Section Newsletter
Fall 2010

Upcoming Events

12th International Conference on Ethics Across the Curriculum (Schenectady, N.Y., Oct. 7-9, 2010).

Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., will be hosting the 2010 annual conference of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum. This year’s conference is titled Bioethics and Ethics Across the Curriculum: The Challenges of Teaching, Researching, and Publishing Across Disciplines. The goal of this conference is to promote a dialogue and explore common themes, experiences, techniques and challenges facing multi- and interdisciplinary fields like bioethics. Among the topics to be explored are effective program implementation, ethics education for non-ethics professionals and academics, effective inter-and cross-disciplinary research and publication in professional journals, and teaching ethics in basic science, pre-health courses, and clinical contexts. For more information, or to submit an abstact, visit the conference website at

Future of Medicine” Bahamas Cruise and Conference (Departing New York, N.Y., Oct. 10-17, 2010).

The Appignani Bioethics Center and the Institute for Science and Human Values are hosting the "Future of Medicine" Cruise and Conference. The ship leaves New York on Oct. 10 for an eight-day cruise of the Bahamas, and features talks by Michael West, Paul Kurtz, Toni Van Pelt and Martha Farah. For more information, visit the conference website at

Issues in Medical Ethics 2010: Recruitment for Clinical Trials (New York, N.Y., Oct. 15, 2010).

The Department of Bioethics Education of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine is hosting the 22th Annual New York Regions Conference in Medical Ethics. This year’s theme is “Recruitment for Clinical Trials,” and includes presentations by Jon Merz, Robert Levine, Robert Temple, and Sean Philpott. The conference is free but prior registration is required. For more information, or to register for the conference, contact Ms. Karen Smalls (, Bioethics Education, Box 1076, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, One Gustave Levy Place, New York, NY 10029.

12th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (San Diego, Oct. 21-24, 2010).

The 12th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) is scheduled for Oct. 21-24, 2010, in sunny San Diego. This year’s theme is Health and Community. The ASBH is inviting scholars to submit proposals to address health, disability, and disease as it affects local, national, and global groups. Healthcare professionals, researchers, humanists, and lawyers, can bring experiences, expertise, and interests that shape our understanding of the health of communities as it informs and is informed by ethics, law, politics, medicine, and the humanities.  Proposals that critically examine issues related to social groups--such as the appropriate distribution of societal resources, the ways in which literature, film, and the arts inform concerns about the health of populations and our understanding of communities, healthcare professionals' duty to warn in cases of communicable disease (e.g., HIV/AIDS), the fair distribution of health resources (e.g., medical supplies, water, etc.) during a natural disaster, the various contributions of the arts and the humanities to the health of communities, the social determinants of health and disease, healthcare disparities, the ways historical perspectives can bear on present day policy issues, and conflicts of values between different populations--are welcomed. For more information about the conference, please visit

138th Annual APHA Meeting & Exposition (Denver, Nov. 6-10, 2010).

The 138th Annual APHA Meeting and Exposition will be held this year in Denver in early November. The Ethics SPIG is sponsoring a number of workshops and panel presentations, and invites abstracts for panel discussions, oral presentations, roundtables, and posters on topics concerning ethics and public health. The theme of this year’s conference is Social Justice, and we encourage researchers, authors, teachers, those in public health practice, and especially students to attend. For more information about the conference, or to register for this exciting conference, visit the conference website at

After Shock: Humanities Perspectives on Trauma (Washington, D.C., Nov. 12-13, 2010).

An innovative conference for health care professionals who work with veterans and others who have experienced trauma. Conference sessions will address Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, Sexual Violence, and other trauma related mental health issues, and will introduce a range of humanities programs that support health care professionals who have vicariously or directly experienced trauma themselves. Literature is invaluable in helping providers better understand and treat the psychic wounds that so many of their patients have suffered ­ and in healing themselves. Up to 14 CMEs are available through the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. For more information visit the conference website at

The Legacy of Nancy Cruzan: A National Conference on the Past, Present and Future of the PSDA, Nutrition & Hydration and Palliative Care (Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 12-13, 2010).

On Nov. 12 and 13, 2010, bioethicists, legal scholars, clinical researchers, moral theologians and other academics and policymakers will meet in Kansas City, MO, to reflect on 20 years of Cruzan bioethics' impact on the most vulnerable among us, and to look to the future. For more information, visit the conference website at

Public Health Ethics: Scientific Methods, Foundational Concepts, and Case Analyses (Hanover, Germany, Feb. 14-18, 2011).

This five-day interdisciplinary European conference for young scholars takes up questions of public health ethics from 15 European scholars (PhD-students & post-docs) from the fields of public health, health services research, philosophy, biomedical ethics, medicine, nursing sciences, health economics, psychology, law, political science, and social sciences. All participants give an oral presentation of their research findings, which will then be discussed more thoroughly in a plenary session. Additional workshops with experts like Angus Dawson, PhD (Keele University, UK), Marcel Verweij, PhD (Utrecht University, NL), Johannes van Delden, MD, PhD (Utrecht University, NL), Neema Sofaer, PhD (King’s College London, UK) aim to improve international network building and teaching curricula in the field.Participants are paid all travel and accommodation costs and an additional expense allowance of 300 € for preparing a manuscript that shall be published in an anthology edited by the conference organizers. The conference language is English. To apply, please send an application containing an abstract (max. 500 words), a curriculum vitae and a publication list to: Applications are due Oct. 5, 2010. After peer review, all applicants will be informed about the acceptance of their proposed talk by Nov. 5, 2010.

2011 ELSI Congress: Exploring the ELSI Universe (Chapel Hill, N.C., April 12-14, 2011).

The Center for Genomics and Society at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with research funding from the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications Research Program of the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health, will host next year’s ELSI Congress. This meeting of researchers and ethicists will explore a number of important questions, including: How has ELSI research expanded since 2008? What questions and issues take ELSI research beyond its original and/or recent foci? Does ELSI apply to scientific areas outside genomics? How effectively is ELSI expanding from medical research to medical practice applications? How and when does ELSI research cross disciplines effectively? How and when does ELSI research connect scientists and non-scientists effectively? More information about the conference visit the conference website at

9th Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Medical Humanities Consortium (Philadelphia, April 15-16, 2011).

The Ninth Annual Pennsylvania Medical Humanities Consortium meeting will be held at Temple University School of Medicine, 3500 N. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19130, on Friday evening, April 15 through Saturday afternoon, April 16, 2011. This year’s theme will be: The Story of Health and Illness in Urban America. Meeting organizers are currently seeking abstracts of papers as well as proposals for panels, workshops, readings and performances that examine topics relevant to medicine and health care, preferably in the context of an urban environment. The approach should represent the orientation of at least one of the medical humanities (e.g. history, literature, art, bioethics, philosophy, religious studies, disabilities studies, sociology, psychology, gender studies, and anthropology). Proposals should be of interest to a general audience (e.g. health care providers, humanities scholars, laypersons, students), and serve as a departure point for lively discussion. Abstracts and proposals (one page) should be submitted electronically as an attachment in Word, or as a PDF file by January 31, 2011 to the review committee at:, with the subject line ‘PMHC 2011 Proposal’.

Workshop for Junior Bioethics Scholars (Wake Forest, N.C., Sept. 22-24, 2011).

The Center for Bioethics, Health and Society at Wake Forest University is hosting a workshop for junior (untenured) faculty working in bioethics. This workshop will give these scholars an opportunity to present works-in-progress to scholars in bioethics and related fields. Junior faculty working in bioethics in the United States are invited to submit abstracts/summaries of 500-750 words of the proposed paper along with a curriculum vitae.  Papers should be works-in-progress that have not already been accepted for publication and that will not be submitted for publication until after the workshop at Wake Forest University. A committee of scholars will select three papers for presentation at the Junior Scholars in Bioethics Workshop.  Authors will be required to submit a full draft of the paper in advance of the workshop to allow peer reviewers sufficient time to read the papers and prepare their comments. The Center for Bioethics, Health and Society will reimburse advanced purchase coach airfare or mileage and provide lodging and meals for scholars whose works-in-progress are selected for presentation.  It is expected the scholars will be present to participate in the discussion of all papers. Abstracts/Summaries (500-750 words) and CVs should be emailed to Ana Iltis, PhD ( no later than April 1, 2011 for consideration.

Submissions for the Winter 2011 Newsletter

Have something you’d like to include in the Winter 2011 newsletter? Contact the newsletter editor, Sean Philpott, at .

Useful Resources is a new bioethics community resource developed through a partnership with scholars at the University of Minnesota, Indiana University, Georgetown University, Stanford University, University of Virginia and Mississippi State University. is a research and collaboration website designed to help you do research, share, collaborate, and participate in the field of ethics. It provides a comprehensive collection of ethics materials including research materials, group discussions, current news articles, and upcoming events. EthicShare automatically adds new research materials regularly, but users are also invited to help improve EthicShare by sharing citations, conference announcements, calls for paper, and other suggestions.

Public Health Ethics and Disasters

Designed to provide students, educators and public health officials with a starting place for understanding common public health ethics issues in disasters. Visit the site at

Public Health and Social Justice

Contains articles, slide shows, syllabi, and other documents relevant to topics in public health and social justice. Visit the site at

Resources for Research Ethics Education

This website provides a wide variety of resources and tools for teachers of research ethics, with the goal of promoting best practices and evidence-based research ethics education. Visit the site at

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has a new entry on public health ethics, co-authored by one of the founding members of the Ethics SPIG, Dr. Ruth Faden. You can access the article here:

UNESCO Global Ethics Observatory (GEObs): Database on Resources in Ethics

The sixth GEObs Database on Resources in Ethics is freely accessible online to all Member States and the general public in the 6 official languages of UNESCO (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish). This new database is designed to reinforce ethics teaching, especially in regions where such activities are absent or minimal, by making resources in ethics available online through the GEObs. Ethics teachers and experts are invited to contribute to the content of this database in order to ensure that a wide variety of regional and cultural perspectives are represented. To send contributions or to request further information, email To access the GEObs Database on Resources in Ethics directly, visit

Exciting Opportunities

Call for Papers: Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics (Deadline: Rolling).

Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics: A Journal of Qualitative Research (NIB), published by Johns Hopkins University Press, provides a forum for exploring current issues in bioethics through the publication and analysis of personal stories, qualitative and mixed methods research articles, and case studies. Articles may address the experiences of patients and research participants, as well as health care workers and researchers. NIB seeks to publish articles that will appeal to a broad readership of health care providers and researchers, bioethicists, sociologists, policy-makers, and others.

NIB invites three kinds of contributions: Personal Stories; Qualitative Research Studies; and Case Studies. For more information, visit the NIB website at

Call for Papers: Ethics and the Environment (Deadline: Rolling)

Ethics and the Environment, an international journal, provides an interdisciplinary forum for theoretical and practical articles, discussions, and book reviews in the broad area encompassed by environmental philosophy. Possible topics include conceptual approaches in ecological philosophy, such as ecological feminism and deep ecology, as they apply to issues such as cloning, genetically modified organisms, new reproductive technology, war and militarism, environmental education and management, ecological economics, and ecosystem health. Manuscripts may be submitted as word files at any time via e-mail to To view recent issues, visit

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Science Studies (Deadline: Rolling).

As part of a multi-year collaborative project between New York University, UCSD, and The Woodrow Wilson School's Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Program at Princeton University, NYU’s Environmental Studies Program is seeking a post-doctoral fellow to examine the scientific assessments regarding acid precipitation, the epistemologies on which they have relied, and the controversies which they have engendered. The ideal fellow should have a PhD in history and philosophy of science or a closely related field, and sufficient scientific background and interest to understand the technical issues at stake in the scientific evaluations. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the expectation of renewal based on performance and available funding. The successful candidate will be based primarily at NYU. Research could begin anytime after Sept. 1, 2010, contingent on final approval of NSF funding. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should send a CV and a cover letter describing their areas of expertise and interest via e-mail to

Professors Beyond Borders (Deadline: Open).

A new not-for-profit organization, Professors Beyond Borders, was launched on April 26 with the goal of sending faculty members abroad to promote public health and sustainability, and to build infrastructure that will help developing and disadvantaged nations. Interested in participating? Visit their website at

The Bioethics Program of Union Graduate College and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Master of Science in Research Ethics (Deadline: Open).

The Bioethics Program now offers a Master of Science in Bioethics with a specialization in Research Ethics. The first program of its kind in the United States, this new Master’s degree gives research professionals the knowledge and skills necessary to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Graduates of the program are uniquely positioned to advance ethical research, educate their peers, and inform and influence the national debate on research design, review, and oversight.

Through a combination of on-line courses and on-site practica, students gain an in-depth understanding of the ethical issues behind the rules and regulations that govern research, as well as hands-on experience in applying that knowledge to real-world situations. As a result, students graduate with background and skills they can draw on throughout their careers, whether they design and conduct research studies, develop policies and standards, or administer or oversee large research programs.

The new graduate program in research ethics uses a proven distance-learning model, designed to meet the needs of working professionals who have few opportunities to enroll in on-site courses. Most courses are taught on-line by internationally recognized experts in bioethics. Students also complete an intensive on-site proseminar, competency-based online and on-site practica, an on-site capstone assessment, and individualized Master’s projects.

For more information, or to apply for the 2011 or 2012 class, please visit

Fordham University Master of Arts in Ethics and Society (Deadline: Open)

The Master of Arts in Ethics and Society offers a unique cross-disciplinary curriculum in moral theory and applied ethics from humanities and social and natural sciences that provides students with the knowledge and skills to study, inform and shape a just society. The field practicum offers opportunities to shadow professionals engaged in ethical decision-making.  For more information and to apply for the Fall 2010 term, please visit .

AMA-MCW Online Fellowship in Physician Ethics and Professionalism (Deadline: Open).

The Ethics Resource Center at the American Medical Association (AMA), together with the Medical College of Wisconsin's Graduate Program in Bioethics, sponsors an Online Fellowship in Physician Ethics and Professionalism. This program is a unique opportunity for physicians on Institutional Review Boards, Privacy Boards, and ethics committees or for those who want to learn more about applied ethics. Our online program is current, comprehensive, and convenient, with courses taught by expert faculty from the AMA, MCW, and around the world. Fellows participate in online masters-level courses on topics such as: The history of medical professionalism; common clinical ethics dilemmas; the ethics of scientific and medical research; and the relationships between ethics, philosophy, and law. You will also have the opportunity to meet leaders in bioethics and policy making during the annual meeting of the AMA's House of Delegates in Chicago and learn how the AMA establishes ethics policy and the code of ethics that sets the standard for physician professionalism. For further information, please e-mail or call (312) 464-4540.

Important News

Public Health Ethics Still Available at a Special Discount for Ethics SPIG Members

Ethics SPIG members continue to receive a $32 discount on annual subscriptions to the journal Public Health Ethics. Public Health Ethics is a top-ranked, peer-reviewed international journal with a focus on the systematic analysis of the moral problems that arise in public health and preventive medicine. The journal combines theoretical and practical work from many different fields, notably philosophy, law, and politics, but also epidemiology and the medical sciences. For more information about the journal, and to subscribe, visit The $32 savings on the usual print subscription more than covers the cost of joining the Ethics SPIG as an affiliate member, so encourage your friends and colleagues to join the Ethics SPIG.

Job Openings

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Maryland-Baltimore County (Deadline: Sept. 30, 2010).

The University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) Department of Sociology and Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position beginning August 2011. UMBC seeks a candidate in the research area of health and aging who can also contribute to our curriculum in research methods and statistics. Candidates are expected to have an active program of research in health and aging, including cutting-edge work, such as research that could benefit from UMBC's available fMRI equipment, Center for Aging Studies or Hilltop Institute. Applicants should submit a letter of interest and qualifications, a CV, and have three letters of reference sent. Review of applications will begin on Sept. 30, 2010 but will continue until the position is filled. Send materials via e-mail to Leslie Morgan ( or Search Committee, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250 (

Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow, New York University Center for Bioethics (Deadline: Nov. 1, 2010).

The initial appointment will be for one year, renewable annually for a maximum of three years. An applicant should have a strong interest in and preferably have written and taught in areas of bioethics and/or public health ethics and policy and have completed the PhD no more than three years before the application date. Duties will include each year two graduate courses in the Bioethics MA Program and an undergraduate medical ethics course, as well as participation in the seminars, conferences, and other projects of the Center. See description of the Program at Questions may be sent to bioethics (at) Please submit a CV, letters of recommendation, two published or unpublished essays, and a statement of current and prospective research by Nov. 1, 2010. To apply, see the NYU Bioethics Program website at Instructions can be found under the homepage link “Employment“. NYU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Associate Professor or Professor, Alden March Bioethics Institute, Albany N.Y. (Deadline: Nov. 1, 2010)

The Alden March Bioethics Institute (AMBI) at Albany Medical College, Albany New York invites applications for a tenure track associate professor or professor level position. The successful candidate will join multidisciplinary colleagues from several fields, including medicine, nursing, ethics, law, policy, and the biomedical and social sciences who engage in empirical research, in teaching bioethics to medical students and health care professionals, in providing clinical ethics consultation services, and in teaching in a growing online graduate bioethics program with a focus on clinical ethics. Candidates should have an MD (or comparable professional degree), a JD, or a doctorate in a field related to bioethics such as philosophy, nursing, law, the social sciences, health services research, or public health as well as substantial training and experience in clinical ethics, or in bioethics and medical humanities education for health care professionals and medical students. Interested individuals may apply by mailing or sending electronically a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, and the names of three references with complete contact information to: Liva H. Jacoby (, PhD, MPH, Chair, Search Committee, Alden March Bioethics Institute, Albany Medical College, Mail Code 153, 47 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, New York 12208.

A Letter From the Ethics SPIG Chair

We anticipate with great excitement the upcoming 138th APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Denver, Nov. 6-10, 2010, with a theme of Social Justice. Thanks to all of you who submitted your work and for your interest and participation in this year’s program. Ethics SPIG primary sessions all fall on either Monday, Nov. 8, or Tuesday, Nov. 9.

2010 Annual Meeting Ethics SPIG Sessions

Monday, Nov. 8, 2010

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

The Ethics of Research in Public Health – Kathleen Powderly

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Health and Social Justice – Andrea Lynn Kalfoglou, Kirk Allison and Bruce Jennings

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Public Health Ethics and Institutional Capacity at CDC – Bruce Jennings

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Aspects of Public Health Ethics – Poster Session

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Liberty, Equality and Justice in Public Health – Bruce Jennings

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Ethics and Public Health Practice – Sean Philpott

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Ethics in Health Promotion – Kirk C. Allison

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Building Trust Between Minorities and Researchers – Sandra C. Quinn

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Ethics Forum Business Meeting – SPIG Executive Board

The Ethics SPIG Annual Business Meeting will be on Tuesday, Nov. 9. All Ethics SPIG members are encouraged to attend the Business Meeting to help plan future activities, assess accomplishments, and elect leaders for next year. This meeting provides you an important opportunity to become more involved in the SPIG as well as the chance to meet colleagues working in the field of public health ethics. After the business meeting, we’ll have dinner at Domo (, rated one of Zagat’s top five Japanese restaurants in the United States and whose owner runs the international aid organization AHAN. If you’re interested in joining us for dinner, please RSVP with our Denver-based colleague Greg Kinney via e-mail (

Please continue to encourage friends, colleagues and community members to join the Ethics SPIG. Members can add up to two additional affiliations beyond one’s primary designation for $30, and because public health ethics cuts across many public health domains, this is a great way to expand our membership.

As always, if you have any news, announcements or information you would like to share with members of the Ethics SPIG, please contact our Newsletter Editor, Sean Philpott ( We also welcome you to contact me ( with feedback and comments on the Ethics SPIG.

We look forward to seeing you in Denver!


Jennifer Prah Ruger

Ethics SPIG Chair