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‘Ethics and Genetics’ topic of next URI Honors Colloquium lecture, Nov. 15

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

KINGSTON, R.I. – November 7, 2011- Laurie Zoloth, former president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, is the next speaker in the University of Rhode Island’s 2011 Honors Colloquium, which examines the question “Are you ready for the future?”

Zoloth will address the political, ethical, and social implications of future technologies Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Edwards Auditorium on the URI Kingston Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Her involvement with the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, led to her being honored in 2007 for her service. Zoloth received their award for service in the field. In 2000, Zoloth’s work with ethical issues and their relation to the mapping of the human genome earned her an Ethical Legal and Social Issues grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Human Genome Research Institute. She also served two terms with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s National Advisory Committee, the nation’s highest civilian board for NASA.

Zoloth is now director of the Center of Bioethics, Science, and Society and the Brady Scholar Program in Ethics and Leadership at Northwestern University, where she also teaches medical ethics and humanities as well as religion. Zoloth’s current projects involve new issues in medical and research genetics, nanotechnology, and neuroscience. She also serves on a variety of boards including the International Society for Stem Cell Research, where she speaks about the ethical issues surrounding this controversial topic. Zoloth has written several books and received multiple awards for her teaching and research.

There are two programs remaining in the series: cybersecurity expert Richard Clarke on cyberwarfare (Nov. 29) and a group presentation on (Dec. 6) by 56 honors students, who attend a class complementary to the colloquium. Their focus will be “We Are the Future.”

All of the lectures will be streamed live at www.uri.edu/hc, where the complete schedule of events is also listed. For additional information about the URI Honors Colloquium, contact Deborah Gardiner at debg@uri.edu or 401-874-2382.

Major sponsors of the Honors Colloquium are the G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation, the URI Honors Program, and the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, with sustaining sponsors including The Mark and Donna Ross Honors Colloquium Humanities Endowment and the URI Office of the Provost and Office of the President. Additional support is provided by URI’s Harrington School of Communication and Media, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, Classroom Media Services, College of the Environment and Life Sciences, College of Human Science and Services, College of Business Administration, College of Pharmacy, Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance, University College, Coastal Institute, Division of University Advancement, College of Nursing and Department of Communication Studies.