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Lecture Series: Genomics Salon

Happy new year! We’re excited to bring you another set of Genomics Salon discussions for winter quarter. The first one will be this Thursday, January 5, at 4:30pm in Foege S-110, on the topic “Whose genomes matter? Genomics-research diversity in context.” Take a look at our upcoming schedule of events below, check out our website and twitter, and like our Facebook page. As always, snacks and drinks will be provided, and all faculty, students, and staff are welcome. See you there!
Thursday January 5, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Salon XI: Whose genomes matter? Genomics-research diversity in context
Alice Popejoy (Public Health Genetics) and Joanne Woiak (Disability Studies)
Even as genomics technologies become more powerful, their focus remains heavily on individuals of European descent – a disparity with deep historical and cultural roots.  This session will discuss scientific and philosophical issues that relate to the under-representation of minority populations in genomics research, with a particular focus on recruitment and population genetics in the context of historical and modern-day eugenics. What concepts of genetics, race, and identity contributed to the development of past eugenic ideologies? How do the shadow of eugenics and the historic underrepresentation of certain populations continue to affect the practice of genetics and biomedicine today?
Thursday January 19, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege N-130)
Salon XII: The next four years: science and environmental policy under the Trump administration
*Note that this session will be held in Foege N-130.* The inauguration of Donald Trump promises changes in US science and environmental policy. This special session of the Genomics Salon invites speakers to address how science and environmental policy priorities are set at the local and national level, and to ask how scientists can participate in policy-making and advocacy. Scott Spencer, a graduate student at the Evans School, studies science policy; Sarah Myhre, a postdoc in oceanology, writes about the role of climate scientists in reaching out to the public; Susanna Priest, editor of Science Communication, has recently finished a book on communicating climate change.
Thursday February 2, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Salon XIII: Science and responsibility
Hannah Gelman (Genome Sciences) and Doug Fowler (Genome Sciences)
The pace of scientific and technological progress can be bewildering. Recent developments in diverse fields such as genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, and renewable energy highlight the possibility of conflict between scientific research and public opinion. In this session, we will discuss the role of scientists in advancing and/or regulating scientific research and innovation, especially when this research may “run ahead” of public understanding or comfort. What factors should influence the development of a field, and who should be involved in evaluating them? Furthermore, in a rapidly evolving field, is it possible to effectively evaluate, let alone regulate, future applications?
Thursday February 16, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Salon XIV: CSI Genomics
Sarah Hilton (Genome Sciences) and Murial Moore (The Innocence Project Northwest Clinic at UW Law)
Genomic technologies have become powerful tools in criminal court, with DNA sequencing routinely used to identify or exonerate suspects, but the role of scientific evidence in court is not always straightforward. This session will explore how science and law intersect in the form of forensic genetic technologies. What is the role of scientists as expert witnesses, and how is scientific uncertainty interpreted in a legal context? How does the nature of evidence change when genetic methods move from a research to legal context?
Wednesday March 1, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Salon XV: Genomics, representation, and equity
Aaron Wolf (Genome Sciences) and James Pfeiffer (Global Health)
*Note that this session will be held on a Wednesday.* Recent large-scale initiatives in genome sequencing have aimed to expand genomic analysis to diverse global populations. With more data, the thinking goes, the genomic medicine can cover and benefit historically underrepresented groups. This session will examine issues of representation and equity in genomic medicine. Who benefits from the “mining” of genomic data? Does this turn in genomic medicine mark a new age in global health, or a new wave of colonialism?

Lecture: “Going to Extremes: Exploring Life’s Limits” (01/26/16)

Carlos MariscalUniversity of Washington PHILOSOPHY Winter 2016 Colloquium
Carlos Mariscal
Herzberg Medal Postdoctoral Fellow
Dalhousie University
“Going to Extremes: Exploring Life’s Limits”
January 26, 2016
Friday, 3:30 – 5:20 pm
SMI 120

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Winter 2016 PHIL Flyer C. Mariscal

Lecture: “Challenges from Nanoscience” (01/22/16)

Julia BurstenUniversity of Washington PHILOSOPHY Winter 2016 Colloquium
Julia R. Bursten
Assistant Professor
San Francisco State University
“Surface Tension: Challenges to Philosophy of Science from Nanoscience”
January 22, 2016
Friday, 3:30 – 5:20 pm
SAV 260

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Winter 2016 PHIL Flyer J. Bursten

Lecture: The Difference Between the Past and the Future (10/27/15)

David Albert PhotoThe UW Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce the first lecture in the O’Hara Lecture Series in the Philosophy of Physics. Please see details, and link for registration, below.

Title: The Difference Between the Past and the Future
Speaker: Professor David Z. Albert, Frederick E. Woodbridge Professor of Philosophy from Columbia University
Date and Time: Tuesday, October 27 at 7:30pm
Location: Walker-Ames Room, 225 Kane Hall

Abstract: It seems to us that by acting now we can affect the future, but not the past. I will describe some recent work on the foundations of statistical mechanics which seeks to understand this phenomenon not as a part of the fundamental metaphysical structure of the world, but (rather) as a mechanical phenomenon of nature – like (say) the law of universal gravitation, or the second law of thermodynamics.

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Call for Papers: Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science & Engineering

Call for Proposals / Call for Abstracts:
The 3rd Annual Meeting of the Consortium for Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering and The 6th Annual Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology Conference
at The Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology
The University of Texas at Dallas http://values.utdallas.edu
Richardson, Texas, USA
May 19-22, 2016

This conference aims to promote ethically responsible and socially beneficial scientific research and technological innovation, primarily through philosophical/humanistic engagement with science, engineering, and medicine and through reflection on their role in society. The conferences goal is also to improve the capacity of philosophers of all specializations to collaborate and engage with scientists, engineers, policymakers, and a wide range of publics, as well as to promote philosophic reflection by these latter groups, and also by historians, humanists, and social scientists about the role of science in society.

We seek proposals for presentations, panels, and discussions for our annual meeting of work that furthers these aims.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:
* Social justice issues in science, engineering, and medicine
* Ethics education in science and engineering
* Public understanding and communication of science and medicine
* Rethinking broader impacts and responsible conduct of research
* Science and politics; democratization of science; science advising
* Analyses of interdisciplinarity, collaboration, and stakeholder participation

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Conference: Pacific Northwest History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) Workshop (10/24/15)

The Pacific Northwest HPS Workshop will take place on October 24 at the University of Washington Waterfront Activities Center.  We invite you to join us. Also please feel free to extend this invitation to relevant colleagues, graduate students, and undergraduates.

The basic format for the day’s events will include six talks and a concluding panel session for more general discussion of HPS scholarship. The program will begin at 9:00 am and conclude around 6:00 pm.  We will provide continental breakfast, lunch, coffee and snacks for all participants.

Due to support from a generous donor, there will be no fee to attend the event, but we do request that folks register so that we have a reasonable estimate of the number of people attending.  To register, all you need to do is email awoody@uw.edu (by Oct 12) with your name and institutional affiliation.  Also, because we will be providing food, please let us know of relevant dietary restrictions.

List of speakers and titles:
– Holly Andersen (Philosophy, Simon Fraser University), “Temporal experience in James and Hodgson: the interactions between early Psychology and late British Empiricism”
– Richard H. Beyler (History, Portland State University), “Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Disciplinary Anthropomorphism in Inter-War Biophysics”
– Paul L. Franco, (Philosophy, University of Washington), “Like offering a text-book…to someone who says (with a sigh)…that he wished he understood…the human heart’: ‘Ordinary Language’ Critiques of Logical Positivism”
– Laura Harkewicz (History and Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, University of Washington) “The ‘Literature of Reality’: How the Bravo Medical Program Became a Human Radiation Experiment”
– Conor Mayo-Wilson (Philosophy, University of Washington), Exact Constructions in Descartes’ Geometry
– Daniel Steel, (W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics, University of British Columbia), “Confronting Ibsen’s Predicament: Epistemic Priority and Aims Approaches to Values in Science”
– Panel discussion led by Margaret Schabas (Philosophy, University of British Columbia) and Bruce Hevly (History, University of Washington)

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Conference: Eighth Joint Meeting of the British Society for the History of Science, the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, and the History of Science Society (Abstract Deadline: 12/04/15)

Three Societies Meeting 2016 Conference LogoThe eighth joint meeting of the British Society for the History of Science, the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, and the History of Science Society will take place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  Previous successful meetings were in Philadelphia (2012), Oxford (2008), Halifax, Nova Scotia (2004), St Louis (2000), Edinburgh (1996), Toronto (1992), and Manchester (1988).

The theme of the meeting will be ‘Transitions.’  Although presenters are not confined to this theme, the Program Committee is seeking papers or sessions that reflect this theme and encourages participants to consider the broader scientific, scholarly and social implications associated with moments of scientific transition. Transitions might include such ideas as moving from one scientific meme to another, one locality to another or generational change.

The programme will include themed sessions, plenary lectures and panels. A typical presentation will be 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions, but special sessions such as round tables and panels will be accommodated.

The conference will take place at the University of Alberta. Founded in 1905, U of A is located in Edmonton, Canada’s most northern major city. Edmonton is known as the ‘Gateway to the North’ and is the capital of the province. It is a major economic and cultural hub, situated on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. The conference will include education and outreach activities, a reception at the Art Gallery of Alberta and a Conference Dinner. Delegates can explore the vibrant arts scene, and there are many festivals in June, including the Edmonton International Jazz Festival. Accommodation will be available on campus and near campus.

The Programme Committee welcomes proposals for sessions or individual papers based around the conference theme from researchers at all stages of their careers. Participation is in no way limited to members of the three organising societies, but there will be a discount for members.  Intending participants should also note that the usual HSS rules concerning presenting at successive conferences do not apply to this meeting.

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