Presentation at Neuroscience and Ethics Engagement Symposium

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending and presenting in an symposium on ethics integration, “Neuroscience and Ethics Engagement: From Gray Matters to an NSF Engineering Research Center,” at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE). Discussion focused on need areas for neuroethics outlined in the Gray Matters report from the President’s Bioethics Commission, NIH funding opportunities in neuroethics, and the approaches of two research centers engaged in neuroethics work, the CSNE at the University of Washington and the National Core for Neuroethics at the University of British Columbia. The symposium also highlighted different modes of ethics engagement such as embedded ethicist and ethics consultation models.

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My presentation, “Incentivizing Ethics Engagement for Engineering Students,” was both a reflection on my experience as a member of a team with embedded ethicist Tim Brown and a response to Erik Fisher from Arizona State University, who presented on “Ethicists as Part of a Research Team.” I discussed factors that would lead engineering graduate students to engage in ethics collaborations, with an emphasis on ways that faculty and institutions could incentivize that engagement by providing time and monetary resources; classes and workshops to teach ethics skills; and career advice and role models demonstrating transdisciplinary career opportunities for engineers in neuroethics.

 

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