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Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ 85281-3670)
Jason Robert (Project Director: March 2020 to present)
Erica O'Neil (Co Project Director: June 2021 to present)

Institutes for Higher Education Faculty
Education Programs

$234,618 (approved)
$234,618 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 12/31/2023

Our SHARED Future: Science, Humanities, Arts, Research Ethics, and Deliberation

A four-week institute for 25 college and university faculty, to introduce humanists to the scientific, ethical, and social dimensions of bioengineering.

With the development of genome editing, tissue engineering, stem cell research, and neural interface design, bioengineering is dramatically influencing, and potentially fundamentally altering, what it means to be human. Humanists must take a leadership role in guiding the development and use of novel technologies by educating their students to engage in critical discussions and societal deliberations about our conceptions of ourselves, the shape of human society, and the nature of our shared future. Over the course of four weeks, participants will deliberate on these topics through the lenses of ethics, history, philosophy, literature, and film, while experiencing first-hand what it’s like to do science, from editing the bacterial genome using a do-it-yourself CRISPR kit to peering into the inner workings of a non-human primate research laboratory.