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An epidemic's electronic eyes
Published Fall 2020
Digital tools offer promise and prompt ethical dilemmas during the COVID-19 pandemic, launching a complex new future for public health surveillance. Are we ready for it? / Johns Hopkins Magazine
Education
Johns Hopkins launches reopening policy tracker for K-12 schools
Published July 9, 2020
The interactive map and resource guides compare and analyze reopening plans for schools nationwide, offering solutions for safe education during the pandemic
Q+A
Distributing a COVID-19 vaccine raises complex ethical issues
Published July 1, 2020
Bioethicist Ruth Faden says a vaccine is no 'silver bullet' for ending the pandemic—once a vaccine is developed, complex questions of distribution and access arise
COVID-19
Johns Hopkins releases digital contact tracing report
Published May 26, 2020
Leading global experts offers clear guidance and recommendations on ethics, governance as digital technologies are developed to fight the coronavirus pandemic
Q+A
The ethical challenges of digital contact tracing
Published May 26, 2020
Jeffrey Kahn, director of the Berman Institute of Bioethics, discusses the ethical considerations of using digital technologies for public health surveillance during the COVID-19 pandemic
Berman Institute celebrates 25 years
Published Jan 28, 2020
Planned events include a film and discussion series, as well as screening and conversation focused on the Netflix series 'Unnatural Selection'
Plays well with humans
Published Winter 2019
In the not-too-distant future, robots might assist us at home, school, hospitals, and workplaces. Roboticists and ethicists want to ensure they do so effectively, and help rather than hurt—even if it's just our feelings. / Johns Hopkins Magazine
Berman Institute
Bioethicist sounds alarm on 'worst-case scenario' drug shortage
Published Nov 22, 2019
Hematologist/oncologist Yoram Unguru helped raise awareness recently when a pharmaceutical company stopped producing a widely used pediatric cancer drug
A bioethicist discovers the pain of opioid withdrawal
Published Fall 2019
In his new book, bioethicist Travis Rieder blends a personal account of drug dependence with a broad exploration of America's byzantine opioid problem / Johns Hopkins Magazine
Philosophy
Hanna Pickard, an expert in moral psychology, named 45th BDP
Published July 10, 2019
Her research centers on the nature of mental disorders and how society ought to respond to maladaptive behaviors like crime and addiction