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SEAL News: June 8, 2015 – SEAL XVI Dates Announced, Writing Prize Opened, & Other Announcements

Posted by on Monday, June 8, 2015 in news, Uncategorized.

This message brings news about:

A. Next SEAL Conference – Save the Date
B. Prize Competitions – Call for Submissions
C. Publications
D. General Announcements
E. Dues Reminder

A. Next SEAL Conference – Save the Date

  1. The next SEAL conference will take place April 1 & 2, 2016 at Arizona State University College of Law.

B. Prize Competitions – Call for Submissions

  1. From time to time, SEAL hosts two scholarly paper competitions – 1 for junior (i.e. untenured) professors; 1 for students. It’s time again.  Here are the details:
  2. Junior Faculty Writing Prize
  • SEAL is now accepting submissions for the Junior Faculty Writing Prize. Applicants, who must be untenured at the time of their submission’s publication acceptance, should submit a citation to, link to, or copy of a published or accepted article, chapter, or book not previously submitted for this Prize. Send applications by August 1, 2015, to seal@law.vanderbilt.edu.
  • Entries must be on a topic within the scope of the SEAL mission.
  • Entries will be judged by a panel made up of professors drawn from the disciplines of law, biology, and psychology, who will judge them on the bases of originality, breadth and depth of research, accuracy, creativity, and clarity of thought and expression.
  • Judges reserve the discretion to determine no entries are appropriate for recognition.
  • The Prize commemorates the multifaceted contributions of Margaret Gruter (1919-2003), founder of the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research, former member of SEAL, inspiration and friend. Winners receive a handsome engraved crystal trophy. Past winners include Michael Guttentag, Rob Kar and Julie Seaman.
  1. Student Writing Prize
  • SEAL is now accepting submissions for the Student Writing Prize. Applicants, who must be students at the time of their submission’s publication acceptance, should submit a citation to, link to, or copy of a published or accepted article, chapter, or book not previously submitted for this Prize. Send applications by August 1, 2015, to seal@law.vanderbilt.edu.
  • The Prize carries $1,000.00.
  • Entries will be judged by a panel made up of professors drawn from the disciplines of law, biology, and psychology, who will judge them on the bases of originality, breadth and depth of research, accuracy, creativity, and clarity of thought and expression.
  • Judges reserve the discretion to determine no entries are appropriate for recognition.

C. Publications

  1. Articles – Here are a variety of SEAL-relevant sources of potential interest to the Membership. As always, Members are encouraged to send their recent and forthcoming publications to seal@law.vanderbilt.edu.
  • Kar, Robin Bradley, The Psychological Foundations of Human Rights (February 19, 2013). Oxford Handbook of International Human Rights (2013).
  • Almeida, Fabio, The Emergence of Constitutionalism as an Evolutionary Biocultural Adaptation, 13 Cardozo Pub. L. Pol’y & Ethics J. 1 2014. (An earlier version of the paper appears here.)
  • Jones, J. Schall, and F. Shen, Law and Neuroscience (Aspen, 2015).
    – Table of Contents and Sample Chapter here
    – Reviews of the book here and here
  • D. Jones, Seven Ways Neuroscience Aids Law, in Neurosciences and the Human Person: New Perspectives on Human Activities, A. Battro, S. Dehaene & W. Singer, eds., Scripta Varia: Pontifical Academy of Sciences (2013).
  • Jones, R. Bonnie, BJ Casey, A. Davis, D. Faigman, M. Hoffman, R. Montague, S. Morse, M. Raichle, J. Richeson, E. Scott, L. Steinberg, K. Taylor-Thompson, A. Wagner, G. Yaffe (on behalf of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience), Law and Neuroscience: Recommendations Submitted to the President’s Bioethics Commission, 1 Journal of Law and the Biosciences 224 (2014).
  • Jones, R. Marois, M. Farah, and H. Greely, Law and Neuroscience, 33 The Journal of Neuroscience 17624 (2013).
  • Treadway, J. Buckholtz, J. Martin, K. Jan, C. Asplund, M. Ginther, O. Jones, and R. Marois, Corticolimbic Gating of Emotion-Driven Punishment, 17 Nature Neuroscience 1270 (2014).
  • Coaster, B. Rogers, O. Jones, K. Viscusi, K. Merkle, D. Zald, and J. Gore, Variables Influencing the Neural Correlates of Perceived Risk of Physical Harm, 11 Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience 494 (2011).
  • David Herring, Evolutionary Perspectives on Child Welfare Law, in T.K. Shackelford and R.D. Hansen (eds.), The Evolution of Violence (New York, Springer Science).
  • David Herring, Evolutionary Theory and Behavioral Biology Research: Implications for Law, in S.C. Roberts (ed.), Applied Evolutionary Psychology (2012).
  • Lécia Vicente, The Requirement of Consent for the Transfer of Shares and Freedoms of Movement: Toward the Liberalization of Private Limited Liability Companies. Ph.D. Thesis. European University Institute: Italy (2014).
  • Peter DeScioli & Robert Kurzban, Mysteries of Morality, 112 Cognition 281 (2009).
  • Peter DeScioli, Sarah Gilbert, & Robert Kurzban, Indelible Victims and Persistent Punishers in Moral Cognition, 23 Psychol. Inquiry 143 (2012).
  • Peter DeScioli & Robert Kurzban, A Solution to the Mysteries of Morality, 139 Psychol. Bull. 477 (2013)

D. Announcements

  1. Useful Links
    – http://www.onezoom.org/
  2. New Law/Bio Journal
  • Oxford University Press (OUP) recently launched a partnership with Duke University, Harvard Law School, and Stanford University to create a new open access journal: Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB). According to the news release, JLB will become the preeminent outlet to publish cutting-edge scholarship wherever law and the biosciences intersect. The JLB will take a broad and interdisciplinary view of its area, publishing articles on topics generally considered part of bioethics or neuroethics, such as the ethical, legal, and social implications of reproductive technologies, genetics, stem cell research, neuroscience, or human biological enhancement. At the same time, it will be a home for work that speaks directly to legal issues where the biosciences can be involved, such as food and drug regulation, biosciences patent law, scientific evidence, and criminal responsibility. The JLB’s initial co-editors in chief are I. Glenn Cohen from Harvard, Nita Farahany from Duke, and Hank Greely from Stanford.  Please visit: http://jlb.oxfordjournals.org/.
  1. Terrific New Kid’s Book on Evolutionary Biology
    1. Biology Professor (and 1st SEAL Keynoter) Writes Adventure/Biology Children’s Book: Varun’s Quest: Into a Bee Tree and Other Adventures.Ok – this is a personal and enthusiastic plug for a co-author of mine – Timothy Goldsmith – who’s written a great children’s book (for ages roughly 5 to 10) that includes A LOT of good, interesting, and fun biology. The premise is a young boy who meets a magic elf in the garden.  Elf shrinks boy.  Boy has adventures with bats, spiders, mantids, bees, and the like – learning a lot of cool stuff along the way.  My daughter truly loved it.  Ordering info: email leesan_villa@yahoo.com (of Blue Ring Press) and tell her you want a copy of: Varun’s Quest: Into a Bee Tree and Other Adventures.  Price is: $19.95.  More info at:  https://www.facebook.com/VarunsQuestIntoABeeTreeAndOtherAdventures. In case you don’t want to take my word for it, the book is endorsed by none other than E.O. Wilson, who wrote:  “Varun’s Quest is a wonderful book, a combination of fantasy and science, with real episodes by a real scientist—altogether a 21st century book for the young.” ― Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University.

E. Dues Reminder

  1. If you have not already paid your 2015 dues, kindly do so this week. See:  https://wp0.vanderbilt.edu/seal/membership/251-2/

 

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