Research by ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS LINDSAY THOMPSON and MARIO MACIS and ASSISTANT PROFESSORS SYLVIA LONG-TOLBERT and ERIK HELZER was featured in a symposium in January with the first grant recipients in Johns Hopkins University’s Exploration of Practical Ethics program, under the aegis of JHU’s Berman Institute of Bioethics. The grants supported collaborative projects by researchers from across the various divisions of the university.

Thompson and Long-Tolbert joined Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics Cynda Hylton Rushton of the Berman Institute and the JHU School of Nursing on an examination of “wicked workplaces,” where employers require their workers to make moral compromises. Macis combined with Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering Assistant Professor Vikram Chib and Berman Institute Director Jeffrey Kahn on a project addressing the ethics of paying for organ donation, a currently illegal practice. Helzer and Peabody Institute Professor Andrew Talle studied the possible link between specialized training in creative fields and a reported increase in satisfaction with life.