This past month we hosted our first talk since moving into our new office space on campus in the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building. On January 25th, Dr. Gillian Crozier, an Associate Professor of Philosophy and the Canada Research Chair in Environment, Culture and Values at Laurentian University, presented a talk titled Revisiting the Social License of Zoos & Aquariums in Light of Evolving Social Norms. The talk was given in the conference room we share with the Brain and Mind Institute. We look forward to hosting other events in this space that includes a fantastic view of the Thames River along the north end of the campus.

Our member news for this month also includes an exciting announcement from Adam Koberinski. Please join us in congratulating Adam for being awarded the 2017-18 Beyond Spacetime Essay Prize, alongside David Wallace (USC). Adam’s essay was titled, “Problems with the cosmological constant problem”.

Other news and updates from our members for the past month are listed below in alphabetical order.

On February 13th, Becky Ellis will be giving a talk titled “Changing the City’s Culture through Permaculture” as part of the Nature in the City presentations at Central Library.

Mike Cuffaro’s symposium proposal on “The Philosophy of Open Quantum Systems” (with Gemma De las Cuevas, Stephan Hartmann, and Jos Uffink) to the British Society for Philosophy of Science (BSPS) has been accepted and will be included in the BSPS 2018 Annual Conference in Oxford this July.

In January, alumnus Spencer Hey (Harvard), Charles Weijer, Monica Taljaard (Ottawa Hospital Research Institute) and Aaron Kesselheim (Harvard) published an article in the British Medical Journal, entitled “Research ethics for emerging trial designs: does clinical equipoise need to adapt.

The current/Nr. 5 issue of the German Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) Woche magazine features a story, “Philosophen blicken ins All” (or “Philosophers look into Space”), on Melissa Jacquart’s work as part of collaborative investigation between astrophysicists and philosophers looking for dark matter.

Josh Luczak will be presenting a talk titled “More Talk About Toy Models” at the Spring meeting of the German Physical Society (DPG) at the Technische Universität Berlin, to be held March 11-16, 2018.

Josh Luczak will also be presenting a talk titled “On the Aims of Statistical Mechanics” at the Annual Joint Meeting of the South Carolina Society for Philosophy and the North Carolina Philosophical Society, which will be held at Winthrop University, in Rock Hill, South Carolina, on March 23-24, 2018.

Pictured above: Gillian Crozier delivering her talk, “Revisiting the Social License of Zoos & Aquariums in Light of Evolving Social Norms”, and attending lunch with Yousuf Hasan, Justin Donhauser, Craig Fox, Wayne Myrvold, and Eric Desjardins. (photos courtesy of Yousuf Hasan)