Seniors Ameen Barghi, Brynna Paulukaitis and Kevin Shrestha and freshmen Eric Kim and Melanie Nichols – all honors students – beat out teams from universities including Dartmouth, UCLA, Georgetown, Rutgers and Samford for the title.
Each year, undergraduate teams from around the country compete in the Bioethics Bowl, debating some of the most pressing bioethical issues of the day. During competition, teams discuss and debate their views on a series of case studies.
"These students had the motivation to excel because they will use bioethics as they begin medical school," said Gregory Pence, Ph.D., team coach and chair of UAB College of Arts and Sciences Department of Philosophy. "They know that they will be facing situations similar to those they are asked to debate in competition. This bright group of students won because they've mastered bioethics at UAB and received great advice from other UAB faculty."
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Kevin McCain published Evidentialism and Epistemic Justification with Routledge, is co-writing A Critical Introduction to Justification, and with Oxford University Press, is co-editing Best Explanations: New Essays on Inference to the Best Explanation. He also lectured in Pensacola, Memphis and Georgia. Josh May lectured on ethics and moral psychology in Hungary, Australia, Washington, DC, Mississippi, New York, and South Carolina and published in several journals, including the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience. Matt King published in Philosophical Studies and European Journal of Philosophy, presented at the Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress and the Alabama Philosophical Society, and spoke at Ole Miss and Yale Law School. Newly tenured Marshall Abrams talked at the American Philosophical Association in 2014, at associations for philosophy of science, formal philosophy, and anthropology, and published in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Philosophy of Science, Complex Adaptive Systems Modeling, and in a volume on environments and organisms