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Greetings from Stephen Latham, Bioethics Center Director

Welcome to this special, unusual, and limited spring-break edition of the Friday Newsletter. This is not a complete newsletter; instead it serves mainly to remind you of our upcoming Robert J. Levine Lecture by John Ioannidis (Medicine, Stanford), "Empirical Evidence on Reproducibility of Research." The talk will be this Monday, March 28, in the Davies Auditorium of the Becton Center, 15 Prospect St., at 5:30 pm. Dr. Ioannidis is a major figure in the contemporary debate about "irreproducibility" in scientific and medical research. Don't miss this talk by the well-known author of one of the most-discussed papers in contemporary scientific research literature: "Why Most Published Research Findings Are False."

One more event to flag for this week: Our technology and ethics group will host Melanie Swan (Philosophy, New School) speaking on "Crypto-Enlightenment: Ethical Implications of Blockchain Technology," Wednesday at 4:30 in Rosenkranz 005. More details at the link.

Finally, this issue is also unusual in that the below "Updates from the Summer Institute" from Carol Pollard are that same as those that ran in the last issue. There was a formatting error in that issue, though, so many recipients couldn't read the updates. They're duplicated here. We'll be back to regular, all-new Friday Newsletter production, with news about on- and off-campus events, opportunities and articles, next week.
  Updates from the Summer Institute

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Updates from the Summer Institute

From Summer Institute Director Carol Pollard

Save the Date!  Sunday night, June 5th, a dinner and panel discussion will take place for all incoming students and instructors (and past students and instructors) at the Joseph Slifka Center at Yale. Present students and teaching staff will be the panelists. Watch for more information in this column! The topic is “Cross-Border Surrogacy Transactions.” You will need to sign up with me!  (The Slifka Center is sponsoring the panel discussion and dinner – we gratefully accept!)

Alex Cernat sent along an article for us. “I thought this was interesting, especially in the face of changing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide laws.” “I Helped Eight People End Their Lives. By the time you read this, I’ll have ended mine,” John Hofsess, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (John Hofsess helped eight people commit suicide, including the poet Al Purdy.)

Congratulations to Avital Arnson on her recent engagement!

Jay Velez sent this article along for us: “Doctors Urge ‘Compromise’ on Female Genital Mutilation,” Nima Elbagir, CNN Health, February 23, 2016. (Thank you Jay! Jay is asking for comments!)

Courtney Petty  writes: “I have been thinking about my time spent in the Bioethics Summer Institute and wanted to ask about donation opportunities. I’d like to send a small gift to assist a student with tuition. Or I could make a donation to the Program in general. I know you have expenses associated with the breakfast foods and snacks you provide, office supplies the students use, and a host of other things. What is needed the most? As for me, I’m now a healthcare consultant with Navigant Consulting, Inc. I still have an interest in bioethics. The Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City isn’t too far from me, so I’m on their listserv. I’m hoping to make it to their symposium this year. I went two years ago and heard a presentation by Dr. Karla Hollloway from Duke. It was really interesting. If my schedule allows, I would love to come back this summer. I’m still in contact with Selena (Marshall) and Marie (Schnebelen.) I know they are both planning to return, and it would be great to see them again.”  (Thank you so much for your kind offer, Courtney! Whatever you want to do is fine with me. And Congratulations on your achievements! Alumni Weekend awaits you!)

The March 4th issue of the e-newsletter Child Trends is now available online. Articles about Hispanic children, steps to improve children’s outcomes, children in the welfare system, and others always make this e-newsletter an excellent read.

The Petrie-Flom Center issued an invitation to come to their 10th Anniversary Conference Celebration, where Petrie-Flom and other prominent Harvard Law School alumni will discuss major trends, developments, and open questions in the fields of health law policy, biotechnology, and bioethics. Save the date: March 29, 8 am – 5 pm, Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Cagri Zeybek Unsal writes: “For my PhD thesis, I will make a comparative analysis of existing regulations on bioethical issues between Turkey and the European Union from a bioethical perspective.” (Good Luck Cagri!)

Olga Riklikiene writes: “I think and speak a lot about my experience and my growth at the Summer Institute. After this past summer I started to work even more intensively on bioethical issues. Recently, some co-authors and I prepared a manuscript on the topic of death and its criteria from several perspectives: medical, philosophical and legal. The title is “Determination of Death in Metaphysical, Clinical, and Legal Discourses.” (Congratulations Olga!)

Here is information about the Connecticut Coalition to Improve End-of-Life Care’s meeting titled “Best Practices in Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Children and Families” taking place on April 23rd.

Kavot Zillen, who just defended her LLD thesis (about health care professionals’ freedom of religion) last Friday wanted to provide links to her book. (Congratulations Kavot! Click here for a picture of Kavot, Santa Slokenberga, and Ros Doherty from a past summer!)

Jack Kanouzi writes: “Last week Benjamin Arriaga asked me to help in an investigative project financed by the European Commission (European Union). They were really happy with my work, so they have just sent me an email today telling me that I’m now officially member of a group of investigators in this project! (Erasmus EU Palliative Care MOOC Project). (Congratulations Jack!)

Helen Smith writes: “This month I had a brief article published in the journal Speech Pathology, inspired by some of last summer’s sessions and discussions; the article deals with ethical considerations in human genome testing relevant to speech and language pathology. It was during a session with my colleagues on the ethics board, sharing information about my summer at the Bioethics institute, that they suggested an article be written. Also, inspired by one of last summer’s electives, I completed a mediation course last week. I hope to pursue ethics mediation with more vigour now I have some more formal training behind me -- although I have to sit the practical assessment next weekend for national accreditation…so fingers crossed I get through…” (Congratulations and Good Luck with the “exam.” See you in July for Alumni Weekend!)  (Please click here for Helen’s paper – very cute picture of you, Helen!)

Don’t forget about the Unite for Sight’s Global Health & Innovation Conference, taking place at Yale University, Saturday, April 16 to Sunday, April 17.  For further information, please see: http://www.uniteforsight.org/conference

In-home care for the aged has been evolving and one of those ways is the construction of “Granny Pods,” or tiny houses built on properties adjacent to, or on the property of, caregivers.

Please be sure to read the Articles I’ve collected for you.


Who is the “BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY WOMAN” in this photo?  (Sahdeea Sultana!)

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This Week on Campus

Monday, March 28

Robert J. Levine Lecture, John Ioannidis (Medicine, Stanford)

5:30 pm, Davies Auditorium, Becton Center on Prospect St.

Empirical Evidence on Reproducibility of Research

Wednesday, March 30

Melanie Swan (Philosophy, New School)

4:30 pm, Rosenkranz 005

"Crypto-Enlightenment: Ethical Implications of Blockchain Technology,"

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