SCSU Professors Dr. Roe (History) and Dr. Antonios (Computer Science) team up to ask today’s leading science and industry experts important contemporary questions.
Dr. Elena Tej Grewal is a data scientist, small businesswoman, nationally cited education expert and multi-racial progressive leader. As Head of Data Science at Airbnb, Dr. Grewal was a force for change, helping lead efforts to close a gender pay gap and end discrimination against Black customers. Now, Dr. G hopes to tackle inequities in New Haven’s health, wealth, education and public safety head-on.
Join us for another amazing, interactive discussion on some of today’s hottest topics lead by our esteemed panel of guests. This conversation between philosophers and scientists will not only interrogate some of the enduring ideologies of race in America but also some of the reasons behind its continued resonance within the scientific community, largely in the field of genetic research.
The Black National Anthem will be performed by Shades of Yale.
Melissa Garafola, Connecticut Science Center
Sarah M. Roe, PhD, Southern Connecticut State University
Director of the Research Center on Values in Emerging Science and Technology
Cleo Rolle, PhD, Capital Community College
Assistant Professor, Biotechnology Program Coordinator
Quayshawn Spencer, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Robert S. Blank Presidential Associate Professor of Philosophy
Keitra Thompson, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, Yale School of Medicine
Postdoctoral Fellow, National Clinician Scholars Program/VA Advanced Fellowship Program
SPECIAL GUEST: Dr. Roberta L. Millstein Department of Philosophy University of California, Davis
Wednesday, March 4 1-2 p.m. Engleman Hall A 120
Dr. Millstein will discuss her work-in-progress on the views of Aldo Leopold, a 20th-century forester, wildlife manager, ecologist, conservationist, and professor, best known for his posthumously published book A Sand County Almanac and the inﬂuential idea he called “THE LAND ETHIC.”
Wednesday, November 13 1-2 p.m. Engleman Hall A 120
Special Guest Dr. Sarah Tinker Perrault (University of California, Davis) describes how science writers can develop readers’ trust by taking on scientist-citizen roles in their writing. She will present three dimensions of trustworthiness — knowledge, integrity, and respect for readers — and demonstrate how each matters if scientists are to serve as trusted advisers on scientiﬁc topics in a public sphere characterized by uncertainty, cultural diversity, and heterogeneous and sometimes conﬂicting sets of values.
Following the talk, Dr. Tinker Perrault will host a science-writing workshop for those interested in learning more about how to better communicate with publics about science-related issues.
Light refreshments will be served!
For further information, please contact Dr. Sarah Roe at RoeS1@SouthernCT.edu.
Abstract: Google’s search engine, Facebook’s News Feed, Amazon’s Echo: many of our everyday technologies contain Artificial Intelligence (AI). Autonomous robotic vacuum cleaners and robot lawn mowers help us at home, robotic surgical systems perform operations, and therapy chatbots such as Woebot are always ready to ‘listen’. We can even delegate moral decision making to Artificial Moral Agents. The combination of robots and AI leads to numerous possibilities, which, in turn, also raise compelling ethical questions. Which decisions do we delegate to machines and which preferably not? And how and from ‘whom’ do self-learning AI systems actually learn?
Dr. Katleen Gabriels is a moral philosopher, specialized in computer ethics. She works as an Assistant Professor at Maastricht University, The Netherlands. She researches the relations and co-shapings between morality and contemporary technologies. In October, her new book on technology ethics was published; the English version will be published early 2020 (Rules for Robots. Ethics & Artificial Intelligence, VUBPRESS).
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The Science, Values and Society minor is best suited for students interested in ideas, concepts and concerns located at the intersection of science and values. By engaging in these topics, the Science, Values and Society minor will gain a broader understanding of the social and ethical implications of scientific practices, scientific methodologies, and technologies. The Science, Values and Society minor is especially helpful when paired with a scientific or interdisciplinary major so that the student receives a more well-rounded scientific education, one that allows the student to fully understand the role of science within a broader societal structure.