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On the Right to Know One's Genetic Parentage Inmaculada de Melo-Martín, the Benjamin Rabinowitz Visiting Professor in Medical Ethics, taught Ethical Issues in Reproductive and Genetic Technologies, in the winter quarter. During the winter quarter, she held a department talk on the topic "On the Right to Know One's Genetic Parentage." The paper below highlights her position from the talk. Anonymous Gamete Donations and the Interests of Donor-Conceived... Read more
Ann Baker retired this year after teaching philosophy at UW for 21 years. She completed her PhD at UW in 1990 and returned as the department's full-time lecturer in 1994, after teaching for four years at Illinois Wesleyan University. While her duties included administrative tasks related to managing the curriculum, Ann's primary focus was on teaching philosophy. Her work in the classroom was recognized in 2004 with the Distinguished Teaching Award. She taught a large Introduction to Philosophy... Read more
Christopher Myers
Meet our undergraduate Writing Center tutors Christopher Myers and Dustin Bratten. The Philosophy Writing Center is a free resource for students who want to improve their philosophical writing. The Center's goal is to help students build skills needed to become confident and effective writers. The Center offers one on one tutoring sessions to work on all aspects of the student's paper or writing skills. The tutors have had additional training in working with English Language Learners and in... Read more
What areas of Philosophy do you teach? This year, I will teach courses in epistemology, philosophy of mathematics, and logic. In the future, I will likely teach classes in epistemology (especially social and formal), logic, philosophy of mathematics, and philosophy of science. What are your current research interests? My goal as a philosopher is to show how philosophical questions, theories, and thinking can be of importance for working... Read more
Newport High School
The Center for Philosophy for Children hosted another successful Washington State High School Ethics Bowl at the University of Washington, on January 31, 2015, involving over 100 high school students and teachers, as well as lawyers, philosophers, other educators, and UW students who volunteered their time as judges, moderators, and coaches. Congratulations to Newport High School for their first place win in this year's competition. They will compete in the National High School Ethics Bowl on... Read more
Join us for Peter Singer's book reading and conversation on April 10th at 7 pm at the Varsity Theater 4329 University Way NE, Seattle, WA The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically Peter Singer's books and ideas have been disturbing our complacency ever since the appearance of Animal Liberation. Now he directs our attention to a new movement in which his own ideas have played a crucial role: effective altruism. Effective... Read more
Department of Philosophy Faculty Meeting Tuesday, March 10, 2015 3:30 p.m. Savery Hall, room 408 Agenda: 1. Chair's Updates A&S Chairs Meeting News A&S website redesign Appointments for full-time lecturers UAW negotiations Merit Pay Central Office Charges Search Requests Simpson Center Mellon Grant New Staff Hire Events Colloquia Peter Singer Book Talk - April 10, 7:00 p.m., Varsity Theater Fictions Conference - April 17-18 Rainer Forst - Katz Lecturer - April 28-May... Read more
Congratulations to Professors Carole Lee and Elena Erosheva, Statistics and Social Work for first prize in the NIH peer review challenge: most creative idea for detection of bias in peer review. They proposed that there is scientific data to suggest that converting heterogeneous qualities into a single metric can be influenced by bias. The prize winning researchers suggested that such a commensuration bias might occur in peer reviews when reviewers factor their overall impact scores. To test... Read more
Professor Michael Blake talks with Marcie Sillman and Hannah Burn on the KUOW - NPR show The Record about partyism and when it is and isn't ok to discriminate based on political beliefs. The segment aired Wednesday, November 12, 2014.
Professor Lynn Hankinson Nelson is featured in the Provost series Leading Change in Public Higher Education: Innovators Among Us: Using Technology to Engage Students. Lynn was a Teaching with Technology Fellow in Summer 2013 and created a hybrid online course and used the Active Learning Classrooms in the Odegaard Library, pictured below. Read More at:... Read more