2003 Bernard Rothenberg Lecture
in Biology and Public Policy
"The Global Biodiversity Treaty: Why is the United States Not
November 10, 2003
4 p.m., Ely Room, Wyndham
Ian Bowles is executive director of the Massachusetts
Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC). The Boston-based,
non-partisan think tank advocates policies promoting the growth
and vitality of the middle class in Massachusetts.
he was a Senior Research Fellow with the Environment and Natural
Resources Program and the Science, Technology, and Public Policy
Program at the Belfer
Center for Science & International Affairs, Kennedy School
of Government, Harvard University. He has also been a Senior Advisor
and Environment Program Director for the Gordon and Betty Moore
Until 2001, he served concurrently as Senior Director of Environmental
Affairs at the National
Security Council and as Associate Director for the Global
Environment at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
2002: Shirley M. Tilghman, president of Princeton University,
presented the Colleges 2002 Bernard Rothenberg Lecture in
Biology and Public Policy on Nov. 12. Her lecture was titled "Perspectives
on the Stem Cell Debate."
Tilghman was a founding member of the National Advisory Council
of the Human Genome Project Initiative for the National Institutes
of Health. A world-renowned molecular biologist, Tilghman has conducted
pioneering research in mammalian genetics, focusing on the roles
that genes play in the development of the mammalian embryo. As a
postdoctoral fellow at NIH, she participated in cloning the first
mammalian gene. Tilghman is also a national leader in the efforts
to promote women in science and to encourage the early careers of
and New York Times Science and Medicine Reporter,
speaks on "Finding an Interesting Story Among the Mundane:
A Journalist's View of Reporting on Science and Medicine"
2000: Carnegie Institution President Maxine F. Singer addressed
an audience of Bryn Mawr science faculty and students on The
Public and Biology: Catching Up. Singer is one of the nations
most prominent research scientists in biochemistry and molecular
biology. A pioneer in recombinant genetics, she received the National
Medal of Science in 1992 for her outstanding scientific accomplishments
and her deep concern for the societal responsibility of the scientist.
Singer is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and
the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, scientist emeritus at the National
Institutes of Health, former director of the Whitehead Institute
and former chair of the editorial board of Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences.
Singer addressed the importance of closing the gap between scientific
advances in biological research and the publics understanding
of these advances. She discussed two recent examples of public misperceptions
about biological research. One was the prohibition last year by
Kansas public school board against teaching evolution. The
other is the increasing trend to ban genetically modified crops
and produce from farm fields and stores. In both cases, Singer says,
public policy was influenced more by sensational media and impassioned
politicians than by objective science.
Singer observed that scientific progress can have profound benefits
agricultural, medical, economic or purely intellectual
that change society for the better, which the public tends to welcome
and support. But unless researchers and educators do a better job
of increasing public understanding of science, the societal changes
spurred by scientific progress will tend to lead to apprehension
Dr. Arthur Caplan,
Director of the Center for Bioethics
at the University of Pennsylvania,
speaks on "Septuplets, Conception After Death and Cloning --
Are These Any Way to Make a Baby?"
Dr. Joshua Lederberg,
Nobel Laureate and Sackler Foundation Scholar,
The Rockefeller University,
speaks on "The Future of Infectious Disease."
President Emeritus of Stanford University,
former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Bing Professor of Environmental Science at Stanford.
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