ESP Biography

TALYA KRAMER, Ph.D. Student in the Bio Department

Major: Biology

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: G

Picture of Talya Kramer

Brief Biographical Sketch:

I'm from the Boston area and I love rollerblading.

Past Classes

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S15677: Debates in Bioethics in Splash 2023 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2023)
Come learn about bioethics, the study of moral questions around science and medicine. First, we'll talk about the framework used to assess and debate bioethical questions. Then we'll discuss case studies of bioethical issues that are ongoing topics of conversation, such as what age should children be allowed to make their own medical decisions? Or, how should countries prioritize organ donation lists? This is a discussion based class with participation encouraged, but students are also welcome to just listen and learn.

S14653: Introduction to Bioethics in Splash 2021 (Nov. 20 - 21, 2021)
Bioethics is a discussion about the "right" and "wrong" of different issues in science. This class will first explain the guiding principles of bioethics before diving into an interactive discussion of ongoing debates in the field. From vaccine mandates to designer babies, we will cover new and exciting topics that could be relevant to your life. Please note, if you took this class last fall, the content this year will be very similar.

S14420: Debates in Bioethics in Spark 2021 (Mar. 13 - 27, 2021)
Interested in questions like "how do we decide who gets the covid vaccine first?" or "should people be able to pick the eye color of their children"? Come learn about these issues and more in Debates in Bioethics! In this class, we will learn about the field of Bioethics, which studies moral questions about science and medicine. We'll first learn about how to think through these kinds of questions, and then we'll discuss a few specific scenarios. No prior knowledge is needed!

S14145: Debates in Bioethics in Splash 2020 (Nov. 14 - 15, 2020)
This class will introduce you to the exciting field of Bioethics! Bioethics is a dynamic topic that discusses and debates ethical issues that relate to science and medicine. This class will first cover how Bioethicists think about these problems and then will provide an interactive environment to discuss Bioethical debates with your peers. Topics covered might include: at what age can teenagers reject medical care? How should we test a coronavirus vaccine? How do we determine how to organize organ donations?

S12817: Next Generation Biology in HSSP Spring 2019 (Feb. 23, 2019)
Is 23andMe reliable? What is that new MIT nano center about? Should we be worried about designer babies? An exciting look into new emerging fields in biology. Topics include CRISPR and gene editing, sequencing technologies and ancestry testing, protein engineering, neuroscience, and bioethics.