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  • Call for Abstracts: Eleventh Symposium on Engineering and Liberal Education

    PostedFriday, February 16, 2018 AT 3:29 PM

    Eleventh Symposium on Engineering and Liberal Education
    June 1-2, 2018
    Union College, Schenectady, NY

    Abstract submissions are invited for the Eleventh Symposium on Engineering and Liberal Education, which will be held at Union College in Schenectady, New York, on June 1-2, 2018. 

    Abstracts are invited on any topics that relate to how engineering integrates into a liberal arts education, and how liberal arts integrate into an engineering education. At this stage, the program committee has adopted two themes on “Social Justice/Responsibility” and “Art and Technology” and hopes your abstract can address one of these broad themes. The committee also welcomes your ideas and proposals for organizing sessions or workshops for this year’s symposium. Please visit the Symposium website ( to make your submission.

    Here are important deadlines:

    • Abstract submission: 26 March 2018
    • Notification of ...
  • Rachelle Hollander, National Academy of Engineering, shared an update
    Posted1 day AGO
    Two articles worth noting: War and peace in the nuclear age; editorial in Science, E. W. Colglazier,, 9 Feb 2018. 613. 10.1126/science.aat0593, proposing diplomatic scientific dialogue of North Korean, U.S. and other specialists to defuse tensions. On a lighter but related note is NY Times article Tech’s Ethical ‘Dark Side’: Harvard, Stanford and Others Want to Address It. By Natasha Singer, Feb. 12, 2018.
  • Jen Schneider, Boise State University, shared an update
    Posted3 days AGO
    Here is a link to my most recent publication (open access), written with Jennifer Peeples.  "The Energy Covenant:  Energy Dominance and the Rhetoric of the Aggrieved."
    Frontiers | The Energy Covenant: Energy Dominance and the Rhetoric of the Aggrieved | Communication
    The Trump Administration has adopted “energy dominance” as its guiding ideology for energy policy, marking a notable shift from decades of “energy security” rhetoric. This paper analyzes how Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke, one of the admin ...
  • Posted11 days AGO

    Call for Abstracts

    Workshop – Brain-based and Artificial Intelligence: Socio-ethical Conversations in Computing and Neurotechnology

    May 10-11, 2018, Chicago, IL

    Organized by the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology

    This workshop seeks to explore the convergences and disparities in approaches to intelligence in neuroscience and computer science. It will reflect on how brain-based intelligence is similar to artificial intelligence and also how both can be combined in neurotechnology. Based on this, the workshop will explore the ethical and social implications that arise in AI and neurotechnology. We are using the term ‘brain-based’ intelligence to encompass both human and non-human animal intelligence. The workshop aims to advance an interdisciplinary discussion between scientists, practitioners, and scholars around these questions.

    Invited speakers:

    - Maria Gini, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota
    - Mark Coeckelbergh, Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna
    - Mikhail Lebedev, Center for Neuroengineering, Duke University

    Topics for presentations may include but are not limited to:

    • Finding a Common Language: Psychology, Neuroscience, and AI
    • Understanding Intelligence: The Physiological and the Mechanical
    • Ethics of Anthropomorphic Design and Processes in AI
    • Ethical and Social Implications of AI and Neurotechnology
    • Rights in AI and Neurotechnology: Policies, Regulations and Legislation
    • Similarities and Differences of Ethics in AI and Neuroscience
    • Science-fiction: Friend or Foe?
    • Merging of Brains and AI Technology
    • Brain-Computer Interfaces
    • Hybrid Intelligence

    Presentations from the fields of neuroscience, computer science, engineering, psychology, philosophy, ethics, law, political science, and social science are invited. Please submit an abstract of up to 500 words. Abstracts for 20-30 minute presentations are due by March 9, 2018. Please send your abstract to We also welcome your questions or proposals for additional workshop topics at

    The workshop will be held in Chicago at the Illinois Institute of Technology downtown campus.

    For more information, please visit

  • Statement by NAS, NAE, and NAM Presidents on the Political Review of Scientific Proposals

    PostedTuesday, January 30, 2018 AT 12:51 PM

    The following statement was released by the Presidents of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on January 16, 2018:

    The highest standards of scientific integrity, transparency, and accountability are critical to maintaining public confidence in our nation’s research enterprise and in the wise use of the public investment in research. The public expects policymakers and agencies to base those investments on independent advice and assessment from unbiased experts without political interference. For these reasons, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine view any political review of scientific proposals as inappropriate, as it gives the appearance of political interference in science. At the same time, we recognize the prerogative of federal agencies to align funding programs with their mission priorities in their calls for proposals and in their requests that reviewers assess the relevance of proposals to agency priorities as one of ...

  • Union College Engineering and Liberal Education Symposium 2018

    PostedFriday, January 26, 2018 AT 4:48 PM

    Union College is proud to sponsor the Eleventh Symposium on Engineering and Liberal Education on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2, 2018 in Schenectady, New York. Please SAVE THE DATES and look for more information at:

    A call for abstracts will go out in the first week of February. If you have a particular session that you would like to organize at this year's symposium, please contact Dr. Ashraf Ghaly, program committee chair. 

  • Call for Abstracts - Sixth Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies & Science: Law, Policy and Ethics

    PostedWednesday, January 10, 2018 AT 7:05 AM

    The Sixth Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies & Science (GETS): Law, Policy and Ethics
    May 16-18, 2018
    ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, 111 E. Taylor St., Phoenix, AZ

    The conference will consist of plenary and session presentations and discussions on regulatory, governance, legal, policy, social and ethical aspects of emerging technologies, including (but not limited to) nanotechnology, synthetic biology, gene editing, biotechnology, genomics, personalized medicine, digital health, human enhancement technologies, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, data analytics, telecommunications, information technologies, surveillance technologies, technology & privacy, cybersecurity, geoengineering, neuroscience, military technologies, artificial intelligence, algorithms, autonomous cars, and robotics. The conference is premised on the belief that there is much to be learned and shared from and across the governance experience and proposals for these various ...

  • Jon Leydens, Colorado School of Mines, shared an update
    PostedThursday, December 21, 2017 at 12:43 PM
    Engineering Justice: Transforming Engineering Education and Practice | Professional Development for Engineers | General & Introductory Electrical & Electronics Engineering | Subjects | Wiley
    Shows how the engineering curriculum can be a site for rendering social justice visible in engineering, for exploring complex socio-technical interplays inherent in engineering practice, and for enhancing teaching and learning Using social justice a ...
  • Jon Leydens, Colorado School of Mines, shared an update
    PostedWednesday, December 20, 2017 at 10:39 PM
    Book Just Published - Engineering Justice: Transforming Engineering Education and Practice. Discount Codes: IEEE members: 18493 (35% off); Non-­members: ENGN4 (25% off)
  • Rachelle Hollander, National Academy of Engineering, shared an update
    PostedWednesday, December 6, 2017 at 1:44 PM
    The Roundtable on Data Science Postsecondary Education of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is meeting on December 8, 2017, to focus on "Integrating Ethics and Privacy Concerns into Data Science Education." It will bring together experts from academia, industry, and government to discuss current practices and strategies to better integrate ethical and privacy concerns into data science courses. Learn more about the roundtable and watch past meetings at
    Roundtable on Data Science Post-Secondary Education
    Roundtable on Data Science Post-Secondary Education
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