New projects underway at Ethics Lab HQ

» fourth in a series of posts by Emily Unrue, Ethics Lab Program Manager

There are quite a few exciting things happening in Ethics Lab and at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics the past few weeks. To that end, I’m taking a detour from my behind the scenes glimpse at the University as a Design Problem course to provide a more general update on some of the things we’re working on here at Healy Hall.

Our fearless leader, Dr. Maggie Little, is in Buenos Aires, Argentina this week where she delivered the keynote address at the Global Forum for Bioethics in Research. The second round of crits wrapped up for our three studio courses. And we’ll be hosting our first open house for philosophy graduate students this Friday over lunch to acquaint them with the lab space and jointly explore ethical concepts through activity-based learning.

Behind the scenes, our team has been working feverishly to assemble a portfolio of initiatives and projects that will be delivered in late 2016, spring 2017. Here’s a sampling:

  • A new website for our quarterly bioethics journal was rolled out earlier this week. Our team is also eying some strategic revamps to our digital space, so you’ll likely notice some changes to our website in the coming months.
  • Development of ethics and design based “toolkits” for K-12 classrooms is underway. If you’re interested in beta-testing our products, send us an email!
  • We’re also set to deliver a high school professional development training on the topic of enhancement this upcoming January 5-7, 2017. For more information or to join us at this event, please reach out to me directly.
  • Dr. Little and Prof. Dhillon will be delivering the inaugural Georgetown University data ethics course in spring 2017 (PHIL 108-101). This course will combine traditional lecture, discussion, and assignments with project-based learning. In partnership with the CIO of Georgetown, students will work in teams to produce real world projects that include prototyping a new policy for the use of student data at Georgetown.

2017 is going to be a prolific year for Ethics Lab and the KIE. Keep monitoring this space to see the direction our team and projects take. We’ll periodically post other ways you can get involved, but we encourage you to email us at to share innovative ideas, propose collaborations, and ask questions.