Pacific APA Mini-Conference: Making Philosophy of Science More Socially Relevant March 19 – 20, 2008 Organized by: Nancy Cartwright, Sophia Efstathiou, Carla Fehr, Helen Longino and Katie Plaisance The format of this two day mini-conference emphasizes discussion. Papers are presented in the first half of each session and discussed in the second half. We invite you to join us for all or part of the conference, including the reception following the last session on Wednesday. (Please note that the actual order of presentations is listed below and is not the one reflected in the APA program.) Wednesday, March 19th 9:00 – 9:15 Welcome talk 9:15 – 10:45 Session I: Environmental Science and Policy Nancy Tuana, “Bridging Philosophy of Science and Science Policy” Kevin Elliott, “Philosophy of Science, Public Policy, and Pollution Research” Carl Cranor, “The Role of On-the-ground Scientific Judgments in the Philosophy of Environmental Health Protections” 11:00 – 12:30 Session II: Feminist Perspectives on Science Sarah Richardson, “Beyond Bias: Modeling Gender in Science” Lynn Hankinson Nelson, “Upholding Epistemic Standards and Engaging in Socially Responsible Science: There Is No Tension Here” Carla Fehr, “ISU ADVANCE: Promoting the Retention and Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering Careers” 12:30 – 2:00 Lunch Break 2:00 – 3:30 Session III: The Use of Racial Categories in the Natural Sciences Michael Root, “Stratifying By Race” Sophia Efstathiou, “Validating Race/Ethnicity Constructs as Categories for Genetics Research” Lisa Gannett, “Questions Asked and Unasked: How Philosophers of Science Might Better Contribute to Current Debates about Genetics and Race” 3:30 – 4:00 Coffee Break 4:00 – 5:30 Session IV: Values in Biomedical Research Susan Hawthorne, “Models of Mental Illness: Analysis of Hybrid Constructs” Eric Martin, “Evidence, Objectivity, and Public Policy: Methodological Perspectives on the Vaccine Controversy Julian Reiss, “Neglected Diseases and Well-Ordered Science” 5:30 – 6:30 Session V: Teaching curricula for philosophy of science that facilitate engagement with social issues (panel discussion) 6:30 – 8:00 Reception Thursday, March 20th 9:00 – 11:00 Session VI: Socially Relevant Roles for Philosophers of Science Heather Douglas, “Going Both Ways: Applied Philosophy of Science in Context” Katie Plaisance, “Philosophers of Science as Liaisons Between Science and Society” Anita Silvers, “Sheltering the Public from Illusions of a Perfect Genomic Storm” Janet Kourany, “Philosophers of Science as Public Intellectuals” 11:00 – 1:30 Lunch Break 1:30 – 3:00 Session VII: Building Trust Between Science and Society Robert Crease, “Trust” Naomi Scheman, “If You Believe in Truth, Fight for Justice: Ethical Responsibilities of Scientists for the Institutions in Which They Work” Heidi Grasswick, “Scientific Communities and the Responsibilities of Knowledge-Sharing: What We Can Learn from Whistleblowers” 3:15 – 5:00 Session VIII: Roundtable: What is the best way to make philosophy of science more socially relevant? What are the requirements for and limitations of such work?
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