February 11, 2002
Campus community welcome to hear speakers in new course on bioethics
Chancellor Greenwood to speak Feb. 12 at class jointly offered by Chemistry,
By Ann M. Gibb
Chancellor M.R.C. Greenwood will speak on "How is Science Policy Set?: Government
Regulatory Agencies" on Tuesday, February 12, at 4 p.m. in Classroom Unit 1.
Her talk is one in a series of guest lectures in Bioethics in the 21st Century:
Science, Business, and Society, a new course jointly offered by the Chemistry
and Philosophy Departments. All Tuesday lectures in the class are open to the public
at no charge.
Cotaught by David Deamer, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and Ellen Suckiel,
professor of philosophy, Bioethics in the 21st Century: Science, Business, and
Society explores major ethical issues arising from research in genetics, medicine,
and the industries supported by this knowledge.
|The implications of cloning, as with Dolly the sheep, are among issues covered
in a new course on bioethics. Photo: BBC News
"In order to think deeply about these matters and be prepared to deal with
the difficult moral questions which arise, one needs to understand both the empirical
observations from the natural sciences and the ethical theories from philosophy.
So we're presenting and integrating both sides for the students," Suckiel explains.
Guest lecturers from science and industry give students a real-world perspective
on the moral issues involved in applying research to practice. During the quarter
each student has the opportunity to be a panelist within the course. Following the
guest lecture and in consultation with Deamer and Suckiel, the student panelists
generate topics for class discussion each Thursday.
Offered for the first time this quarter, Bioethics in the 21st Century: Science,
Business, and Society is proving successful with the students, instructors, and
guest speakers. Enrollment is strong and class discussions are lively. "It's
been enlightening for both the science and humanities majors to have the ethical
implications of genomics and biotechnology discussed, and Ellen and I are learning
a lot as well," said Deamer. The class will be offered again in winter quarter
Upcoming speakers include Jay Ogilvy, president, General Business Networks, Berkeley
(February 19), and Brent Constantz (Ph.D., Earth sciences, 1984), of Corazon Inc.,
Menlo Park (February 26). More information about the class and a complete list of
guest speakers is available online.
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