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Renowned bioethicist to give free public talk

March 21, 2008

KALAMAZOO--A world-renowned bioethicist will speak on "Ethics and Science: Lessons From Bioethics" from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in Putney Auditorium of the Fetzer Center at Western Michigan University.

Presenting the free, public talk will be Dr. Adrienne Asch, director of the Center for Ethics and the Edward and Robin Milstein Professor of Bioethics at Yeshiva University. Her work focuses on the ethical, political, psychological and social implications of human reproduction and the family; rights of the disabled; human rights issues; and ethical problems delivering health care.

At Yeshiva, Asch also holds appointments at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Division of Bioethics and at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, both in the Department of Family and Social Medicine and Department of Epidemiology and Population Health.

Asch has written, co-written or co-edited numerous articles, book chapters and books. This scholarly work includes co-editing the books, "Prenatal Testing and Disability Rights" and "The Double-Edged Helix: Social Implications of Genetics in a Diverse Society." She is writing a book on cloning and on assisted reproduction, and has served on the editorial boards of Ethics & Behavior and Microbial and Comparative Genetics.

A Hastings Center fellow, Asch is a board member of the Society of Jewish Ethics and American Civil Liberties Union. She has been a member of the board of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, the Clinton Task Force on Health Care Reform, and the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications Policy Planning Group of the National Human Genome Research Institute. She was named Blind Educator of the Year in 1997 by the National Federation of the Blind.

Her "Ethics and Science" talk is sponsored by WMU's Graduate College and Society of Sigma Xi, in association with the University's Center for the Study of Ethics in Society and the Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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