The Bioethics Brief

The Bioethics Society at University of Virginia

Hollingsworth Essay

The Institute for Practical Ethics

& Public Life


The Patricia Hollingsworth

Prizes in Ethics

Awarded for the Best Undergraduate Essays in Ethics

First place: $1,000.00

Second Place: $750.00

Honorable mention: $350.00

Deadline: Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Submit essays electronically, as Word documents, to

Subject: Essays may address any applied or theoretical topic or issue in ethics, and may be historical, philosophical, theological, literary, etc. Revised class papers may be submitted—indicate the title of the course and the instructor for the course.

Length: 1,500-3,000 words (longer essays are acceptable)

Awards will be presented in April, 2016

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Friday, March 25th, 7pm

Newcomb Theater

Join the Bioethics Society at UVA and UPC in our screening of the 2015 movie Concussion starring Will Smith and Alec Baldwin.

We are currently finding a speaker who will be leading a discussion on concussion research as well as the bioethical implications of the film.

This event will be completely FREE, and there will be FREE FOOD provided.


Other Events Around Grounds

Medical Center Hour - GALILEO’S MIDDLE FINGER Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science

Wednesday, March 23rd, 12:30-1:30pm

1340 Jefferson Park Avenue

Charlottesville, VA

Ms. Dreger’s investigations into this aspect of human identity and intersex rights engaged her with both sides of a heated debate and also with issues of freedom and justice in science. As she says, “Science and social justice require each other to be healthy, and both are critically important to human freedom. . . . [P]ursuit of evidence is probably the most pressing moral imperative of our time.
All of our work as scholars, activities, and citizens of democracy depends on it.

“Collins’ Cohort: The Path from the Human Genome Project to the Precision Medicine Initiative”

Friday, March 25th, 3:30-5pm

Gilmer Hall, Charlottesville, VA, United States

Charlottesville, VA

As the Human Genome Project was wrapping up in 2003, Francis Collins (then the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute) sought to set the NIH off on another bold genetic initiative—to create a large, longitudinal, national cohort that would allow for examining the genetic and environmental contributions to health and disease. The path from that initial idea in 2003 to the public announcement at the State of the Union address in 2015 is a story of technological advances, logistical challenges, ethical dilemmas, and political hurdles.

This event will be happening in Room 190.

University of Virginia Bioethics Debate Gala

Wednesday, April 13th, 6:30pm

Newcomb Ballroom and Main Lounge

Join us for our BIG FINALE event to finish off a great semester. We are collaborating with UVA Competitive Speech and Debate for a single debate round followed by mingling and socializing. Admission is FREE and food and drink will be provided, and hopefully we can obtain light musical entertainment.

If you have any questions please contact Ryan Orr (

What do you think?