Dr. Brosnan Receives 2022 CHS Catalyst Award

March 29, 2022

The Philosophy Department's own Dr. Kevin Brosnan is part of a team that has been chosen to receive one of the Catalyst Awards from the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences this year. 

From Dr. Brosnan, "Through the generous funding provided by the Catalyst grant, Susan Bodnar-Deren and I are developing an interdisciplinary curriculum that aims to promote a better understanding of the philosophical issues in the foundations of scientific methodologies, particularly the health sciences. Within the social determinants of health framework, we will also explore the relationship between political justice and public health. Elements of this curriculum include the following: 1) An investigation into how the health sciences have become politicized and mistrusted over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic; 2) An exploration of the ways in which public health science has been used in the past to advance heinous political ends, as illustrated by the eugenics movement, and how the social determinants of health, including racial biases, adversely affect health outcomes and trust in medical science; and 3) an exploration of debates about the evidence hierarchies that are used in biomedical science, with a focus on the ethical implications of these debates for pharmacological research, clinical medicine, and epidemiology. We are also planning a series of workshops, public lectures, and community-engaged projects."