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Greetings from Stephen Latham, Bioethics Center Director


We're back from Thanksgiving and in that rather compressed time before final exams. Papers are being written--or will be, soon. Soon, Prof, I promise. Meanwhile, only one event to flag for you this week: our friends at the Medical School's Program for Biomedical Ethics are hosting Ilene Wong (Medicine, UPenn) speaking on "Has Medicine Failed the Intersex Community (And Could Literature Save It?)," at 5pm on Thursday, December 10, in the Cohen Auditorium at the Child Study Center. Details at the link!

Congratulations to Bonnie Kaplan, PhD, FACMI, Bioethics Center Scholar, on being quoted on ethics issues in a recent article on Telehealth in Medical Economics!

There is no "articles" section of this issue (though there is an extensive selection of articles in the link at the end of Carol Pollard's section, below).  Look for a revamped and improved "articles" section in forthcoming issues!

Email me at stephen.latham@yale.edu with any event or update you'd like to see mentioned here. Please put "Frimail" in your subject-line.
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Updates from the Summer Institute

From Summer Institute Director Carol Pollard

We are into the “Holiday Season” in many parts of the world, which entails a bit of frenzy and gift-giving, but I wanted to share with you an article by Nicholas Kristof titled “Gifts With Meaning.”  You can make a difference in others’ lives, which is a very strong, powerful gift to our collective future.  Please think about it! 

The Annual Winter Solstice Celebration at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City is taking place on Thursday, December 17th, at 8 pm.  If any of you are in New York City at this time, this is a wonderful way to celebrate the season with the Paul Winter Consort.  Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim have suggested in past years that students go to be inspired by the service and the music.  You must purchase tickets at stjohndivine.org,

Congratulations to Sundar Layalu on his new job: Account Supervisor at Amazon.com!

Congratulations to Tuua Ruutiainen who will be doing her Residency in Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine starting in 2016!

Congratulations to Tatiana Marques who is now an invited Researcher at the Center for Bioethics, Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon, Portugal!

Boris Lopicich writes: “Check out my latest post on #EnergyAccess & #Microgrids @energyaccessPN@sunfunder @HEDONEEnergy  @SELCOIndia #se4all” (Congratulations Boris!)

Evie Lindemann’s prints and drawings are part of a curated show at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford, CT, starting on December 10th. (Congratulations Evie!)

Leo Polchar is now Assistant Regional Marketing Manager for KKCI (an English language school in Harrow, London, UK.) (Congratulations Leo!)

The application deadline for FASPE Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics is three weeks away.  For information and application materials, please contact: ttritter@FASPE.info.

National Institutes of Health Bioethics Fellowships. These  two-years posts involve a range of activities including independent bioethics research, participation on the NIH intramural ethics consultation team, and weekly seminars on a variety of topics in bioethics. Both pre and post-doctoral candidates are invited to apply. The deadline is December 31st for the post-doctoral (JD, MD, PhD) fellowship and January 15th for the pre-doctoral (BA, MA) fellowship. Details here

The Forum on Religion and Ecology’s monthly e-newsletter is filled with useful and interesting information from around the world. Please check it out! (Thank you Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim!)

Martyna Sniegocka, Mayli Mertens, and Sahdeea Sultana sent this short video on organ donation to their 2015 cohort. I’m passing it on to you.“No words needed! #‎GiftOfLife”. 

Tulio Rubio-Rodriguez posted this article on Facebook. Tulio wrote: “For instance, take a toddler-sized commercial toy robot called Nao that Anderson and her husband Michael Anderson of the University of Hartford have programmed to remind people to take their medicine. Although such a task seems trivial, the robot may have to decide between concern over a patient's health and respect for a patient's wishes.”

Mayli Mertens also posted an article on Facebook.  Mayli writes: “We are that much closer to becoming full-on cyborgs.” “Tech Tats” Turn Wearable Devices into Cyberpunk Body Art,” Carey Dunne, Hyperallergic, November 24, 2015.

Pascal Thibeault posted this article on his class’s Facebook page as well: “Quebec end-of-life law contradicts Criminal Code and can’t take effect, court says,” CBCNews/Montreal, November 1, 2015.

Matt Jones and Selena Marshall posted the following article on their class’s Facebook page: “California Judge Orders Frozen Embryos (of a divorced couple) Destroyed,” Andy Newman, The New York Times, November 18, 2015.

Unite for Sight is hosting a Webinar on Wednesday, December 9th, 4-5 pm EST on “Research and Advocacy Initiatives to Curb The Health Impacts of Environmental Contaminants.”  To register: https://slate.uniteforsight.org/register/120915 

Ned Blackhawk, a professor of history and American studies at Yale and the coordinator of the Yale Group for the Study of Native America, wrote the following article that was published in The New York Times OP/Ed section. I’ve tried to get Ned to come talk to our students; hopefully this year we can work something out! “The Struggle For Justice on Tribal Lands,” Ned Blackhawk, The New York Times, November 25, 2015

For those of you interested in getting updates from Environment and Human Health, Inc., please go to their website.

The newest monthly AMA Journal of Ethics (formerly Virtual Mentor) is now online!  The Journal’s focus this month is “Illuminating the Art of Medicine.” Topics include: “Revisiting the Ethics of Research on Human Subjects; Expanded Access to New Drugs;” “What Physicians and the Public Need to Know about FDA and Corporate Processes;” “Research on Medical Practices and the Patient-Physician Relationship: What Can Regulators Learn from Patients?” and “Enrolling Research Participants in Clinical Settings: Conflicts of Interest, Consistency, Therapeutic Misconception, and Informed Consent.” Check it out! 

Please check out the Articles Section I’ve prepared for you!

Carol

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Calls for Papers & Nominations

The UK's Nuffield Council on Bioethics has published a "Call for Evidence" on the issue of gene-editing. Written evidence is due by February 1. Details at the link.

The Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards will be presented to physicians in recognition of clinical contributions and commitment to the cause of end-of-life medical care. Prizes in the amount of $25,000 will be awarded to one senior physician (20+ years in practice) and one in mid-career (8-19 years in practice) who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to patients near the end of life through their doctoring, their research, and/or their service to their community. Three additional awards in the amount of $15,000 will go to early-career physicians (0-7 years) who have already demonstrated exemplary efforts with patients near the end of life. Nominations are now being received; details at the link.

Epstein Becker Green's annual Health Law Writing Competition is now open to JD and LLM candidates. Write about health policy and win cash prizes! Details at the link!

The 5th International Health Humanities Conference will be held in Seville, Spain in September of 2016. Abstracts are now being accepted. Details at the link.

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