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Global Health: Inequality, Culture, and Human Well Being Around the World

Antibiotic Drug Discovery: Identifying Novel Soil Microbes to Combat Antibiotic Resistance

Athlete 101: The Science of Training

Bacteriology: The Good, the Bad, and the Deadly

Behind the Breakthroughs: Using Laboratory Organisms in Biomedical Research

Black Lives Matter Less: How Structural Racism Affects the Health of Black Lives and Communities

Cancer Biology: An Evolving Puzzle

Disease in America: Investigation and Response to Outbreaks

DNA Science: Forensics, Food, and Medicine

Drug Discovery: Treating Human Disease Through Medicine

Genome Hijackers

Infectious and Epidemic Disease

Introduction to Medicine: Do You Want to Be a Doctor?

Laboratory Research in Biomedicine

Me, Myself and My Microbiome: Meet the Trillions of Microbes You've Unknowingly Been Living With

Modeling Living Systems: The Principles of Life

Moral Medicine: Questions in Bioethics at the Cutting Edge

Our Moody Microbes: How Gut Bacteria and Diet Impact Behavior

Parasitology and Human Health

Research Techniques in Biomedical Fields

Scholar-Athlete: Sport Physiology

Science of Running and Secrets of Elite Performance

Science of Sport Injury & Rehabilitation

Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

Techniques in DNA-Based Biotechnology

The Great Diseases: Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, and Infections

Neuroscience in Action: Understanding Our Brains and Nervous Systems

Neuroscience in Health and Disease

Psychoactive Drugs: Brain, Body, Society

Psychopathology: Investigating the Biology and Psychology of Mental Illness

Engineering Selfcare - The Science of Cosmetics

Molecular Biology and Biochemistry: From DNA to Enzymes

Organic and Biochemistry: Key Pathways to Success for the Pre-Med Student

Introduction to Statistical Programming in R

Biomedical Engineering: The Smart Design of Medical Implants and Devices

Engineering Biomedical Systems

Heart of the Matter: Designing Implantable Devices for the Cardiovascular System

Medical Diagnostics: Observation, Interpretation, the Art of Being a Better MD

Statistics in the Real World

Hands-On Medicine: A Week in the Life of a Medical Student

Issues in Bioethics

The Ethics of Technology: Privacy, Biased Algorithms, and Moral Robots

This discussion-based class surveys a range of ethical (broadly construed) issues arising from emerging technologies. In doing so, the course also aims to sharpen students' skills at critical thinking, analysis, and argumentation. The issues we'll discuss include:

- Privacy

Privacy I: It's common to hear worries about privacy in internet and data ethics. What might such worries be about, in more concrete terms? Are we always talking about the same thing, when we claim to be worried about privacy? And why, most fundamentally, do we care about privacy? Suppose, for instance, that data about us is collected, but in such a way that we aren't identifiable: is our privacy nevertheless still threatened?

Privacy II: Do social media companies (such as Facebook) have a moral obligation to suppress the spread of fake news over their networks? Is the suppression of fake news by social media companies a form of censorship? Is censorship ever morally permissible --- and if so, under what conditions?

- Bias and discrimination

Do emerging technologies like Big Data increase inequality or be unfair, and if so, how? In what way might the algorithms driving decisions behind the scenes be biased or discriminatory? (And what is it to discriminate?)

- Building ethical robots (and autonomous systems)

How do we build autonomous systems that behave ethically (as far as it is possible for them to do so)? Should we go for programs that derive their own rules by learning from experience (but whose rules it may not be possible for us be sure of)? Or should we instead use only programs with explicitly formulated rules (but which may not be able to adapt to changing environments)?

Prerequisites: No prerequisites are required, though students should be prepared to put in intellectual effort.

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Your Body Your Rules: An Interdisciplinary Unpacking of Reproductive Justice

Conducting Research at the Forefront of Science: Mental Health, Policy, and Social Implications of Cannabis Use in the U.S.

Mental Health in College: Risk, Resilience, and Resources

Personality Disorders Through the Lifespan: Phenomenology, Treatment, and Controversies

Psychology and Health: Emotions, Behaviors, and Disease

The Science of Self-Destructive Behaviors

A Queer Theory Approach to Public Health

Can the United States Afford the Health Care We Want?

The Opioid Crisis: Addiction, Treatment, Impact

Gender, Race and Class in Medical Research and Practice

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