August 15 2018
Congratulations to our Graduate Bioethics & School of Law student Hailey Cleek!This summer Hailey competed against medical, PhD and other Law Students to tie first for an American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) Student Paper Award. ASBH recognizes up to three papers for writing clarity and quality, development of the argument, integration of the literature, and novelty/insight of the contribution. Hailey's paper was titled: The Price of Rights: Centering Class in Contraception Access In light of recent health care changes in the United States, contraception accessibility is uncertain. In this piece, Hailey explored how scholarship that has analyzed access to contraception exclusively as a sex equality issue fails to adequately consider poor and marginalized women. The sex equality framework too readily disregards socioeconomic constraints for women seeking contraception. Hailey used Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw’s intersectionality theory to illuminate the shortcomings of the sex equality framework for contraception access. As an illustration of how a sex equality framework can fail to consider class issues in another context, she describes the shortcomings of the Family and Medical Leave Act in addressing the needs of families. Further, she discusses how the Supreme Court has increasingly disregarded economic considerations when addressing access to contraception. Finally, she argues that by including socioeconomic considerations, courts may better recognize the full range of adverse effects that result from restricting contraception access. Hailey is the Senior Articles Editor of the Wake Forest Law Review and Editor-in-Chief of Awaken: The Creative Journal of Contemporary Bioethics.
Ana Iltis, PhD, Director of the Center for Bioethics, Health & Society elected as Hastings Center Fellow
May 16 2018
The Wake Forest University Center for Bioethics, Health & Society was delighted to hear that on 16 May 2018 the Hastings Center announced their new Fellows and Dr Ana Iltis was among them. Hastings Center Fellows are a group of individuals of outstanding accomplishment, whose work has informed scholarship and/or public understanding of complex ethical issues in health, health care, life sciences research, and the environment. Ana S. Iltis, PhD, is the director of the Center for Bioethics, Health and Society and a professor of philosophy at Wake Forest University. She is the cofounder and coeditor of Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics and a senior associate editor of The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. Her work focuses primarily on the ethical conduct of human research, including research involving children, first-in-human studies, mental health research, informed consent, and risk in research decision making. She is currently studying the ethical, legal, social, and policy implications of revising the 14-day limit on embryo research as well as ethical issues in transplantation.
Ana Iltis, PhD, Director of the Center for Bioethics, Health and Society, named the inaugural Carlson Professor in University Studies
May 8 2018
Congratulations to Ana Iltis, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Bioethics, Health and Society, who has been named the inaugural Carlson Professor in University Studies, effective July 1, 2018. The Carlson Professorship is awarded to an outstanding teacher-scholar who is engaged in exemplary interdisciplinary scholarship, teaching, and student mentorship. Professor Iltis holds a PhD in Philosophy from Rice University. Prior to joining Wake Forest University in 2010, she was Associate Professor of Health Care Ethics and PhD Program Director at the Center for Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University. She also held an appointment in the Department of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, where she taught research ethics. She has published widely in the fields of philosophy bioethics, in such journals as the Journal of Medicine and Death, JAMA, and The Lancet. Professor Iltis serves on several National Institutes of Health data safety monitoring boards and holds an expansive range of editorial positions, including: Co-Editor of the Annals of Bioethics book series (Routledge), Senior Associate Editor of The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (Oxford University Press), and Co-Editor of Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics (Johns Hopkins University Press). In addition, Professor Iltis is the President-Elect of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. She is an excellent and innovative teacher as well as an outstanding mentor. Her course offerings have included a First Year Seminar entitled “Living Longer, Living Better: Ethics, Biotechnology, and Human Enhancement,” as well as upper division and graduate courses, such as “Philosophical Theories in Bioethics,” “Concepts of Health and Disease,” and “Bioethics Theory.”