“The Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences at Michigan State University invites applications for a faculty position in bioethics, with a specialization in neuroethics. This will be a fixed-term (non-tenure track), academic year (9 month) appointment. Rank is open. Salary will be commensurate with experience. The initial term of appointment will be for two years. The appointment will begin August 16, 2014.”
To learn more about this position, visit: http://www.bioethics.msu.edu/uncategorised?id=243
Slate recently published an interesting article titled “What’s Holding Back American Teenagers?” The piece specifically looks at underachievement in American high schools and calls for pushing high schools students “beyond their intellectual comfort zones” during adolescence, which appears to be a period of heightened brain plasticity. To read the article, visit: http://www.slate.com/articles/life/education/2014/02/high_school_in_america_a_complete_disaster.single.html
Congratulations to Marcus E. Raichle, Winner of the Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize! “The UNC School of Medicine has awarded the 14th Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize to Marcus Raichle, MD, a neurologist from Washington University in St. Louis who has made remarkable research findings about the persistent brain activity of our at-rest minds.” Marcus E. Raichle is also a Member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience.
To read the full prize announcement, visit: http://news.unchealthcare.org/news/2014/january/marcus-raichle-wins-perl-unc-neuroscience-prize
Nature Reviews Neuroscience has run an article series on “Neuroscience and the law” that features the work of several Members of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience. Articles of particular note include:
Martha J. Farah, J. Benjamin Hutchinson, Elizabeth A. Phelps & Anthony D. Wagner, Functional MRI-based lie detection: scientific and societal challenges, 15(2) Nature Reviews Neuroscience 123(2014).
Owen D. Jones, Anthony D. Wagner, David L. Faigman & Marcus E. Raichle, Neuroscientists in court, 14(10) Nature Reviews Neuroscience 730 (2013).
Laurence Steinberg, The influence of neuroscience on US Supreme Court decisions about adolescents’ criminal culpability, 14(7) Nature Reviews Neuroscience 513 (2013).
To read more about this “Neuroscience and the law” article series, visit http://www.nature.com/nrn/series/neurosciencelaw/index.html
Congratulations to Stephen J. Morse, 2014 Isaac Ray Award Recipient! The American Psychiatric Association will present this prestigious award to Morse at the Association’s 167th annual meeting in New York, May 3-7. Stephen J. Morse is the Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law; Professor of Psychology and Law in Psychiatry; Associate Director, Center for Neuroscience & Society at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is also a Member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience. To read the full award announcement, visit: https://www.law.upenn.edu/live/news/2979-prof-stephen-j-morse-to-receive-prestigious-isaac
The New York Times published a story yesterday about two recent brain death cases. Titled “At Issue in 2 Wrenching Cases: What to Do After the Brain Dies,” the article considers the diagnoses of brain death, the medical treatment, and family wishes surrounding the cases of Jahi McMath and Marlise Muñoz. To read the full article, visit http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/10/health/the-science-behind-brain-death.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20140110&_r=1
The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience distributes an e-newsletter, Neurolaw News, which highlights important items of interest for the neurolaw community. These include notifications of new publications, news of upcoming neurolaw conferences, and the like. To avoid inbox clutter, distributions occur approximately once every 2 months.
To subscribe to the newsletter, please visit: http://www.lawneuro.org/listserv.php
For the latest edition of Neurolaw News, please visit: http://www.lawneuro.org/listserv.php#archives
The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience has recently released a brief Network Overview, which highlights the research of the Network in the areas of mental states, adolescent development, and evidence.
Network Overview is available here: http://www.lawneuro.org/networkoverview.pdf
Call for Application: The European Centre for Law, Science and New Technologies, University of Pavia, in cooperation with the European Association for Neuroscience and Law (EANL), organizes the second edition of Law and Neuroscience Winter School. The Winter School is a school for lawyers, philosophers and behavioral scientists whose aim is to provide proper information about the increasingly advanced neuroscientific findings and techniques, and to give students the chance to study how neuroscience impacts on different legal systems. On the basis of the previous experience, new courses are provided in order to grant students a more exhaustive knowledge in the field of neuroscience and law. The school is directed to graduate/master-degree students and PhD Students.
Dates: January 13-24, 2014
Application deadline: November 29, 2013
Who can apply: Graduate Students, Master Degree Students and PhD students in Law, Philosophy or Psychology/Behavioral Science. The call is open both to European and non-European students.
Congratulations to Martha J. Farah, 2013 SfN Science Educator Award Recipient! “The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) announced the winners of the science education and outreach awards at Neuroscience 2013, SfN’s annual meeting and the world’s largest source of emerging news about brain science and health.” Dr. Martha J. Farah (University of Pennsylvania, and consultant to the Research Network on Law and Neuroscience) was given the Science Educator Award which recognizes “outstanding neuroscientists who have made significant contributions in promoting public education and awareness about the field.” To read the press release, visit: http://www.sfn.org/Press-Room/News-Release-Archives/2013/Science-Ed-and-Outreach-Awards-2013