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March 29, 2022

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  1. Recent Neurolaw Publications
  2. Forthcoming Publication
  3. Michigan State University Graduate Certificate in Neuroscience and the Law
  4. Job Opportunity at the Dana Foundation

A. Recent Neurolaw Publications   

  1. Protecting the Mind: Challenges in Law, Neuroprotection, and Neurorights (Pablo López-Silva & Luca Valera eds., 2022).
  2. Alison J. Lynch, Michael L. Perlin & Heather Cucolo, “My Bewildering Brain Toils in Vain”: Traumatic Brain Injury, the Criminal Trial Process, and the Case of Lisa Montgomery , 74 Rutgers U.L. Rev. 215, 215-70 (2021).
  3. Allan McCay, Neurorights: The Chilean Constitutional Change , AI & Soc’y (2022).
  4. James T. Gray, Brain Chips and Whole Brain Emulation Could Ensure Football's Survival: Is It Worthwhile? , 32 Marq. Sports L. Rev. 49, 49-77 (2021).
  5. Panagiota Loizidou, Rory E. Wieczorek-Fynn & Joseph C. Wu, The State of Florida v. Kelvin Lee Coleman Jr.: The Implications of Neuroscience in the Courtroom through a Case Study , Psych., Crime & L., 2022, at 1, 1-22.

B. Forthcoming Publication

  1. Christopher Buccafusco, There's No Such Thing as Independent Creation, and It's a Good Thing, Too , Wm. & Mary L. Rev. (forthcoming 2022).

C. Michigan State University Graduate Certificate in Neuroscience and the Law

The Michigan State University College of Natural Sciences and Neuroscience Program are proud to announce the online graduate certificate in Neuroscience and the Law which will be offered starting in the Fall 2022 semester. Designed for students and professionals in the various fields of criminal justice, the objective of this graduate certificate is to provide the foundational scientific knowledge necessary to better understand the use of neuroscientific evidence in these fields.

Included in the curriculum are general neuroscience principles, methods for assessing and manipulating the nervous system, drug abuse and addiction, behavioral disorders, cognitive enhancement and neuroethics. Seminars by professionals will survey the ethical, legal, and social implications of neuroscientific research, in addition to the experiences they have had with neurotechnology in their respective fields.

This program requires completion of five courses: two required and three elective; which are offered online in the Fall, Winter and Summer semesters. All classes are online and asynchronous. For more information about the Neuroscience and Law graduate certificate program, please visit the website or contact the Michigan State University Neuroscience Program at 517-353-8947 or Application deadline is May 1st.

D. Job Opportunity at the Dana Foundation

Position: Director, Dana Frontier’s Program

Description: The Dana Frontiers program aims to strengthen neuroscience’s positive role in the world by growing capacity for informed public reflection on emerging neuroscience and neurotechnology. Specific objectives include facilitating greater understanding and informed decision-making among judicial professionals, healthcare professionals, science communicators, and regulators, by providing education, resources, and convening meetings on emerging neuroscience topics that relate to their practice; developing models for multidirectional public engagement on emerging neuroscience issues to lay groundwork for mutual understanding and trust between scientists and publics; and strengthening informed policy creation that considers societal needs and values by convening and engaging leaders and influential figures in horizon-scanning on emerging neuroscience within society issues.

The Director will collaborate closely with the Vice President and Foundation staff members to develop and implement strategic plans; maintain a landscape view of trends and themes at the intersection of neuroscience and society; design, run, and evaluate programs; organize meetings; and track resources. This position represents an exciting opportunity to partner with the new leadership of the Dana Foundation as the organization enters a new chapter in its history.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Ph.D. in neuroscience, biology, psychology, bioengineering, or related field; or J.D./M.S./M.P.H. with strong experience working in science or societal aspects of science.
  • Demonstrated expertise and success in multidirectional public engagement with neuroscience initiatives.
  • Minimum five years of post-terminal degree academic or work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong understanding and appreciation of how neuroscience reflects and informs societal issues.
  • Experience working in strategic programming, management, and evaluation at an academic institution, nonprofit organization, or foundation.

For the full posting and information on how to apply, please visit the Dana Foundation website.



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