Working up an idea to submit to the Undergraduate Bioethics Research Showcase or exploring possible topics for a submission?

We offered three workshops for the Bioethics Research Showcase in February.

   » Writing Ethical and Effective Policy Proposals with Mark Rom
   » Methods and Non-Traditional Scholarship in the Humanities with Colva Weissenstein
   » Resources and Tools for Bioethics Research with Martina Darragh and Roxie France-Nuriddin


    Writing Ethical & Effective Policy Proposals

      Mark Rom, PhD

February 27th, 2015

Workshop Overview

If you want to change public policy, you will need to convince others to adopt your recommendations. You must highlight the values that your policy recommendation supports. You need to define clearly the problem you hope to solve. You are obliged to explain why these values are the most important ones.

In this workshop, we will work on all three elements of an effective proposal: recommendation, problem statement, and value elaboration. You will be introduced to core concepts before engaging in proposal development given a hypothetical case.

Workshop Leader

Mark Rom, PhD, is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the McCourt School of Public Policy, and Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of MA in American Government at Georgetown. Rom is an expert on American politics and public policy. He has written numerous articles and book chapters on the ethics of grading, welfare, health, education, sexual politics (same sex marriage, gay rights, and sex education), financial policy, state politics and ethics reform, among other topics. Before coming to Georgetown, Rom worked at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the Brookings Institution, and the U.S. Congress, office of the Honorable John Paul Hammerschmidt. Email Dr. Rom if you are seeking more information.


Methods & Non-Traditional Scholarship in the Humanities

Colva Weissenstein, MA

February 25th, 2015

Workshop Overview

This workshop will address three major areas: interdisciplinary thinking, methods in the humanities, and non-traditional scholarship. You will learn about the importance and value of interdisciplinary thinking, as well as the logistics and advantages of using and adapting interdisciplinary thinking and methods to create novel research.

We will discuss the importance of having clear and practical methods for work in the humanities and how to find, define, articulate, and use methodology in creating research plans. Further, we’ll consider ways in which methods from different disciplines can be combined in order to answer particularly difficult cultural, social, and philosophical questions – and how using resources like film, media, the arts, maps, archives, journals, and material culture can provide valuable, though unexpected perspectives to research.

Finally, we’ll address the developing space of non-traditional scholarship, and discuss how doing and presenting academic research in unique, novel, and exciting ways can both enhance the experience of research and also the potential of it. We’ll work through how to make non-traditional forms such as film, art, and new media as rigorous and valuable as traditional forms. Additionally, we’ll consider the advantages and limitations of form and how to leverage form.

Workshop Leader

Colva Weissenstein, MA, works in American Studies, both as a program coordinator and with American Studies seniors during their senior thesis seminar, where she focuses on non-traditional scholarship, writing, and the development of long term research. Additionally, she will be teaching AMST 307, The Politics of Fear in American Culture in the Spring, focusing on the connections between culture, history, and the horror genre since WWII. Colva has a BA in English and an MA in the Communication, Culture, and Technology Program at Georgetown. Email Colva Weissenstein if you are seeking more information.


Resources & Tools for Research in Bioethics

Martina Darragh, MLS and Roxie France-Nuriddin, BA

February 25th, 2015

Workshop Overview

In this workshop, you will learn about a variety of international research tools useful for research on bioethical issues. These tools will help you find expert opinion, topics of debate, and even statistics related to bioethics issues. You may come ready to research a specific topic in bioethics, or to simply explore possible areas of interest for your Showcase project. Bring your laptop!

After this workshop, you can also sign up for further help during a one-on-one research sessions working with an information specialist on your particular topic. Sign up here or email Martina Darragh or Roxie France-Nuriddin to request an individual session.

Workshop Leaders

Martina Darragh is the Deputy Director of Reference Services at the Bioethics Research Library (BRL) located in Healy Hall, Room 102.
Roxie France-Nuriddin is the BRL’s Reference and Program Specialist as well as the Curator of the English language resources for the Islamic Medical and Scientific Ethics Database.