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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.

  •  Ethics Center Welcomes New Assistant Director of Communications

    Tuesday, Jun. 11, 2013 4:27 PM

     Carrie Jaffe-Pickett joins the Ethics Center as assistant director of communications.  She will manage the Center's social media, in addition to writing and editing for the Center's publications and website.

  •  Assistant Director of Health Care Ethics Joins the Center Staff

    Tuesday, Jun. 11, 2013 1:00 PM

     Welcome to Ryan F. Holmes, the Ethics Center's new assistant director of health care ethics.  Holmes coordinates the Center's Health Care Ethics Internship program. His other responsibilities include ethics consultation and policy development with the Center's hospital partners.

  •  New Media and Traditional Journalistic Values

    Monday, Jun. 10, 2013 2:48 PM

    New media do a better job of living up to traditional journalistic values than predecessor media, such as newspapers and TV, according to Sue Gardner, executive director of Wikimedia Foundation. Gardner made her remarks at the 2013 Digital Journalism Ethics Roundtable, sponsored by the Ethics Center.

    On all measures--quality, relevance, timeliness, fairness, accuracy, objectivity, utility, and depth-- today's digital information is superior, Gardner argued, particularly in the case of depth, as evidenced by the 27 million articles offered by Wikipedia.

  •  Student Fellows Win University Awards

    Friday, Jun. 7, 2013 1:00 PM

     The Ethics Center congratulates student fellows and workers Aven Satre-Meloy, Alexis Babb, and Alexandria LeeNatali, SCU seniors who won prestigious University awards on the occasion of their graduation.  

    As a Hackworth Fellow at the Ethics Center, Satre-Meloy worked on developing a student honor code for the University.  An environmental studies major, he was selected for the Nobili Medal, awarded to the male graduate judged outstanding in academic performance, personal character, school activities, and constructive contribution to the University.  After graduation, he will travel to Turkey on a Fulbright Grant to teach English and American culture to university students, and conduct research on Turkish peoples' experiences as Muslims living in secular, democratic state where a religiously conservative party is currently in power.

    Hackworth Business Ethics Fellow Alexis Babb was named Outstanding Student Entrepreneur by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Leavey School of Business.  At the Center, Babb interviewed SCU alums about the ethical dilemmas they had confronted in business and turned those narratives into case studies.  Having started her first business--creating and selling napkin rings--at age 10, Babb continued her entrepreneurial spirit at SCU, serving as chairwoman and coordinating the Made With Love Craft Show, which earned more than $1,700 for the charity Rebekah Children's Services in Gilroy, Calif.   She also helped to start a new SCU chapter of Strive For College, where SCU students mentor low-income high school students. During her two-year term, Alexis recruited over 35 mentors and helped 98 students in two high schools.  

    Alexandria Leenatali, who worked on the Center's Big Q project, an online dialog on ethics for undergraduates, won a Richard J. Riordan Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to service through her work with the marginalized and under-served populations outside of the University community.

     

    Alexis Babb
  •  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 kmccauley@scu.edu.

  •  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.