Presentations: Lori Andrews & Emily Anderson

Lori Andrews

On Monday, April 8th, Professor Lori Andrews of the Illinois Tech’s Kent School of Law gave a talk for QED: The Ethical Debaters, a student group on campus that discusses and hosts events on emerging ethical issues. Prof. Andrews gave a fascinating talk entitled “Ethics and the Double Helix” about the history of genetic technologies and the wealth of ethical questions they raise. Pulling from her experiences as the Chair of the Federal Advisory Committee of the Human Genome Project and as an advisor to the Chicago Historical Society on the ethics of testing Abraham Lincoln’s DNA, Prof. Andrews led the audience in a interesting discussion about the societal implications of these technologies ranging from family relationships to the commercialization of famous individual’s DNA. She ended with discussing issues of patenting DNA and how her Institute for Science, Law, and Technology helps research and advise on the legal and ethical issues surrounding this growing and other genetic technologies. We look forward to future collaborations with Prof. Andrews and following her work on these important, ever-evolving questions.

Emily Anderson

On Friday, April 12th Dr. Emily Anderson, Associate Professor at the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics at Loyola University spoke at an event co-sponsored by the Ethics Center and Illinois Tech’s Office of Research and Compliance. Dr. Anderson’s talk was entitled “Responsible Publication Practices,” and provided the audience with a deep dive into the complicated world of academic publishing. Starting with the question of determining authorship, Dr. Anderson then went on to discuss the publish or perish culture that currently exists in academe and examined the many faces of plagiarism and the questionable writing practices that so many us can engage in when under pressure. Dr. Anderson then examined the history of the peer review process and provided the audience with some guidelines and potential pitfalls for peer reviewers and authors to be aware of. She ended with strategies for students and faculty to learn more about these issues, and engaged audience members in discussions about some of the cases they had faced as students engaged in research and publication.