyone can relate to is the
soon-to-be-widespread use of fully autonomous cars. This will
happen and it will be an overall good thing for well designed and
programmed cars to do the driving instead of us, but
personal injury lawyers will go nuts over it for years (since even
awesomely programmed and brilliantly engineered cars will crash every
now and then).
11/25 no class (Thanksgiving)
12/2 Wrap up
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