These sessions were informal opportunities to gather over lunch and discuss current events, cutting-edge research, recent journal articles, and works in progress at the intersection of science and society. Each month, a different facilitator will present information and lead a discussion about the implications of the chosen topic for society, bioethics, and policy. For faculty, the group serves as a time for exploring current issues and for freely sharing opinions in a collaborative setting; for students and young professionals, the group serves as a venue for learning more about the intersection of law, ethics, and policy. Interested individuals at all levels of career and training are welcome to attend.

There are no future Roundtables scheduled at this time. Check out our new series S&S Dialogues.

Past Roundtables


Uncovering the Ancestors of Our Genes
Professor Charmaine Royal
Thursday, April 14, 2016 Click for Info

The Ethics of Drug Development
Jeffrey Spaeder, MD
Thursday, March 10, 2016 Click for info

An Underwhelming Overhaul? The Proposed Changes to Rules for Human Subjects Research
Jessica Tenenbaum, PhD
Thursday, February 18, 2016 Click for info

To Test or Not To Test: Ethical Decision-making & Genetic Diseases
Jeff Carroll, PhD
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 Click for info

Missed Information: Public Distrust of Science with Professor John Burness
Professor John Burness
Thursday, December 3, 2015 Click for info

Where DNA Succeeds & Eyewitness Identification Fails
James E. Coleman, JD
Thursday, November 12, 2015 Click for info

Polio Eradication In Nigeria: The Ethics of Success
Dr. Muhammad Pate
Thursday, October 15, 2015 Click for info

Governing Controversial Reproductive Technologies
Nita Farahany, PhD, JD
Thursday, September 24, 2015 Click for info.


Explosive evolution of the vomeronasal receptor (Class 1) genes in the lemurs: an exploration of causes and consequences
Anne Yoder, PhD
Thursday, October 16. 2014 Click for info.

Rationing ventilators in a pandemic flu scenario. Who gets one first?
Gopal Sreenivasan, PhD
Thursday, November 13. 2014 Click for info.

Death With Dignity: The Brittany Maynard Story
Jennie Hawkins, PhD and Anita Swiman
Thursday, December 4. 2014 Click for info.

Screaming in the Library: Open Access Publishing and the Scientific Enterprise
Misha Angrist, PhD and Kevin Smith, JD
Thursday, January 22. 2015 Click for info.

Quarantining Ebola Health Workers
Buz Waitzkin, JD, LLM
Thursday, February 26. 2015 Click for info.

All in your head? Responding to Psychological and Physical Pain
Warren Kinghorn, MD, ThD and Jennie Hawkins, PhD
Thursday, March 19. 2015 Click for info.

Scientific retractions are on the rise. Why? 
David Resnik, PhD
Thursday, April 9. 2015 Click for info.