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Frederick Grinnell , Ph.D.

Professor and Founding Director of Ethics in Science and Medicine Program

Department of Cell Biology

UT Southwestern Medical Center

In college and graduate school, I was introduced to the idea that science and philosophy were inseparable — scientific discoveries have important implications about philosophical ideas; philosophical ideas have important implications about scientific discoveries. By the time I became a faculty member, I was convinced that philosophy should be a part of graduate science education, and that every student should wonder, "Why do I believe what I think I know?" That conviction provides the inspiration for my teaching efforts.