2017 Conference on Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology

Dec 1, 2016 by Matthew J. Brown

The 7th Annual

Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology Conference


The Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology
The University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, Texas, USA

May 18-20, 2017

Including sessions presented jointly with the

Comics and Popular Arts Conference

Conference Information

Keynote Speakers

Conference Description

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore the interplay between human, ethical, cultural, and political values, on the one hand, and science, technology, engineering, and medical research and practice, on the other hand. We invite presentations that seek not only to understand how values and science can and do influence one another, but also how they should interact (as well as interactions and influences that should be avoided). Finally, we are ultimately interested in promoting ethically responsible and socially beneficial scientific research and technological innovation, the social conditions for the pursuit and appreciation of science and technology, and critical reflection about the influence of science, technology, and medicine on our values, culture, practices, and worldview.

This year includes collaboration with the Comics and Popular Arts Conference (CPAC) to jointly present a special set of target themes for the conference.

Program Committee

  • Matthew J. Brown, Organizer, UT Dallas (philosophy of science)
  • Magdalena Grohman, Co-Organizer, UT Dallas (psychology of creativity, education)
  • Olivia Banner, UT Dallas (critical disability studies, humanities and health studies, media studies)
  • Stephen Crowley, Boise State University (philosophy of science, interdiscplinarity)
  • Heather Douglas, University of Waterloo (philosophy of science, environmental studies)
  • Johnathan Flowers, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, CPAC (philosophy of race, pop culture studies, feminist phenomenology)
  • Chad Gonnerman, University of Southern Indiana (philosophy of psychology, interdiscplinarity)
  • Frederick Grinnell, UT Southwestern (cell biology, philosophy of science, bioethics)
  • Kristen Intemann, Montana State University (philosophy of science, feminist philosophy)
  • Ashley Kennedy, Florida Atlantic University (philosophy of medicine, bioethics)
  • Ian James Kidd, University of Nottingham (philosophy of science, social and virtue epistemology, science and religion)
  • Nicolae Morar, University of Oregon, (bioethics, environmental studies, philosophy of biology)
  • Stephanie Noell, Mountain View College, CPAC (environmental studies, pop culture studies, library sciences)
  • Manuela Fernández Pinto, Universidad de los Andes (philosophy of medicine, feminist philosophy, social epistemology)
  • Sabrina Starnaman, UT Dallas (literary studies, women’s studies, literature of science)
  • Elizabeth Suhay, American University (political science, science communication)
  • Ian Werkheiser, UT Rio Grande Valley (environmental studies, engineering ethics, social epistemology)
  • Sarah Wieten, CHESS, Durham University (philosophy of science, philosophy of medicine, bioethics)
  • Damien Patrick Williams, Kennesaw State University, CPAC (philosophy of technology, pop culture studies)


All conference locations will be wheelchair accessible. Further accessibility information is TBD, depending on available campus facilities and funding. Feedback is welcome at <[email protected]>, or you may anonymously email concerns to the conference ombuds at <[email protected]>.

The VMST Conference is allied with the Consortium on Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering (SRPoiSE).