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Capturing the lively discussions, presentations, and other events that make up the daily activities of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.

  •  Biotechnology Ethics Poster Session Fosters Lively Discussion on Today's Key Issues

    Thursday, Jun. 6, 2013 3:07 PM

    Approximately 30 Biol171 students presented an educational and informative Poster Session this morning, sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, the Bioengineering Department, and the University Honors Program. Their assignment, given by instructors Margaret McLean and Leilani Miller, was to select a biotech topic and present the ethical issues and concerns it raises. Topics with titles such as "Gene Patenting: Research Incentive or Inhibitor?" "Perfect Babies: Living in a Genetic Playground," and "Creating the Automated HIV Detective" illustrated the scope and diversity of the projects. The Poster Session, now in its 11th year, drew a large crowd of faculty and students, and fulfills the STS (Science, Technology, and Society) core curriculum requirement at SCU.

    "Not only do we want students to understand these technologies," stated Professor Miller, "but to understand how technology affects the world, and ultimately, how to make the world a better place."

  •  A Student Fellow Remembers

    Monday, Jun. 3, 2013 1:51 PM

    Reflecting on his year as a Hackworth Fellow at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Christopher Foster, an associate at the law firm Baker McKenzie,  talks about how his work influenced the course of his life.

  •  Impact of the Center's Character Education Program

    Friday, May. 31, 2013 9:04 AM

    A special education teacher describes how her involvement in the Markkula Ethics Center when she was an undergraduate changed the course of her life.  Griselda Renteria, now a special education teacher in the Cupertino, Calif., school system, began working with the Center's Character Education Program when she was a freshman at SCU.

  •  Character Education Training

    Tuesday, May. 28, 2013 11:44 AM

     The Center's Character Education Program offers basic training in its Character-Based Literacy Curriculum in Bishop, Calif., at a daylong workshop June 14.  The training targets teachers, counselors, and administrators in alternative, special, and correctional education programs for at-risk students and juvenile offenders.  

    The program will cover:

    Essentials and Themes of CBL
    Introduction to CBL lesson plans
    CBL Reading Lists
    and other topics

    To register, or for more information, contact School Programs Manager Kim McCauley at

  •  The New Digital Divide

    Friday, May. 24, 2013 2:00 PM

    The divide  between those who have high-speed wired broadband access to the Internet in their homes and those who don't concerns Sillicon Valley entrepreneur Kim Polese, chairman of ClearStreet.  Polese, who led the launch of Java at Sun Microsystems and co-founded Marimba Inc., was the tenth subject in the Center's series, Internet Ethics: Views From Silicon Valley


  •  The Cost of Dying

    Friday, May. 24, 2013 12:38 PM

    Through writing about her own experience with her father's death, Lisa Krieger, reporter for the San Jose Mercury News, began research for a set of articles about the cost of dying and moral choices at the end of life, published in 2012.  This month, Kreiger visited Santa Clara University in a talk sponsored by the Ethics Center and Commonwealth Club, Silicon Valley.  You can listen to the podcast of her presentation here.

  •  Athletics in College Admissions

    Tuesday, May. 21, 2013 3:00 PM

     Is it ethical for a college to accept a football player with much poorer grades than his classmate?  The latest case on the Center's Big Q blog deals with a form of affirmative action that has nothing to do with race.  

    The case was written by SCU student Samantha Mazza as part of a class on "Sports and Communication."  The Big Q is an online dialog for undergraduates from colleges and universities across the country exploring the everyday ethical issues confronting college students.

  •  Applications Invited for Research on Applied Ethics

    Tuesday, May. 14, 2013 2:51 PM

     Santa Clara University faculty, staff, and students may apply for funds to assist in research projects on applied ethics through the Hackworth Grants program.  Applications are due Tuesday, May 28, for proposals.

    Previous grants have supported projects such as "Hark," a narrative film about sex slavery in the Bay Area, research on "Ethical Reasoning in Games and Online Communities," and development of a course called "The Cardinal Virtues: Foundation of Catholic Ethics." 

  •  It's Not About You

    Monday, May. 13, 2013 12:35 PM

    Center Executive Director Kirk Hanson delivered the commencement address at University of Portland last week, advising the graduating seniors that "happiness, true happiness,...lies not in a narcissistic fascination with ourselves, but in service to others, indeed in living a life of service, to people and to things that matter."

    Hanson received an honorary degree from the university.

  •  Moral Choices at the End of Life

    Friday, May. 10, 2013 10:38 AM

    San Jose Mercury News reporter Lisa Krieger reflects on the cost of dying and the ethical issues that raises in a presentation Tuesday, May 14, noon, in the Arts & Sciences Building on the Santa Clara University campus.  In a series of powerful articles in the last year, Krieger both documented the immense financial costs associated with her father's final illness and showed how such costs are impacting end-of-life care throughout our health care system as a whole.