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Vanessa Schipani

Education

  • B.A. Philosophy, University of Florida
  • B.S. Zoology, University of Florida
  • M.S. History and Philosophy of Science, Utrecht University

Bio
I'm interested in investigating how both individuals and groups form beliefs and make decisions. I'm particularly interested in analyzing why people believe things that lack evidence, how such belief might hinder society and how we might avoid the formation of such beliefs in the first place. Prior to starting a PhD in Philosophy at UPenn, I was a science journalist for 10 years. My last position was at FactCheck.org, where I vetted claims made by U.S. politicians about climate change to public health. I also have great interests in teaching and public philosophy. I hope to find ways to inform science journalism with the philosophy of science by teaching journalists how to incorporate scientific process, not just scientific facts, in their stories. See www.vanessaschipani.com for more info.

Research Interests

  • General Philosophy of Science
  • Social Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Philosophy of Cognitive Science
  • Public Philosophy
  • Public Understanding of Science

Selected Publications

  1. Schipani, V. (2019) "Doudna’s Confidence in CRISPR’s Research Potential Burns Bright" Quanta Magazine.
  2. Schipani, V. (2017) "Scientific Evidence and the EU Court." FactCheck.org.
  3. Schipani, V. (2016) "Immunology Gone Wild: Researchers bridge the divide between ecology and immunology." BioScience. (66)2, 100–106.
  4. Duperron, S., De Beer, D., Zbinden, M., Boetius, A., Schipani, V., Kahil, N., Gaill, F. (2009) "Molecular characterization of bacteria associated with the trophosome and the tube of Lamellibrachia sp., a siboglinid annelid from cold seeps in the eastern Mediterranean." FEMS Microbiology Ecology. (69)3, 395-409.