First Year at Xavier University:
Dr. Helmer specializes in the field of Christian ethics. His recent work includes participating in the intensive faculty summer seminar associated with the Human Distinctiveness Project, an interdisciplinary Templeton Foundation-funded program committed to advancing research at the interface of theology/religion and evolutionary anthropology. Within the context of the seminar, Dr. Helmer presented research related to his developing work on social cognition and cooperation. He also gave a conference presentation at the Annual Summer Conference of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics on the theme of animal research and moral bioenhancement, and has developed and offered a new upper division undergraduate online course on the theme of "Theology and Bioethics: Enhancing Health and Human Well-Being". This fall he looks forward to teaching a new graduate course on the theme of "Global Justice", given under the auspices of the Institute for Spirituality and Social Justice, and to conference presentations at the American Academy of Religion and the Society for Christian Ethics.