Ethics Lecture Series line-up announced

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Ethics Lecture Series line-up announced

The Ethics Center at Fresno State has announced its spring 2008 ethics lecture series line-up, which will focus on science and technology.

The lectures will take place on Wednesdays from noon to 12:50 p.m. in the Alice Peters Auditorium in the University Business Center. Lectures will include:

Feb. 6 – “What is This I’m eating?” – Biologist Jim Prince, a professor of molecular genetics at Fresno State, will discuss the science, ethics, risks and benefits of genetically modified food.

Feb. 20 – “Urban Beavers, Suburban Bears, and Household Geckos: On Sharing our Habitat with Wildlife” – Madhu Katti, Fresno State assistant professor of biology , will talk about how humans share their habitat with a variety of non-human animals and how both have adapted while co-evolving with other species.

March 12 – “The Art, Mystery, and Controversy of Stem Cell Culture” – Jason Bush, an assistant professor of biology at Fresno State, will address stem cell research and the fundamental concepts and technical advancements affecting this complex topic.

April 23 – “The Stem Cell Debate: Religious and Ethical Issues” – Ted Peters, a professor of systematic theology at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, will discuss the religious and ethical issues that arise in stem cell research and biotechnology. The talk will be based in part on his recent book, “The Stem Cell Debate.”

For more information about the center and lecture series, call 559.278.2621 or visit www.csufresno.edu/ethicscenter.