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Professor in Lyman Briggs College, Fisheries & Wildlife, and Philosophy, Michigan State University

Kevin Elliott received his PhD in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Notre Dame. He is currently an Associate Professor in MSU’s Lyman Briggs College, with joint appointments in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and the Department of Philosophy. His research lies at the intersection of the philosophy of science and practical ethics. Many of the case studies that he has studied involve controversial areas of contemporary research on environmental pollution (e.g., endocrine disruption, multiple chemical sensitivity, hormesis, nanotoxicology) that are relevant to public policy. His current projects can be divided roughly into the following areas:
– Investigating the roles of ethical and social values in environmental research
– Exploring how to respond to financial conflicts of interest in research
– Studying ethical issues surrounding science communication
– Investigating how to motivate public action to address environmental issues
– Exploring ethical issues surrounding emerging technologies
– Examining the process of scientific discovery, including “exploratory experimentation” as well as the nature and significance of scientific errors and anomalies


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    Associate Professor of Fisheries & Wildlife and Philosophy, Michigan State University