Susan McGrath, associate professor of engineering and lecturer at the Thayer School of Engineering, was recently appointed to the Personal Protective Equipment Committee at the Institute of Medicine, IOM (part of the National Academies). The committee will examine scientific and technical issues in the development and use of personal protective equipment and explore emerging research areas. McGrath was also asked to join the Emergency Management Technical Committee, part of the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), which will assist in the development of standards for emergency response data exchange and interoperability. McGrath's research interests include mobile computing and intelligent software applications for biomedical and emergency management and command and control applications.
James Moor, professor of philosophy, was appointed to the Nanoethics Advisory Board on January 29. Nanoethics is the study of moral and societal issues arising from emerging nanotechnology, such as those related to environmental safety, privacy, human enhancement, and terrorism. As public interest grows concerning nanotechnology's impact on ethics and society, the Advisory Board will provide guidance on a broad range of important issues including business, education, science, economics, law, and medicine. Moor, whose research interests include philosophy of artificial intelligence and computer ethics, is the editor of the journal Minds and Machines and is the president of the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology. The Nanoethics Group is a non-partisan and independent research organization formed to educate and advise both organizations and the broader public on these issues as a foundation guide for policy and responsible research.
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Last Updated: 12/17/08