Research & Activities

The activities of the IPE center on increasing the amount of ethical research and deliberation on campus. To this end, activities will include:

  • High visibility international speakers and conferences on issues of campus concern (e.g. gene drive mosquitos, robotics, stem cells)
  • Interdisciplinary research groups on particular topics, consisting of existing faculty, PhD students, postdocs and visiting scholars
  • Publicly available research, from academic publications, interventions in popular media, white papers or policy proposals, or other forms of creative expression
  • Convening of small groups of international experts for weekend workshops focused on an emergent scientific or technological issue


IPE Seed Grants 2018-2019

AI and the Future of Society
Faculty: Ulrike Schaede (Professor, School of Global Policy & Strategy)

Building Research Integrity & Capacity: Strategies to Increase Access and Adoption
Faculty: Camille Nebeker (Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health), Araceli Lopez-Arenas (Program Manager for the Collaborative for Advancing Professional and Research Integrity), and Susan Hagos 

Ethical and Faith Perceptions of Interventions That Have Public Health Implications in Less Developed Countries
Faculty: Wael Al-Delaimy (Professor, Family Medicine and Public Health) 

Ethics and Policy Implications of Algorithms and Big Data
Faculty: Akos Rona-Tas (Professor, Department of Sociology)

Ethics, Theatre, and Science: Cross‐Disciplinary Fostering of Ethics and Science Conversations
Faculty: Michael Kalichman (Director, Research Ethics Program) and Emily Roxworthy (Professor, Department of Theatre & Dance)

Evidence and Scientific Method: Rigor versus Use
Faculty: Nancy Cartwright (Distinguished Professor, Department of Philosophy)

Examining Views of Geneticists and Clinicians on Racial Classification and Genetic Ancestry
Faculty: Amy Non (Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology), Justin Meyer (Assistant Professor, Division of Biological Sciences), Angela Booker (Associate Professor, Department of Communication)

Moral Responsibility Working Group and Conference
Faculty: Dana Nelkin (Professor, Department of Philosophy) and Manuel Vargas (Professor, Department of Philosophy)

Probabilistic Moral Judgments in Action: Decisions in Wartime and Driving
Faculty: Dana Nelkin (Professor, Department of Philosophy), Samuel Rickless (Professor, Department of Philosophy), and Nicholas Christenfeld (Professor, Department of Psychology)

Where Is Uncertainty in Data Science?
Faculty: Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra (Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology)


The Ethics and Social Implications of Active Genetics

In collaboration with the UCSD Tata Institute for Genetics and Society, IPE will begin a research program on the ethics of active genetics. This program will include the formation of the Ethics of Active Genetics Working Group, running workshops on the ethics of active genetics, and the training of scientists.


The Ethics and Social Implications of Big Data

We are pleased to announce that our first Visiting Scholar, Sophia Efstathiou, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Norwegian University of Technology and Science, will join us in April 2018. Sophia has a joint honors degree in Math and Physics from Warwick University and a PhD in Philosophy and Science Studies from UC San Diego. She wrote her PhD on the use of race as a variable in biomedical research, and is now working on — among other topics — ethical issues emerging from big data and different scientific tools.


The Foundational Questions in Human Enhancement

Human enhancement is increasingly becoming possible using pharmaceutical, mechanical or even genetic means. The extent to which humans should enhance themselves is a perennial question in society, with such debates largely occurring using philosophical or religious ideas. Faculty involved in the IPE are developing a project that would identify the perennial questions and then design social science research that could contribute to these debates.


Biomedical Ethics Seminar Series

The Biomedical Ethics Seminar Series sponsors one speaker a month, followed by discussion. The Seminar is held at the medical school for faculty, staff, and students. For the most up to date schedule, please click here.


Funding Opportunities

Please see the Professional Opportunities page. 


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