The Faculty Support for Research in Education (FSRE) Grant
Advisory Committee recently awarded funding for a research proposal submitted
by Charles Weijer (Department of Philosophy; Department of Medicine; Director, Rotman
Institute of Science and Values), Lorelei Lingard (Department of Medicine), and
Christopher Watling (Department of Clinical and Neurological Sciences).
The research project is entitled “The hidden curriculum
around patients who are ‘taking up beds’: Towards a deeper understanding of the
CanMEDS manager and advocate roles,” and will explore a subject of considerable
importance to medical resident education within the Schulich School of Medicine
and Dentistry at UWO.
Increasingly, acute care hospitals are caring for patients
who do not have acute care needs. While the impact of these patients on wait
times is well acknowledged, the impact on resident education is unexplored.
This research project will use the concept of hidden curriculum to explore how
resident learning about the CanMEDS roles of manager and advocate is influenced
by their team’s approach to patients perceived as unwanted, unsuited to the
team’s expertise, or a drain on their resources.
The Rotman Institute of Science and Values has just selected
two Visiting Fellows for 2010-2011. Both scholars will bring expertise and
knowledge to the institute, and we look forward to working with you both.
Visiting from September to December 2010, Dorothea Olkowski is a Professor of
Philosophy at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Dorothea specializes in feminist theory, phenomenology and contemporary French
philosophy, with an interest in Deleuze and Merleau-Ponty. After undergraduate
work at the State University of New York at Binghamton, Dorothea completed her
M.A. and Ph.D. at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She has previously been a
Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra. Dorothea’s
published works include The Universal (In
the Realm of the Sensible) (2006) and Gilles
Deleuze and The Ruin of Representation (1999). Dorothea’s research proposal outlines an
analysis that begins with comparing the Newtonian worldview with the work of
Hume, Locke, and Adam Smith, and follows through to a more contemporary
comparison between probability and strains of post-structuralism.
who will be visiting the institute from January to May 2011, is an Associate
Professor in Philosophy at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. His primary
interests are in philosophy of science, epistemology, and logic, and he also
studies philosophy of mathematics. Michael studied at Northern Illinois
University DeKalb (B.A., M.A.), and the University of Miami Coral Gables (Ph.D.).
He has previously been a Visiting Researcher at the University of Utah and the
London School of Economics, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Southern
Connecticut State University. In 2001, Michael was editor-in-chief of The Freud Encyclopedia. Michael’s research proposal suggests that many
models of scientific theories have failed to consider the important role that
idealizations play in the sciences. As an alternative, Michael suggests treating
theories that incorporate idealizations as counterfactual conditionals. Michael
will explore this issue, among others, while visiting.
The department's annual camping weekend at the Pinery is scheduled for
June 11-13, 2010. Bring your families, dogs, tents, volley balls,
marshmallows, bathing suits, musical instruments, bicycles, etc And if
you want to come but lack tents and/or a drive, please let me know. We
can easily car pool and arrange to lend you tents.
The site can accommodate up to 35 people total. If you're not familiar
with the Pinery, it's a beautiful park just about an hour away from
here. The web site is http://www.pinerypark.on.ca/. There is a lot to do
at the park--canoe and kayak rentals, bike trails, fishing, and
kilometers of gorgeous beach. We're only allowed tents on our site and
the rules say no alcohol on the group campsite.
If you are coming up for the day, there is no need to make arrangements.
You can just show up and pay the day visitor's fee. If you are staying
over I need your name, number of people in your party, car make and
license number. You stop at the gates--anytime after 5 pm on Friday--
and tell them which group you're with. You will need to pay a small fee
per person and per vehicle. Our site is near the beach but the showers
are a bike ride away.
See the full program here http://www.uwo.ca/tsc/perspectives_spring_2010.html
Session A-2 Writing to Learn: Using Exploratory Writing in the Undergraduate Classroom Lee-Anna Sangster (Philosophy)
Though educators tend to use student writing only as a means of
evaluation, this workshop will introduce participants to ways of using
writing as a learning tool. We will discuss the principles behind
exploratory writing, look at examples of exploratory writing
activities, and learn strategies for implementing these activities in
Two new Postdoctoral Fellows, Erik Curiel and Trevor
Pearce, are joining the Rotman Institute of Science and Values this year. The
institute is excited to welcome both scholars, and we all look forward to
working with you both.
Erik Curiel will
join as the Rotman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow for the 2010-11 academic year.
His primary specializations are in Philosophy of Physics and Philosophy of
Science, and he also has an expertise in the thought of Plato and Aristotle. After
undergraduate work in Physics and Philosophy at Harvard, Erik completed his
doctoral work at the University of Chicago in 2005. Erik comes to London,
Ontario from the other London, where he was a Fellow in Philosophy at the
London School of Economics in 2009-10. Before coming to Western, he will be a
Visiting Scholar at Cambridge during the summer.
Trevor Pearce will join us as the new Rotman Institute
Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy of Science during 2010-11. Trevor is a
philosopher of biology who is currently completing his dissertation "The
Factors of Macroevolution" with William Wimsatt at the University of
Chicago. His other areas of interest include Philosophy of Science and American
Pragmatism. He has a remarkably diverse background with degrees in Engineering,
English, and Evolutionary Biology in addition to his degrees in philosophy.
Department of Philosophy,
The University of
May 14-16, 2010 (UniversityCollege, Room 30)
8:30 am - 9:45 amHelen Longino, “Behavioral Science and Policy”
9:45 am - 10:15 amBreakfast Break (in UC 225, two floors up)
10:15 am - 11:30 amLisa Gannett, “Objectivity and Population Genomics Research”
11:30 am - 12:45 pmAndrew Reynolds, “Metaphors and Values in Cell Biology”
12:45pm - 2:00 pmLunch (in Somerville
2:00 pm - 3:15 pmTorsten
Wilholt, “Trust in Science: The Social Epistemology of Conventional Standards”
3:15 pm - 4:30 pmLee
Smolin, “Science as an Ethical Community”
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Reception (UC 225): Sponsored by The J.L.Rotman
Instituteof Science and Values.
Saturday, May 15th
8:30 am - 9:45 amAlison
Wylie, “Archaeological Facts and Non-Archaeological Values: How to Implement
Collective Ideals and Why it Matters Epistemically”
9:45 am - 10:15 amBreakfast Break (in UC 225)
10:15 am - 11:30 amHugh
Lacey, “The Controversy about Transgenics: Interplay of Scientific Research and
11:30 am - 12:45 pmHeather Douglas, “A Tale of Two Distinctions”
12:45pm - 2:00 pmLunch (in Somerville
2:00 pm - 3:15 pmMartin
Carrier, “Values and Objectivity in Science: Value-ladenness, Pluralism and the
3:15 pm - 4:30 pmJanet
Kourany, “Freedom of Research and the Public Good”
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Reception (UC 225)
Sunday, May 16th
8:30 am - 9:00 amLight
Breakfast (in UC 225)
9:00 am - 10:15 amDon
Howard, “Science and Social Democracy: Objectivity as a Problem of Social
10:15 am - 11:30 amJohn
Beatty, “Should We Aim for Consensus/Unanimity in Science?”
This workshop has been made possible by the generous
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation through its
There is no registration fee for this
Workshop, but we do ask people to pre-register so we know how many people to
anticipate.If you plan to attend,
please email Kathleen Okruhlik:email@example.com , and she will add your name
to the list of registrants.If you would
like to have lunch in the dining room on Friday and Saturday, please indicate
that in your registration email and send a cheque for $25 made out to The
University of Western Ontario to:
Bob Batterman has been offered and has accepted an appointment as an
Adjunct Research Professor in Philosophy at Western for 5 years,
2010-2015. Such appointments come with no workload implications or
renumeration. However, it will allow Bob to continue using his research
funding which is based at Western for research purposes including the support of UWO graduate students.