Article by Abe Schwab Appears in Journal of Medical Ethics

The article “The ASBH code of ethics and the limits of professional healthcare ethics consultations” by Abe Schwab, associate professor of philosophy, was published in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

From the abstract:

From the beginning, a code of ethics for bioethicists has been conceived of as part of a movement to professionalise the field. In advocating for such a code, Baker repeatedly identifies ‘having a code of ethics’ with ‘professionalization’. The American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) echoes this view in their code of ethics for healthcare ethics consultants (HCECs) and the subsequent publication in the American Journal of Bioethics.

Taking for granted that a code of ethics could be a valuable asset for HCECs, this essay has two aims. First, there are good reasons to doubt that the label ‘profession’ has significant meaning for HCECs. Attempts to accurately conceive of a profession fall into two broad camps: substantive and formal. Substantive conceptions should be rejected. Specifically, substantive conceptions beg the question about what it means to be a profession, which produces devastating problems for practical application. Formal conceptions of profession (eg, Davis’ conception) avoid begging the question, but do so at the cost of identifying the responsibilities of a profession.

Using the term ‘professional responsibilities’, then, requires additional explication and classifying HCECs as professionals requires the identification of their role-specific responsibilities.

Second, this essay will critique the ASBH code of ethics for HCECs as a first articulation of these responsibilities. As written, this code of ethics has limited value for HCECs because most of the responsibilities identified in this code do not identify HCEC-specific responsibilities. In closing, some important strategies to improve upon this initial attempt to define the responsibilities of HCECs are identified.

Bernd Buldt to Edit New Philosophy Collection from Oxford University Press

Bernd Buldt, professor and chair of Philosophy, will be the editor for volume 9 of Rudolf Carnap’s Collected Works by Oxford University Press.

He will be part of an international editorial project involving leading scholars from Canada, Germany, and the US.

Rudolf Carnap, a German-American philosopher, while trained as a physicist, gained critical importance as a founding member of and a beacon for what would become a dominating intellectual force in the 20th Century: Analytic Philosophy.

Joe Reese Wins Playwriting Competition

The play Lunacy, A Play for Our Times by Joe Reese, limited term lecturer in English, won a playwriting competition sponsored by the Khaos Theatre in Indianapolis. Reese’s winning play will be produced during the 2017 season.

Lunacy is a satire of what happens when divinity interrupts the lives of humdrum, failed playwright Tony and his promiscuous wife Susan. Susan unwittingly picks up Zeus (off on his first extra marital fling with mortals in a millennia) at an office party, and takes him home, precipitating the breakup of her relationship with her nerdish husband.

Diana comes in search of her philandering father to warn him of Hera’s intent to search him out and destroy him—and discovers instead the pathetic Tony, with whom she promptly falls in love. This play brings us to the lunatic brink of nuclear holocaust. Lunacy is the voice of a prophet crying out in the wilderness, to us, “For God’s sakes, what are we doing?

The competition took place at the 2016 Dionysia New Play Festival. Excerpts from 20 plays were presented over two weekends in June.


Punya Nachappa Presents Pair of Research Panels

Punya Nachappa, assistant professor of biology, presented two research panels at the annual meeting of the North Central Branch of the Entomological Society of America in Cleveland, OH from June 5-8.

Her presentations were:

  • Nachappa, P., Culkin, C., Han, J., Saya P.M. II and Nalam, V.J. 2016. Plant nutrient status and defense signaling modulate the interaction between water stress, aphids and virus transmission in soybean. Plant Pathogens and Their Insect Vectors Symposium.
  • Nachappa, P., Keough, S., Han, J., Lagos, D., and Voegtlin, D. 2016. Factors affecting population dynamics of thrips vectors of Soybean vein necrosis virus in soybean. Research Update from the North Central Soybean Research Program (NCSRP) Symposium.

Janine Bennett Receives Competitive National Fellowship

Janine Bennett (senior, biology) was awarded the nationally-competitive 2016 American Society for Microbiology-Undergraduate Research Fellowship (ASM-URF) for $5000. The fellowship is aimed at highly competitive students who wish to pursue graduate careers (Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.) in microbiology.

As part of the fellowship, she will receive a stipend for completing a research project this summer and presenting her research at the ASM Microbe meeting in New Orleans next June.

Thanks also goes to Eric Link, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Frank Paladino, chair and professor of biology, for providing supplemental funding.

Lidan Lin Mentors Chinese Faculty through Publication Process

As part of her visiting appointment at Hangzhou Normal University, Lidan Lin, professor of English and linguistics, mentored Hangzhou faculty member Ling Ling. Lin worked with her on writing an essay, reading drafts, suggesting revisions, and recommending a journal.

The essay, “The Reception of George Gissing in China,” was successfully published in the journal English Literature in Transition.