cfp: Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology 2015

Announcing the 5th Annual

Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology Conference

At the Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology
The University of Texas at Dallas
May 19-22, 2015

Keynote Speaker:

Science, technology, and medicine have a major impact on our lives. We live with constant technological innovation and scientific discovery, and this changes the conditions that we live in, as well as the way we understand ourselves and the world around us. Science, technology, and medicine are thus entangled with our values, our culture, and our politics, and they have an important impact on policymaking and action. Making value judgments is important to the way that we fund, conduct, evaluate, and apply scientific research.

We invite proposals for papers that engage with these issues from a variety of disciplinary and theoretical approaches, including philosophy of science, technology, & medicine, epistemology, ethics and political philosophy, history, science and technology studies, policy studies, and natural and social sciences.

See here for the full description and abstract submission.

Code of Conduct report approved by APA Board

As Daily Nous reports, the APA Task Force on a Code of Conduct submitted an interim report [pdf] which was approved at the Board at its recent meeting. The conclusion of it recommends developing “a code of ethics that would offer grounding principles for the code of conduct.”

Based on these findings, the Task Force makes the following recommendations:
1. The above APA statements pertaining to member conduct should be gathered on a separate web
page, organized into a coherent system, and preceded by a code of ethics that would offer
grounding principles for the code of conduct (e.g., an endorsement of the AAUP code, which the APA Page 3 of 3
already accepts, or the AAUP code plus a principle of respect for others that is not directly
connected to academic freedom);
2. The Statement on Meeting Participation adopted by the Pacific Division should be adopted by the
entire organization and added to the code;
3. The Committee on Teaching Philosophy should develop an additional statement on “The
Responsibility of Faculty to Students” that would outline the expectations of the professor/student
relationship, including mentoring, and its professional nature. This additional statement could refer
to other existing statements (such as the Statement on Teaching, the Statement on Harassment, and
the Statement on Discrimination) and should be quite frank in its condemnation of abuses of power.
In addition to these recommendations regarding the content of the code of conduct, the Task Force also
recommends that the process of determining the content of the code be open for public comment from APA