- In Appreciation
The Kennedy Institute of Ethics is grateful for the vision, guidance, and dedication on behalf of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal by Robert M. Veatch, PhD, its senior editor and senior research scholar at the KIE. For over twenty years, Bob has steered the journal along its path of success, and its partnership with the Johns Hopkins University Press, to arrive at the place it holds today—truly a "scholarly forum for diverse views on major issues in bioethics." Bob has retired from the editorship effective January 2011 (though thankfully not from the KIE!).
We also wish to express our appreciation to Carol M. Spicer, PhD, the journal's editor and hands-on manager of KIEJ. Carol received her doctorate in bioethics at Georgetown University and became editor in 1993. She has ably managed both process and content for many scholars both nationally and internationally and has been the face of the journal. Her friends and colleagues will miss her, but she's not far away, having accepted a position with the Institute of Medicine in Washington, DC.
As the KIEJ transitions from Bob's expert leadership, we have three of our well-qualified and hardworking colleagues at the helm as interim editors: Madison Powers, JD, DPhil; John Keown, DPhil, PhD; and Rebecca Kukla, PhD. These three senior research scholars at the institute will provide the academic background and expertise we require to ensure that we continue on the path so ably set out by Drs. Veatch and Spicer—accepting and publishing high-quality articles in the field of bioethics after rigorous peer review.
The Kennedy Institute of Ethics looks forward to the future years of the KIEJ. As we consider new models for editorship and reader forums, we remain firm in our commitment to Bob Veatch's founding vision for the journal: that it be a journal for diverse scholarly views in bioethics engaged in civil dialogue.
My best to all our readers and subscribers,
Margaret Little, Ph.D.
Kennedy Institute of Ethics