New media do a better job of living up to traditional journalistic values than predecessor media, such as newspapers and TV, according to Sue Gardner, executive director of Wikimedia Foundation. Gardner made her remarks at the 2013 Digital Journalism Ethics Roundtable, sponsored by the Ethics Center.
On all measures--quality, relevance, timeliness, fairness, accuracy, objectivity, utility, and depth-- today's digital information is superior, Gardner argued, particularly in the case of depth, as evidenced by the 27 million articles offered by Wikipedia.
The Ethics Center congratulates student fellows and workers Aven Satre-Meloy, Alexis Babb, and Alexandria LeeNatali, SCU seniors who won prestigious University awards on the occasion of their graduation.
As a Hackworth Fellow at the Ethics Center, Satre-Meloy worked on developing a student honor code for the University. An environmental studies major, he was selected for the Nobili Medal, awarded to the male graduate judged outstanding in academic performance, personal character, school activities, and constructive contribution to the University. After graduation, he will travel to Turkey on a Fulbright Grant to teach English and American culture to university students, and conduct research on Turkish peoples' experiences as Muslims living in secular, democratic state where a religiously conservative party is currently in power.
Hackworth Business Ethics Fellow Alexis Babb was named Outstanding Student Entrepreneur by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Leavey School of Business. At the Center, Babb interviewed SCU alums about the ethical dilemmas they had confronted in business and turned those narratives into case studies. Having started her first business--creating and selling napkin rings--at age 10, Babb continued her entrepreneurial spirit at SCU, serving as chairwoman and coordinating the Made With Love Craft Show, which earned more than $1,700 for the charity Rebekah Children's Services in Gilroy, Calif. She also helped to start a new SCU chapter of Strive For College, where SCU students mentor low-income high school students. During her two-year term, Alexis recruited over 35 mentors and helped 98 students in two high schools.
Alexandria Leenatali, who worked on the Center's Big Q project, an online dialog on ethics for undergraduates, won a Richard J. Riordan Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to service through her work with the marginalized and under-served populations outside of the University community.
Approximately 30 Biol171 students presented an educational and informative Poster Session this morning, sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, the Bioengineering Department, and the University Honors Program. Their assignment, given by instructors Margaret McLean and Leilani Miller, was to select a biotech topic and present the ethical issues and concerns it raises. Topics with titles such as "Gene Patenting: Research Incentive or Inhibitor?" "Perfect Babies: Living in a Genetic Playground," and "Creating the Automated HIV Detective" illustrated the scope and diversity of the projects. The Poster Session, now in its 11th year, drew a large crowd of faculty and students, and fulfills the STS (Science, Technology, and Society) core curriculum requirement at SCU.
"Not only do we want students to understand these technologies," stated Professor Miller, "but to understand how technology affects the world, and ultimately, how to make the world a better place."
Reflecting on his year as a Hackworth Fellow at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Christopher Foster, an associate at the law firm Baker McKenzie, talks about how his work influenced the course of his life.
A special education teacher describes how her involvement in the Markkula Ethics Center when she was an undergraduate changed the course of her life. Griselda Renteria, now a special education teacher in the Cupertino, Calif., school system, began working with the Center's Character Education Program when she was a freshman at SCU.
The Center's Character Education Program offers basic training in its Character-Based Literacy Curriculum in Bishop, Calif., at a daylong workshop June 14. The training targets teachers, counselors, and administrators in alternative, special, and correctional education programs for at-risk students and juvenile offenders.
The program will cover:
Essentials and Themes of CBL
Introduction to CBL lesson plans
CBL Reading Lists
and other topics
To register, or for more information, contact School Programs Manager Kim McCauley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The divide between those who have high-speed wired broadband access to the Internet in their homes and those who don't concerns Sillicon Valley entrepreneur Kim Polese, chairman of ClearStreet. Polese, who led the launch of Java at Sun Microsystems and co-founded Marimba Inc., was the tenth subject in the Center's series, Internet Ethics: Views From Silicon Valley.
Through writing about her own experience with her father's death, Lisa Krieger, reporter for the San Jose Mercury News, began research for a set of articles about the cost of dying and moral choices at the end of life, published in 2012. This month, Kreiger visited Santa Clara University in a talk sponsored by the Ethics Center and Commonwealth Club, Silicon Valley. You can listen to the podcast of her presentation here.
Is it ethical for a college to accept a football player with much poorer grades than his classmate? The latest case on the Center's Big Q blog deals with a form of affirmative action that has nothing to do with race.
The case was written by SCU student Samantha Mazza as part of a class on "Sports and Communication." The Big Q is an online dialog for undergraduates from colleges and universities across the country exploring the everyday ethical issues confronting college students.
Santa Clara University faculty, staff, and students may apply for funds to assist in research projects on applied ethics through the Hackworth Grants program. Applications are due Tuesday, May 28, for proposals.
Previous grants have supported projects such as "Hark," a narrative film about sex slavery in the Bay Area, research on "Ethical Reasoning in Games and Online Communities," and development of a course called "The Cardinal Virtues: Foundation of Catholic Ethics."