A selection of public essays from the past five years


Cabrera, Laura Y. “The Promises and Perils of Using Collective Data to Monitor COVID-19” MSU Bioethics in the News.


Thompson, Paul B.Talking about Gene Edited Crops.” Issues in Science and Technology 35 no. 2 (2019).


Bluhm, Robyn. “‘Ask Your Doctor’ — Or Just Check Instagram?MSU Bioethics in the News.

Cabrera, Laura Y. “Should We Improve Our Memory With Direct Brain Stimulation?” MSU Bioethics in the News.

Cabrera, Laura Y., and Jennifer Carter-Johnson. “It’s Not My Fault, My Brain Implant Made Me Do It.The Conversation.

Cabrera, Laura Y., Rachel McKenzie, and Robyn Bluhm. “Ethical Concerns Surrounding Psychiatric Treatments: Do Academics Agree with the Public?The Neuroethics Blog, Emory Center for Ethics.

Douglas, Heather. “Who’s Responsible if a Scientist’s Work is Used for Harm?” LeapsMag.

Douglas, Heather. “How Should We Manage the Machines?” Global Impact Report, University of Waterloo.

Herrera-Ferrá, Karen, Arleen Salles, and Laura Y. Cabrera. “Global Neuroethics and Cultural Diversity: Some Challenges to Consider.” The Neuroethics Blog, Emory Center for Ethics.

Valles, Sean A.Recognizing Menstrual Supplies as Basic Health Necessities: The Bioethics of #FreePeriods.” MSU Bioethics in the News.


Besley, John, Aaron McCright, Joseph Martin, Kevin C. Elliott, and Nagway Zahry. “People Don’t Trust Scientific Research When Companies Are Involved.” The Conversation. Reprinted in The Smithsonian.

Cabrera, Laura Y.Can Brain Scans Spot Criminal Intent?”MSU Bioethics in the News.

Douglas, Heather. “The Bitter Aftertaste of Technical Sweetness,” In Frankenstein: A New Edition for Scientists and Engineers. Edited by Jason Robert, Ed Finn, and David Guston, 247-251. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Elliott, Kevin C. “Rather Than Being Free of Values, Good Science is Transparent About Them.” The Conversation.

Halpern, Megan K.Showing Up to Shape the Science March.” American Scientist.

McDonald, MaryCatherine, Marisa Branst and Robyn Bluhm. “From shell-shock to PTSD, a century of invisible war trauma.” The Conversation.

Pennock, Robert T.Philosophy in the Contemporary World: Reaffirming the Norms of Science.” Blog of the American Philosophical Association.

Valles, Sean A.Some Comments about Being a Philosopher of Color and the Reasons I Didn’t Write a (Real) Paper for this (Seemingly) Ideal Venue for my Work.” Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal.


Bluhm, Robyn. “To Floss or Not to Floss? That’s Not the Question.MSU Bioethics in the News.

Cabrera, Laura Y. “Forgetting About Fear: A Neuroethics Perspective.MSU Bioethics in the News.

Pennock, Robert T. “Experimental Evolution in the Classroom: The Active LENS Project.”  Envisioning the Future of Undergraduate STEM Education: Research and Practice Symposium.  

Pennock, Robert T.  “Defending Scientific Integrity.” MSU Today.  

Thompson, Paul B. “Cage-Free Sounds Good, But Does it Mean a Better Life for Chickens?The Conversation.

Valles, Sean A. “Politics and the Other Lead Poisoning: The Public Health Ethics of Gun Violence.” MSU Bioethics in the News.

Whyte, Kyle P. “Native American Pipeline Resistance is About Climate Justice.” U.S. News.


Holtgren, Marty, Stephanie Ogren, and Kyle P. Whyte. “Renewing Relatives: One Tribe’s Efforts to Bring Back an Ancient Fish.” Earth Island Journal.

Montgomery, Georgina M., Kevin C. Elliott, Patricia Soranno, and Kendra Cheruvelil. “Sharing: More than Simply Playing Nice.” The National Biodiversity Network Newsletter.

Pennock, Robert T.  “Following Humbly where Nature Leads: How Scientists Embody Humility.” Slate

Thompson, Paul B. “How We Got to Now: Why the U.S. and Europe Went Different Ways on GMOs.The Conversation.