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September 2017

Research Seminar with Dr. Lindley Darden – The Product Guides the Process: Discovering Disease Mechanisms

September 20, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
IHPST Common Room, Third Floor, Victoria College

We will be discussing: Darden, Lindley, Lipika R. Pal, Kunal Kundu, and John Moult (in press), “The Product Guides the Process: Discovering Disease Mechanisms,” Building Theories. Edited by Emiliano Ippolity and David Danks. Springer. Available at: Preprint - http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/13176/ Lunch and coffee will be provided. Abstract: The nature of the product to be discovered guides the reasoning to discover it. Biologists and medical researchers often search for mechanisms. The "new mechanistic philosophy of science" provides resources about the nature of… Continue Reading Research Seminar with Dr. Lindley Darden – The Product Guides the Process: Discovering Disease Mechanisms

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October 2017

Research Seminar with Dr. Alice Dreger – Twenty Years Working Toward Intersex Rights

October 11, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
IHPST Common Room, Third Floor, Victoria College

We will be discussing: Dreger, Alice, “Twenty Years of Working Toward Intersex Rights.” (forthcoming) Bioethics in Action edited by Francoise Baylis and Alice Dreger. Cambridge University Press. Abstract: Like a lot of academics who have become advocates for patients and medical research subjects, I took up intersex rights work two decades ago because what was occurring in clinics looked so wrong – so patently irrational and unethical – it not only seemed necessary to change, it seemed it would be easy to change.… Continue Reading Research Seminar with Dr. Alice Dreger – Twenty Years Working Toward Intersex Rights

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November 2017

Research seminar with Nick Rasmussen

November 8, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
IHPST Common Room, Third Floor, Victoria College + Google Map

We will be discussing: Rasmussen, Nicolas, “Group Weight Loss and Multiple Screening: A Tale of Two Heart Disease Programs and the Problems of Postwar American Public Health.” Abstract: In the immediate postwar period, in a context of ambitious health system reform, heart disease was recognised as the most important public health threat in the United States and obesity its chief tractable driver.  The genesis and fate of two major heart disease control programs to emerge from this period offers insight… Continue Reading Research seminar with Nick Rasmussen

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December 2017

Research seminar with Cheryl Misak

December 13, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
IHPST Common Room, Third Floor, Victoria College + Google Map

We will be discussing: Misak, Cheryl, “Ch. 8 The foundations are so philosophical” in Frank Ramsey: A Sheer Excess of Powers Participants are expected to read this chapter in advance. If you are planning to participate, write to Sunguk Jung (jung.sunguk@mail.utoronto.ca) for a copy of it. Join us for this exciting event! Lunch, coffee and tea will be provided.

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January 2018

Research Seminar with Dr. Alex Csiszar

January 31 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
IHPST Common Room, Third Floor, Victoria College

We will be discussing: Csiszar, Alex, “Metrics and the Bureaucratic Virtuoso: Robert K. Merton, Eugene Garfield, and Goal Displacement in Science”. Abstract: This paper gives a short intellectual history of perceived abuses of scientific publishing focusing on forms of behaviour that target measures of productivity. While the paper takes a long view stretching back to the early nineteenth century, it focuses on the early days of citation analysis. In the late 1960s, three linked circumstances combined to legitimate and fund… Continue Reading Research Seminar with Dr. Alex Csiszar

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March 2018

Research Seminar with Michael Miller

March 7 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
IHPST Common Room, Third Floor, Victoria College

He will be discussing the following topics: Why do we need such a thing as the philosophy of quantum field theory? How is the philosophy of quantum field theory related to the general philosophy of science? This seminar will provide us with a great opportunity to learn about our new faculty member Dr. Miller’s fascinating research. Join us for this exciting event! Lunch, coffee and tea will be provided.

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April 2018

Research Seminar with Janice Boddy

April 11 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
IHPST Common Room, Third Floor, Victoria College

Research Seminar with Dr. Janice Boddy We will be discussing: Boddy, Janice, “The normal and the aberrant in female genital cutting: Shifting paradigms,” HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 6:2 (2016): 41-69. Abstract: In this lecture I consider preliminary results of continuing fieldwork in Sudan while revisiting my earlier observations on female genital cutting there in light of the growing practice of “female cosmetic genital surgery” (FGCS) in the West. Despite remarkable similarities in their aesthetic rationales, FGCS is becoming increasingly… Continue Reading Research Seminar with Janice Boddy

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September 2018

Research Seminar: Lisa Haushofer

September 19 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lisa Haushofer is a historian of science, food, and economic life. Her research examines the emergence of nutritional consumer products and their role in shaping the production of nutritional knowledge. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Culinaria Research Centre of the University of Toronto. Before coming to Toronto, she received a PhD in history of science from the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University, and an MA in history of medicine from the Wellcome Trust… Continue Reading Research Seminar: Lisa Haushofer

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