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Sagan National Colloquium Starts New Year with Science Focus

August 21, 2001

DELAWARE, OHIO -- Kicking off Ohio Wesleyan's 16th Sagan National Colloquium public affairs series on Sept. 5 is Dr. Glenn McGee, associate director and professor of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania, and editor-in-chief of The American Journal of Bioethics. His lecture, titled "The Human Cloning Debate: Ethical and Other Implications of the New Biotechnologies" is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Gray Chapel on OWU's campus. Dr. McGee comes to OWU as the David H. Smith Distinguished Lecturer, named for the late 1953 OWU graduate and 1996 Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research recipient. Dr. Smith received the award for his work in developing a vaccine against the bacterium Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), commonly known as spinal meningitis.

The fall semester's Colloquium series' theme, Science: It's Not Just for Scientists Anymore, will focus on the exciting topic of science and its impact on society. This focus will include not only scientific discoveries, but also their ethical, political, historical, economic, and environmental implications and the importance of science literacy for all citizens. Dr. McGee has authored numerous best-selling books, among them, The Human Cloning Debate, which includes "A Model for Regulating Cloning," co-authored by Dr. Jan Wilmut, the scientist who successfully cloned Dolly the sheep in 1996.

Complementing this year's Colloquium theme is a dynamic and varied assortment of guests including:

* Representatives from an environmental advocacy organization and the biotechnology industry will examine "The Benefits and Risks of Genetically Modified Foods" on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in OWU's Hamilton-Williams Campus Center.

* Ohio Wesleyan students will discuss their summer research at a Summer Science Research Symposium on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 4:15 p.m. in OWU's Chappelear Drama Center. Research topics will include neuroscience, molecular genetics, electrokinetics, and feather-degrading bacteria and pathogens.

* Dr. Howard Van Till, author of The Fourth Day: What the Bible and the Heavens are Telling Us About the Creation and retired professor of astronomy and physics at Calvin College will speak on "Finders and Keepers: Can Religion Keep What Science Finds?" on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in OWU's Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room.

* Dr. Lawrence Krauss, professor of physics at Case Western Reserve University and best selling author of The Physics of Star Trek and Beyond Star Trek will lecture on "An Atom from Ohio Wesleyan: A Cosmic Mystery Story," on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in OWU's Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room.

* Ruth Messinger, president, executive director, American Jewish World Service, and Woodrow Wilson Visiting Scholar at OWU will discuss "AIDS in Africa," on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in OWU's Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room.

* Bill Nye, scientist, inventor, comedian, writer and host of the Emmy-award winning science series, Bill Nye, the Science Guy, will speak about "Science Rules!" on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in OWU's Gray Chapel.

* Dr. J. William Schopf, director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Evolution and the Origin of Life and author of Cradle of Life will present "Discovery of Earth's Earliest Fossils-Solution to Darwin's Dilemma" on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room.

* Dr. Ken Kensey '72 M.D., cardiologist, graduate of The Ohio State University Medical School and author of The Blood Thinner Cure will speak on "Science and Entrepreneurship" on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bigelow Lecture Hall of the R.W. Corns Building on campus.

* OWU alumni will explore "Women in Science" on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room.

* The OWU Theatre Department will perform The Accidental Doctor on Oct. 26, 27 and Nov. 2, 3 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. in the Chappelear Drama Center.

* Dr. Hans Binnendijk, chair in Science, Technology and Security at National Defense University, and previously Special Assistant to the President for Defense Policy and Arms Control will address "National Missile Defense: Intersection of Science, Politics and National Security" on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in OWU's Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room.

* Laurie Garrett, Pulitzer-prize winning science journalist (also winner of the Polk and Peabody awards) and writer for Newsday will speak on "Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health" on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in OWU's Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room.

* Dr. Paul Schimmel '62, professor of molecular biology and chemistry at Scripps Research Institute will lecture on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in OWU's Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room.

* Dr. John Morris '70, the Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Professor of Neurology and co-director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis will outline "Precursors to Alzheimer's Disease" on Monday, Nov. 12 in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room.

* Dr. Bernard Adelson, M.D., medical ethicist, will lecture on "Ethical Issues in the Profession of Medicine" on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in OWU's Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room.

"People around the world are taking more responsibility for having informed opinions on the nature of scientific discoveries and the implications for everyday life," says Audry Carter, vice president of university relations at OWU who with a faculty, student and administrator advisory committee is coordinating the 2001 Colloquium series.

In the end, as Carter concludes, "the success of this year's Colloquium will hinge on the degree to which it fosters continued debate and greater understanding about the rewards and challenges that science offers all of us."

The Colloquium lectures are free to the public. For further information, call the Office of University Communications at 740-368-3335 or visit snc.owu.edu.