July 2022

Celebrating 20 Years of the Faculty Scholars Program

This year, the Foundation proudly marks the twentieth anniversary of the Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics. Since 2002, the Faculty Scholars Program has helped to build the next generation of leaders in bioethics by supporting early-career faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research, and by building an intellectually rich and active community.

For 20 years, our Faculty Scholars and Alums have engaged in rigorous discussion about bioethics issues including genetic engineering, drug regulation, end-of-life decision-making, and more – to carve a thoughtful path forward. “They are leading voices in the issues impacting us today,” said President & CEO, Michelle Groman, JD.

Our community has grown to include more than sixty scholars from over forty different institutions, each with a distinct perspective and focus. This diversity of thought reflects bioethics’ multidisciplinary nature, and the unique structure of the Faculty Scholars Program has sparked collaboration – across subject areas, academic disciplines, viewpoints, and generations – to think about challenging bioethics issues in new ways.

Twenty years of the Faculty Scholars Program is not just 20 years of funding – it is 20 years of relentless curiosity, novel collaboration, and bold engagement. This anniversary marks a moment in time to celebrate those who have been on the front lines facing some of today’s most pressing bioethics issues – many of whom impacted us all through their critical work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the coming weeks and months, the Foundation will share new and existing contributions from our Greenwall Faculty Scholars community in celebration of the twentieth anniversary and our Scholars’ advancement of innovative bioethics research impacting health care, policy, and research. We will continue to update this webpage, and invite you to follow us on Twitter for more information on what’s to come.

As part of the Faculty Scholars Program 20th Anniversary celebration, The Greenwall Foundation hosted a live webcast panel, “Restoring Trust in the FDA,” on Thursday, September 29, at 12:30pm ET. Award-winning journalist Adam Feuerstein, senior writer for STAT News, joined members of the Greenwall Faculty Scholars community in a discussion on the evolving nature of trust in our public health institutions. The panel delved into recent issues and controversies surrounding the FDA, explored what is needed to restore trust, and talked about the role of media in supporting – or questioning – trust in our institutions.

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