JESSICA PIERCE ’87
Run Spot Run: The Ethics of Keeping Pets
Is keeping pets actually good for the pets themselves? That’s the question that animates bioethicist Jessica Pierce’s new book. A lover of pets herself, Pierce understands the joys they bring, but she also recognizes the ambiguous ethics at the heart of the relationship. Through a mix of personal stories, philosophical reflections, and scientifically informed analyses of animal behavior and natural history, she puts pet keeping to the test.
Published by the University of Chicago Press, May 6, 2016
AMY SILVERMAN ’88
My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome
Journalist, blogger, and NPR contributor Amy Silverman examines her life before and after her daughter Sophie was born and reflects on her transformation into the mother of a daughter with Down syndrome and all that her new identity entails.
Published by Woodbine House, April 15, 2016
KARA PLATONI ’97
We Have the Technology: How Biohackers, Foodies, Physicians, and Scientists Are Transforming Human Perception, One Sense at a Time
Examining the latest developments in the science of sensory perception, science writer Kara Platoni profiles researchers who are changing the way we experience the world,from creating scents that stimulate the memories of Alzheimer’s patients to constructing virtual limbs that approximate a sense of touch to building augmented reality labs that prepare soldiers for the battlefield.
Published by Basic Books, December 8, 2015
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