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Presidential Scholars

  • Mercer Gary

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    Mercer GaryPhDPresidential Scholar

    Mercer Gary is a Hastings Center presidential scholar and an assistant professor in the Department of English and Philosophy at Drexel University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at The Hastings Center from 2022 to 2023. She is a feminist philosopher and bioethicist working at the intersection of care and technology. Her research analyzes the ethical meanings of care in a context where care work is both devalued and delegated to technology. Drawing on feminist approaches that ground responsibility...

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  • Lucas J. MatthewsPresidential Scholar

    Lucas J. Matthews is a presidential scholar at The Hastings Center and an assistant professor at Columbia University. He received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Utah where he studied conceptual issues in evolutionary biology. He completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in human behavior genetics at the University of Virginia, where he examined methodological problems related to genomic research on intelligence. He later completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in bioethics...

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  • Randall L. Owen

    Randall L. OwenMS, MSc, PA-C2018 Presidential Scholar in Health Care and Technology

    Randall L. Owen is the Presidential Scholar of Health Care and Technology for 2017-2018. He brings an engineering and clinical background to ongoing projects at The Hastings Center, focusing on the intersection of technology, health care, and bioethics.

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  • Zachary E. Shapiro

    Zachary E. ShapiroJD, MSc2017 Presidential Scholar of Law

    Zachary E. Shapiro contributed a legal orientation to ongoing projects at The Hastings Center, focusing on the intersection of law, neuroscience, and bioethics.

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  • Zachary A. Zalewski

    Zachary A. ZalewskiPh.D2018 Presidential Scholar of Law

    Zachary Zalewski has had extensive training in both biological science and law. His primary interest is to promote sound research policy, especially with respect to next-generation genome sequencing and targeted genomic editing. He seeks to intersect the law and empirical science with bioethical issues that reach both. Zachary is a third-year law student at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and has concentrated his studies in health law through Case Western’s Law-Medicine Center, t...

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