by Keisha Ray, Ph.D.
The use of performance enhancing drugs in professional sports is well known by the general public. The high profiled cases of Jose Canseco, Shawne Merriman, Roger Clemens, Alexander Rodriguez, and many, many others has contributed to the attention to this issue. Performance enhancing drug use has prompted league commissioners to beef up policies on drugs in their respective leagues in the form of banned substance policies and punishment for violating those policies.
The lists of banned substances are meant to regulate one of the few controllable features of sports—advantages due to drugs. To do this, the lists contain typical performance enhancing drugs such as human growth hormones and anabolic steroids, however, the lists also include drugs for ailments such as asthma and hypertension.…
by Keisha Ray, Ph.D.
Like many others, I followed the very unfortunate case of Jahi McMath. McMath is a 13 year-old black child who went into cardiac arrest and suffered irreparable brain damage after undergoing a tonsillectomy to relieve sleep apnea. Her story was frequently in the news as a battle between Children’s Hospital Oakland, where her surgery was held and whose recommendation to discontinue all life-saving practices conflicted with her parents’ desires to keep her on life support. This battle of conflicting desires has different components, with the major components being legal and medical. Medical practitioners, children’s rights advocates, right to life groups, legal experts, and bioethicists have all weighed in on the relevant issues that a case like Jahi McMath raises in each milieu.…
By Keisha Ray, PhD
I am a junior scholar who is currently on the job market, hoping to secure a faculty position as a bioethicist. I have been consumed by this task for over a year now. I have done phone interviews, video-chat interviews riddled with technological hiccups, and grueling and exhausting on-campus interviews. I have worked and reworked my curriculum vitae and cover letters, I have paid a lot of money to send my 150-page dossier to hundreds of schools, and I have spent a lot of money on traveling to universities for on-campus interviews. Furthermore, the hours spent on completing these tasks and not working on my own research is something that I willfully choose not to think about.…