Dr. Israel Gannot Among Recipients of Practical Ethics Funding
Dr. Israel Gannot, associate research professor of electrical and computer engineering, is among the first funding recipients of the Johns Hopkins University Exploration of Practical Ethics program. Gannot is also chief executive of Opticul Diagnostics, a medical diagnostic device company that has been located at the JHU Montgomery County Campus.
Gannot said he is receiving $80,000 to work on his project with Feilim Mac Gabhann, assistant professor in biomedical engineering and the Institute for Computational Medicine. Their project is titled “Practical Ethics for Future Leaders: Interdisciplinary Education Modules for Innovation.”
Gannot proposes to develop and implement a course with two complementary educational modules that will together give JHU engineering undergraduates a deep and practical grounding in the application of ethics to real-world problems. The course will develop graduates who can identify and discuss ethical problems in their work and fields, and communicate about these issues effectively with people from diverse disciplines, backgrounds and roles. Students will analyze concrete ethical issues and analyze how difficult decisions will be made. The connection between the students and real-world ethical issues will emphasize the importance of lifelong learning, keeping up-to-date with current, cutting edge issues and keeping ethics at the forefront of training.
Gannot said he is honored to be developing this type of course and to receive funding through this initiative.
The JHU Exploration of Practical Ethics program was announced in July by Robert C. Lieberman, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, who invited faculty to propose projects in the interdisciplinary field that focuses on ethical issues arising in professions and scholarly disciplines, within institutions and in society. Applications were accepted for funding of innovative research, educational experiences or other activities.
In the call for proposals, the Provost’s Office said: “Practical ethics addresses the substance of ethical issues as well as questions about who in a society should decide what to do about those issues and by what process. Inquiries in practical ethics may work at different levels, focusing on individuals, or on authorities, or on the political process, depending on context.” The goals for the new program include learning what topics in practical ethics are of interest to faculty and resonate across divisional lines, generating excitement and energy around a concentrated effort in this area, and defining an ongoing program in this field that serves the needs of the divisions and the vision of One University.
Eight other projects also received funding.
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