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Syllabus for 2007

Sunday, July 8 - Woodward Residence Hall

4:00PM-5:00PM—Check-in

5:00PM-9:00PM
Pizza dinner with parents at Stonesby Dining Facility. Welcome address by Dr. Peter R. Gillett (Academic Director of the Prudential Business Ethics Center at Rutgers).
Introduction by Diane Hill (Executive Director, Office of Campus and Community Relations at Rutgers University-Newark).Party (R Place, Paul Robeson Campus Center).
Screening of film: "Minority Report" (Steven Spielberg film about future where your brain is scanned for evidence of criminal tendencies).
Discussion with Dr. Jeff Buechner.

11:00PM—Woodward Hall (Lights out)

 

Monday, July 9 - Management Education Center (MEC), Room 203

7:30AM-9:00AM - Breakfast at R-Place in Robeson Campus Center

9:00AM-11:00AM - Ken Richman - (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Care) will discuss the subject matter of ethics, including moral theories and moral reasoning, with applications to specific moral problems in medical ethics.

11:00-Noon - Jeff Buechner - Critical thinking workshop: I. Introduction to the tools for critical assessment of arguments, examples of arguments from moral theory.

Noon-1:00PM - Lunch at R-Place in Robeson Campus Center

1:00-2:30PM - Barry Komisaruk - fMRI technology and its use in the courtroom to assess the moral and legal responsibility of of those accused of criminal actions; includes an introductory talk on neuroanatomy. Ref. MRI

2:30-4:00PM - Break-out discussion groups; each group will present a five-minute position paper on using fMRI technology to make ascriptions of moral and legal responsibility.

4:00-5:00PM - Computer lab with Bob Nahory, Hill Hall - Room 126.

5:00-6:30PM - Dinner at R-Place in Robeson Campus Center

6:30-9:00PM - Golden Dome activities - swimming and basketball

11:00 PM - Woodward Hall (Lights Out)

 

Tuesday, July 10 - Management Education Center (MEC), Room 203

7:30AM-9:00AM - Breakfast at R-Place in Robeson Campus Center

9:00-10:00AM - Mill Jonakait (Biology Professor, Rutgers - Newark) will discuss human embryonic stem cells: what they are, how they might be used to fight disease and disability and how they can be harvested from human blastocysts without creating moral problems.

10:00-11:00AM - Video screening - Howard Hughes medical Center on Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research.

11:00-Noon - Jeff Buechner - Critical thinking workshop: II. Examples of arguments from neuroethics to be critically assessed.

Noon-1:00PM - Lunch at R-Place in Robeson Campus Center

1:00-3:00PM - Dr. J. Liu (UMDNJ) will give a tour of his laboratory and show how an fMRI device works.

3:00-4:00PM - Break-out discussion groups on how accurate fMRI images are for courtroom purposes. Each group will present a five-minute position paper.

4:00-5:00PM - Computer lab with Bob Nahory, Hill Hall - Room 126

5:00-6:30PM - Dinner at R-Place in Robeson Campus Center

6:30-9:00PM - Film - Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby, to be viewed in the Dana Room in John Cotton Dana Library, fourth floor, with discussion.

11:00 PM - Woodward Hall (Lights Out)

 

Wednesday, July 11 - Management Education Center (MEC), Room 203

7:30AM-9:00AM - Breakfast at R-Place in Robeson Campus Center

9:00-10:30AM - Linda McDonald Glenn (Alden March Center for Bioethics, SUNY Albany and University of Vermont School of Nursing) on genetic enhancements.

10:30AM-Noon - Jeff Buechner and Karen Chaffee (Chemistry Professor, Rutgers-Newark) - Critical thinking workshop: III. Why scientific reasoning is the best means for trying to find the truths of the world. The connection between critical reasoning and scientific reasoning. Demonstration of how alternative hypotheses are eliminated in a scientific investigation in food chemistry.

Noon-1:00PM - Lunch at R-Place in Robeson Campus Center

1:00-2:30PM - Mock trial with members of the Rutgers Newark Law School and the School of Criminal Justice. The trial will concern someone accused of murder whose fMRI reveals a brain lesson that interferes with their capacity for making ethical judgments. (Appellate Court/Room 122 in the Rutgers Law School)

2:30-4:00Pm - Break-out discussion groups will present a five-minute position paper on the nature of science and religion and what is the most reliable way of investigating the world.

4:00-5:00PM - Computer lab with Bob Nahory, Hill Hall - Room 126

5:00-6:30PM - Dinner at R-Place in Robeson Campus Center

6:30-9:00PM - Members of the Rutgers Men's Basketball Team and Women's Basketball Team will conduct a tutorial workshop in basketball skills, including the art of shooting the ball and the importance of team support.

11:00 PM - Woodward Hall (Lights Out)

 

Thursday, July 12 - Bove Auditorium, Englehard Hall

7:30AM-9:00AM - Breakfast at R-Place in Robeson Campus Center

9:00-11:00AM - Dr. Valentine Burroughs (Chief Medical Officer and Chairman of Midicine, North General Hospital - Manhattan) will discuss some of the ethical issues that confront a practicing physician. He will be joined by Dr. Mark S. Johnson, MD/MPH, Chair/Professor of Family Midicine, UMDNJ and Director of University Center for Family Medicine; Dr. Kathrann Duncan, Asisttant Professor of Family Medicine, UMDNJ; James M. Orsini, fourth year medical student, UMDNJ; and Sam Beeler, JEMA Physician's Services, L.L.C.

11:00-Noon - Jeff Buechner - Critical thinking workshop: IV. Tools to access the correctness of concept definitions and their use in thinking about the morality of creating human embryonic stem cell lines.

Noon-1:00PM - Lunch at R-Place in Robeson Campus Center

1:00-4:00PM - Break-out discussion groups will focus on the forever-a-child case: Whether the parents' decision is morally justifiable or not.

4:00-5:00PM - Computer lab with Bob Nahory, Hill Hall - Room 126

5:00-6:30PM - Dinner

6:30 PM - Students work on their presentations.

11:00 PM - Woodward Hall (Lights Out)

 

Friday, July 13 - Bove Auditorium, Englehard Hall

7:30AM-9:00AM - Breakfast at R-Place in Robeson Campus Center

9:00-11:00AM - LIfe Science Center - first floor Chemistry Lab: Extraction of your own DNA and permanent preservation of it.

11:00-Noon - Jeff Buechner - Critical thinking workshop: V. Why definitions matter in thinking about the treatment/enhancement distinction. Showing an argument against genetic enhancements fails because of an incoherent definition.

Noon-1:00PM - Lunch at R-Place in Robeson Campus Center

1:00-5:00PM - Break-out groups to work on group presentations for Banquet

5:00-6:00PM - Light Dinner at R-Place in Robeson Campus Center

7:00-9:00PM - Newark Bears Baseball Game and Picnic, Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium, 450 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102.

11:00 PM - Woodward Hall (Lights Out)

 

Saturday, July 14 - Robeson Campus Center

7:30AM-9:00AM - Breakfast at R-Place in Robeson Campus Center

11:00-4:00PM - Located in the Multipurpose Room 232 East, Robeson Campus Center.
Banquet with parents. Guest speaker Kamaal Bennett (Director, New Jersey Educational Consortium). Dr. Peter R. Gillett will welcome everyone. Introduction, team video projects competition, and announcement of awards by Diane Hill. Discussion of follow-ups to the Institute to take place in the fall and winter, including a to-be-published book of essays by Institute participants on various topics in bioethics. Farewell - Diane Hill and Peter Gillett.

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