Author Archives: Naomi Scheinerman

TEDx: Compliments and Criticisms

March 23rd, 2012 | by Naomi Scheinerman

Last week, I excitedly registered to attend TEDx UM, which will take place in exactly a week. I attended TEDx


The Ethics of Child Bearing and Climate Change

March 19th, 2012 | by Naomi Scheinerman

Discussions of both climate change and its solutions often entail deliberation on human action and inaction. Evidence clearly indicates human


Physicians and Fiction: A Moral Imperative?

March 16th, 2012 | by Naomi Scheinerman

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent and our 2012 graduation speaker, is writing a book of fiction. Gupta’s book


Part 2: Implication of International Law on Drug Patents

March 12th, 2012 | by Naomi Scheinerman

Resuming where we left off last week: India is the largest provider of cheap, lifesaving medicines in poor countries across the globe


Part 1: The Ethics of Drug Patenting

March 9th, 2012 | by Naomi Scheinerman

Drug design, development, and distribution present a dynamic dilemma. Patenting drugs protects a company’s hard work while limits others from


Does an Ideal Organ Donating System Exist?

February 23rd, 2012 | by Naomi Scheinerman

In the US, 18 patients on the organ waiting list die each day. The US, like every other country except


To Forget or Not to Forget? That is the Question

February 20th, 2012 | by Naomi Scheinerman

Erasing memories is not a new fantasy, conceptualized in cinema as the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, in which characters


Ethics of Intelligence-Enhancing Technologies

February 13th, 2012 | by Naomi Scheinerman

A recent Oxford paper explores the implications of using Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (TDCS) to improve cognitive capacities in human beings. This


Laws and Basketball

February 2nd, 2012 | by Naomi Scheinerman

Last night, I went to the men’s basketball game against Indiana. I had an amazing time, and we won! Attending


The Placebo Effect

January 30th, 2012 | by Naomi Scheinerman

When I was younger and would fall and scrape my knee, my mother would kiss the painful spot and all


Invisibility or the Power to Fly?

January 26th, 2012 | by Naomi Scheinerman

The BBC recently published an article on scientific achievements in “cloaking” a three-dimensional object by making it invisible from all angles. This


MLK’s Views on Homosexuality

January 16th, 2012 | by Naomi Scheinerman

Three years ago today, on MLK Day, I visited a museum display of artifacts and items from King’s life at


Can People Who Are Not People Have Rights?

December 9th, 2011 | by Naomi Scheinerman

Are funerals for the survivors or for the dead? Are baby showers for the newborn or for the parents? Living wills are legally enforceable contracts that carry out the wishes of the deceased. In other words, they are burdens placed on those living by people who no longer exist


Distributing Medical Supplies Fairly

December 2nd, 2011 | by Naomi Scheinerman

The non-profit organizations like Doc2Dock and MedShare finds ways of salvaging and redistributing discarded unused surgical instruments, such as scalpels, needles, and


A Bitter Pill to Swallow

November 30th, 2011 | by Naomi Scheinerman

Yesterday, Dr. Conrad Murray, who administered the drug that led to pop icon Michael Jackson’s death, was found guilty of



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