Faculty News and Recognition

Rollin Receives Lifetime Achievement Award Bernie Rollin, Colorado State University Distinguished University Professor, was honored in 2016 with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Research Ethics from Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research, the oldest medical and research ethics nonprofit organization. Rollin is the first award recipient specializing in animal care and use and was recognized for his exemplary and groundbreaking collection of work in animal ethics. Despite receiving lifetime recognition, Rollin is not slowing down. His most recent book, A New Basis for Animal Ethics: Telos and Common Sense (University of Missouri Press) has just been published, and over the past year alone he has published over a dozen articles and delivered numerous invited lectures. On top of this prolific scholarship, Rollin continues to serve on 28 university, state, national, and international committees, including the World Health Organization task force on setting standards for antibiotic use in livestock and the Advisory Committee to the Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture. Closer to home, Rollin serves as the CSU University Bioethicist and Chair of the Bioethics Policy Committee, and he contributes as a member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, the Institutional Review Board for Research on Human Subjects, and the Biosafety Committee.

Shockley Participates in Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco
Ken Shockley, Holmes Rolston III Endowed Chair in Environmental Ethics, attended the twenty-second session of the Conference of Parties (COP22) climate change conference with global leaders in climate change research and public policy in Marrakech, Morocco in November 2016. The primary goal of the conference was the operationalization of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Shockley was an invited participant in a number of workshops while in Marrakech, including “Accelerating Non-Party Climate Action at the Regional Level: Strategies to Reduce Geographic Imbalances” and “Governance Theory and Restructuring the Public Domain in an Age of Climate Change.” Shockley continues the dialogue here at home with a presentation to the CSU University Science Club and as a panelist for the School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) session on sustainability and science in the US 2016 election, as part of SoGES “Managing the Planet” series. He was also an invited panelist and discussant as part of “Non-Ideal Climate Justice: Global Inequality, the Paris Agreement and the Limits of the Feasible” at Ohio State University in February of this year.

MacKenzie Attends Workshop at Australia National University
Associate Professor Matt MacKenzie attended a two-day workshop sponsored by the Centre for Consciousness at Australia National University in July 2016. The workshop brought together seven leading scholars of consciousness from the U.S., U.K., and Australia to discuss reflexive theories of consciousness in Indian and Western philosophy. Two of MacKenzie’s recent articles have just been published, as well: “Dewey, Enactivism, and the Qualitative Dimension” (Humana.Mente) and “(Re-) Constructing the Self” (Journal of Consciousness Studies).

Gorin Presents at Conference in Washington, D.C.
In October 2016 Assistant Professor Moti Gorin presented “Dependent Children and Rationing” at the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities conference in Washington, D.C. In addition, Gorin has recently published articles, including an invited peer commentary, “The Role of Responsibility in Moral Distress,” in The American Journal of Bioethics and a co-authored piece, “Justifying Clinical Nudges,” in The Hastings Center Report. In 2016, Gorin accepted a two-year appointment to the American Philosophical Association’s Committee for Philosophy and Medicine.

Cafaro Gives Talk in Duluth, Minnesota
Professor Phil Cafaro gave a talk in Duluth, Minnesota this past February as part of a speaker series, “Listening to Voices of America,” at the Alworth Center for the Study of Peace and Justice at the College of St. Scholastica. The lecture, “A Progressive Argument to Reduce Immigration,” is being reprised this month for a public talk at Seattle’s Town Hall. Cafaro points out the value of bringing clear philosophical analysis into the public arena and helping people think more clearly about topical and difficult public policy issues.

In Other News
Many more faculty have shared their research through various publications and public and academic talks. Associate Professor Andre Archie published “Socrates, Elenchus and Tradition” in The Journal of Greco-Roman Studies, and Associate Professor Beth Tropman’s co-authored piece, “Moral Realism and Ethical Naturalism in Media Ethics Theorizing,” was published in Ethical Space. Associate Professor Katie McShane had chapters published in the Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics and the Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Biodiversity, as well as a paper in Midwest StudiesMcShane also presented papers at the University of Colorado Boulder and at the International Association of Environmental Philosophy annual conference. Special Assistant Professor Ashby Butnor attended the 2017 American Philosophical Association Pacific Division meeting, where she participated in an invited Book Symposium focused on her co-edited volume, Asian and Feminist Philosophies in Dialogue: Liberating Traditions (Columbia University Press). Butnor also gave a talk in Denver this February on engaging pre-college students in critical inquiry as part of the Teaching with Primary Sources initiative launched by the US Library of Congress.

Philosophy faculty have also been busy with student clubs and groups on campus. Jo Ann Hedleston became the academic advisor for the CSU chapter of Students for a Sensible Drug Policy. Harold Gamble completed his three-year term as faculty sponsor of the Philosophy Club, capping off an energized year of student interest and engagement from across campus. Finally, Eric Easley continues his successful coaching of the Ethics Bowl Team.