Greetings from Stephen Latham, Director

We’re back, with this year’s first-but-slightly-curtailed edition of this year’s Friday Newsletter. First because school’s back in session; slightly curtailed because we haven’t yet lined up students to help us track down weekly journal and newspaper articles on bioethics topics. Undergrads interested in working to help us generate bioethics content for this newsletter should apply to Laurie Hurshman at

Our Summer Bioethics Institute was a great success. Over 70 students from over 15 different countries spent June and July learning a lot about bioethics from an extremely distinguished group of faculty lecturers and seminar leaders. Congratulations to all! Summer Institute alums should look at Carol Pollard’s updates in this newsletter each week, and should send her any news you’d like to share with your classmates around the world.

Here’s a sort of announcement we don’t make every week: Emergent Universe Oratorio, composed by Vermont composer and classical guitarist Sam Guarnaccia, will premiere on September 15th at 3:00pm at the historic Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont. The piece is based on Journey of the Universe, the Emmy-award-winning film co-authored by our own Mary Evelyn Tucker and Executive Produced by Tucker and John Grim. Details on the performance and film can be found in the August newsletter of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology. Congratulations, Mary Evelyn and John!

Put it on the calendar: Our annual talk in honor of bioethics-program co-founder and Executive Committee chair Robert Levine will be given this year by Jonathan Moreno (bioethics, UPenn) on October 22. Our annual talk in honor of our other co-founder, Margaret Farley, will be given by well-known psychologist and ethicist Sidney Callahan on October 29. Details on timing and topics will follow!

Congratulations are also due to Bob Levine on his appearance this last spring in a plenary session of a meeting of the MAGI (Model Agreements and Guidelines International) Organization. The session, entitled, “Bob Levine on the Making of the Belmont Report,” consisted in an interview of Bob by distinguished Ropes & Gray health-law attorney Mark Barnes, who teaches at both the Harvard Law and the Yale Medical schools.  The June issue of the Journal of Clinical Research Best Practices (9:6) features an edited transcript of their conversation.on’t forget to check our website now and again for upcoming events. If you have any news you’d like to share through this newsletter, send it to me at with the word “Frimail” in your subject-line.
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Updates from the Summer Institute

From Associate Director Carol Pollard

CONGRATULATIONS to this year’s Bioethics Summer Institute Pollard Prize Winners!  These students were selected because they gave the best final presentations on individual research: Mohini Banerjee, Alexandra Houle-Dupont, and Matthew Johnson (for the Undergraduate prize); Gilan Merwanji (for the graduate prize); and Jitka Rusova (for the prize for professionals).

Thank You to Marisa Palmor and Ana Fonseca who came to the Summer Institute end-of-term Banquet.  Ana, who is now a professor at her law school in Brazil (Fundação Escola Superior do Ministério Público) is sending students to the Summer Program.

Rachel Fabi writes: “I hope this email finds you well!  I'm sorry it's been so long since I've written to catch up--the past two years have been pretty crazy!  I just finished my second year with Teach For America in Mississippi, and next week I am moving to Baltimore to start a PhD Program in Bioethics and Health Policy at Johns Hopkins.  I'm really excited to get back to school and even more excited to get to do bioethics again!  I hope this year's summer interns were as awesome as the ones you had in 2009 :)”  (Congratulations Rachel!)

Sherzel Smith is now an MSc Candidate in Health Economics, Bahamas Hospital and Health Care. (Congratulations Sherzel!)

Nick Caros is now a Paralegal/Legal Assistant at MoloLamken LLP. (Congratulations Nick!)

Jessica Handibode is now a Program Coordinator at AVAC (AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition) in Washington, DC. (Congratulations Jessica!)

Renata Roney (Howland) is now a CSTE/DCD Applied Epidemiology Fellow at New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. (Congratulations Renata!)

Dawne Southworth is now an Oncology Nurse at Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, Maine. (Congratulations Dawne)

Sei Young Pyo is a now student at Harvard Law School. (Congratulations Sei!)

Viktoria (Vika) Safarian was accepted to Harvard Law School but deferred to continue her teaching in South Korea for another year. (Congratulations Vika!)

Madeline Goldberg writes: “I want you know how much the 2010 Yale Bioethics Summer Program has meant to me.   I began the summer bioethics program as an undergraduate at Colgate, majoring in philosophy and psychology, and after attending the Yale program, bioethics and medicine became passions of mine.  I am now pursuing a Master of Science in Bioethics at Columbia University (degree expected May 2014); in addition, having recently completed the Columbia University Post-baccalaureate Premedical Program, and I am applying to medical school for the fall 2014.  I would love to return to Yale to study medicine and, of course, continue the study of bioethics.  I will keep you posted!”  (Congratulations Madeline!) 

 Leo Ungar is now a medical student at Stanford University Medical School. (Congratulations Leo!)

Alissa Wassung is now an Executive Policy and Planning Associate at God’s Love We Deliver, New York City (Congratulations Alissa!)

 Sundar Layalu writes: “One of my research projects and possible chapter of my MS thesis is published here at Clark University office of sustainability web link. I am still working on it to improve some research methods. Please feel free to comment on it.”  (Congratulations Sundar!)

Connie Phung writes: “I submitted a resume on Sunday, got a call back on Monday for an interview, interviewed on Tuesday, accepted a position on Wednesday for graduate hospital administration researcher.  Fastest interview process ever!!”  (Congratulations Connie!)

Rebecca Oliver writes: “I wanted to let you know that I was accepted into the Bioethics Master’s program at UPENN.”  (Congratulations Rebecca!)

Himanayani (Hima) Mamillapalli writes: “I just had my first day of medical school yesterday at UConn (University of Connecticut Medical School), and it is both exciting and scary!  Our first unit is ethics, and I am just realizing how much I have learned this summer and how it will help me tremendously both in medical school and as a future physician. Our ethics unit is not very long or detailed, which is a shame because I think it should be part of the entire medical school curriculum.  Thank you again for everything!”

Rachel Teo writes: “It is my last week in Melbourne, and it's getting sad.  Time to leave and go back to Singapore before my visa expires!  Oh, good news!  Theo (Theodora Kwok) has managed to get me an internship at the National University of Singapore where she will be working!  I'll start there after my graduation ceremony in October, so I'll be sufficiently busy such that my brain won't turn to mush before I start applying to law schools both in Australia and in the US.” (Congratulations Rachel!)

Vamshi Merugumala writes: “I'm finally relaxing at home this summer, but I literally just got back from India last week!  It was brilliant.  I love going to see family, enjoyed the culture and took advantage of the exotic fruits in season!  As you know I just passed (medical school exams), but I'm taking an optional extra year to study an intercalated degree of my choice.  I applied to study for an MSc in Global Health starting next month!  I’m going to Brighton University, down at the south coast of England, which I’m pretty excited about.”  (Congratulations Vamshi!) 

Donna Hanrahan writes: “Some updates on my end: I am finishing up my Master's thesis at Columbia on “The Internet, Privacy, and Public Health: How Social Media and ‘Big Data’ are Changing Public Health Surveillance and Research.”  I’ll be presenting the topic at the American Society of Bioethics and the Humanities conference in in Atlanta in October. Along the same lines, my abstract has been accepted to present on “The Commercialization of Non-Therapeutic, Non-Diagnostic Neurotechnology: Regulatory Challenges and Ethical Concerns" at the International Neuroethics Society meeting in San Diego in November.  There should be some great presentations on the intersections of neuroscience and law being given.  Lastly, I’ve had the opportunity to work this summer as the lead research strategist at a medical startup called CheckedUp.  The study I designed evaluates the clinical efficacy of a mobile-based patient education and medication adherence iPad application in a clinical setting using mixed methods.  It is right up my alley with technology and patient-centered care, so it’s been a great experience.”  To find Donna's presentation at ASBH, look under PAPER SESSION (303): HEALTH POLICY/PUBLIC HEALTH, MEETING TIME - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26TH, 8 AM - 9 AM.  (Congratulations Donna!)

Prya Murad writes: “I was a law intern for the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago this summer.  It was a great experience.  I got to do a lot, so I feel like I actually have some substantive legal knowledge (that's not just common law...) and useful skills.  The agency does disability, insurance (private and public), confidentiality, immigration, employment, guardianship, and will planning.  I got a pretty good feel for each practice area, but personally worked with a lot of Social Security and confidentiality cases.  I also worked on a managed care legal guide for them, so I learned a lot about health reform in Illinois (very tedious-- very difficult to understand).  I've just completed my first week of Corboy mock trial bootcamp.  It's pretty intense and overwhelming.  There are three of us who have never taken evidence or done mock trial/trial practice before, so it's particularly overwhelming for us.  I've learned so much in one week though!   And my team is amazing!  All of the other Corboy fellows are so talented.  It's going to be a great competition year, I think!  Well, once I figure out what is going on...During the Fall, I'll be at the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender, as well!  I really think I want to be a public defender, so I'm eager to get my hands dirty and start getting some experience and learning criminal procedure.  I’m also applying for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship.  I'd like to work with the Southern Center for Human Rights.  I'm waiting to contact SCHR until I have a strong project proposal to pitch, so hopefully that ball will get rolling in the Fall.   I've been in touch with Lee (Nutini), recently.  I don't know if he's told you, but he's on law review at University of Tennessee Law School!  He's also working with a friend to start a new journal.  I've made some really great friends at Loyola, as well, so that makes taking exams and reading casebooks part of my life a bit less painful.  I'm sure the last intern class still can't match the Class of 2008 :)”  (Congratulations Prya and Congratulations Lee!)

Elise Roumeas is back at Yale!  She is a Fox Fellow at the MacMillan Center and working on a project titled “The Politics of Religious Pluralism.”  (Congratulations Elise – and I think we’re going to have a few lunches together…at least!)

Laura Ballantyne-Brodie is now working in Sydney, Australia, for a different branch of her law firm that deals with environmental law. (Congratulations Laura, and I hope we have you back as a seminar leader in 2014!)

Tim Smilnak writes: “I wanted to write to say I had a wonderful summer at Yale.  I learned so much about bioethics through time spent with our speakers, seminar leaders, and, most importantly, my fellow students.  I have developed an enthusiasm for bioethics for its rigorousness of thought and its practical application in the service of people.  There was such a strong sense of community that I felt like it was a home.  I miss everyone, but I’m grateful that I will be able to hold on to their cultures, perspectives, senses of humor, accents, and warmth as I move on in my medical career.” (Thanks Tim, and Good Luck with your future work!)

Nicole Perkins has a new last name: Chulick!  (Congratulations on your marriage Nicole!)

Ruth Retasse has been churning out articles for BioNews (  Some of the titles of her articles are: “Fertility app offers to fund treatment for women who can’t conceive.” (August 12, 2013); “Myriad sues companies for infringing on BRCA test patents” (July 15, 2013); “Scotland: ‘Fairer and faster’ IVF access limited to non-obese, non-smoking, teetotalers (May 20, 2013).  (Congratulations Ruth!)

Ramona Fernandez and Daniel Levendahl just finished Visiting Scholar positions at The Hastings Center. (Congratulations to you both!)

Elizabeth Thomas (Watts) writes: “Life is ever changing for Benji and me - we moved back from South Africa in April after 15 months in Kwazulu-Natal.  Benji learned so much from working in a semi-rural hospital (serving 500,000 people), and I was constantly amazed and saddened at the stories he told me.  Sadly it was perceived as too dangerous for me to travel to an HIV project I had hoped to work at - the ethical issues of giving ARVs to infected individuals with high CD4 counts in order to reduced spread of the virus to their non-infected partners.  So instead I just focused on my part-time distance learning Masters in Medical Ethics and the Law at Manchester University.  I was offered a job working directly for the Senior Partner at the healthcare law firm I trained at in London in February, so we moved back in April for me to start in May.  Benji was then offered a 9-month locum consultant gynae post at Liverpool Women's hospital (a great opportunity) I am writing this on the 6.05 train from Liverpool to London!”  (Congratulations to you both!)

Alma Massaro writes: “I've just found out that I won a scholarship to spend four months at WSPA (the World Society for the Protection of Animals), in London.  I'll be part of a project on the emotional lives of dairy cows!!!!!! This is soooooo great!!!!  I'll be there from October until the end of January!”  (Congratulations Alma!)

Alexis Kaiser is now an Intern at Wells Center for Pediatric Research, Anderson, Indiana (Congratulations Alexis!)

Allison Whelan will be making a presentation at The American Association of Bioethics and Humanities in October at the EOL/ORGAN DONATION session.  Allison is at the University of Minnesota doing a combined JD/Masters in Bioethics program.  (Congratulations Allison!)

Timil Patel writes: “I wanted to drop a line and say hello and see how you were doing. I miss New Haven and the Bioethics Center so much--what a memorable summer I had in 2008, but wow does time fly by.  I'm starting up my last year of medical school at Wake Forest School of Medicine and in the process of applying for residency positions.”  (Congratulations and Good Luck Timil!)

Carolyn Braza is now a Web Analytics Intern at Major League Baseball Advanced Media (Congratulations Carolyn!)

Lesley Chuang is now a practicing Attorney with Iron Mountain, Bayer HealthCare, and Diabetes Care in Boston (Congratulations Lesley!)

Betsy Campbell writes: “I just gave a presentation about my play in London at a medical humanities conference.  Thought about the Yale program the whole time -- what a great experience.  Also saw Therese in Paris this summer!!  Hope you and I can be in the same zip code before too long.  It would be great to catch up face to face!” (Congratulations Betsy!)

Claire Dennis writes: “I am now officially done with my undergraduate years and college sailing and have been focusing on lasers since college nationals ended at the beginning of June. Graduation itself ended well and the three days of commencement activities at Yale were a great way to close out a chapter. My college sailing career ended with me being recognized as an ICSA Women's All-American Skipper.  This is the second time that I have received this acknowledgement and was a great way to finish college sailing! Since college dinghy nationals ended, I have been training and racing in lasers as well as getting certified as a Level 1 instructor after all these years! Training began in Santa Cruz after a week of driving up and down the West coast getting all of my laser gear back from Lopez Island, WA where it has been for the past four years.  It has been great getting to sail my original 182841 hull again and not chartering! The training in Santa Cruz was very productive despite a couple lost days due to no wind.  I can't describe how happy I am to finally be focusing just on laser sailing and the Olympics and have been working hard on technique again rather than just getting up to speed for an event. The US Nationals regatta was interesting as far as conditions went but I was happy to come away from my first regatta of the summer with a 1st place finish amongst Women and a 3rd place overall finish in the regatta! We took a short break over the 4th of July weekend and met up again in Cascade Locks, Oregon, on Sunday to begin training for the Pacific Coast Championships.  The training here has been great with gorgeous conditions and I am excited to get to race again tomorrow! I have updated my website since I published it in May and added a blog!  Both can be accessed at or by going directly to my blog at   I have also included all of my daily updates from Nationals and a short but more descriptive update about my training here in Cascade Locks which are all on my website as well.” (Congratulations and Good Luck Claire!)

Yuki Saburi writes: “It has been already three years since I came back from Yale's Summer Institute. I am still working as a writer at Kyodo News. Thanks to Yale’s Summer Program, I keep writing about bioethical issues, and I recently wrote articles to explain the condition and matters on Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy.  Since there are not so many writers who are interested in medical bioethics in my company, I am trying to be one of them who can write about these issues.  In addition, I am in charge of covering the Fukushima NPP accident, and I often visit Fukushima and write articles on the Japanese regulatory system such as NRC.  I met Reina Ozeki this March to tell her what the Summer Program would be like.  I hope to meet Naoko Akimoto as well.  Recently I haven't received emails from you that introduce a lot of topics about bioethics.  Please continue to send out articles to me.  They are essential to my work.”  (Congratulations Yuki!  And I’ll make sure you continue to receive articles when the Friday Newsletter starts up publication again in September.)

Gelareh Homayounfar just published an article in Academic Medicine (July 2013, Vol. 88, Iss. 7, p.966).  Gelareh is at Harvard Medical School.  (Congratulations Gelareh!)

Sally Satel, one of our Summer Lecturers, has been writing up a storm.  Here are a few of her URLs:
“50 Shades of Gray Matter,” Chronical of Higher Education
"Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience"
“Distinguishing Brain From Mind,” The Atlantic, May 30, 2013
“An Organ Donor Revolution: It’s now legal to compensate bone-marrow donors,” The Wall Street Journal, July 10, 2013
“Letting a child die for a voluntary ideal: Compensate organ donors so patients like Sarah Murnaghan can live,” USA Today, June 6 2013

Csaba Bardosy
writes: “I've been following the Summer Institute 2013 from Germany as much as I can, and heard from Andy (Sim) and Santa (Slokenburga) that you have a bit more students and also new, interesting courses this year.  And finally, after three weeks, I've just received the official confirmation about the European Commission scholarship.  So I can become a Visiting Scholar and stay at the Bioethics Center during the Autumn.  I won’t narrow my exact research field; I'm doing pre-research to define it as best as I can.  But it makes great sense to conduct research on gene patents considering the developing stories after The US Supreme Court's decision.  I’m living in Germany right now in order to study and improve my German skills and to try to understand a more conservative point of view on biotech legal issues.  See you soon!”  (Congratulations Csaba!  Yes, see you soon!)

Christina Nelson has just received her Doctor of Naturopathy degree from the National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, Oregon.  (Congratulations Christina!)

Boris Lopicich received a scholarship from the Chilean Government to study at the London School of Economics.  He will be enrolled in an MSc program in Environmental Policy and Regulation.  He is presently working as a Visiting Attorney in Earthjustice, an environmental law firm in San Francisco, CA.  (Congratulations Boris!)

Candice Andalia
is now an Associate in the law firm of Kaye Scholer LLP in New York City.  She is involved in product liability and complex commercial litigation, including motion practice, discovery and trial preparation.  (Congratulations Candice!)

Lee Nutini is finishing law school at the University of Tennessee School of Law and is a Law Clerk at Wimberly Lawson Wright Daves & Jones, PLLC.  (Congratulations Lee!)

Kandace Geldmeier has just received the Humanities Center Dissertation Fellowship at Syracuse University for this coming year.  She is hopeful that she will be able to teach “Religion and Bioethics” during our Summer 2014 session.  (YEA!  And Congratulations, Kandace!)

Victoria Reines writes: “I just wanted to let you know that I have graduated from Emory University and have decided to attend Boston University Law School this Fall.  Also, I know I told you a little about my honors thesis, but I was also featured in an online Emory magazine for my work.”  (Congratulations Victoria!)

Jakub Szlachetko writes: “My future work will be on the topic ‘The provision of public service by the civil entities: The study of the legal and organizational solutions applied in the United States.’  The topic of my research is broad, as it encompasses the provision of various services, such as medical, educational and others.”  (Congratulations Jakub!)

Jessie DeWeese writes: “Well, it's official!  I just got my acceptance letter from Loyola's Master's in Bioethics & Health Policy program!  I couldn't be more excited!  I start classes the week after I finish my finals for law school.  I might be crazy for trying to get my MA and JD at the same time, but I know that there is nothing I love more than studying bioethics, and I know I will do whatever it takes to make it work.”  (Congratulations Jessie!) 

Oliver Devine writes: “Hope you are well, and getting ready for another summer institute session!  It's hard to believe it was only a year ago that I was getting ready to come myself.  Despite my Lyme-diseased start to the 2012 academic year, so many fantastic things have happened.  As I mentioned in my last email, I've spent the time between getting back from Yale and now completing an intercalated BSc in Clinical Sciences at the University of Birmingham.  My original plan was to return to Keele to complete the final two years of my medical program before graduating and doing my residency. The BSc year has been really tough (getting a 3/4 year degree in 9 months!) and completely different from clinical medicine.  I've basically been in the lab the whole year.  But it hasn't put me off, and I recently applied to, and secured a place to transfer from Keele to University College London, to finish my medical degree there as an MB PhD (equivalent to a US MD/PhD program).  This is one of only two such programs in the UK, so I feel really lucky to have gotten in.  I hope to spend my PhD researching transplant immunology.  I'm sure none of this would have been possible if I hadn't spent last summer at the Bioethics Centre.  It has really added a unique dimension to how I think about the profession in which I work, and I think this comes over at interviews. It will be really sad to leave Keele.  It was the first place I lived on my own, and where I made all my best friends.  But I suppose this marks a new chapter.  The MB PhD program lasts 6 years, and will result in me graduating with a dual medical degree and PhD.  In the UK it is possible for students to interrupt their studies to do a PhD during their medical degree, but the MB PhD programs which run at UCL and Cambridge enable the medical students to continue practicing clinical medicine during the PhD years (spending 1 day a week on the wards), so it will hopefully stop me from 'de-skilling' as it were.  The only challenge now is finding affordable accommodation in London! I'm sure it will be a great adventure!”  (Congratulations Oliver!)

Praveena Deekonda will be moving to the UK this August to start her medical degree at the University of Exeter. (Congratulations Praveena!)

Mia Engstrom writes: “I will be starting medical school again soon (Lund, Sweden).  I sat two huge exams in June and passed them both, so I can start my seventh semester in a week.  I have some projects rolling – one of them is the debate article I wanted to create out of my Yale project.  Hopefully I'll get it in a medical journal in print, not only web.  If I do, I'll let you know, but it will be in Swedish, so it will be no point in sending the text I'm afraid!  Also, I'm getting deeper into the medical ethics centre in Lund.  I will be working on some existing projects along with my medical studies.”  (Congratulations and Good Luck Mia!)

Craig Ford Jr. finished his M.A.R. in Theological Ethics in May at Yale Divinity School and has started working on a PhD at Boston College.  He taught “Bioethics Across Religious Traditions” in the Summer Program 2013. (Congratulations Craig!)

Speaking of 2013 Summer Seminar folks, Alex Dubov taught “Stem Cells, Genetics, and Enhancement,” and “Transplantation Ethics,” Jack Brackney taught “Obesity Issues and Bioethics,” Laura Ballantyne-Brodie taught “The Ethics of Disaster Law,” Steve Campbell taught “A Philosophical Introduction to Ethical Theory,” Moira O’Neill taught “Bioethics and the Rights of Children” and “Living with Disability,” and Shawna Benston taught “Narrative Medicine.”  (Congratulations to you all!)

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