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    Illinois Institute of Technology

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    Vivian Weil is director of the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions and professor of ethics at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She previously served as director of the National Science Foundation’s Ethics and Values Studies Program. Weil concentrates on ethical issues and questions of responsibility in engineering and science. Her publications include overviews of and specific topics in engineering ethics and scientifi c research ethics. Among the specifi c topics are dissemination and sharing of scientifi c and technical information, intellectual property, contracting in engineering and science, university/industry research relationships, ethics in engineering education, mentoring, whistle-blowing, and emerging technologies. The latter include nuclear energy, information technologies, biotechnology, and a current concentration on nanoscience and technology. Weil made presentations about ethics at two NSF conferences on the societal implications of nanoscience and nanotechnology, and she presented at the meeting to launch NSF’s National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network call for proposals in January 2003. She edited Beyond Whistleblowing: Defining Engineers’ Responsibilities, co-edited Owning Scientific and Technical Information, and helped with a special issue of Synthese on applied science. For the 2001 volume Trying Times: Science and Responsibilities after Daubert, she edited the papers, annotated the bibliography, and wrote the introduction. Her publications in the nano area include “Ethical Issues in Nanotechnology” in Societal Implications of Nanoscience and Technology (2001), “Zeroing In on Ethical Issues in Nanotechnology” in Proceedings of the IEEE (2003), and “Ethics and Nano: A Survey” in Societal Implications of Nanoscience and Technology (2005). Weil is a founding member of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, a charter member of the executive committee, and has served as chair of the executive committee since 2002. She is a member of the American Philosophical Association (APA) and has served on a number of APA committees. She served a term as member of the International Council for Science’s Standing Committee on Responsibility and Ethics in Science, and she is currently serving on a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on nanotechnology for the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She serves on editorial boards for several journals, including Science and Engineering Ethics. She received an AB and an MA in philosophy from the University of Chicago and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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