In our April monthly digest, we’re very excited to share job news of some of our members. Tommaso Bruni accepted a position as a Research Associate in the Wellcome Trust funded project “Towards a Humanitarian Research Ethics” at King’s College London. Molly Kao accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the Université de Montréal. Alida Liberman has accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Indianapolis. And finally, Andrew Peterson accepted a position as Research Assistant Professor at the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy in the Department of Philosophy at George Mason University. Please join us in extending our warmest congratulations to each of them for their success in a very challenging job market!

In addition to this wonderful news, Rotman members have announcements of talks and publications, both recent and forthcoming, as well as an impressive research trip. Listed below (in alphabetical order) are some of the many ways our members have been pursuing their research, and engaging in collaboration with other philosophers and scientists.

  • Samantha Brennan presented a talk titled, ‘Eat Me, Drink Me: Philosophical Reflections on our Attitudes about Children and Food’ at the Food Ethics Workshop at the University of Vermont held on April 15-16. (View the event poster.)
  • On April 23rd, Samantha Brennan gave a talk titled, ‘The Exploitation of Children by Parents’ at the Exploitation: Politics, Philosophy, and Economics conference, co-sponsored by the Center for Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy and the Values Institute at the University of San Diego.
  • Louis Charland has been invited to join the editorial board of Emotion Review, and accepted. (Impact Factor:3.356 | Ranking: Psychology,Multidisciplinary 15 out of 129 | 5-Year Impact Factor:3.653 | 5-Year Ranking: Psychology, Multidisciplinary 17 out of 129). Louis is also on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience, History of Psychiatry, Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology, and the Journal of Ethics and Mental Health. Please let Louis know if there is any way he can help you and if you have any ideas for special issues or submissions to any of these journals.
  • Melissa Jacquart received a Faculty of Arts & Humanities Graduate Thesis Research Award to support a research trip to Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, and to the Carnegie Institution for Science in Pasadena, California. Melissa’s dissertation examines philosophical issues related to the use of models and computer simulations in astrophysics. This trip provided her the opportunity to discuss her work with astrophysicists, and receive observational training on the 6.5m Baade Magellan Telescope.
  • Alida Liberman won a Faculty Essay Prize for the upcoming Canadian Philosophical Association conference. Her paper, “Understanding Vows”, will appear on the main programme as a plenary session, and will be accompanied by commentaries from two senior members of the CPA with expertise in the paper’s subject area.
  • Stathis Psillos delivered a series of three lectures, titled ‘Induction: The History of a Philosophical Problem’, at the University of Cyprus, on April 6-8.
  • Emma Ryman won a Student Essay Prize from the Canadian Philosophical Association for her paper entitled, “Fiduciary Duties to Future Persons”.
  • Mary Stephensen will present at the CPA Annual Congress 2016, held in Calgary on May 30. Her paper is titled, “Balancing the Harms of Sex Selection: A Case for Adoption”.
  • During this month, Chris Viger gave talks at the McGill University Department of Philosophy, and at The University at Buffalo SUNY. The second talk was delivered as part of the Spring 2016 Colloquia at the Center for Cognitive Science, and was titled, “From Neural Architecture to Cognition”.

Pictured above: Las Campanas Observatory in Chile (photo courtesy of Melissa Jacquart)