The University’s inaugural Bioethics Bowl Team traveled recently to an intercollegiate competition, the National Bioethics Bowl, on April 8-10, at Case Western Reserve University. The team is a first step in extending an initiative of College of Arts and Sciences dean Michael Andrews in his role as McNerney-Hanson Endowed Chair in Ethics. In recent past years, the University held intramural ethics bowl events, but did not compete in intercollegiate competition.
Team members are Megan Berg, biology/ Spanish; Madeleine Boyle, philosophy/math; Emma Brooks, nursing; Savannah Collas, biology; Lucas Gushikuma, nursing; and Elisa Reverman, biology/chemistry/philosophy. Patricia McShane, philosophy, is coach of the team. Drawing on previous experience coaching successful teams at Georgetown (where she founded their Ethics Bowl program), she worked extensively with the students to help them understand how to discuss the cases at the competition.
The UP team was the only one to go undefeated in the preliminary rounds, defeating University of Maryland Baltimore County, Ripon College, and San Jose State University, but fell to Macalaster College in the quarterfinals. Students debated a wide array of bioethical issues, including the ethics state-sponsored newborn bloodspot biobanks, medical deportation, neuroenhancement, postmortem genetic testing, and more. This year’s efforts and team travel were sponsored by the McNerney-Hanson Endowed Chair in Ethics, the Department of Philosophy, and the School of Nursing.
For more information contact Paddy McShane, philosophy, at 7282 or firstname.lastname@example.org.