In a recent article published by Thrive Global, Dr. K. “Vish” Viswanath, Professor of Health Communication at Harvard School of Public Health, and Dr. Michelle A. Wiliams, Dean of the Faculty at Harvard School of Public Health, offer five steps to help people and organizations communicate responsibly about COVID-19. Dr. Viswanath will join the Consortium to present a webcast on “Communicating Science to Reduce Health Disparities in a World of Communication Inequalities,” on Thursday, April 16. Prof. Sarah Gollust of the U of M’s School of Public Health will present the faculty commentary.
Profs. Debra DeBruin and Susan M. Wolf will co-lead the statewide Minnesota COVID Ethics Collaborative (MCEC), which supports sound ethical policy related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The collaborative is a joint venture of the Minnesota Department of Health, the State Health Care Coordination Center, Minnesota Hospital Association, and the University of Minnesota. DeBruin is Interim Director of the Center for Bioethics, a Consortium member center, and Wolf is Chair of the Consortium. Read more.
Scientific American has announced that Laura Helmuth, PhD, will be its new Editor-in-Chief. Dr. Helmuth is currently Health and Science Editor at The Washington Post. She will join the Consortium to present a webcast on “How the Mass Media Cover Health, Science, and the Environment—and What You Can Do to Help,” on Friday, April 3. Prof. Rebekah Nagler at the U of M’s Hubbard School of Journalism will present the faculty commentary. Read the full Scientific American announcement here.
The University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing, a Consortium member center, has launched a webpage with resources meant to help health professionals, students, and other members of the community cope with the challenges presented by COVID-19. COVID-19: Bakken Center Information and Resources includes links to videos, podcasts, and printable handouts on topics including fear and anxiety, altruism, isolation, gratitude and self-care, prioritization, positivity, and mindfulness.
The Consortium’s NIH-funded grant analyzing the challenging ethical issues raised by emerging MRI technology just published a new article in Neuron. Prof. Francis Shen, Consortium Chair Susan Wolf and coauthors map the urgent issues raised by highly portable and cloud-enabled neuroimaging research, including consent, the use of artificial intelligence (AI) for analysis, management of incidental findings when remote from a medical center, and deployment in under-represented and under-resourced populations.
The University's 5th annual Research Ethics Week takes place March 2 - 6. This year, a record number of college and departments are offering events and training on ethics and integrity in research. Find more information about Research Ethics week here. Research Ethics Week is anchored by the annual Research Ethics Conference, this year on "The Power and Perils of Research Data: Generating, Storing & Sharing Data Responsibly." Register to attend in person or online here.