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Syllabus for 2008
Focus: Pandemics

Sunday, July 6 Woodward Residence Hall, 91 Bleeker St, Newark, NJ

4:00–5:30 PM - Registration and Check-In

Ackerson Hall, 180 University Ave, Room 123, Newark, NJ
5:30–8:30 PM
Dr. Peter R. Gillett (Academic Director, Prudential Business Ethics Center
Dr. Jeff Buechner (Program Director)
Dr. Anna Stubblefield (Chair, Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University–Newark)
Michael Stephens (Senior Director, Global Ethics & Compliance, Merck)
Introduction to the Merck Summer Institute on Bioethics.
Pizza supper.
Film: Outbreak, followed by a discussion of ethical issues about pandemics raised by the film.

 

Monday, July 7 - Management Education Center Bldg - 111 Washington Street, Room 203

9:00–10:30 AM - Dr. Peter R. Gillett (Rutgers Business School). Epidemiological models: What are they and how are they used? How epidemiological models can be used to address ethical issues raised by pandemics.

10:30–Noon - Dr. Ken Richman (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences). Introduction to ethics and ethical reasoning with examples of ethical problems that arise in pandemics.

Noon–1:00PM - Lunch
  
1:00–2:00 PM - Dr. Jeff Buechner (Philosophy, Rutgers University-Newark). Critical thinking workshop I. Introduction to the fundamental tool for critically assessing arguments.

2:00–3:00 PM - Break-out groups: students will be assigned to groups and will begin to consider six different ethical issues arising in the context of pandemics that will form the basis for their final presentations on Saturday.

3:00–4:00 PM - Dr. Anna Stubblefield (Philosophy, Rutgers University-Newark). Various ethical issues that arise in pandemic situations

4:00–5:00 PM - Hill Hall - 360 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Room 126 - Dr. Robert Nahory (Rutgers University-Newark). Computer Lab. Show students how to build simple epidemiological models.

5:00–6:30 PM - Dinner

6:30–8:00 PM - Rutgers Law School, 123 Washington Street, Baker Court Room 125
Interning with law students to prepare for Thursday’s mock trial

 

Tuesday, July 8 - Management Education Center Bldg - 111 Washington Street, Room 203


9:00–10:00 AM - Jayne Mackta (New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research – NJABR). PBS video: “Influenza 1918.”

10:00–11:00AM - Dr. Stephen Pemberton (History, Rutgers University-Newark-NJIT). Past pandemics in the United States (1918 influenza, 1920’s bubonic plague on the West coast) and various ethical problems that arose.

11:00–Noon - Dr. Jeff Buechner. Critical thinking workshop II. How to convert moral dilemmas into arguments in order to solve them. More on critical assessment of arguments, especially in a legal context, with a focus on burden of proof and standards of evidence.

Noon–1:00 PM - Lunch

1:00 PM–2:00 PM - Dr. Karina Schaefer (Biology, Rutgers University-Newark). How actions taken during a pandemic can have profound ecological consequences and what ethical issues these connections create.

2:00–3:00 PM - Break-out groups. Students will work in groups on the ethical issues they will present on Saturday.

3:00–4:00 PM - Hill Hall - 360 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Room 126 - Dr. Robert Nahory. Computer lab.

4:00–5:00 PM - Rutgers Law School, 123 Washington Street, Robert N. Wilentz Appellate Courtroom 122
Interning with law students to prepare for Thursday’s mock trial.

5:00–8:30 PM - Dinner. Dr. Drew Harris (President, NJABR). Film: “Miss Evers’ Boys,” and discussion

 

Wednesday, July 9 - Management Education Center Bldg - 111 Washington Street, Room 203


9:00–10:00 AM - Dr. Barry Komisaruk (Board of Governor’s Professor of Psychology, Rutgers-Newark). The relation between the immune system, stress and infection.

10:00–11:00 AM - Dr. Miguel Cervantes-Cervantes (Biology, Rutgers University-Newark). The basics of viruses, bacteria, infection, and vaccinations and immunization.

11:00–Noon - Dr. Jeff Buechner. Critical thinking workshop III. How do scientists justify their claims? What is the difference between science, non-science and pseudo-science? What do we mean by a ‘crucial experiment’ in science? Examples from the 1854 London cholera epidemic.

Noon–1:00 PM - Lunch

1:00–2:00 PM - Dr. Mahmud Hassan (Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick). Creation of vaccines by large pharmaceutical corporations and black market pharmaceuticals during pandemics.

2:00–3:00 PM - Dr. Peter R. Gillett / Dr. Jeff Buechner. Ethical Decision Making.

3:00–4:00 PM - Break-out groups. Students will work in groups on the ethical issues they will present on Saturday.

4:00–5:00 PM - Hill Hall - 360 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Room 126 - Dr. Robert Nahory. Computer lab.

5:00–6:30 PM - Dinner

6:30–8:00 PM - Rutgers Law School, 123 Washington Street, Robert N. Wilentz Appellate Courtroom 122
Interning with law students to prepare for Thursday’s mock trial.

 

Thursday, July 10 - Management Education Center Bldg - 111 Washington Street, Room 203


9:00–10:30 AM - Dr. Harold Davis (Prudential Business Ethics Center, practicing physician), Samuel Beeler (UMDNJ). Various ethical issues that arise during pandemics.

10:30–11:00 AM - Dr. Peter R. Gillett. Group Decision-Making Exercise: Rescue!

11:00–Noon - Dr. Jeff Buechner. Critical thinking workshop IV. How to argue a legal case, in preparation for the afternoon mock trial.

Noon–1:00 PM - Lunch

1:00–3:30 PM - Rutgers Law School, 123 Washington Street, Baker Court Room 125 - A mock trial concerning a respected community leader who counsels his constituents not to be vaccinated against a virus that is the cause of a pandemic, because he believes that the risk of being vaccinated is too high and that personal autonomy outweighs protection of the community. However, epidemiological models show that his community must be vaccinated if the pandemic is to be reduced in magnitude. Vice Provost Marcia Brown, Professor Alicia Guichard, Toni Kelich and several students at Rutgers Law School will help prepare students for, and conduct, the trial.

3:30–4:00 PM - Break-out groups. What do you think of the mock trial? What could have been done to improve the argument of the plaintiff? Of the accused?

4:00–5:00 PM   Hill Hall, 360 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Room 126 - 360 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Room 126 - Dr. Robert Nahory. Computer lab.

5:00–6:30 PM - Dinner

6:30–9:00 PM - Work-out with the men’s and women’s Rutgers-Newark basketball teams.

 

Friday, July 11 - Management Education Center Bldg - 111 Washington Street, Room 203


9:00–11:00 AM - Dr. Jeff Buechner. Experimental Studies in Infection Dynamics

11:00–Noon - Dr. Jeff Buechner. Critical thinking workshop V. The connections between language and reasoning and its importance in thinking about ethical issues that arise in pandemics

Noon–1:00 PM - Lunch

1:00–4:00 PM - Break-out groups
Students will work in groups on the ethical issues they will present on Saturday

5:00 –6:30 PM - Dinner

6:30–8:30 PM - Tour of the new Prudential Center – a behind-the-scenes look at The Rock!

 

Saturday, July 12 - Paul Robeson Campus Center, 350 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Room 255-257

Noon–3:00 PM - Gala dinner for students of the Institute and their parents.
Introduction and talk by Dr. Peter R. Gillett.
Closing Address by Kamaal Bennett (Executive Director, New Jersey Educational Consortium).
Student groups will present their ethics projects.
Award ceremony and farewell.


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