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Successes of Graduate Students

 

We are proud of the successes of our MA program. Our students go on to doctoral programs or professional careers related to their graduate degree. Some examples:

  • Jimmy Aames (MA, 2016) is currently pursuing doctoral studies in the History and Philosophy of Science program at IU Bloomington. He was offered a four year fellowship there.
  • David Agler (MA, 2010) finished his doctoral studies at Penn State University, where he was awarded the Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award and worked as a research assistant for the Rock Ethics Institute. He is currently a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Penn State. In 2012, he published Symbolic Logic: Syntax, Semantics, Proof, a logic textbook, with Rowman & Littlefield. Other publications include peer-reviewed articles in Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Semiotica, and Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society.
  • Odette Aguirre-Zero (Graduate Certificate in Bioethics, 2010) has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral Biology at IU School of Dentistry since 1999, where she is also involved with the Professional Ethics course for dental students.
  • Lance Aschliman (MA, 2012) is currently pursuing doctoral studies in philosophy at the University of Miami. He received funding there and is studying full time. He co-authored "A Contextualist Semantics for Aesthetic Judgments, Inquiry 59:6 (2016).

  • Rebecca Ballard (MA, 2006) served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert D. Rucker at the Indiana Supreme Court and was also appointed an adjunct faculty member of the IU School of Law-Indianapolis, where she taught a course concerning research on human and nonhuman subjects. She has worked as the conflicts of interest manager at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York and is currently the research compliance officer at Kansas City Veterans Administration Medical Center and an adjunct faculty member of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. She recently published a refereed article co-authored with Prof. Jason T. Eberl: “Metaphysical and Ethical Perspectives on Creating Animal-Human Chimeras” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 34:5 (2009).
  • Robin Bandy (MA, 2009) is the founding director of Wishard Memorial Hospital’s Volunteer Advocates Program, which uses court-appointed volunteer advocates to act as limited guardians for hospitalized, incapacitated patients. This program received the 2011 Tony and Mary Hulman Health Achievement Award in the field of Preventive Medicine and Public Health. She has also served as an ethics consultant for Wishard and an adjunct faculty member of the IUPUI Department of Philosophy. Currently, she is the Program Manager at the Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics at IU Health. She also co-authored an article: “Medical Decision-making during the Guardianship Process for Incapacitated, Hospitalized Adults: A Descriptive Cohort Study” Journal of General Internal Medicine 25:10 (April 27, 2010): 1003–8.
  • Emily Barker-Krueger (MA, 2010) worked as a member of AmeriCorps at the Marion County Health Department and as a grants writer for Health and Hospital Corporation. She recently accepted a position at the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), in Reno, Nevada. Emily focuses her research and work on child abuse and neglect issues, including permanency planning for foster children and racial disproportionality and disparities within the Dependency Court system.
  • Natalie Beltz (MA, 2014) was accepted to the Ph.D. program at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She serves as English editor for Mind and Cognition—a forthcoming collection of papers based out of Tsinghua University (Beijing). Her primary interests are in the philosophies of science, education, and mind, as well as epistemology.
  • Gabriel Bosslet (MA, 2011) is currently a fellow in the division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care, and Occupational Medicine at the IU School of Medicine. He also completed a fellowship in clinical ethics at the Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics. In 2011, he published an article: “Parental Procreative Obligation and the Categorisation of Disease: The Case of Cystic Fibrosis” Journal of Medical Ethics 37 (2011): 280-4.
  • Brandon Brown (MA, 2008) completed a transitional medical internship at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis in 2009, and is currently a radiology resident physician at Indiana University Hospitals. He has taught as adjunct faculty member of the Philosophy Department at Butler University since 2008. He is a lecturer for the Indiana University School of Medicine in the courses, "Radiology" and "Introduction to Clinical Medicine," as well as for the Indiana University Radiologic Sciences Programs.is a resident in Pediatric Radiology at Riley Hospital for Children and an adjunct faculty member of the Philosophy Department at Butler University. He co-authored a book chapter: “Brain Life and the Argument from Potential: Affirming the Ontological Status of Human Embryos and Fetuses” in Persons, Moral Worth, and Embryos: A Critical Analysis of Pro-Choice Arguments, ed. Stephen Napier (Springer, 2011).
  • Joe Breidenstein (MA, 2015) is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Queens University in Ontario.
  • Sean Brown (MA, 2010; Graduate Certificate in Bioethics, 2011) graduated with his J.D. from the IU School of Law-Indianapolis in 2012.
  • Zhen Cai (Graduate Certificate in American Philosophy, 2009) is currently on the faculty of East China Normal University in Shanghai, China. In 2010, she received a two-year grant from the Chinese government to study ethical issues in genetic engineering. In Fall 2011, she was a visiting scholar at Baylor University.
  • Dereck Coatney (MA, 2012) is pursuing doctoral studies full time with funding at Tulane University. He published the entries for Alexander Winchell and Rowland Gibson Hazard in The Dictionary Of Early American Philosophers (New York: Continuum Press, 2012), and "Why Does Katniss Fail at Everything She Fakes?: Being versus Seeming to Be in the Hunger Games Trilogy,” in The Hunger Games and Philosophy: A Critique of Pure Treason (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).
  • Rachael Eckles (MA, 2009) was awarded a year-long visiting scholarship in research ethics oversight at Eli Lilly and Company, one of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical companies. Her work appears in Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, Academic Medicine, and Journal of Clinical Ontology.
  • Michael Griffin (MA, 2012) has strong interests in politics and public service, having served for four years as Chairman of the Hancock County Republican Party, serving as Hancock County Prosecuting Attorney since 2011, and serving as a judge advocate in the U.S. Army Reserve since 1999. Currently, he is mobilized and deployed with the U.S. Army, serving as Chief of Military Justice for JTF-GTMO at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
  • Stephanie Harris (MA, 2013) was awarded a University Fellowship for 2011–12 and a teaching assistantship in the Department of Philosophy for 2012-13. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work at IUPUI. She published a paper in North American Dialogue in 2011.
  • Mary Huerter (MA, 2007) became a med student at University of Illinois-Chicago and is now a physician in Internal Medicine at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • Madeleine Kennedy (MA, 2008) has been working for PAREXEL International as Vice President for Operations Quality Management, supporting the clinical research organization in identifying and mitigating quality-related risks, resolving quality issues during the lifecycle of the clinical trials conducted for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, and organizing a bioethics committee for the company. She is currently enrolled in the Professional Doctoral Degree Program in Bioethics at the Neiswanger Institute at Loyola University Chicago.
  • Mitchell Klopfenstein (MA, 2008) is a Senior Bioethics Associate at Eli Lilly & Company. In 2008, he published a paper in American Journal of Bioethics.
  • Daniel Kruidenier (MA, 2006) completed his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of South Carolina in 2013. Currently he is Assistant Director for Social Advocacy and the Ethical Life at the University of South Carolina.
  • Matthew Land (MA, 2015) was accepted with full funding, including a stipend, to the IU Maurer School of Law in Bloomington.
  • Monica Morrison (MA, 2012) pursuing a Ph.D. in philosophy full time with funding at Indiana University Bloomington. She co-authored an essay on Benjamin Franklin with Prof. Cornelis de Waal which appeared in Dictionary Of Early American Philosophers (New York: Continuum Press, 2012).
  • Eric Morrell (MA, 2008) has written or co-written a dozen peer-reviewed published journal articles in the field of hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction, pulmonary hypertension, and right heart failure. From 2009-2011 he was a Medical Officer attached with the U.S. Marines at Camp Lejeune, NC and Afghanistan. He is currently in the internal medicine ABIM fast track residency pathway at the University of Pittsburgh and will be starting pulmonary/critical care medicine fellowship in 2012.
  • Emily Munson (MA, 2010) is a founding member of the student organization A.B.L.E. (Active Bodies Lobbying for Equality). In fall 2008, she was awarded a legal internship with the Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics. Emily was also selected as "Ms. Wheelchair Indiana 2009" and was awarded the 2010 Robert Ross Personal Achievement Award from the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She is currently a member of the MDA’s Registry Advisory Board.
  • Mary A. Ott (MA, 2010) is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Section of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, IU School of Medicine. She is co-chair of the Pediatrics Ethics Consultation Sub-committee at Riley Hospital for Children. She is also a member of the IU Health Ethics Consultation Sub-committee and the IUPUI-IU Health IRB. She has published papers in Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics and Journal of Adolescent Health.
  • Brooke Patz (MA, 2008) works at the Fairbanks Institute for Healthy Communities as the Director of Operations for the Indiana Health Study.
  • Joshua Rager (MA, 2015) is a first year med student at IU School of Medicine.  He continues to work with co-authors at the Center for Bioethics on papers that are under review or being prepared for submission.
  • Avril Rua (MA, 2015) is a compliance associate in the IU human subjects office. This is the administrative office that supports the Indiana University Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) that are responsible for the review and approval of all research involving human subjects conducted at IU and its affiliates.
  • Daniel Rieger (MA, 2007) received the Medical Humanities Student Essay Award in 2007 for his paper, "Standard of Care in Guidelines, Literature, and Developing Countries." Daniel was accepted to pursue doctoral studies in philosophy at the University of South Carolina.
  • Zeynep Salih (MA, 2012) is currently an Assistant Professor in the Division of Neonatology in the Department of Pediatrics at the IU School of Medicine and Riley Children’s Hospital. Dr. Salih completed a pediatric residency at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois and a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at University of Wisconsin-Madison and Loyola University-Chicago. She is a member of the IU Health Ethics Consultation Sub-committee and the Pediatrics Ethics Sub-committee.
  • Edye Taylor (MA, 2012) is an attorney with an international human rights background. At IU, she has worked at the Human Subject Offices on both the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses, the Indianapolis Grant Services office, and now in the Clinical Research Compliance Office. Additionally, she teaches at the IU School of Law-Indianapolis.
  • Julia Taylor (MA, 2015) is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UVA.  She has continued her research in the ethics of fertility preservation among pediatric cancer patients, and is an ethics resource person in the department of pediatrics, assisting with complex issues such as consent, confidentiality and gender. In 2015 she published an article in Contemporary OB/GYN: “Healthcare reform, EHRs, and adolescent confidentiality”.
  • Milton Turner (MA, 2010) organized the IU School of Law’s hosting of a national moot court competition in 2011 concerning the topic of legal ethics. He is currently employed at Lee, Cossel, Kuehn, and Love LLC and will soon be entering the US Army JAG Corps. He published an article in Indiana Law Review in 2010.
  • Brian Wilson (MA, 2010) is pursuing doctoral studies at Purdue University.
  • John Witt (MA, 2008), after managing the MiraVista Diagnostics Clinical Laboratory for five years, has taken on the challenge of developing the technical infrastructure to manufacture in vitro medical devices for the new MiraVista production facility in Indianapolis.
  • Matthew Williams (MA, 2009) is a research assistant at the Center for Health Policy in the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and a J.D. candidate at the Robert H. Mc Kinney School of Law. He co-authored an article: “Foundation for a Natural Right to Health Care” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 36:6 (2011): 537-57. In addition, he is a J.D. candidate at the IU School of Law-Indianapolis.
  • David Zahl (MA, 2008) was awarded a research assistantship with the IUPUI Medical Humanities and Health Studies program to work on the History and Legacy of Eugenics in Indiana, 1907–2007 project; he also worked as a summer intern with the Indiana Pharmacists Alliance, and twice received the Sam H. Jones Community Service Scholarship from the IUPUI Center for Service Learning. He currently works as a Curriculum Development and Clinical Skills Education Specialist at the IU School of Dentistry. His publications include 125 Years of Indian Pharmacy (Pharmacists Alliance, 2007) and an article in The Indiana Pharmacist.