Arsht Research on Ethics and Community Grants Awarded

Coral Gables (June 25, 2012) — The University of Miami Ethics Programs have awarded six grants for the 2012-13 Arsht Research on Ethics and Community program.

The Arsht grants, now in their sixth year of funding, are made possible by the generosity of UM trustee and philanthropist Adrienne Arsht, whose gift of $3 million is the largest gift for ethics in Florida.

“Ms. Arsht’s goal of creating a network of UM scholars and students doing research in Ethics and Community is being met. This year we received proposals from faculty/student teams from all three campuses representing eight different schools,” said Anita Cava, who, with Kenneth Goodman, co-directs the UM Ethics Programs. Cava also directs the Business Ethics Program and Goodman the Bioethics Program.

“UM has emerged as a national leader in creative and interdisciplinary ethics research thanks to the Arsht awards,” said Goodman.

Arsht grants are awarded to teams of faculty and student collaborators from UM’s Coral Gables, medical, and marine campuses to conduct research projects that address contemporary moral issues with implications for public policy, professional practice, or human rights. Grant funds are used for faculty release time, summer support or course buyouts, student compensation, software, books and other resources, limited travel, and other appropriate project-related costs.

The grants, along with a distinguished speaker series, undergraduate ethics debates, and support for distinguished UM and visiting scholars, comprise the Arsht Ethics Initiatives at UM. For more information, click here.

The 2012-13 Arsht Research on Ethics and Community awardees and projects are:

Peer Educators in the Ethics of Research (PEER) – Pilot Implementation and Evaluation
Miller School of Medicine
Faculty: Thomas Champney, Department of Cell Biology, and Reid Cushman, Department of Medicine
Student: PEER awardees

Can Principles Solve Moral Dilemmas in Bioethics? A Solution to the Problems of Specifying and Weighing Principles
School of Law
Faculty: Thomas Nickel, School of Law and Department of Philosophy
Student: Philipp Schwind, Department of Philosophy

Evidence-Based Medicine and Patient-Centered Ethics: An Integrated Approach to the Philosophy of Medicine
College of Arts and Sciences
Faculty: Otávio Bueno, Department of Philosophy
Student: Robin Neiman, Department of Philosophy

The Ethics of Health Data in Botswana: What do Journalists and Urban Scholars Know and Report and What Should They Know?
Colleague of Arts and Sciences and School of Communication
Faculty: Richard Grant, Department of Geography, and Jyotika Ramaprasad, School of Communication
Student: Katharina Lang, School of Communication

Making Psychological Research Safe for Research on Virtues: Debunking the Situational Determination of Ethical Decisions
School of Education
Faculty: Blaine J. Fowers, Department of Educational and Psychological Studies
Student: Tyler Lefevor, Laura Cohen, Samantha Lang, Nicole Garcia, and Giovanna Ibias, Department of Educational and Psychological Studies

The Right to Health Care: A Survey of Future Physicians
Miller School of Medicine
Faculty: Richard Tiberius, Educational Development Office
Student: Tyler Beals and Jason Rudman, Miller School of Medicine

For a complete list of previous awardees and abstracts of their projects, please click here.

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