Dan Hicks, a Philosopher

I am a philosopher of science, ethicist, and science and technology studies [STS] scholar. My academic research focuses on the role of ethical and political values in science and public scientific controversies. This work touches on biomedical ethics, research ethics, and science communication; but my interests tend to be on politically-motivated technical controversies and policy decisionmaking under uncertainty.

From 2012 until 2015 my research was on the controversy over genetically modified [GM] foods. From August 2015 to August 2016 I was a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the US Environmental Protection Agency, where I worked on the scholarly and public reception of high-throughput toxicology research. This work gave me an opportunity to develop my skills in Python and R for bibliometrics, altmetrics, and text-mining. From August 2016 until summer 2017 I will be a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the National Robotics Initiative at the National Science Foundation, where I will work on emerging ethical issues with self-driving cars.

From August 2013 through August 2015, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Rotman Institue of Philosophy at Western University in London, Ontario. I finished my Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, in April 2012. During grad school I also taught for Johns Hopkins' CTY Summer program, which is an academic "summer camp" for 12-16-year-olds. Before coming to Notre Dame, I did some graduate work in the math and philosophy departments at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and majored in math and political science at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. While at Puget Sound, I was in the Honors Program (a Great Books program by another name) and participated in various debate, music, and undergraduate research activities. I was born and grew up in Northern California.

From October 2012 to June 2013, I served on on the board of directors of Purple Porch Co-op, a local food co-operative in South Bend, Indiana. I was the board's secretary and co-chaired two committees related to membership and community events.

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Philosophy and sociology of science, science policy, political philosophy, food studies

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