Newsletter Fall 2011 Awards and Achievements Faculty

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Awards and Achievements - Faculty


Ann Baker was promoted to principal lecturer.

Michael Blake published five articles on topics ranging from immigration to the morality of international poverty, and participated in the Institute for Law and Philosophy's roundtable on freedom of association at the University of San Diego. He also continued his work for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's show Ideas. Some selections from that show are: Secularism Part 1, Secularism Part 2, Democracy Part 1, Democracy Part 2, The Dog Ate My Homework, and can be heard at: on 'Past Episodes')

Ken Clatterbaugh served his last year as Chair of the department, and served as the Interim Graduate Program Advisor (along with Sara Goering's able assistance) in 2010-11. Ken also served as the Joff Hanauer Professor of Western Civilization, and taught a very popular Honors Program seminar called "Philosophy over Lunch." A number of his colleagues spoke at this seminar, and the students were very excited and impressed with the depth of philosophical thinking on the various topics discussed.

Steve Gardiner was recently promoted to full professor. His new book, A Perfect Moral Storm: The Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change (Oxford University Press), was published in May 2011. He also recently published "Rawls and Climate Change: Can Rawlsian Political Philosophy Pass the Global Test?" as part of a special issue on liberalism and environmental challenges in the Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, and "Some Early Ethics of Geoengineering: the Values of the Royal Society Report" in Environmental Values. In 2011-12, Steve will be on sabbatical leave and working on a new book. He will take up visiting fellowships at Oxford University, and the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study.

Sara Goering is still celebrating a positive tenure decision, and is now an assoicate professor! Sara's co-edited book,Achieving Justice in Genomic Translation: Rethinking the Pathway to Benefit (Oxford University Press), was published in June 2011. She also published two short essays on philosophy and motherhood: "Bragging about Failure: Mothers Who Take Delight in Confessing Their Shortcomings" in the APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy, Spring 2011, and "The Off-Button: Thought Experiments and Child Control" in Motherhood & Philosophy: The Birth of Wisdom (Wiley-Blackwell).

Lynn Hankinson Nelson presented a paper entitled, "Who's Afraid of Evo Devo?" at the joint Philosophy of Science Conference, sponsored by the University of British Columbia, the University of Washington, and Simon Fraser University, in May 2011. She also presented an invited lecture at UC-Fullerton entitled "Major Themes in Feminist Philosophy of Science/Epistemology" in November 2010. Next year, Lynn will be on sabbatical during which she will work with Jack Nelson on the volume Reconstituting Empiricism: The Philosophy and Legacy of W.V. Quine.

Lauren Hartzell has had another busy year and is grateful for the ample research time her postdoc has allowed. She has three forthcoming pieces including a chapter on "Intergenerational Risks" in Springer's forthcomingHandbook of Risk Theory and a paper on "Climate Policy Under the Law of Peoples" in the journal Environmental Values. Lauren hopes to complete a draft of the book she is working on, Precautionary Principles: Catastrophes and Climate Change, by the end of the year.

Carole Lee has been writing about methodological and normative issues pertaining to empirical research on peer review processes. Her first peer-reviewed paper on this topic was published by Hypatia in 2011. She also presented new work on this same topic for the Philosophy of Science Association, the University of Minnesota's Studies in Science and Technology, and Indiana University's Consortium for Education and Social Science Research.

Adam Moore's book, Privacy Rights: Moral and Legal Foundations (Pennsylvania State University Press), was published in August 2010. Since then Adam has been busy writing articles and giving presentations at conferences. His articles include: "Privacy, Security, and Government Surveillance: WikiLeaks and the New Accountability," inPublic Affairs Quarterly, Spring 2011; "Privacy," forthcoming in International Encyclopedia of Ethics, Winter 2011; "Intellectual Property in Information,"Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Winter 2011; and "Privacy, Public Health, and Controlling Medical Information," HealthCare Ethics Committee (HEC Forum) 23 (Dec., 2010).

Ron Moore continues to wow his followers with his many exploits. At the American Society for Aesthetics meeting in Victoria, B.C. in October, he read a thrilling new analysis of the aesthetic qualities in courtroom sketch art, called "Capturing Criminals with Pen and Paper." At the beginning of the year, he was unanimously elected chair of the powerful College Council, the body that reviews and passes judgment on all tenure and promotion cases as well as fiscal policies in the UW College of Arts and Sciences. This summer, his devotees eagerly awaited the publication, by Oxford University Press, of his chapter "The Moral Dimensions of Natural Beauty," in its new release, Environmental Ethics for Canadians: A Text with Readings. And, on July 17, he reached across the disciplines to address the UW Piano Institute with a paper entitled "Beauty in Music and Elsewhere - Does it Matter?" As University Marshal, Professor Moore continues to appear in his splendid regalia, bearing the mace, in university convocation and commencement ceremonies. This year, he had the great pleasure to applaud his colleague Bill Talbott, who was honored at graduation a winner of the university's coveted Distinguished Teaching Award! The excitement, the enthusiasm, the glory - they never seem to end.

Jean Roberts was promoted to full professor. Her bookRoutledge Philosophy GuideBook to Aristotle and the Politics was published by Routledge in 2009.

Michael Rosenthal published an edited volume this past year, Spinoza's Theological-Political Treatise: A Critical Guide (Cambridge University Press, 2010). He was invited to give several lectures abroad. He gave one of the keynote addresses at the German Spinoza Society meeting last fall at the University of Halle and also spoke at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary. He participated in the research group on Human Rights supported by the Simpson Center for the Humanities. In May, he joined a group of UW faculty at a conference at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, where he gave a paper on "Spinoza, Rights, and Cosmopolitanism." He has been working to finish his book on Spinoza's political philosophy and has made progress on a few other articles. In May, he was appointed to serve as the new chair of the Department of Philosophy.

Bill Talbott was on sabbatical in 2010-2011. In October 2010, his second book on human rights, Human Rights and Human Well-Being (Oxford University Press), was published. On his sabbatical he worked on two book projects. The first was his book in epistemology, Learning from Experience. The manuscript for that book will be one of the course readings for his seminar in epistemology to be offered in autumn quarter 2011. He was able to work on the second book project in April and May 2011, when he was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in Germany, and as a guest of the Cluster of Excellence on the Formation of Normative Orders at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. During this time, he collaborated with various researchers at the Institute and from the Cluster, and he presented three papers that will be core chapters in a new book to be titled What Is Moral Progress? How Is It Possible?

Alison Wylie was honored to serve as the vice president of the Pacific Division of the APA this past year. She will be president in 2011-2012, and so will be giving her presidential lecture when the division meets in Seattle next April. She gave the keynote address at a conference on "Discovery in the Social Sciences" hosted by the University of Leuven (Belgium) and co-organized the 13th annual meeting of the Philosophy of Social Science Roundtable, hosted by CNRS and ENS in Paris (both in March 2011). Her publications include two short pieces on women in philosophy: the introduction to a cluster of papers on these issues assembled for the Spring 2011 issue of Hypatia, and an article that appeared in the Fall 2011 issue of the APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy. A long-standing project on evidential reasoning in archaeology also bore fruit this year, in the form of an article recently published in a collection of essays entitled, How Well Do Facts Travel?, and the other forthcoming in a British Academy volume on Evidence, Inference and Enquiry.