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Ethics fellows and associates

The following individuals were involved in an ethics education project sponsored by the 1525 Foundation. They strongly support the study of ethics and serve as leaders who encourage the teaching of ethics in their own professions and disciplines. Our fellows come from a wide array of fields ranging from anthropology and biology to Japanese literature and art history. Together they offer a range of insights into this important field.

In addition to the brief biographies available in the descriptions below, you will also find links to their individual websites, and related articles where available.

Thomas W. Anderson
Thomas W. Anderson, Visiting Ethics Fellow, is a Senior Lecturer at the Weatherhead School of Management and a consultant. He holds both a J.D. and an M.T.S. He is an honorary ethics fellow. His expertise include: applied ethics, social ethics, ethics and leadership.
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"Teacher for All Seasons." Case Center for Professional Ethics Newsletter Summer/Fall 2001: 12.
Sarah Andrews
Sarah S. Andrews is a LISW and the assistant dean for academic Affairs at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. She received her MSSA from Case Western Reserve University in 1991. She holds a second MA in Family Development from The University of Akron. She has been on the faculty full-time since 1994. Professors Andrews says her work is a result of her personal belief that is thanks to "a faith perspective that focused on social justice issues."
Margaret Cicirella
Margaret Cicirella holds a MA in Bioethics from Case's School of Medicine as well as a secondary appointment in the School of Dentistry's Department of Pediatric Dentistry. She currently teaches several undergraduate nutrition courses and is the Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics. Her scholarly interests involve: issues in the use of artificial nutrition and hydration in Alzheimer's patients; nutrition and the management of chronic diseases; and nutrition for growth and development.
Chris Cullis
Chris Cullis, Frances Hobart Herrick Professor of Biology, has been at Case Western Reserve since 1985. Dr. Cullis is interested in the mechanisms by which DNA within the cell can change rapidly, particularly in response to external stimuli.
Barbara J. Daly
Barbara J. Daly is Associate Professor of Bioethics; Associate Professor of Nursing and Associate Professor of Medicine; and Clinical Ethics Director, University Hospitals of Cleveland. She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Bowling Green State University and received her MSN in Medical-Surgical Nursing at Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. Her research and educational interests include: end of life issues; long-term ventilation; caregiving in chronic illness; health care outcomes and costs; and disease management-chronically ill treatment withdrawal and healthcare allocation issues.
William Deal
William Deal is the Severance Associate Professor of the History of Religion. Some of his courses have included: Religious and Ethical Bodies, Ethics in Local Perspective, and Comparative Ethics. He says these things are important to him: critical theory, Buddhism, ethics, and teaching.
Tim Dodd
Tim Dodd is the Associate Dean for Academic Advising in the department of Undergraduate Studies. Part of the mission of Undergraduate Studies is to serve as the agent of the University Undergraduate Faculty, and its constituent faculties, in communicating, carrying out and enforcing academic standards regulations and policies governing undergraduates at Case. As well, US represents student academic affairs concerns on faculty committees, and in other parts of the University.
Linda Ehrlich
Linda Ehrlich is the associate professor of Japanese and Comparative Literature and Associate Department Chairperson at Case Western Reserve University. She teaches courses in Asian Cinema, Japanese Literature in Translation, Topics in Film, Introduction to Film, and (advanced) Japanese language.
Atwood Gaines
Atwood Gaines is Professor of Anthropology, Bioethics, Nursing and Psychiatry, and Professor in the College Scholars Program at Case Western Reserve University and its Schools of Medicine and Nursing. His MA, C.Phil. and PhD, all in Cultural Anthropology, were taken from UC Berkeley. He earned his MPH from UC Berkeley's School of Public Health. He is a medical anthropologist with public health training with research interests in health and social identity (ethnic, social classs, gender, age), ethnopsychiatry, bioethics, gerontology (dementia) and the cultural studies of science. Recently, the Department of Bioethics received a large Center of Excellence for ELSI Research grant for the study of Ethical legal and social issues of the Human Genome Project. Dr. Gaines is a part of that center where he will develop research related to identity and genetics in the context of the cultural studies of science.
"Ethnopsychiatry & American Immigration." Case Center for Professional Ethics Newsletter Summer 2003: 6-7.
Aaron Jennings
Aaron Jennings is a Professor of Civil Engineering at Case Western Reserve University and has been at the university since 1993. He has taught many courses including: Hydrology, Water Supply, Environmental Engineering Laboratory, Solid and Hazardous Waste and Water Resources Engineering, Environmental Engineering Principles, Hazardous Waste Management. Recent course developments include Applied Groundwater Modeling focusing on the creative use of existing groundwater analysis software, and Environmental Remediation concentrating on engineered solutions for contaminated environments
Eric Kodish
Eric D. Kodish, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Bioethics, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Professor of Oncology at Case Western Reserve University. He is on staff at Rainbow Babies and Childrens' Hospital as a Pediatrician specializing in Hematology and Oncology. He has received funding from the National Institutes of Health as well as the National Cancer Institute as Principal Investigator of a grant to study informed consent. He has also been a recipient of a Clinical Oncology Career Development Award from the American Cancer Society. His interests include: pediatric ethics, clinical research, informed consent, oncology and transplantation.
"Using Children in Research." Case Center for Professional Ethics Newsletter Spring 2003: 4-5,8.
Anne Matthews
Anne Matthews, is Associate Professor of Genetics and Director of Genetic Counseling and Family Studies Core Programs is Associate Professor of Genetics and Director of Genetic Counseling and Family Studies Core Programs. Dr. Matthews was director of the Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling at the University Of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado for 8 years. In 1973, she received a master's degree and completed her doctorate in genetics and nursing in 1984 from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (UCHSC). She says, "Genetic counselors face numerous and complex ethical, social, legal and educational issues. It is within this arena that my clinical and research interests are focused. Currently, I am involved in developing educational programs for medical students as well as practicing physicians and am co-investigator of a NIH National Cancer Institute funded grant to develop and disseminate an electronic curriculum in clinical cancer genetics for medical students.
David Matthisen
David Matthisen is Professor of Materials Science & Engineering at the university. He holds a Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His interests include: crystal growth; electronic materials; materials processing in microgravity; effect of growth conditions on the microstructures and electrical properties of semiconductors; fluid dynamics and heat, mass, and momentum transport.
Peter McCall
Peter McCall, Professor of Geological Sciences, joined the faculty at Case Western Reserve University in 1974. He is a benthic ecologist (one who studies organisms and habitats of the sea floor, or organisms and habitats of the bottoms of lakes, rivers, and creeks) who has worked on adaptive strategies of marine and freshwater benthos regarding pollution ecology, animal-sediment relations, and biological mixing of sediments. Dr. McCall is also interested in sediment transport and deposition, early evolution of the invertebrates, and in environmental law.
Beth (Shanna) McGee
Beth (Shanna) McGee is Associate Professor in Theater Arts. She received her M.F.A. from the University of Georgia and has been at Case Western Reserve University since 1988. She has studied Shakespearean text, voice, movement, and acting with London's Royal National Theatre Studio and at Shakespeare & Company as well as studying the Fitzmaurice voice technique with Catherine Fitzmaurice and Roy Hart voice technique with Judy Wilson of the Roy Hart Theatre. She is a member of Actors' Equity Association and performs in Cleveland area productions. She was a Visiting Fellow at Indiana University's Poynter Center for the study of educational ethics.
"Ethical Responsibilities in Higher Education: Experiential Learning as a Model for Reform." Case Center for Professional Ethics Newsletter Summer 2000: 3-6.
Kathleen Montgomery
Kathleen Montgomery is an instructor at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University; she received her M.S.N. at the same. Her interests include: nursing management; legal issues; nursing organizations; ethical issues; healthcare financing; and health policy.
Jenifer Neils
Jenifer Neils is the Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History at Case Western Reserve University. In addition to teaching classical art and archaeology since 1980, Neils has guest-curated two major international loan exhibitions: "Goddess and Polis: The Panathenaic Festival in Ancient Athens" (1992), and "Coming of Age in Ancient Greece: Images of Childhood from the Classical Past" (2003). For six years she was on the curatorial staff of the Cleveland Museum of Art, where she organized numerous exhibitions and wrote the second volume of its catalogue of Greek vases. She is also a field archaeologist and has excavated at Torone in northern Greece, as well as two sites (Murlo and Morgantina) in Italy. Her current research is an examination of war monuments and the construction of memory in classical Athens.
Stephen G. Post
Stephen G. Post is Professor and Associate Director for Educational Programs, Department of Bioethics, School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, as well as Senior Research Scholar in the Becket Institute at St. Hugh's College, Oxford University. He received his Ph.D. in philosophical and religious ethics from the University of Chicago in 1983. Dr. Post's work focuses on three major areas: Cognitive Disabilities and Dementia; Family Caregivers and the Ethics of the Family; and Altruism and Compassionate Love in the Context of Scientific Research, Philosophy, Religion, Ethics, and the Professions. Post is Editor-in-Chief of the definitive Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 3rd edition.
Charles Rozek
Charles Rozek, Dean, School of Graduate Studies, and Associate Professor of Biology, the Associate Chair. Professor Rozek's research involves investigations of mechanisms regulating gene expression, especially transcription and processing of messenger RNA.
Jonathan Sadowsky
Jonathan Sadowsky is the Dr. Theodore J. Castele Associate Professor of Medical History. He received his Ph. D. in History from. The Johns Hopkins University and came to the university shortly thereafter. His interests include: social and cultural history of medicine, in Africa and the United States. I am particularly interested in patient-centered histories of psychiatry. He is starting a project now about the history of electro-convulsive therapy. Other interests include world and comparative history, and historical theory.
"Building Bridges with Jonathan Sadowksy." Case Center for Professional Ethics Newsletter Spring 2003: 3,10.
Tim Shuckerow
Tim Shuckerow is Director of Art Education and the Art Studio at Case Western Reserve University. Tim Shuckerow has M.A. from Case Western Reserve University. Prof. Shuckerow won the Ohio Art Education Association's 2002 Higher Education Division Educator of the Year Award and named the OAEA Northeast Region "Outstanding Art Teacher" in 2004.
Mark Smith
Mark Smith has been with the university in some capacity since 1992. The focus of Dr. Smith's research involves investigating the pathological mechanism(s) underlying selective neuronal death in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Smith's research involves a variety of techniques ranging from histological to molecular biology to cellular models. The major hypothesis being pursued is that oxidative stress plays a pivotal role in disease pathogenesis. Dr. Smith is the recipient of several awards. His interests include: aging, alzheimer disease, cell cycle control, cytoskeletal organization, neurodegeneration, and oxidative stress.
Caroline Whitbeck
Caroline Whitbeck is the Elmer G. Beamer-Hubert H. Schneider Professor in Ethics at Case Western Reserve University where she holds appointments in the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Dr. Whitbeck is the Director of the The Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science at CASE. She holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She pioneered active learning methods in the teaching of engineering ethics and the responsible conduct of research. Her emphasis on agent-centered problem-solving has been widely influential. . Major themes in her recent work in professional ethics are trust and trustworthiness, responsibility and negligence, and ethics of collaboration.
"Creating an Environment That Promotes Responsible Research Conduct." Case Center for Professional Ethics Newsletter Summer 2003: 1-2.
Nicholas P. Ziats
Nicholas P. Ziats is Associate Professor of Pathology and Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Experimental Pathology at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Ziats' major research interest is in vascular biology, cell growth/migration and tissue engineering. In fall 2004, he gave a talk entitled: Ethical Issues in Pathology—A Graduate Student Discussion.
James Zull
James Zull is Professor of Biology; Professor of Biochemistry; and Director Emeritus of UCITE. He says "we now turn our interests toward understanding how brain research can inform teaching. According to our current model of the connection between brain function, human learning, and education, we believe that education can engage the learner's brain to the fullest extent when students follow a cycle of concrete experience with their subject, reflection on their experience and connecting it to their prior knowledge, generation of their own abstract hypotheses about their experience and testing their hypotheses through action, which produces a new sensory (concrete) experience."