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Seventh Annual Fall Ethics Symposium

Ethics in Biology and Medicine

Biology and medicine--especially as they relate to human beings--have always possessed moral dimensions.  For example, in advancing the discipline of human biology, there are countless moral virtues (like honesty) that we ought to cultivate, and innumerable moral duties (like 'tell the truth') that we ought to honor.  Likewise, the practice of human medicine is enhanced, and arguably constituted by, both moral virtues (like compassion) and moral duties (like 'benefit the patient').  These moral dimensions of biology and medicine often intersect, and occasionally seem to be in competition with each other.  In today's world, for example, continuing discussions about the meanings of human health, and the morally best ways of promoting human health, are important parts of our individual and communal lives.  Illustrations of this can be found in the ongoing conversations about different types of stem cell research, learning about neurodevelopmental disorders, and the government's proper role in promoting human health.  Come join us as we advance these discussions with some of the most interesting ethical issues in biology and medicine.

Symposium Program

Monday, October 29th, 2012
Redwood Room, University Union

9:00-9:25am Greetings and Opening Remarks
Russell DiSilvestro, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director, Center for Practical and Professional Ethics, Sacramento State
Rick Schubert, Professor of Philosophy, Cosumnes River College and Executive Director, CRC-CPPE Fall Ethics Symposium Series
Charles Gossett, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Sacramento State
Christina M. Bellon, Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy, Sacramento State
Kimo Ah Yun, Interim Associate Dean, College of Arts and Letters, Sacramento State
Jill Trainer, Dean, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Sacramento State
Deborah Travis, President, Cosumnes River College

9:30 am – 12:00 Panel: Ethical Dimensions of the Affordable Care Act/Health and Human Services Contraception Controversy
Moderators:
Paul D. Paton, Vice Provost, University of the Pacific; Professor of Law and Director, Ethics Across the Professions Initiative, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
Courtney E. Williams, Director for Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Associated Students Incorporated, Sacramento State
Panelists:
Christopher Tollefsen, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Graduate Program, University of South Carolina
Christina M. Bellon, Professor of Philosophy and Chair, Department of Philosophy, Sacramento State
Leslie Gielow Jacobs, Professor of Law; Director, Capital Center for Public Law & Policy, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
James F. Sweeney, Partner, Sweeney & Greene LLP; General Counsel, California Catholic Conference; General Counsel, Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento
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1:30 – 2:45 pm Panel: Ethical Dimensions of Studying and Treating Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Professional Perspectives from the Trenches
Moderators:
Nielsen M. Gabriel, Executive Vice-President, Associated Students Incorporated, Sacramento State
Panelists:
Randi Hagerman, Medical Director of UC Davis MIND Institute
Paul J. Hagerman, Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at UC Davis
Flora Tassone, Professor in Residence, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at UC Davis
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3:00 – 4:30 pm Keynote Session: “Good Science” and Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Moderators:
David Dozier, Neurologist, Neurological Consultants Medical Group, Inc. (retired); Clinical Professor of Medicine, Department of Neurology, UC Davis Medical School (retired)
Erica Brown, Director of Arts & Letters, Associated Students Incorporated, Sacramento State
Panelists:
Keynote Speaker: Christopher Tollefsen, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Graduate Program, University of South Carolina
Alumni Panelist #1: Hannah Jones, Project Coordinator, Teachers for Healthy Kids; Sacramento State Philosophy Graduate (2012)
Alumni Panelist #2: Manny Garcha, CSUS Stem Cell Master’s Degree Student; Sacramento State Biology Graduate (2011)
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