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March 2017 Member News & Updates

In March, The Rotman Institute hosted a successful series of events on responsible robotics and robot ethics. The series included a panel discussion held at Wolf Hall on March 15 (featuring Aimee van Wynsberghe, Ryan Gariepy, Jesse Kirkpatrick, Kristen Thomasen, and Christopher Schlachta), and two related lectures on March 16 & 17. Videos of all three [...]

2017-11-01T14:50:44+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|Members, Rotman News|

Reflections from the Social Impact of Medicalizing Psychiatry Workshop

by Catherine Stinson A few weeks have passed since the conference I co-organized with Derek Oswick, Veromi Arsiradam, Carolyn McLeod and Jackie Sullivan on The Social Impact of Medicalizing Psychiatry, but the messages are still resonating loudly for me, and for several other participants I’ve heard from. I’d like to take a moment to reflect [...]

February 2017 Member News & Updates

Four Rotman graduate students were among the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) award recipients announced recently. Please join us in congratulating each of our 2015 Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program Doctoral Scholarship recipients (pictured above, left to right): Adam Woodcox - "Plato on the nature and value of pleasure" Tracy de Boer [...]

2017-11-01T14:42:47+00:00 March 1st, 2017|Members, Rotman News|

ACMES 2 video playlist is now complete

ACMES 2, Computationally Assisted Mathematical Discovery and Experimental Mathematics, was a four-day conference held on May 12 - 15, 2016 at Western University. Computational Discovery, also called Experimental Mathematics, is the use of symbolic and numerical computation to discover patterns, to identify particular numbers and sequences, and to gather evidence in support of specific mathematical [...]

2017-02-15T15:27:32+00:00 February 15th, 2017|Events, Philosophy of Mathematics|

Announcing the Winner of the Rotman Philosophical Photography Contest

The Rotman Institute Philosophical Photography Contest challenged people to submit unique photographs that somehow managed to capture an abstract philosophical concept. We received a fabulous mix of photos that were reviewed by a small panel of judges. Choosing the winning photograph was no easy task -- some of the photographs themselves were particularly striking, some [...]

2017-02-09T20:46:39+00:00 February 9th, 2017|Events|

January 2017 Member News & Updates

Rotman members kicked off the new year with a busy month of activities. New publications, conference presentations, media appearances, and other news are all listed below in alphabetical order. An article on sports ethics, Competing Interests: The team doctor’s dual loyalty problem, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal included commentary by Samantha Brennan. Samantha [...]

2017-11-01T14:42:17+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Members, Rotman News|

New videos added to the ACMES 2 playlist on YouTube

ACMES 2, Computationally Assisted Mathematical Discovery and Experimental Mathematics, was a four day conference held on May 12 - 15, 2016 at Western University. Videos from the fourth day of the conference have been added to the ACMES 2 video playlist. Remaining videos from the conference will be available soon. Computational Discovery, also called Experimental [...]

2017-01-12T13:37:21+00:00 January 12th, 2017|Events|

Spring 2017 Rotman Events

The Rotman Institute is honoured to be hosting a number of events this semester on important issues from a variety of fields. These events will explore pressing questions like: Are humans the only species with rich mental, social, and emotional lives? Is it justifiable to keep animals in zoos and aquariums? Might robots be moral? [...]

2017-01-11T11:37:09+00:00 January 11th, 2017|Events|

December Member News & Updates

We'd like to begin our monthly news post with two exciting announcements from December. First, please join us in congratulating Jackie Sullivan, who was recently promoted to Associate Professor with tenure, effective this July. Second, Lisa Forsberg has joined us as a new postdoctoral fellow. During her time at Western, besides her own research, Lisa [...]

2017-01-06T10:15:16+00:00 January 6th, 2017|Members, Rotman News|

Call for 2017 Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications

We are very pleased to announce that we are currently inviting applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships. One to three Fellowships will be offered in areas of research supported by the Institute (including applied ethics, foundations of physics, philosophy of neuroscience, general philosophy of science, and philosophy of biology), contingent upon funding. The Rotman Institute of Philosophy [...]

2017-01-04T12:54:25+00:00 January 4th, 2017|Rotman News|