Wolbring Gregor and Noga Jacqueline (2013) Greening and Energy Issues: An Analysis of Four Canadian Newspapers Journal of Sustainable Development Vol. 6, No. 7; Article 8; DOI: 10.5539/jsd.v6n7p88
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Moss, Jeremy; McMann, Michael; Rae, Jessica; Zipprich, Andrea; Macer, Darryl R.J.; Nyambati, Aori R.; Ngo, Diana; MingMing Cheng; Manohar, N.; Wolbring, Gregor. 2011. Energy equity and environmental security. Bangkok, Regional Unit for Social and Human Sciences in Asia and the Pacific (RUSHSAP), UNESCO Bangkok. v + 84 pp. ISBN 978-92-9223-421-8 (Although the book states 2011 as publishing date it only became officially available Dcember 2012 before that drafts were available online though) http://www.unescobkk.org/rushsap/ethics-and-climate-change/energyethics/eetwg7/
Wolbring, Gregor, (2012) : Nanotechnology for Democracy versus Democratization of Nanotech: An Ableism Analysis, pp. 89-105 in Little by Little: Expansions of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies, Eds Harro van Lente, Christopher Coenen, Torsten Fleischer, Kornelia Konrad, Lotte Krabbenborg, Colin Milburn, and François Thoreau, Dordrecht: AKA-Verlag/IOS Press full book http://www.iospress.nl/book/little-by-little-expansions-of-nanoscience-and-emerging-technologies/
CALL FOR PAPERS for the International Journal of Disability, Community & Rehabilitation (IJDCR): What Sorts of People Should There Be?In Uncategorized on May 1, 2012 at 12:07 am
CALL FOR PAPERS
for the International Journal of Disability, Community & Rehabilitation (IJDCR)
What Sorts of People Should There Be?
Gregor Wolbring, Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, Dept. of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary
Throughout history, people with non-normative abilities have been judged. Sometimes this judgment led to positive consequences, however for the most part these non-normative abilities were judged negatively and the carriers of such non-normative abilities experienced disabling treatment. This very judgment (ableism) and its disabling consequences is one of the main areas of scholarly work within the realm of disability studies. Eugenics, the practice of finding ways to better heritable abilities of humans, is one dynamic that influences the judgment of people’s abilities and the disabling consequences and vice versa.
What sorts of people should there be is a question that has been asked and answered in different ways throughout human history, is still a question asked and answered today and will be with us also for some time in the future.
Advances in science and technology will allow new judgments and actions linked to the sentiment around the question of what sorts of people there should be.
In partnership with the SSHRC-CURA-funded project “Living Archives on Eugenics in Western Canada” (eugenicsarchive.ca), the Editors of IJDCR would like to devote a special issue on this topic.
We invite potential contributors, regardless of fields of study (discipline), to submit 250-word abstracts that articulate the conceptual arguments and knowledge base to be covered in a critical analysis on various aspects from history to future of “What sorts of people should there be”.
Please submit abstracts to the Guest Editor via e-mail at gwolbrin[at]ucalgary.ca by 15 July, 2012
From selected abstracts, we will request full articles of 3000-5000 words (excluding figures and tables) of original research and scholarship on a range of topics to be submitted to the editor by 15 October 2012. Note that an invitation to submit an article does not guarantee its publication.
Every submitted article will be subject to blind peer review and recommendations arising.
As to possible areas linked to the theme the below is a sample list of possible topics
- What sorts of people should be born
- What sorts of people should live
- What sorts of people should be citizens
- What sorts of people should compete
- What sorts of people….
We invite authors to investigate the history, contemporary use and potential future exhibition of the relationships between the core question “What sorts of people should there be” and such issues as:
- disabled people and what it means to be ‘disabled’,
- the community around them
- practitioners, consumers and researchers linked to the disability discourse
- community rehabilitation and the rehabilitation field in general
- inclusive education and the education of disabled people in general
- the future of education
- employability of disabled people
- citizenship of disabled people
- global citizenship
- body image of disabled people
- medical and social health policies and their impact on disabled people
- health care for disabled people
- elderly people, youthism and ageism
- disabled people in low income countries
- laws and international conventions related to disabled people such as the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities
- the concept of personhood
- concept of health and health care
- the measure of disability adjusted life years and other measurements used to guide health care dollar allocation
- quality of life assessment
- science and technology governance
- science and technology assessment
For more information about the International Journal of Disability, Community & Rehabilitation (IJDCR) please go to http://www.ijdcr.ca.
International Journal of Disability, Community & Rehabilitation
Dr Gregor Wolbring
Associate Professor, University of Calgary,
Faculty of Medicine,
Dept. of Community Health Sciences, Specialization Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies,
3330 Hospital Drive NW, T2N4N1, Calgary, Alberta , Canada
Researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit genomic research organization, published results on the 20 May describing the successful construction of the first self-replicating, synthetic bacterial cell.
here my column on it
Human Enhancement Study for Directorate General for internal policies, Policy Dept. A: Economic and Scientific Policy Science and Technology Options Assessments
Institute for Biomedical Ethics, Geneva University Medical School
PhD position in Bioethics
project ENABLE – Protecting
Vulnerable Persons in Health Care (supervisor: Samia Hurst), the Institute for Biomedical Ethics at the
University of Geneva Medical School is opening one
PhD position for a philosophy doctoral candidate. This project is
the Swiss National Science Foundation.
collaboration with the project
supervisor and within an interdisciplinary team, the successful
work will explore how vulnerability in health care can be defined
as well as sources of claims for protection of the vulnerable, how
they are, and what effect their validity may have on fairness in
allocation decisions. Projected duration for this position is four
Salary is according to the University of Geneva scale (A2
assistant, 70%, approx. 46’000 CHF per annum the first year). Within
frame, the successful candidate will be expected to complete a PhD
philosophy under the (co-)supervision of Bernard Baertschi,
topic broadly within the area of normative ethics and/or applied
candidate should have a
Master’s degree in philosophy or equivalent, including courses in
normative ethics, applied ethics, and/or political philosophy, and at
intermediate mastery of written English.
your CV, a writing
sample, and letter of motivation to: Samia.firstname.lastname@example.org
publications (max. two)
should be attached to the application and will be considered an asset.
will be held in
— Dr Samia Hurst Institut d’éthique biomédicale CMU/1 rue Michel Servet 1211 Genève 4 – Switzerland Tel: +4122-3793479 Fax: +4122-3793472 Blog: http://forumethix-ch.blogspot.com/ Homepage: http://ib.unige.ch/SH_homepage.php SGBE-SSEB: http://www.bioethics.ch/content/default.htm
Ars checks in from GDC09, where Emotiv Systems is showing off its new headset
that control games with both your thoughts and your facial expressions. The
surprising thing? It works. Our hands-on time with the $300 product that
knows what you’re thinking.
Stem cells that could be used to restore hearing have been
successfully created, scientists have said.
A Sheffield University team took stem cells from embryos and converted
them into cells that behave like sensory hair cells in the human inner
Their discovery could ultimately help those who have lost hair cells
through noise damage and some people born with inherited hearing
Another issue for debate
Environ. Sci. Technol., Article ASAP
Publication Date (Web): January 21, 2009
Copyright © 2009 American Chemical Society
On September 24, 2008, the U.S. insurance company Continental Western Group (CWG) issued a statement noting that it would exclude nanotubes and nanotechnology from its coverage. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/es900041e?cookieSet=1
March 4th more here
March 5 more here
PhD Thesis Regulation and Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials — Too Little, Too Late?” by Steffen Foss Hansen, Ph.D. candidate at the Technical University of Denmark’s Department of Environmental Engineering