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Jacqueline Marina

Assistant professor, philosophy
(765) 494-3979

Expertise in the philosophy of religion; history of Christianity; theology; ethics and the philosophy of art. Specialization in 18th and 19th century philosophy of religion.

William L. McBride

Professor, philosophy
Chairman, Graduate Committee, Department of Philosophy
(765) 494-4285

Research focuses on social and political philosophy, the works of Sartre and Marx and the philosophy of law. Can discuss the post-Marxist environment in Europe. Also has expertise in ethics and the philosophy of the social sciences.

Calvin O. Schrag

Ade Distinguished Professor of Philosophy
(765) 494-4280

Specializes in 20th century continental philosophy. Has written seven books, including "The Self After Postmodernity," (1997) and "The Resources of Rationality: A Response to the Postmodern Challenge" (1992). Also has expertise in human behavior, rationality, the study of religious knowledge, religion and science, and ethics for the global society of the future.

Paul B. Thompson

Joyce and Edward E. Brewer Distinguished
Professor of Philosophy
(765) 463-5782

Can address ethical issues involving cloning, biotechnology, genetically modified animals, the food industry and agriculture. Is author of books including "Food Biotechnology in Ethical Perspective," "The Spirit of the Soil: Agriculture and Environmental Ethics" and "The Ethics of Aid and Trade: U.S. Food Policy, Foreign Competition and the Social Contract."

Ethics in agriculture

James J. Vorst

Professor, agronomy
(765) 494-6374

Teaches course, Contemporary Issues in Agriculture, on how agriculture affects our world. Associate editor of book "Ag Ethics."

Paul B. Thompson

For biography, see "Ethics"

Ethics and animals

Paul B. Thompson

For biography, see "Ethics"

Walter E. Weirich

Professor, small-animal surgery and cardiology
(765) 494-1107

Teaches course in jurisprudence and ethics in the veterinary medical curriculum.

Ethics and biotechnology

Bernard Y. Tao

Associate professor, agricultural engineering
(765) 494-1183

Frequently speaks on the ethics of biotechnology and engineering. Research involves using biotechnology to create enzymes; the study of catalytic mechanisms; and the development of biomaterials from renewable resources.

Paul B. Thompson

For biography, see "Ethics"

Ethics in business

John G. Pomery

Associate professor, economics
(765) 494-4515

Teaches business ethics courses that examine whistle blowing, toxic wastes, selling products abroad, bribes and kickbacks. Publications include a book, "International Trade and Uncertainty: Simple General Equilibrium Models Involving Randomness," and articles: "International Economic Policy: Theory and Evidence" and "Handbook of International Economics."

Phillip J. Scaletta

Professor, management
(765) 494-4479

Has expertise in the areas of business law, labor law, international law and computer law. Current research interests include computers and the law, the privacy aspects of electronic fund transfers, international law and business ethics.

Ethics and computers

Eugene H. Spafford

Associate professor, computer sciences
Director, Purdue Computer Operations, Audit
and Security Technology Laboratory
(765) 494-7825

Is an expert on computer viruses, computer security and computing ethics. Current research focuses on computer security and on the issues of liability and professional ethics. Has published numerous works on computer security, networks, and professional issues; lectures and consults internationally.

Ethics in education

Anthony G. Rud Jr.

Associate professor, educational foundations and
Associate dean, School of Education
(765) 494-6542

Worked with teachers in several states on critical thinking, moral education and curriculum reform. Evaluated a multi-year project on moral education in New Hampshire. Has a bachelor's degree in religion and master's and doctorate in philosophy. Is a founding member of the Association for Philosophy of Education.

Ethics in health care

Patricia A. Babcock

Associate professor, nursing, Purdue North Central
(219) 785-5208

Has expertise in thanatology, which is the study of death and its surrounding circumstances, and has conducted and participated in workshops around the country on grief, death and dying. Also has expertise in medical ethics and gerontology.

Jo A. Brooks

Professor, nursing
Head, School of Nursing
Associate dean, Schools of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences
(765) 494-4004

Teaches a course called Issues in Professional Nursing, dealing with current ethical medical issues. Can discuss the role of professional nursing in health-care reform; and nursing centers as a model for primary care.

Marifran Mattson

Assistant professor, communication
(765) 494-2587

Studied the impact of HIV counseling on clients' compliance with safe-sex practices. Primary interest in organizational communication with emphasis on health communication and communication ethics.

Jane E. Overbay

Assistant professor, nursing
(765) 494-4027

Teaches a course covering ethical issues in the medical care of children. Studies parents' involvement regarding consent or withholding consent for medical treatment for their children.

Ethics and science

Normand M. Laurendeau

Reilly Professor of Combustion Engineering
(765) 494-2713

Teaches a course called Technology and Values. Has conducted research on combustion, pollutant formation and pollutant measurement using lasers. Has published more than 150 articles and reports on energy and environmental issues, engineering ethics and laser diagnostics.

Eugene Schlossberger

Associate professor, philosophy, Purdue Calumet
(219) 989-2259

His publication, "The Ethical Engineer," is a tool for helping practicing engineers and other technically oriented professionals make principled decisions in real-life situations. Emphasizes combining moral reasoning with skills and training to maximize on-the-job effectiveness. Topics include environmental and safety concerns, confidentiality, bidding, conflict of interest, whistleblowing, sales ethics, advertising, employer-employee relations, when to fight a battle and when to break the rules. Also wrote a 1992 book, "Moral Responsibility and Persons."

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