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Greetings from Stephen Latham, Bioethics Center Director

As strange as the balmy weather makes it seem, it's the last day of classes for the fall term. We're moving into reading period and exam period, so there'll be only one more issue of this Friday Newsletter before we disappear for winter break.

Just after we come back, on Wednesday, January 6, our colleagues at the Medical School's Program on Biomedical Ethics will be hosting a talk from Barron Lerner (Medicine, NYU) entitled, "Two Doctors, Two Generations: Medical Ethics Then and Now," based on his 2014 book, "The Good Doctor: A Father, a Son, and the Evolution of Medical Ethics." The talk will be at the Cohen Auditorium of the Child Study Center at 5pm. Save the date!

Congratulations to Tech & Ethics member (and speaker!) Joe Carvalko on the publication of his new novel, "Death by Internet: The Line between Suicide and Sacrifice." You can read more about the book, and Joe's motivation for writing it, at the link.

Please check the calendars of our colleagues at the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, the Program for Biomedical Ethics at the Medical School, the new Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy, and ISPS Health, for upcoming events.

If you have an event or a milestone you'd like to have me mention here, please contact me at Stephen.Latham@Yale.edu, with the word "Frimail" in your subject-line.
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Updates from the Summer Institute

From Summer Institute Director Carol Pollard

Nick Caros is now finishing work at Columbia Law School. (Congratulations Nick!)

Jesse DeWeese is now at The Cleveland Clinic as a  Bioethics Fellow. (Congratulations Jesse!)

Sue Kopp sent the “Vatican Animal Light Show” to us. If you haven’t seen it, please do take a look! (Thank You, Sue!) 

The World Technology Network honored “A Dangerous Master,” Wendell Wallach’s newest book, by awarding him the 2015 World Technology Award for Media and Journalism.(Congratulations Wendell!)

Mayli Mertens writes: “I thought this conference titled “What Is It To Be Human?” might interest you and others. Please forward it to the students that were part of our discussion group (“what it means to be human”) as well? There's a call for abstracts in there too.” (Thank you Mayli! Click on the link for information about this conference in Untrect, The Netherlands, April 19-20!)

Greg Becker sent the Washington, DC, Declaration regarding CRISPR. It was introduced at the Washington, DC, Summit on Human Gene Editing. (Thank you, Greg!)

Ben Lyvers has been admitted to the University of Louisville School of Medicine for the Fall of 2016! (Congratulations Ben!)

Shari Esquenazi writes on our Facebook page: “After you’re sleepy and about to take a final but get an e-mail about a paper that you forgot you’d submitted to a health law conference at Harvard University (back in September), stating that it’s made it to the next phase of consideration, that’s happiness!” (Congratulations Shari!)

Eleanora Gregori Ferri received her JD degree from the University of Bologna School of Law, Bologna, Italy. (Congratulations Ele!)

Franco Joseph Galbo writes:“Hey everyone!  I hope all is well! Here is an interesting article about President Obama implementing and encouraging all departments and Federal agencies of the United States to use ‘behavioral science’ techniques to ‘nudge’ U.S. citizens. ‘Nudging’ is truly becoming a popular and affordable government policy strategy. Enjoy!” (Thank you Franco!) “Obama Decree Unleashes “Behavioral Science” Squad to “Nudge” You,” Alex Newman, NewAmerican, September 18, 2015.

Kristin Bergman writes on our Facebook page: “Here is an interesting article that raises questions about informed consent.” (Thank you Kristin!) “Is It Safe For Medical Residents To Work 30-Hour Shifts?” Rob Stein, NPR, December 7, 2015.

Please see the Articles Section I’ve prepared for you!


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Conferences & Off Campus Events

The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics will have its 25th annual conference in Reston, VA on February 18-21. Information about the conference and registration is available here.

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Calls for Papers & Nominations

The Initiative on Islam and Medicine, of the Program on Medicine and Religion at the University of Chicago, is hosting its annual conference titled Interfaces and Discourses: A Multidisciplinary Conference on Islamic Theology, Law, and Biomedicine" in April 2016. We cordially invite you to attend and participate in the discourse. The details for the event are in the link. We invite you to submit an abstract; deadline is December 16, 2015.

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Articles of Interest

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In the News

Genetic Engineering

"Britain should lead way on genetically engineered babies, says Chief Science Adviser," Sarah Knapton, The Telegraph, December 12.

"Gene editing summit supports some research in human embryos," Sara Reardon, Nature, December 3.

Medical Practice

"Nearly a third of new doctors at high risk for depression," Lena Sun, Washington Post, December 9.

Aid in Dying (UK)

"Assisted Dying: Disability rights campaigners lose court challenge," BBC, December 4.

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In the Journals

"Resident Depression: the tip of a graduate medical education iceberg," Thomas Schwenk, JAMA, December 8.

"Reform of clinical research regulations, finally," Ezekiel Emanuel, NEJM, December 10.

"A relational approach to saviour siblings?" Michael Selgelid, Journal of Medical Ethics, December.

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New York Times Blog, "Well"

"Death and Sandwiches," Dhruv Khuller, December 10. How do you eat a sandwich after pronouncing a man dead?

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