Dr. Stephanie J. Bird is an independent consultant, internationally-known speaker, and co-editor of the journal Science and Engineering Ethics, an international journal entering its fifteenth year of publication that explores ethical issues of direct concern to scientists and engineers. She is a laboratory-trained neuroscientist whose research interests now focus on the ethical, legal and social policy implications of scientific research, especially in the area of neuroscience. Her theoretical and laboratory training have been complemented by work in areas of ethical and legal philosophy.
As Special Assistant to the Provost and Vice President for Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Bird worked on the development of educational programs that address ethical issues in science and engineering, professional responsibilities, and ethical issues in research practice and science more generally. She also taught in her areas of expertise at MIT, including both courses designed to examine various aspects of the responsible conduct of research and those that consider the ethical and social policy implications of science and technology. Bird has written numerous articles on issues in the responsible conduct of research, on mentoring and other responsibilities of science professionals, and on various aspects of neuroethics. Her areas of interest also include the ethical, legal and social policy implications of scientific research, especially in the area of neuroscience; various aspects of professional standards; and ethical values in science.
Bird is a past president of the Association for Women in Science and a member and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is an active member of the Society for Neuroscience, having served on both the Public Information Committee and the Social Issues Committee. She is also an active member and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and is secretary of Section X -- Societal Impacts of Science and Engineering.