Religion and Science Forum
"The Genetic Revolution: Can Ethics Keep Pace?"
Monday, March 12, 2012
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall - Executive Classroom 102 (SOLES)
A Faculty Seminar featuring perspectives from the disciplines of philosophy, science, ethics, theology and from the biotech industry itself discussing the ethical and social implications of some of the most recent developments in stem cell research.
A light dinner will be served. .
Antonio Autiero, PhD, Professor of Moral Theology of the Faculty of Catholic Theology of the University of Münster
John H. Evans, Professor and Chair of Sociology, UCSD
John H. Evans earned his B.A. from Macalester College and his Ph.D. from Princeton. He has been a Post-doctoral Fellow at Yale, a visiting member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, and has held a visiting professorial fellowships at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Muenster. His research focuses on religion, culture, politics and science. His first book, Playing God? Human Genetic Engineering and the Rationalization of Public Bioethical Debate (2002, University of Chicago Press), won the Distinguished Book Award from the Religion Section of the American Sociological Association. Evans has written over 35 articles and book chapters on topics in religion, culture, politics and science.
Jeffrey Janus, CEO of Lifeline Cell Technology; Senior Vice President of Operations, International Stem Cell Corporation
Mr. Janus founded Lifeline to meet a growing need for media and human cells for pharmaceutical drug screening, consumer product testing, stem cell research and basic research. He has over 20 years of business and scientific experience focused on building cell-based businesses including businesses in the contract manufacturing of human cells and culture media for clinical use. Mr. Janus is published in the stem cell field and was instrumental in the work leading to the use of parthenogenesis to create human pluripotent stem cell lines. Mr. Janus was an early member of the team that founded International Stem Cell Corporation and is currently on the Board of Directors. Mr. Janus has an MBA and a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry.
Lawrence Hinman, PhD, Professor of Philosophy and co-director of the Center for Ethics in Science & Technology , USD
Lawrence M. Hinman, PhD, has been a member of the USD faculty since 1975. He currently serves as the co-director of the Center for Ethics in Science & Technology. Professor Hinman offers undergraduate courses on ethics, including ethical theory, applied ethics, and ethics and contemporary science. His research focuses on ethical issues in emerging science and technology, including search engines, privacy and surveillance, stem cell research and therapy, neuroscience, and robotics. He has been very active in bring ethics-related resources to the Web, founding Ethics Updates in 1994 and Ethics Videos in 2000. He has also done extensive work in academic integrity and ethics across the curriculum.
Ph.D., Loyola University, Chicago
M.A., University of San Diego, MFC
B.A., Loyola University, Chicago
Gerard Mannion, DPhil, is the Director of the Center for Catholic Thought and Culture and Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at USD. A specialist in ethics, he has written about ethical discernment and public policy in relation to bioethical developments, including the genetic revolution.
" When more complex matters of public policy … are under consideration a community is indispensable... Discernment ought to be a social as well as individual process..."
Keynote expert guest:
Antonio Autiero, PhD, Professor of Moral Theology of the Faculty of Catholic Theology of the University of Münster. He was also Director of the Centre for Religious Studies of the Fondazione Bruno Kessler in Trento, Italy from 1997 until 2011. His research expertise includes social ethics, bioethics, the theory of moral subjectivity and the ethical implications of scientific research in general. He was a member of the organizing committee of the 2010 ‘Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church’ congress in Trento, alongside Boston College’s Jim Keenan. He is also a member of the Bioethics working groups for the German Episcopal Conference and the European Episcopal Conferences in Brussels, as well as a member of the Federal Government’s Ethics Committee on stem cell research.