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Welcome Message from the Interim Director

It is my pleasure to welcome you back to another exciting year at the Rock Ethics Institute. This coming year promises to be a busy but also a creative and hope inspiring one for all of us at the Rock and the University Community in general.

Eduardo Mendieta headshotIt is my pleasure to welcome you back to another exciting year at the Rock Ethics Institute. First, let me welcome Daryl Cameron, Joshua Inwood, and Alan Wagner, our latest cohort of ethics core faculty members. Each one is already a pioneer in their respective fields and collectively they bring research agendas that will make the Rock and Penn State leaders in ethics education and thinking. Let me also congratulate Yael Warshel for the teaching award she received for the course plan she submitted to an international communication teaching contest sponsored by the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication's (AEJMC). Additionally, we are extremely happy and proud to welcome the Sherwin Early Career Professors, Jeremy Engels and Bryan McDonald.

I also want to welcome our faculty fellows: Jeffrey Catchmark, Rosemary Jolly and Amit Sharma, who will be conducting research during the next academic year and collaborating with our core faculty. This year we will be doing another call for proposals for this new initiative at the Rock. We are lucky welcome back Denver Tang, our post-doc fellow, who will be working closely with our faculty fellow Jeffrey Catchmark on developing new ethics curriculum in the college of agricultural sciences. And finally, I would like to welcome Karissa Rodgers, our new administrative support assistant who will help coordinate events at the Rock.

This coming year promises to be a busy but also a creative and hope inspiring one for all of us at the Rock and the University Community in general. We will be conducting four searches for four additional ethics core faculty in areas that will continue to expand our “ethics footprint.” This effort signals the Rock’s and the University’s commitment to being ethical leaders in education, in the sciences and humanities, and as engaged citizens local, national, and global community. Keep an eye for the schedule of the talks by candidates for these positions, as well as the schedule of brown bag talks by our ethics core faculty and Sherwin Professors.

Finally, this year we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Stand Up Awards, which has had a profound impact at Penn State and throughout the commonwealth. There is nothing like this award that embodies our commitment to both ethical literacy and leadership, but above all, to fomenting cultures of ethical responsibility and hope. This award celebrates the ethical creativity of our students, who have volunteered to deal with ethically pressing challenges locally and globally, and who have shown the way with their ingenuity, resourcefulness, and generosity. Keep an eye for the call for nominations and do not hesitate to nominate a student whom you found inspirational and to be role models.

I look forward to seeing you at our events. I hope you have a wonderful semester.

Eduardo Mendieta
Interim Director of the Rock Ethics Institute
Professor of Philosophy