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Matthew Baum is a new D.Phil. student at Balliol College, University of Oxford. Prior to joining the Centre for Neuroethics, Matt completed a bachelors and masters combined degree program in Molecular Biology at Yale University, where he conducted laboratory research on the molecular basis of learning & memory and Fragile X Syndrome. He also earned an M.Sc. in Neuroscience at Trinity College, Dublin, where he investigated cellular models of Schizophrenia. His thesis work, which will address the bio-prediction of behavior and neuropsychological illness, is co-supervised by Professor Julian Savulescu (Neuroethics) and Dr Mark Sheehan (Public Health) and is supported by the Rhodes Trust.
William Crouch is a DPhil student at St Anne's College, Oxford. Prior to that, he did the BPhil at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and was an undergraduate at Jesus College, Cambridge. His research interests are within practical ethics, theoretical ethics, and decision theory. His DPhil research addresses questions concerning what one ought to do when one is uncertain between different moral perspectives. He also works on the ethics of choosing a career and on issues related to the prioritization of global problems. He is President of 80,000 Hours, a community for people who aim to pursue those careers that enable them to do the most to help other people. He will spend the academic year 2012-13 in the USA as a Fulbright Scholar at Princeton University. CV and papers.
Beth Cykowski, St Anne's College (Oct 2011- 2013)
Beth is a DPhil student supervised by Prof. Stephen Mulhall and Dr. Guy Kahane. The aim of her research is to demonstrate the ways in which Heidegger’s thinking on life, biology and technology can illuminate a peculiarly modern, ‘techno-scientific’ approach to bioethical challenges. As such her research focuses on identifying and questioning certain structures of thinking adopted in contemporary bioethics from within Heidegger’s thought. Prior to commencing the DPhil, Beth obtained a Masters degree from The University of Warwick in European philosophy.
Kyle Edwards is a DPhil student in Public Health at St Cross College, Oxford, supervised by Prof. Julian Savulescu, Dr. Imogen Goold, and Dr. Michael Dunn. She graduated from Princeton University in 2012 with a BA in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies, where her thesis focused on the conception and consideration of ‘the public’ by national ethics committees that regulate assisted reproductive technologies. Kyle’s research interests focus specifically on the national regulation of assisted reproductive technologies in the UK and US, and more generally on the processes by which democratic societies regulate emerging medical technologies.
Alexandre Erler (Lincoln College, Oxford (until October 2012)
Alex Erler is a DPhil candidate in Philosophy at the University of Oxford, and a Research Associate at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. He did his undergraduate studies in Switzerland, after which he completed the BPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford. His doctoral thesis, recently submitted, considers the question whether the use of so-called “enhancement technologies”, such as psychopharmaceuticals, threatens our authenticity. Beyond this particular question, Alex has a more general interest in ethical issues raised by enhancement technologies, such as distributive justice. With a group of Swiss colleagues, he recently launched NeoHumanitas (http://www.neohumanitas.org/), a think tank aiming to stimulate the public debate, in Switzerland and surrounding countries, on the ethical implications of new technologies.
Michelle Hutchinson is a doctoral student in Philosophy at Exeter College. She graduated with an MPhysPhil in Physics and Philosophy from Exeter College in 2008. Between 2008 and 2010 she was the Ethics Scholar at St Anne's, where she received a BPhil in Philosophy. Her research interests are in theoretical and practical ethics. Her doctoral thesis investigates the ethics of life-extension from a utilitarian perspective. She has also written on the morality of home-birth.
Jonathan Pugh, St Anne's College (Oct 2011- 2013)
Jonathan has joined the Uehiro Centre as a DPhil student in Philosophy. Prior to arriving in Oxford, he completed an undergraduate degree in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh in 2010, and an Msc by Research degree in Philosophy at the same institution in 2011.
His research interests lie in normative and applied ethics. In the latter area, he is particularly interested in questions concerning emerging medical technologies such as therapeutic cloning and germline enhancement.
Tsutomu Sawai is the first recipient of the Oxford-Uehiro-St Cross Visiting Student Scholarship. This Scholarship scheme is made possible through the generosity of the Uehiro Foundation on Ethics and Education, with a view to providing opportunities for graduate students who are ordinarily resident in Japan to study at Oxford for one year as a visiting student.
Tsutomu is a Ph. D. student of Department of Human and Environmental Studies in Kyoto University, Japan. His academic fields are the history of religions and the Japanese philosophy of religion. Tsutomu is a member of the Japanese Association for Religious Studies as well as the Association of Japanese Intellectual History. The theme of his B. A. thesis in Tenri University was "Perspectives of Religion in Contemporary American Society: in regard to Robert N. Bellah's sociological theory of religion." The theme of his M. A. thesis in Kyoto University was "'Habits of the Heart' in Sekimon-Shingaku: from the phenomenological perspectives of religion". On the basis of his research of the Japanese religious thought from the historical viewpoint of religions, he made a presentation entitled "Difference of Values and Value of Differences: a reconsideration of Bellah's 'Civil Religion'" at the Uehiro Cross-Currents Philosophy Conference, held at University of Hawai'i, Manoa in 2010. Moreover, in 2011, at the tenth East-West Philosophers’ Conference in University of Hawaii at Manoam, he read his paper of a comparative research on ecological ethics in Japan and the United States. His present research interests are in an exploration of the applicability and implication of traditional Japanese values for bioethical discourses, and also in a comparative study of religious ethics in American and Japanese societies. Tsutomu’s articles include "'Habits of the Heart' in Sekimon-Shingaku: With Special Focus on Ishida Baigan's Experience of 'Self-Awakening' and His Thought".
G. Owen Schaefer
Owen Schaefer is currently a DPhil student in Philosophy at Lincoln College, Oxford. His interests lie in moral philosophy, especially applied ethics, as well as political philosophy and personal identity. He received his BPhil at St. Cross College, Oxford, and BA at Princeton University. Prior to coming to Oxford, Owen spent two years as a fellow at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center’s Department of Bioethics in Bethesda, MD, where he conducted research in research ethics, attended Institutional Review Board meetings and participated in the Clinical Center’s ethics consultation service. He has previously written on the obligation to participate in research and the nature of the right to withdraw, and has more recently become interested in the ethics of human enhancement. His DPhil thesis is on the topic of how moral enhancement may be problematized by widespread moral disagreement, and ways around this problem. Website
Kimberly Schelle is a visiting student at the Centre for Neuroethics. She is completing a research master program in Behavioural Science at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Kimberly’s final research project, both quantitative and qualitative in nature, explores the use of performance enhancing drugs. Together with her supervisor, Dr. Nadira Faulmueller, she has set up an experimental design to examine the motivations of students for the use of performance enhancing drugs. Further Kimberly has collected ratings of acceptableness on a variety of stories about the use of drugs in the case of treatment, prevention and enhancement. Her main interests lie in human enhancement and the interplay between humans and technology.
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