Honors Colloquium - University of Rhode Island
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Fall 2011 Honors Colloquium

Laurie Zoloth (November 15)
Ethics and Genetics


Laurie Zoloth is the Director of the Center for Bioethics, Science, and Society, a Professor of Medical Ethics and Humanities at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, as well as a Professor of Religion at Northwestern University Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and the Director of Northwestern University's Brady Scholars Program in Ethics and Leadership. Zoloth is also the former President of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, and in 2007, she received the Society's award for service in the field. In 2000, she was awarded an Ethical Legal and Social Issues (ELSI) grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Human Genome Research Institute to investigate ethical issues related to the mapping of the human genome. Zoloth has also served on several NASA committees, including two terms with NASA's National Advisory Committee, the nation's highest civilian board for NASA.

Currently, Zoloth serves on the board of the Society for Neuroethics, the International Society for Stem Cell Research, and the Society for Scriptural Reasoning, and she is Chair of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Bioethics Advisory Board. Her current projects include work on emerging issues in medical and research genetics, nanotechnology, and neuroscience, as well as ethical issues in stem cell research. She is the author of several books, and she has received numerous awards for both her research and teaching.

At the 2011 URI Honors Colloquium, Zoloth will address the ethical, social, and political implications of future technologies discussed throughout the Colloquium.  



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URI Presentation - Video
The video for the URI presentation on 11/15/11

Northwestern University Profile
Laurie Zoloth's profile on the Northwestern University Bioethics website

NPR Article
Laurie Zoloth's NPR article: What Does It Mean to be Human?

Laurie Zoloth's talk on the ethical considerations surrounding stem cell research