Monthly Archives: June 2015

June 05, 2015

Doctoral Candidate Rosalind Abdool recently attended the annual Canadian Bioethics Society (CBS) Conference in Winnipeg from May 27th-29th. There were over 150 conference attendees and speakers who presented on a variety of pressing bioethics topics, including resources allocation, recent bioethics rulings in Canada, building trust with Canadian healthcare consumers and many other topics. Rosalind states: “The highlight of the conference was hearing the Honorable Justice Sinclair present at the Human Rights Museum. Justice Sinclair discussed the atrocities that occurred over the course of seven generations in Canadian history regarding the treatment of our Aboriginal groups in residential schools. He gave a heartfelt presentation that offered hope of reconciliation, which will be a long but important process.” Rosalind is also a board member for the CBS and welcomes new members to join this exciting group for opportunities to get involved in bioethics initiatives across Canada. See for more information. Rosalind adds: “The CBS will also be implementing a searchable database for all members to network with others who have related interests and to provide mentorship for our students.”

Andria Bianchi recently presented at the International Congress on Clinical Ethics Consultation (ICCEC) Conference in New York, and at the Canadian Bioethics Society (CBS) Conference in Winnipeg.

Doreen Fraser and Adam Koberinski, a Waterloo alumnus and current Philosophy MA student at Western, presented their co-authored paper “The Higgs mechanism and superconductivity: Material or formal analogies?” at CSHPS.

Matt Doucet also presented at the CPA on “Moral Responsibility and the Limits of Self-Assessment.”

Sara Weaver also presented a paper at the CPA that she co-authored with Matt and John Turri called, “Modesty is Not a Virtue.”

On May 25th, Matt was interviewed on 570 News Midday with Eric Drozd about the Dalhousie Dentistry story. The link is here:  (Matt’s bit starts around 31 minutes in).

Matt was aslo on CTV News on May 10th talking about the ethics and privacy implications of live streaming from drones.

In May, Paul Thagard gave 4 lectures on explanation and consciousness at
Renmin University, Beijing, and a conference talk on explaining mental illness at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is giving the same talk in June in Paris at the Duhem Conference of the French Society for Philosophy of Science.

In May, Heather Douglas went to Seattle to give at talk the Philosophy Department at the University of Washington as part of their colloquium series. She reports that it was great to see friends there. Here is what the beautiful waterfront looked like in downtown Seattle:


Heather talked about “Science & the Public: Rebuilding the Relationship.” Slides for that talk are available here.

May also saw the official launch of the Science & Technology in Society Teaching Group at U Waterloo. The group was started by Heather and is meant to both bring together faculty from across the university who teach in this area and to serve as a place where undergraduate students can learn about the rich course offerings at the undergraduate level in this area. Thanks to David Isaac for helping to launch the group!

Finally, the CBC series Ideas launched a three-part series on Science Under Seige on June 3 ( Heather helped the producer with the series and wrote a commentary for it, posted here:

In May, Shannon Dea gave a couple of talks at Waterloo’s OND teaching conference and a couple of talks at the University of Sheffield. At OND, she presented “Reading in Front of Each Other: Using In-Class Micro-Readings to Cultivate Student Literacy Skills,” and with Applied Health Sciences Teaching Fellow Kelly Anthony co-presented “Off-Roading: Letting Learners Decide How to Make Their Learning Visible in Student-Designed Assessments.” At Sheffield, Shannon ran a pedagogy workshop for Sheffield Philosophy faculty and grads on using student-designed assessments in your teaching. The next day, she gave a talk called “Meaning and Inquiry in Hookway’s Peirce” as part of a conference marking Christopher Hookway’s retirement. Shannon then joined a junket of Sheffield and international pragmatists and travelled to Paris to participate in a workshop on Idealism and Pragmatism at the College de France. She is happy to report that she did more listening than talking at that one.

On May 8, Tim Kenyon delivered a keynote workshop at the Seminário Internacional sobre Pensamento Crítico, held in Vila Real, Portugal, at the Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD). This university has a very active self-organized faculty group investigating and experimenting with critical thinking teaching and learning in many different subject areas. His
presentation was called “Modelling fallibility in critical thinking instruction.” Tim reports that he made certain to be entirely fallible in his presentation.


CAM00926Tim and Colleen in the hills near Vila Real.

Additionally, Tim is now the president of the CPA.

Last, but not least, the PGSA has a new website!