John Slattery, Director

Photo of Dr. John SlatteryJohn Slattery is the Director of the Grefenstette Center. He is also a Senior Program Associate with the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC. He earned a B.S. in computer science from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in religious studies from Saint Paul School of Theology, and an interdisciplinary PhD in the history and philosophy of science and systematic theology from the University of Notre Dame. John's research focuses on interactions between Christianity and science, both historically and in modern times. He is especially interested in the intersections of liberation theology with the current conversations of science, technology, and theology. He has published two recent volumes: Faith and Science at Notre Dame: John Zahm, Evolution, and the Catholic Church was published by Notre Dame Press in August 2019, and an edited volume, Christian Theology and the Modern Sciences, published by T&T Clark in October 2020. You can also find his work in academic journals and online. Dr. Slattery has been featured in Commonweal Magazine, Religion Dispatches, and Daily Theology.

Florence M. Chee, Fellow

Florence Chee is Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Program Director of the Center for Digital Ethics and Policy at Loyola University Chicago. She is also Founding Director of the Social & Interactive Media Lab Chicago (SIMLab), devoted to the in-depth study of social phenomena at the intersection of society and technology. Her research examines the social, cultural, and ethical dimensions of emergent digital lifestyles with a particular focus on the examination of artificial intelligence, games, social media, mobile platforms, and translating insights about their lived contexts across industrial, governmental, and academic sectors.

Nathan Colaner, Fellow

Photo of Dr. Nathan ColanerDr. Nathan Colaner is a Senior Instructor and Director of Business Analytics at Seattle University. He has also recently accepted the role of Managing Director of SU's Initiative in Ethics and Transformative Technologies. His recent research is on the ethical development of machine learning, specifically regarding the creation of explainable artificial intelligence. His teaching revolves around organizational ethics, focusing on the ethical implications of organizations' increasing reliance on digital technology. As a consultant, he works directly with business, government, military, and religious organizations to assess risk in implementing big data and AI solutions. Dr. Colaner is also an external fellow in the Carl G. Grefenstette Center for Ethics in Science, Technology, and Law at Duquesne University, collaborating with a team of interdisciplinary scholars on ethics and data, digital technology, and AI.

Matthew J. Gaudet, Fellow

Photo of Dr. Matthew J. Gaudet Matthew J. Gaudet is a Lecturer in the School of Engineering at Santa Clara University and a Fellow at the Grefenstette Center for Ethics in Science, Technology and the Law at Duquesne University. His research lies at the intersection of moral theology and political and social theory, with a particular interest in the topics of technology ethics, disability ethics, ethics of war and peace, and university ethics. His work has appeared in the Journal of Moral Theology, the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, the Journal of Peace and Justice Studies, and elsewhere. He also co-edited the Journal of Moral Theology special issues on Contingent Faculty (2019, with James F. Keenan, SJ), University Ethics (2020, also with Keenan) and Artificial Intelligence (2022, with Brian P. Green).

Paul Scherz, Fellow

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Paul Scherz is Associate Professor of Moral Theology and Ethics in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America. He also co-directs the joint Catholic Clinical Ethics program with Georgetown University's Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics and is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. He is the author of Science and Christian Ethics (Cambridge, 2019) and co-editor of The Evening of Life: The Challenges of Aging and Dying Well (Notre Dame, 2020). His forthcoming book, Tomorrow's Troubles: Risk, Anxiety, and Prudence in an Age of Algorithmic Governance (Georgetown), examines the role of risk in contemporary culture.

Patrick Juola, Duquesne University Research Fellow

Photo of Dr. Patrick JuolaDr. Juola is an internationally noted expert in text analysis, security, forensics, and stylometry. As a faculty member at Duquesne University, he has authored two books and more than 100 scientific publications as well as generated more than two million dollars in Federal research grant funding. As director of Duquesne's EVL lab, he is the lead architect of the JGAAP project and provides overall scientific direction for Juola & Associates. 

"I have been working for more than a two decades on new ways to solve humanities problems of practical interest using computers. Most of my work has focused on determining the authorship of a document via stylometry (the study and measurement of writing style). I received my Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Colorado at Boulder (USA) in 1995, then worked for three years as a postdoctoral researcher in the department of experimental psychology at Oxford University (UK). Since 1998, I have been working at Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA, USA) in the mathematics and computer science department, where I currently hold the Lauritis Chair in Teaching and Technology."

Gerard Magill, Duquesne University Senior Research Fellow

Photo of Dr. Gerard MagillDr. Magill holds the Vernon F. Gallagher Chair at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh (appointed in 2007) where he is a tenured Professor in the Center for Global Health Ethics.

He has authored, co-authored, or edited 13 books including a recently co-authored book on Governance Ethics in Healthcare Organizations (Routledge 2020). He has published over 75 scholarly articles and he has given over 250 presentations at conferences. He is a member of 17 Professional Associations. He has extensive experience on Institutional Review Boards, Hospital Ethics Committees and Ethics Consultation Services. And he is a Senior Research Fellow in the Carl G. Grefenstette Center for Ethics in Science, Technology, and Law at Duquesne University that focuses on data ethics & digital technology.