Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Hackworth Research Grant Winners, Winter 2011

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics in December made the following awards of Hackworth Grants for Faculty and Student Research in Applied Ethics.

Another round of grant funding will be held late in the Spring Quarter.

Faculty Grants

Thomas Plante, SCU Psychology, $5,000 for a project called, "Ten Years of Crisis: What the Catholic Church Has Learned and Done to Prevent Clergy Sex Abuse Since Dallas." Professor Plante has already published extensively on the ethical and psychological dimensions of the sexual abuse crisis within the Catholic Church in the United States. His new project, which will feature a conference at SCU and a book that is already under contract, will explore the response to the crisis, which exploded in Boston in 2002 and which has reverberated throughout the Catholic Church since.

Laura Robinson, SCU Sociology, $5,000 for a project called, "The Ethical Implications of Politicized Victimhood: Moral Accounting and Spheres of Moral Concern." Professor Robinson will be using the grant to complete her book manuscript, "Negotiating 9/11." In that work, she examines the "ethical implications of politicizing victimhood by analyzing competing conceptions of worthy and unworthy victimhood articulated in response to September 11, 2001, and the Iraq War." She compares such competing conceptions by analyzing a huge body of data from the United States, France, and Brazil.

Student Grants

James Caparas-Hardwick, SCU School of Law, $1,000 for a project called "Who is Responsible for the Elderly: A Cross-Cultural Comparison." Mr. Hardwick will be using the grant to help allay costs associated with a trip to El Salvador with other law students and Professor Cynthia Mertens. While there, he will be speaking with Salvadoran lawyers and caregivers who work with the elderly. His paper will compare the legal regimen governing responsibility for the elderly in El Salvador with that in the United States.

Cheri Kramer, SCU School of Law, $500 for a project called "Legal and Ethical Considerations on the Use of Targeted Killing Outside of War." Ms. Kramer will use the grant money for materials and costs related to a trip to Washington, D.C., to interview key federal officials on the legal and ethical questions associated with the deliberate killing of alleged terrorists by agents of the United States Government in a context, as prevails in the world today, where in legal terms it is debatable if a state of war exists. Ms. Kramer is working with Professor David Sloss of the SCU School of Law faculty.

Danielle Locklar, SCU '11, Kelli Oura, SCU '11, and Lauren Reinnoldt, SCU '11, $1,000 for support for the ethics section of a project called "New Design for Haiti." As senior civil engineering students, Ms. Locklar, Ms. Oura, and Ms. Reinnoldt are working with Professor Reynaud Serrette on a Senior Design Project to devise a durable, low-cost single-family home for use in Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating January 2010 earthquake. In particular, the grant money will be used to support the work of the team on the required ethics component of the Senior Design Project; in this part of the project, students are to justify in ethical terms why they are engaging in their particular project and to explain such things as the moral reasoning behind trade-offs they encounter in the course of construction or the selection of supplies or the scaling of the project for future use.


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