Giordano to present 30th annual Stiernotte Lecture Sept. 16

Dr. James Giordano
Dr. James Giordano, a neuroscientist and neuroethicist from Georgetown University Medical Center.

Aug. 7, 2014 - Dr. James Giordano, a neuroscientist and neuroethicist from Georgetown University Medical Center, will present "Brave New Brain: Neuroscience and Neuroethics for the 21st Century" when he delivers the 30th annual Stiernotte Lecture in Philosophy at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Grand Courtroom in the Center for Communications and Engineering on the Mount Carmel Campus, 275 Mount Carmel Ave.

Giordano, chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program of the Edmund Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown, will discuss cutting-edge developments in neuroscience and neurotechnology, and explain what these tools and techniques will realistically enable in the short and intermediate term. He also will explore what these developments mean for the long-held ideas, traditions and practices of humanity on an individual, social and global scale. Giordano also will talk about the value of neuroethics and how it might provide insights into moral thought, emotions and actions, and develop ways to address and direct brain research and its uses in medicine, public life and human relations on an international scale. 

The author of more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, Giordano is editor-in-chief of the journal "Philosophy, Ethics and Humanities in Medicine," associate editor of the international journal "Neuroethics," and executive-editor-in-chief of the book series, "Advances in Neurotechnology: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues." 

Giordano is Clark Faculty Fellow in Neurosciences and Ethics at the Human Sciences Center of the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, where he previously was JW Fulbright Foundation Visiting Professor of Neuroscience and Neuroethics. He is a member of the Neuroethics, Legal and Social Issues Advisory Panel of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and a fellow of the Center for National Preparedness at the University of Pittsburgh.  

Giordano was awarded a bachelor's degree in physiological psychology from St Peter's College; a master's degree in neuropsychology from Norwich University; and MPhil and PhD degrees in philosophy of psychology and biopsychology, respectively, from the City University of New York. 

His ongoing research addresses the neuroscience of pain, aggression and moral decision-making, and the neuroethical issues that arise in and from the use of advanced neuroscientific techniques and technologies in research and applications in medicine, and national security, intelligence and defense. 

The Stiernotte lecture series is named in honor of the late Alfred P. Stiernotte, who initiated the teaching of philosophy at Quinnipiac more than 50 years ago, and has been funded largely from an endowment provided by his estate.  

For more information, call 203-582-8652.