Fabrizzio McManus Guerrero
Lucas is an independent scholar and nonprofit professional living in Oakland. He received his BA in philosophy and English from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2003 and his PhD from UC Santa Cruz in 2012. He studied under Rasmus and also worked closely with David Hoy. His dissertation was titled:
William James's Evolutionary Pragmatism:
A Study in Physiology, Psychology, and Philosophy at the Close of the 19th Century
Lucas is currently working on a book on William James, under contract with Routledge.
Édgar Octavio Valadez Blanco
Octavio is currently studying his PhD in Philosophy of Science at UNAM in Mexico City, with the project "Complexity and Transdisciplinarity: Theory and practice of cancer as a complex problem." Octavio obtained his B.Sc. degree in Basic Biomedical Research at UNAM with his thesis work "Cancer as a complex disease: networks and levels of organization" (2008), with Germinal Cocho Gil as advisor. In 2010, he obtained his Masters in Philosophy from the UAM-Iztapalapa and was awarded the UAM academic merit medal. His thesis (advised by Mario Casanueva) addressed the scientific explanation of cancer based on the model of "part-whole science" proposed by Rasmus (Winther 2011, Synthese), which develops a pluralistic research horizon.
Octavio's main academic interests are the complexity of cancer; he intends to contribute to a critical focus on the theories and practices in the scientific disciplines related to cancer research-, especially the biomedical sciences. This critical approach has in part evolved from Octavio's great concern for the deep contradictory realities prevailing in Mexico, which has also prompted him to undertake studies on politics and pedagogy.
Natalia Carrillo Martínez de la Escalera
Natalia has a bachelor degree in mathematics, and wrote an undergraduate thesis about mathematical models of the nerve pulse. For her master degree in Philosophy of Cognitive Science (2 year programme) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) she wrote a thesis on "Objectivity in the Mechanistic Model of Explanation for Neuroscience."
She is currently in the Philosophy of Science PhD program at UNAM. For her dissertation she is asking questions such as the following. How can we use discussions from Philosophy of Science (pluralism vs. monism in scientific explanation; the nature of scientific models and phenomena; pragmatism and truth) to shed light on current scientific debate around the nature of the nervous impulse? How can we make sense of two different approaches to constructing mathematical models of an excitable membrane? Which role might background assumptions and radically distinct modeling methodologies play in the production of scientific knowledge?
Amy is earning her Bachelor’s in both Neuroscience and Philosophy at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She worked as a research assistant on Winther’s forthcoming book When Maps Become the World, and has also tutored for an introductory course in the Philosophy department. She hopes to pursue further coursework in the History and Philosophy of Biology.
Amy’s current research involves the conceptual development of the gene, but she is also interested in other biomolecular structures such as neurotransmitters, ion channel proteins, and gene expression machinery. Though epistemic questions regarding biological models and their associated molecules are interesting in their own right, she is also concerned with understanding these scientific concepts within sociopolitical contexts.
Lia Azul Salaverry
Lia is a triple major in Philosophy, Sociology, and Legal Studies and is active in many student organizations. Among her activities, Lia was the President of the Legal Education Association for Diversity (LEAD) and was the financial chair on its founding board in the 2011-2012 academic year. Lia who is interested in technology and social justice, was also part of the Everett Program at UC Santa Cruz which prepares students to create their own social justice ventures using information technology. In June 2014, she won the Fanny Carruthers Award in the Sociology Department at UCSC.
An Interdisciplinary Investigation into the Design and Engineering of Transportation Systems