Fall 2016 Hackworth Grants
Faculty receive funds for research on applied ethics
Haibing Lu, OMIS, received a Hackworth Grant for a project on fake news.
Congratulations to SCU faculty members who received research grants from the Ethics Center in the most recent cycle:
Christian Helmers, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, $2000 to support his project entitled "The Ethics of Price Discrimination in Online Markets." This project will consider some of the ethical aspects of using consumer data for the purposes of price discrimination. Funds will be used for research assistance to analyze and transcribe data, and travel expenses.
Claudia Josi, Adjunct Professor, School of Law, a $2500 grant to support her project entitled "The ethical dilemma of the proposed accountability mechanisms for war crimes and grave human rights violations in the peace agreement in Colombia – retributive vs. restorative justice mechanisms and their compatibility with Colombia’s international human rights obligations." The grant will cover travel to Colombia in order to conduct research there, including airfare, hotel, and ground transportation costs.
Christopher Kulp, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, a $600 grant to support his book project entitled "A Short Catechism on Moral Metaphysics" which argues for the value of “commonsense” moral thought. Grant funds will be used for the purchase of books and other scholarly materials, and for student research assistance.
Brian Love, Assistant Professor, School of Law, a $4000 grant to support his project entitled "Can Litigation Insurance Solve the Patent Troll Problem?" This project will study whether litigation insurance is a viable solution to the problem of nuisance value patent assertion. The funds will primarily be used to hire research assistants, who will help with data collection and analysis, and to pay for travel expenses.
Haibing Lu, Assistant Professor, Department of Operations Management & Information Systems, a $5000 grant to support his project entitled "Internet Ethics: A Machine Learning Solution to Fake News on Social Media." The project intends to detect and combat misinformation on social media by investigating machine learning/natural language processing techniques, with an attempt to develop an effective mechanism to filter out/degrade untrustworthy information and thereby to restore trust and harmony in online communities. The grant will pay for research assistance, conference registration, airfare, ground travel, food, and hotel.
Sherry Wang, Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling Psychology, a $2500 grant to support her project entitled "Upholding ethical practice with multicultural competency: Struggles of school counselors in U.S. public school settings." This grant will support research into the experiences of school counsellors in multicultural schools, and what particular ethical problems they face. Grant money will pay for research-related expenses, such as participant compensation, and voice recorder and transcription costs.
The Hackworth Grants are made possible by an endowment from Joan and the late Michael Hackworth.