Jackie Sullivan was named a Graham and Gale Wright Distinguished Scholar for 2022-23. This award goes to early or mid-career faculty members in Arts & Humanities who are internationally recognized researchers in their field and have made important contributions to research and graduate education. Learn about her current SSHRC Insight Grant research project, The Philosophy of Neuroscience in Practice, and please join us in congratulating her on this well-deserved award!
Two of our members have wonderful job news to share. Nicole Fice, who works in the areas of feminist philosophy, moral philosophy, and applied ethics, accepted a 3-year Limited Term Appointment as Lecturer in Bioethics at Trent University. And Kerry O’Neill has accepted a contract to work as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at McMaster University for the 2022-2023 academic year where she will teach courses in ethics and social/political philosophy. Congratulations & best wishes to both you in these new appointments — we’ll miss you!
And last but certainly not least, Derek Oswick, supervised by Michael L. Anderson, defended his PhD thesis titled “Dissolving Nature/Nurture: Development as Coupled Interaction” on May 18. Hearty congratulations to you, Dr. Oswick!
Our members also coordinated a number of events in May & June. Thank you to everyone involved in planning & coordinating these events!
Clair Baleshta, Pavle Jovanovic, Jaipreet Mattu, Veljko Simovic & Martin Zelko organized the 2nd annual Rotman Graduate Student Conference, Models and Idealizations, that took place on May 12-13. Eight graduate presentations were given, in addition to keynote lectures by Sarah Gallagher & Angela Potochnik.
Sidath Rankaduwa organized the inaugural event for a new series, Dangerous Ideas Seminars. Thank you to Carlo Rovelli for delivering the initial talk! Please reach out to Sid if you’d like to participate in this series this coming fall!
Francesca Vidotto and Carlo Rovelli coordinated the Quantum Information Structure of Spacetime (QISS) 2022 conference, held June 6-10. QISS 2022 brought together theorists, philosophers and experimentalists interested in the conceptual basis needed for understanding quantum spacetime, and in the relevance of quantum information to this aim. Thank you to graduate students Yichen Luo, Todd Nagel, Mateo Pascual, Veljko Simovic & Farshid Soltani for providing assistance & helping to make this conference a success!
The Rotman Institute was proud to sponsor the 21st annual LMP graduate student conference. This year’s conference was held June 11-12 and was organized by Martin Zelko (chair), Yichen Luo, Antoine Mercier, Nicholas Michieli, and Todd Nagel.
As always, our members have been busy & have a number of additional items to share. All other news from our members is listed below alphabetically.
Michael Barnes gave an invited talk at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Ethics, as part of their Ethics of Protest series. The talk, titled “Whose Tweets? Our Tweets!: The Challenges of Online Protest,” was given online and a recording is available on the Centre’s YouTube page.
Barnes presented at the 2nd Machine Wisdom Workshop at the University of Pittsburgh. His talk entitled “Working for the Machine” concerns the exploitation of content moderators who clean up social media platforms and the micro-workers who make AI systems work.
The Open Educational Resource “Computational Discovery on Jupyter” by Neil Calkin, Eunice Chan, and Rob Corless will be published in book form by SIAM Publishing.
Rotman alumni members Craig Fox and Marie Gueguen presented at a two-day conference on the history, philosophy and sociology of cosmology and astroparticle physics, organized by the research unit Epistemology of the LHC.
On June 14, Maxwell Smith presented at Horizon Health Network’s Ethics Grand Rounds. His presentation was titled “Public Health Ethics: Providing Ethics Advice to Policy-Makers During a Pandemic.”
Pictured above: a group photo of attendees at the QISS 2022 conference taken in from of the Physics & Astronomy Building, a group photo of RGSC 2022 conference attendees on the patio behind WIRB, and Derek Oswick enjoying a drink from the goblet of knowledge following his successful PhD defence.