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Where Ethics Engages the World on Campus

Part of the Ethics Center's portfolio has always been to help the campus community explore the ethical dimension of emerging issues. We support faculty research on applied ethics in many fields, and we also take seriously the ethical issues students confront in their everyday lives. Our ongoing programs are in the left-hand navigation.
High Technology
Often innovations in technology outrun the more deliberative processes of ethical reflection. The Center sponsors a variety of programs to keep pace with this field.
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Ethics and Technology on Film
SCU students in the Communication Department "Feature Film" class did their final projects on how ethics and technology intersect in students' lives. The Center offered a prize for the film that best portrayed the ethical issues.

IT, Ethics, and the Law

A joint project with SCU's Center for Science, Technology and Society and High Tech Law Institute, the fourth year of this series explored crowdsourcing and protecting personal identity online.

Neuroethics
Pundits have declared that we live in the Age of Neuroscience. Certainly, brain science is evolving quickly, with all the promises and pitfalls that entails. In the past year, the Center has explored some of the key issues.

Finals Week: What About Stimulants?

Center student workers and fellows identified the question of whether or not to take cognitive enhancing drugs such as Adderall as one of the top ethical issues undergraduates face. They wrote this case study, one of 30 in a book in progress on ethical dilemmas for college students.

Brain Boosting Drugs and the Ethics of Cognitive Enhancement (podcast)
Stanford Law Professor and neuroethicist Hank Greely has argued in Nature magazine that people should be free to use cognitive enhancing drugs. He visited campus this past year to present his views.

Morality in the Age of Neuroscience

Bioethics pioneer Albert Jonsen explored how neuroethics will change notions of human autonomy when he presented the Center's annual Regan Lecture. Here Hackworth Fellow Courtney Meehan reflects on Jonsen's talk for her blog, The Technological Citizen.

Human Enhancement Technologies and the Virtues

Center scholar Shannon Vallor received a Hackworth Research Grant to pursue a study on the potential of virtue ethics to clarify the debate over the possibilities of self-transformation suggested by current enhancement technologies.