April, 2008

Graduate Awards Announced

The department is pleased to announce the two following awards for graduate students in 2008.

The Michael H. Robins Award for the best paper submitted for the Master's examination has been given to Richard McNeillie.

The Department Non-Service Fellowship for 2008-9 has been given to Steve Weimer.


Two More BG Graduate Students Break into Print

Christoph Hanisch has published an encyclopaedia entry:

"Rosa Luxemburg" in: "Handbook of Political Philosophy and Social Philosophy" Gosepath, Stefan / Hinsch, Wilfried / Rössler, Beate eds., De Gruyter, Berlin and New York.

Vassiliki Leontis has published here Master's Thesis:

"The Social Institution of Clinical Research: Human Subjects in Global Medicine." It is being published as a monograph by the German publisher "Verlag Dr. Muller" (VDM).

Congratulations to Christoph and Vassiliki on the first of many!


Philosophy Rediscovered

According to a New York Times article published April 6, a new generation of college students are discovering the joys of philosophy and an increasing number are choosing it as their major.

Click here to read the full article.


Gene Torisky Becomes Associate Professor

Former BG graduate philosophy student (2001) and undergraduate philosophy major Gene Torisky recently received news that he has been granted a full Associate Professorship in the Philosophy Department at Saint Vincent's College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania.  In addition, he will become department Chair in Fall of 2008.  We offer our sincere congratulations to Gene and wish him, Theresa and their son Justin all the best for the future.


BG Applied Philosophy Graduate Robert Hood Leads Florida Program to Accreditation

Not letting the grass grow under his feet, Robert Hood (1998), who moved from an academic position to a position as an ethicist with the Florida state Department of Health, has led their program to become the first state department of health research ethics review program ['(or "human subjects protection program" in the jargon of the field)' to quote Rob]  to be awarded accreditation.  [See press release below].  In addition, Rob has been appointed as a member of of the Ethics Subcommittee, Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for a term beginning immediately and ending June 30, 2012. Congratulations on both counts Rob and best wishes from all here at BG!


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        Contact: Susan Smith
        March 20, 2008                                                                                                                                                          

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        TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Department of Health (DOH) today announced that the agency has become the first public health department to receive full accreditation of its human research protection program, which encompasses the Institutional Review Board and all members of the DOH research community.  Accreditation means that the Department has met or exceeded national best-practice standards for ensuring ethical conduct of research and the protection of participants in biomedical and behavioral research.
        "Accreditation improves the infrastructure for research in Florida and makes Florida more competitive for funding agencies," State Surgeon General Ana M. Viamonte Ros, M.D., M.P.H. said.  "I encourage all research institutions in Florida to join the Department by pursuing best-practices and ensuring ethical conduct of research and protecting participants in research."
        The Department conducts research to improve public health and services to clients.  Accreditation is awarded based on a peer-review process by a private organization, the Association for Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP), and is valid for three years.  "Accreditation results in greater emphasis on quality, stronger protections for research participants and increased public trust in research and its findings," said AAHRPP President and CEO Marjorie A. Speers.  "As more organizations commit to accreditation's high standards, these benefits are being realized in hospitals, universities, institutional review boards and other research facilities nationwide."
        Dr. Susan Phillips, Director of the Office of Public Health Research, charged the Institutional Review Board with achieving accreditation: "Accreditation demonstrates to the people of Florida that DOH takes responsibility for research and operates according to national best-practice standards."
        In preparing for accreditation, DOH implemented the first electronic system to manage applications in Florida, revised policies and procedures in alignment with national best practices, and has embarked on training researchers and study personnel at the Department and in partner organizations.  Additionally, the Department set a standard that all epidemiologists in central office programs will also complete training in research ethics, as part of its commitment to protect participants in research and public health practice.  The Department successfully completed a site visit that included an intensive program review, including interviews with researchers, staff and leadership.
        "Accreditation has been a team effort and has involved the work of many people across the Department" said Robert Hood, Ph.D., an ethicist at DOH who leads the effort.
        DOH promotes, protects and improves the health of all people in Florida. 

        For more information about DOH programs, visit www.doh.state.fl.us