Valerie Racine
Valerie Racine
Assistant Professor Western New England University
Joined OEC on 02/08/2017

Valérie Racine has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from McGill University, a second Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Concordia University. She transferred to ASU’s Center for Biology and Society after beginning her PhD in Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario. With a background in philosophy of science, Valérie went to ASU to learn more about research methods in molecular genetics and genomics and to develop her dissertation project on the interaction between different investigative strategies in research on genetic regulation. She recently completed her PhD in History and Philosophy of Science at ASU and will begin a position as Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Western New England University in 2017.

  • Content Commentary: Big Data & Conservation Biology
    Added 6/13/2017 3:55 PM
    Some of the main goals in conservation biology are to track changes in large-scale ecosystems and to conserve biodiversity. Defining and assessing ‘biodiversity’ presents many epistemological challenges to which many scientists attend (cf. Sarkar 2002; Sarkar et al. 2006). Moreover, conservation biologists must collect, maintain, and analyze large sets of data. And, with better ... Read More
  • Content Commentary: Big Data & Neuroscience
    Added 6/13/2017 3:22 PM
    Current discussions concerning recently launched large-scale data collection projects in neuroscience, such as the US’s BRAIN Initiative and the EU’s Human Brain Project, raise both epistemological and ethical questions. Concerning the former type of questions, many have asked what, if anything, can “bottom-up” strategies of large-scale collection of data about the brain ... Read More
  • Content Commentary: Big Data & Public Health
    Added 6/13/2017 1:07 PM
    The fictional scenario described above is loosely based on a recent initiative by Google. In 2009, research scientists at Google published a study in Nature, describing their methods for tracking seasonal and pandemic influenza outbreaks using data generated from monitoring health-seeking behaviour on Internet search engines (Ginsberg et al. 2009). They had developed tools to track outbreaks in ... Read More
  • Content Commentary: Big Data & Genetic Privacy: Re-identification of Anonymized Data
    Added 6/13/2017 10:26 AM
    The study by Gymrek et al. 2013, and others like it, generated demands for additional restrictions in database sharing policies, changes to how and what kinds of data were collected and anonymized, and worries about some of the foundational concepts in research ethics, including the notions of informed consent, privacy, confidentiality, and the nature of the researcher/clinician – ... Read More
  • Content Commentary: Genome Editing & the Ethics of CRISPR-Cas9
    Added 4/19/2017 10:55 AM

    The publication of Huang and colleagues’ research caused a stir in the scientific community and generated many editorials and opinion pieces in scientific publications warning about the ethical issues that must be addressed before this research is pursued any further.

    Scientists were quick to call for a moratorium on all genome editing of human embryos, and invoked similarities to the ...

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