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Albert Borgmann fund for Environmental Philosophy

Albert Borgmann The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce that an anonymous donor has donated funds to create the Albert Borgmann fund for Environmental Ethics.  $1000 will be provided yearly to support the Environmental Philosophy M.A. program by funding guest speakers, student attendance at conferences, acquisition of research materials advertising and other activities that generally promote the program.  Albert Borgmann is Regents Professor of Philosophy at the University of Montana.  He has been teaching in the Deparmtent of Philosophy since 1970, and specializes in philosophy of society and culture.  Of the fund that bears his name, he writes,

"A while ago, the Philosophy Department generously and unanimously decided to focus the MA Program on Environmental Philosophy. Chris Comer, Dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences, has vigorously supported the decision.

The Program has been very successful. We’ve had wonderful graduates who have finished on time and gone on to law schools, to Ph.D. programs, and, most important, to public interest work.

There is of course room for further support to give the Program greater publicity, to send students to conferences, to bring in speakers, to acquire teaching and research materials, and more.  That’s the purpose of Fund.

I’m grateful to the founder and donor of the Fund."

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Burke Townsend Clear Thinking Award

Burke Townsend The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce that an anonymous donor has donated funds to create the Burke Townsend Clear Thinking Award.  The award is to be given to a senior in philosophy with a preference for students majoring in a STEM field.   The amount of the award is $1000 for 2015-2016.  Burke Townsend was a professor of philosophy at the University of Montana between 1974-2006, specializing in philosophy of science.  When commenting on the award Townsend writes, "I recall suggesting to the award’s sponsor, only somewhat in jest, that the award might be the ‘Shades of Gray’ scholarship, because of what seems to me to be one of the currently greatest obstacles to good thinking, the inclination to seek tidy yes-or-no answers and to be uncomfortable with probabilities, degrees of evidence, and concepts essentially dependent upon an incapacity for crisp definition.  Good thinking about most matters is seldom a process of tidy resolutions.  And think of the benefits—a ‘Shades of Gray Award’ would surely generate much more interest on the web site than will the given title with the highlighted full name of some old dude that no one will remember in another few years.''  It is no wonder that Burke's good sense of humor, sensitivity to the complexities of the world, and his desire to help students navigate them inspired an award bearing his name.  All eligible students are automatically considered for the award.

Associate Professor Armond Duwell to present at an international workshop on quantum information.

 What Is Quantum Information? brings the worlds foremost experts on quantum information from physics and philosopphy together to explore a question of central conceptual importance in quantum information theory.  Duwell will present ``Analysing Shannon Information and quantum information''.  See conference website.

Associate Professors Soazig Le Bihan and Armond Duwell to present at PSA14.

Le Bihan and Duwell will be presenting the paper ``Enlightening falsehoods: A modal view of scientific understanding'' at the twenty-fourth biennial meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association.

Professor Christopher Preston received a Faculty Exchange Award

The award is from the Office of International Programs and the Provost’s Office for Spring of 2015.  Preston will be travelling to Tromsø in northern Norway to collaborate with two faculty members there on emerging technologies and environmental ethics. Learn more about Preston's exchange.

Does God Exist? and other interviews with Albert Borgmann. 

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