Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Baruch A. Brody Lecture in Bioethics

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About the Award and Lectureship

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Baruch A. Brody, Ph.D. (1943-2018)
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The Baylor College of Medicine Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Houston Methodist, and Rice University Department of Philosophy established this international $10,000 award and named lectureship in Dr. Baruch Brody's memory. This award recognizes junior and mid-career scholars who have made important theoretical contributions to the field of bioethics. This award will honor someone in the field who embodies the values and virtues that were central to Dr. Brody's scholarly life as well as work at the three sponsoring institutions.

The virtual award presentation and lecture will take place on Feb. 2, 2021.

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Eligibility Criteria

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Criteria for selection include but are not limited to a junior or mid-career scholar (assistant or associate professor) who has:

  • Made philosophically informed conceptual contributions to the field of bioethics that are of clinical and practical import
  • Demonstrated leadership in, and commitment to, the field of bioethics
  • Influential scholarship that features theoretical contributions to the field of bioethics
  • Scholarly, institutional, or organizational efforts of clinical and practical importance
  • A faculty appointment at an academic institution
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Award Includes

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  • $10,000 award (SSN or ITIN required)
  • Serve as a three-day Visiting Scholar at the Baylor College of Medicine Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, offering an opportunity to build collaborations at Houston Methodist Hospital System and Rice University Department of Philosophy (e.g., deliver various one-off virtual talks, one on one meetings with faculty, etc.)
  • The distinct opportunity to publish the lecture as a featured article in the American Journal of Bioethics
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Nomination Process

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To nominate an individual for the Baruch A. Brody Lecture, please include the following material. Candidates who were nominated in the 2020 award cycle are still eligible to be re-nominated.

  1. Nomination Form: To be completed by someone other than the nominee.
     
  2. Two Letters of Support: Outlining the nominee’s accomplishments and eligibility for this award (maximum two pages per letter). One letter of support should be from the Nominator. The letters should be addressed to the Baruch A. Brody Lecture in Bioethics Selection Committee and describe the nominee’s theoretical contributions to the field of bioethics that are of clinical and practical import and their impact on the field.
     
  3. Nominee CV
     
  4. Nominee Statement of Interest: A brief (max one page) statement featuring what you believe your most important conceptual contribution to the field of bioethics has been and how it has changed how people think and/or practice medicine or engage in biomedical research.
     
  5. Nominee Publication: One published paper that best characterizes your intellectual and conceptual contribution to the field of bioethics.


Please compile the complete nomination packet into a single PDF document and send to Karen Frumovitz (Klfrumov@bcm.edu) by Aug. 7, 2020.

Committee members will video interview the top three candidates then choose an award recipient.

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Selection Committee

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  • Amy McGuire, J.D., Ph.D., Leon Jaworski Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Director, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Charles Millikan, D. Min., Vice President for Spiritual Care and Values Integration, Houston Methodist Hospital
  • Elizabeth Brake, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Philosophy, Rice University
  • Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, Ph.D., M.A., Cullen Associate Professor of Medical Ethics, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Janet Malek, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine; Director, Houston Methodist Biomedical Ethics Program
  • Laurence McCullough, Ph.D., Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Zucker School of Medicine of Hofstra/Northwell; Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Peter Zuk, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Philosophy, Rice University; Research Associate, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine
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About Dr. Brody

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Learn more about Dr. Brody. If you are interested in contributing to the Baruch A. Brody Lecture in Bioethics or the Baruch A. Brody Outstanding Student Award, given to Baylor Medical Ethics Pathway students whose capstone projects best demonstrate ways to apply ethical thinking to medical settings and situations, visit the donation page.