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Lincoln Center Applied Ethics
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Bio

Jason Scott Robert is the Franca Oreffice Dean's Distinguished Professor in the Life Sciences and the Lincoln Associate Professor of Ethics in Biotechnology and Medicine at Arizona State University. He also directs the Bioethics, Policy, and Law Program, part of the Center for Biology and Society, and is a member of the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes. Professor Robert is extensively published in bioethics and the philosophy of biology, and his research currently focuses on how scientists try to justify controversial research. In 2008, ASU President Crow selected Robert as one of a handful of Promotion and Tenure "Exemplars" who exhibit the characteristics of excellent scholarship, teaching, and service that represent the New American University.

Research Interests

Bioethics, philosophy of biology, philosophy of medicine, philosophy of science, science policy, public health policy, health public policy

Courses

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AEP 584 Internship
AEP 590 Reading and Conference
AEP 592 Research
AEP 593 Applied Project
BIO 394 Special Topics
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
BIO 496 Undergraduate Thesis
BIO 499 Individualized Instruction
BIO 590 Reading and Conference
HPS 394 Special Topics

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AEP 501 Foundations of Ethics
AEP 590 Reading and Conference
AEP 592 Research
AEP 593 Applied Project
BIO 394 Special Topics
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 516 Foundations of Bioethics
HPS 394 Special Topics
HPS 495 Undergraduate Research

Summer 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AEP 592 Research
AEP 593 Applied Project

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AEP 584 Internship
AEP 590 Reading and Conference
AEP 592 Research
AEP 593 Applied Project
BIO 312 Bioethics
BIO 394 Special Topics
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 516 Foundations of Bioethics
BIO 590 Reading and Conference
BIO 591 Seminar
BIO 598 Special Topics
BIO 611 Topics Resp Conduct Research
HON 394 Special Topics
HPS 394 Special Topics
HPS 591 Seminar
PHI 320 Bioethics
PHI 394 Special Topics

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AEP 590 Reading and Conference
AEP 592 Research
AEP 593 Applied Project
BIO 394 Special Topics
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
BIO 499 Individualized Instruction
BIO 590 Reading and Conference
BIO 591 Seminar
HPS 394 Special Topics
HPS 591 Seminar
PHI 591 Seminar

Summer 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AEP 590 Reading and Conference
AEP 592 Research
AEP 593 Applied Project

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AEP 501 Foundations of Ethics
AEP 584 Internship
AEP 592 Research
AEP 593 Applied Project
BIO 312 Bioethics
BIO 394 Special Topics
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
BIO 516 Foundations of Bioethics
HON 394 Special Topics
HPS 394 Special Topics
PHI 320 Bioethics
PHI 394 Special Topics

Fall 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AEP 501 Foundations of Ethics I
AEP 590 Reading and Conference
AEP 592 Research
AEP 593 Applied Project
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 493 Honors Thesis

Summer 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AEP 590 Reading and Conference
AEP 592 Research
AEP 593 Applied Project
BIO 312 Bioethics
PHI 320 Bioethics

Spring 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AEP 584 Internship
AEP 593 Applied Project
AEP 598 Special Topics
BIO 312 Bioethics
BIO 394 Special Topics
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
BIO 499 Individualized Instruction
BIO 516 Foundations of Bioethics
BIO 598 Special Topics
HON 394 Special Topics
LAW 791 Seminar
PHI 320 Bioethics
PHI 394 Special Topics

Fall 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AEP 590 Reading and Conference
AEP 592 Research
AEP 593 Applied Project
BIO 394 Special Topics
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
BIO 494 Special Topics
BIO 499 Individualized Instruction
BIO 590 Reading and Conference
BIO 598 Special Topics
HPS 394 Special Topics
HPS 598 Special Topics
HPS 610 HPS Lab

Summer 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AEP 590 Reading and Conference
AEP 592 Research
AEP 593 Applied Project

Spring 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
AEP 598 Special Topics
BIO 312 Bioethics
BIO 394 Special Topics
BIO 516 Foundations of Bioethics
BIO 591 Seminar
HPS 394 Special Topics
PHI 320 Bioethics

Fall 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
BIO 189 LS Career Paths
BIO 394 Special Topics
BIO 590 Reading and Conference
HPS 394 Special Topics
PHI 590 Reading and Conference

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Baylis, F, Robert, Jason. Gene Therapy. Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics. MacMillan Reference USA (2014).

  2. Haimes E, Skene L, Ballantyne AJ, Caulfield T, Goldstein LS, Hyun I, Kimmelman J, Robert JS, Roxland BE, Scott, CT, Solbakk JH, Sugarman J, Taylor PL, Testa G.. Position Statement on the Provision and Procurement of Human Eggs for Stem Cell Research. Cell Stem Cell (2013).

  3. Robert JS. Stem Cell Research Oversight: Personal Reflections and Public Reasoning. The American Journal of Bioethics (2013).

  4. Hurlbut JB, Robert JS. Good governance connects science and society. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (2012).

  5. Hurlbut JB, Robert JS. Stem cells, science, and public reasoning. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (2012).

  6. Kato K, Kimmelman J, Robert J, Sipp D, Sugarman J.. Ethical and Policy Issues in the Clinical Translation of Stem Cells: Report of a Focus Session at the ISSCR 10th Annual Meeting. Cell Stem Cell (2012).

  7. Edited book: Sean A Hays, Ira Bennett, Clark A Miller, Jason Scott Robert. Yearbook of Nanotechnology in Society: Nanotechnology, the Brain, and the Future. Springer (2012).

  8. Carvalho TB, Rady MY, Verheijde JL, Robert JS. Continuous deep sedation in end-of-life care: Disentangling palliation from physician-assisted death. The American Journal of Bioethics (2011).

  9. Kirk S, Robert JS. Clinical ethics vignettes. ASU, Arizona Bioethics Network (2011).

  10. Gary Marchant, Jason Scott Robert. Genetic Testing for Autism Predisposition: Ethical, Legal and Social Challenges. The Houston Journal of Health Law and Policy (2010).

  11. Review of: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (Film). Journal of Research Administration (2010).

  12. Marchant GE, Robert JS. Genetic Testing for Autism Predisposition: Ethical, Legal and Social Challenges. The Houston Journal of Health Law and Policy (2009).

  13. Miller FA, Robert JS, Hayeems RZ. Questioning the Consensus: Managing Carrier Status Results Generated by Newborn Screening. American Journal of Public Health (2009).

  14. Robert JS. Toward a Better Bioethics. Science and Engineering Ethics (2009).

  15. Review of: Biology Under the Influence. BioScience (2009).

  16. Review of: Building Genetic Medicine. Metascience (2009).

  17. Book chapter: Maienschein J, Robert JS. What Is An Embryo and How Do We Know?. The Healthy Embryo. Cambridge University Press (2009).

  18. Robert JS, Baylis F. Genetic Engineering: Public Health and Ethics. International Encyclopedia of Public Health. Elsevier (2008).

  19. Fiona Miller, Mita Giacomini, Jason Robert, Robert Christensen. Duty to Disclose What? Querying the Putative Obligation to Return Research Results to Participants. Journal of Medical Ethics (2008).

  20. Jason Robert. Taking Old Ideas Seriously: Evolution, Development, and Human Behavior. New Ideas in Psychology (2008).

  21. Maienschein J, Sunderland M, Ankeny RA, Robert JS. The Ethos and Ethics of Translational Research [Target article with commentaries and response]. The American Journal of Bioethics (2008).

  22. Robert, JS. The Comparative Biology of Human Nature. Philosophical Psychology (2008).

  23. Review of: Liberation Biology. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics (2008).

  24. . Review of: Nanoethics, eds. Studies in Ethics, Law, and Technology 2.1: Article 10. Available online at: [2008]. Studies in Ethics, Law, and Technology (2008).

  25. Book chapter: Robert, JS. Behavioural Genetics. The Cambridge Textbook of Bioethics. Cambridge University Press (2008).

  26. Book chapter: Robert, JS. Evo-devo. The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Biology. Oxford University Press (2008).

  27. Book chapter: Robert, JS. Nanoscience, Nanoscientists, and Controversy. Nanotechnology and Society: Current and Emerging Ethical Issues. Springer (2008).

  28. Book chapter: Smith A, Robert JS. Conceptual and Normative Dimensions of Toxicogenomics. Genomics and Environmental Regulation: Science, Ethics, and Law. Johns Hopkins University Press (2008).

  29. Book chapter: Smith A, Robert JS. Conceptual and Normative Dimensions of Toxicogenomics. Genomics and Environmental Regulation: Science, Ethics, and Law. Johns Hopkins University Press (2008).

  30. Fiona Miller, Mita Giacomini, Jason Robert, Sonya de Laat. When Research Seems Like Clinical Care: A Qualitative Study of the Communication of Individual Cancer Genetic Research Results.. BMC Ethics (2007).

  31. Jason Robert. Gene Maps, Brain Scans, and Psychiatric Nosology. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics (2007).

  32. Mita Giacomini, Francoise Baylis, Jason Robert. Banking on It: Public Policy and the Ethics of Stem Cell Research and Development. Social Science & Medicine (2007).

  33. Review of: Philosophy of Experimental Biology. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine (2007).

  34. Book chapter: Robert, JS. Molecular and systems biology and bioethics. The Cambridge Companion to Philosophy of Biology. Cambridge University Press (2007).

  35. Martin, Rebecca, Robert, Jason. Is Risky Pediatric Research Without Prospect of Direct Benefit Ever Justified?. The American Journal of Bioethics (2007).

  36. Robert, Jason. Systems Bioethics. The American Journal of Bioethics (2007).

  37. B Heathcotte, Jason Robert. The Strange Case of the Humanzee Patent Quest. National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly (2006).

  38. F Baylis, Jason Robert. Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research: An Argument for National Research Review. Accountability in Research (2006).

  39. F Baylis, Jason Robert. Primer on Ethics and Crossing Species Boundaries. Action Bioscience (2006).

  40. Jane Maienschein, Jason Robert, Manfred Laubichler. Systems Biology and Stem Cell Biology. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry (2006).

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Presentations

  1. Robert JS. The Epistemology of Pre-Clinical Medicine. American Philosophical Association – Eastern Division. (Dec 2013).
  2. Robert JS. Clinical and Public Health Management of Refusals to Vaccinate. SUNY Downstate Medical School. (Oct 2013).
  3. Robert JS. Accelerating Translational Neuroscience. SUNY Downstate Graduate School. (Oct 2013).
  4. Robert JS. Pay-to-participate Research: From coercion to cooperation in translational medicine?. American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Conference. (Oct 2013).
  5. Robert JS Science and its monsters. ASU Colleges at Lake Havasu. (Oct 2013).
  6. Robert JS. The Changing Face of the Physician-Patient Relationship.. ASU Colleges at Lake Havasu. (Oct 2013).
  7. Robert JS Teaching teaching the teachers. Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum. (Oct 2013).
  8. Robert JS. How to Die in Arizona.. Arizona Bioethics Network. (Oct 2013).
  9. Zautra N, Robert JS. Humanizing Animals: The Selection and Justification of the Prairie Vole as an Animal Model for Autism Spectrum Disorders. International Society for History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology Conference. (Aug 2013).
  10. Robert JS. What is the Source Language of Translational Research?. Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice Conference. (Jun 2013).
  11. Preuss T, Robert JS The model animal paradigm in cognitive neuroscience. 25th Summer Institute on Cognitive Neuroscience. (Jun 2013).
  12. Robert JS. Ought Patients to Pay to Participate in Cell Transfer Clinical Trials?. International Society for Stem Cell Research Conference. (Jun 2013).
  13. Calvelage V, Robert JS Frameworks for Clinical Ethics Consultation: A Primer. Phoenix Children's Hospital Ethics Committee. (May 2013).
  14. Robert JS. The Changing Face of the Physician-Patient Relationship.. Western States Osteopathic Convention. (Apr 2013).
  15. Robert JS. How are genetic parts like Lego blocks? Evolution, development, and synthetic biology.. The Hastings Center. (Mar 2013).
  16. Robert JS The Translational Imperative in Contemporary Biomedical Research. Values in Translational Research, University of Twente, The Netherlands. (Nov 2012).
  17. Robert JS The animal models and model animals debates in neuroscience: A comparative approach. Society for Neuroscience, New Orleans LA. (Oct 2012).
  18. Robert JS Public and Population Health: Evidence, Action, and Ethics. Social and Public Health Research Unit Seminar Series, University of Glasgow. (Sep 2012).
  19. Robert JS The Developmental Evolutionary Origins of Obesity in Science and Society. Judaism, Science, and Medicine Group, Arizona State University. (Sep 2012).
  20. Robert JS Model Animals in Developmental Biology and in Neuroscience: Virtues of a Comparative Philosophy of Science. Animal Models, Model Animals? Meanings and Practices in the History of the Biomedical Sciences. (Sep 2012).
  21. Robert JS What are the Preclinical Barriers to First in Human Trials? Preclinical Data.. International Society for Stem Cell Research, Yokohama, Japan. (Jun 2012).
  22. Knight RE, Shoveller J, Robert JS, Cunningham-Burley S Targeting the essentialized 'Other'': A critique of sexuality interventions and the uniformity of risk-based social divisions.. British Sociological Association, University of Leeds, UK. (Apr 2012).
  23. Robert JS Cultivating clinical wisdom: What? Why? And how?. Philosophy of Medicine Round Table, San Sebastian, Spain. (Nov 2011).
  24. Robert JS Ethics, Equity, and Population Health Intervention Research. School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia. (Nov 2011).
  25. Robert JS Ethical issues in etiological and biological research into autism. NIH Workshop: Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) of Autism Research, Bethesda MD. (Sep 2011).
  26. Robert JS Ethics, Equity, and Population Health Intervention Research. PHIRNet Summer Institute, Montreal QC. (Jun 2011).
  27. Robert JS Translational research in stem cell biology: How can bioethicists help?. International Society for Stem Cell Research, Toronto ON. (Jun 2011).
  28. Naufel S, Helms Tillery S, Robert JS The collaborative neuroethics of translational research: Opportunities and challenges. Brain Matters II, Montreal QC. (May 2011).
  29. Robert JS Failures of translation in neuroscience research: How can bioethicists help?. Brain Matters II. (May 2011).
  30. Robert JS Moral distress. Western States Osteopathic Convention, Las Vegas. (Apr 2011).
  31. Robert JS Stem cells: The new fundamentals. Western States Osteopathic Convention, Las Vegas. (Apr 2011).
  32. Robert JS Ethics, equity, and the gap between knowledge and action for population health. Centre for Research on Inner City Health, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital, T. (Feb 2011).
  33. Robert JS Ethical issues in palliative medicine and end-of-life decision-making. GenLife Institute, Phoenix. (Feb 2011).
  34. Robert JS Epigenetics in health and disease: Conceptual and methodological issues. Center for Reproductive Biology "Epigenetics and Reproduction" Seminar Series, Wa. (Jan 2011).
  35. Robert JS What sorts of bioethicists should there be?. Department of Philosophy, Washington State University – Pullman. (Jan 2011).
  36. Jason Scott Robert PHIR-ing Equity. Health Equity Matters, Canadian Institute of Population and Public Health. (Dec 2010).
  37. Jason Scott Robert Motivating PHIR (Population Health Intervention Research): Evidence, Ethics, and Policy Action. Seminar, McMaster University, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis. (Nov 2010).
  38. Jason Scott Robert The Ethics of Motivating Population Health Intervention Research. Seminar, Universite de Montreal, Le Centre de Recherche Léa-Roback. (Nov 2010).
  39. Jason Scott Robert Ethical Dimensions of Autism Risk Communication. Seattle Children’s Hospital / Drexel University Workshop, Seattle. (Nov 2010).
  40. Robert JS, Helms Tillery S Translational Neurotechnology: Ethical Challenges and Opportunities. World Congress of Neurotechnology, Rome. (Oct 2010).

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Research Activity Research Awards

  1. Marchant,Gary E * , Robert,Jason , . Biomarkers for Alzheimer's Disease: Defining Expert and Public Perceptions and Expectations. MAYO CLINIC SCOTTSDALE (1/1/2011 - 6/30/2012).
  2. Robert,Jason * . DDIG: Bioethics Byplay? The Performances of Bioethics in the Private and Public Sectors. NSF-SES (3/15/2010 - 2/29/2012).
  3. Robert,Jason * . Std Research: The Whys and Hows of Establishing New Model Systems in Biology and Neuroscience. NSF-SES (10/1/2009 - 9/30/2012).
  4. Robert,Jason * . Brain Matters: New Directions in Neuroethics. GRENNWALL FDN (9/1/2009 - 2/15/2010).
  5. Guston,David H * , Bennett,Ira Mccoy , Boradkar,Prasad , Boradkar,Prasad , Boradkar,Prasad , Carlson,Marilyn P , Conz,David B , Corley,Elizabeth , Corley,Kevin Gene , Fisher,Erik , Hackett,Edward John , Meldrum,Deirdre Ruth , Miller,Clark Anson , Monahan,Torin Michael , Nelson,Alan C , Poste,George Henry , Robert,Jason , Sarewitz,Daniel , Sarewitz,Daniel , Sarewitz,Daniel , Sarewitz,Daniel , Schneider,Anne L , Selin,Cynthia Lea , Wetmore,Jameson Michael , . NSEC: Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University. NSF-SBE (9/21/2007 - 3/31/2012).
  6. Guston,David H * , Boradkar,Prasad , Carlson,Marilyn P , Corley,Elizabeth , Corley,Elizabeth , Hackett,Edward John , Monahan,Torin Michael , Poste,George Henry , Robert,Jason , Sarewitz,Daniel , Sarewitz,Daniel , Schneider,Anne L , . NSEC: Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University. NSF-SBE (10/1/2005 - 3/31/2012).

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Service

  1. Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, Director (2013 - present)
  2. University Senate Task Force on Institutional Ethics and Integrity, Co-chair (2013 - present)
  3. Scholarly Project Peer Review Committee, The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, Member (2012 - present)
  4. Population and Public Health Research Adv Comm, Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Rsch (Canada), Member (2012 - present)
  5. National Professional and Research Ethics Portal, Univ of IL at Urbana-Champaign (funded by NSF), Member, Advisory Board (2010 - present)
  6. Canadian Journal of Public Health, Associate Editor (Public Health Ethics) (2009 - present)
  7. Canadian Journal of Public Health, Associate Editor (Public Health Ethics) (2009 - present)
  8. Journal of Healthcare, Science, and the Humanities, Member, Academic Review Committee (2009 - present)
  9. Journal of Healthcare, Science, and the Humanities (A Navy Medicine Publication), Member, Academic Review Committee (2009 - present)
  10. Journal of Healthcare, Science, and the Humanities (A Navy Medicine Publication), Member, Academic Review Committee (2009 - present)
  11. Dept of Basic Medical Sciences, UA College of Medicine, Member, Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure Committee (2009 - present)
  12. Dept of Basic Medical Sciences, UA College of Medicine, Member, Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure Committee (2009 - present)
  13. Dept of Basic Medical Sciences, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix in Partnership with ASU, Member, Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure Committee (2009 - present)
  14. Hospice of the Valley, Member, Ethics Committee (2009 - present)
  15. Hospice of the Valley, Member, Ethics Committee (2009 - present)
  16. MA in Applied Ethics and the Professions / Biomedical and Health Ethics Track, Director (2009 - present)
  17. MA in Applied Ethics and the Professions / Biomedical and Health Ethics Track, Director (2009 - present)
  18. Phoenix Children's Hospital, Member, Ethics Committee (2009 - present)
  19. Phoenix Children's Hospital, Member, Ethics Committee (2009 - present)
  20. Phoenix Children's Hospital, Member, Ethics Committee (2009 - present)
  21. Bioethics, Policy, and Law Program, Director (2008 - present)
  22. Bioethics, Policy, and Law Program, Director (2008 - present)
  23. Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), Member, Conflict of Interest Committee (2008 - present)
  24. Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), Member, Conflict of Interest Committee (2008 - present)
  25. Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), Member, Conflict of Interest Committee (2008 - present)
  26. Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology PhD Program, Executive Committee Members (2007 - present)
  27. Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology PhD Program, Executive Committee Members (2007 - present)
  28. Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology PhD Program, Executive Committee Members (2007 - present)
  29. Biological Theory, Editorial advisory board member (2005 - present)
  30. Biological Theory, Editorial advisory board member (2005 - present)
  31. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Co-editor, Philosophy of biology (2004 - present)
  32. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Co-editor, Philosophy of biology (2004 - present)
  33. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Co-editor, Philosophy of biology (2004 - present)
  34. Bioethics in SoLS, Director (2013 - 2014)
  35. Canadian Journal of Public Health, Associate Editor (Public Health Ethics) (2009 - 2014)
  36. MA in Applied Ethics and the Professions / Biomedical and Health Ethics Track, Director (2009 - 2014)
  37. Bioethics, Policy, and Law Program, Director (2008 - 2014)
  38. Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, Interim Director (2013)
  39. Developmental Neurosciences Search Committee, SoLS, ASU, Member (2012 - 2013)
  40. National Professional and Research Ethics Portal, Univ of IL at Urbana-Champaign (funded by NSF), Member, Advisory Board (2010 - 2012)

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