August 26, 2008

Case Western Reserve University's Inamori Center brings genome expert to campus

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Case Western Reserve University's Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence is bringing the individual most knowledgeable perhaps about the human genome to campus September 4.

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., a physician-geneticist and former leader of the Human Genome Project—who also is the recipient of the inaugural Inamori Ethics Prize from the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve—will discuss "The Promise and Peril of the Genomic Revolution" at 1 p.m. September 4 in Severance Hall.

Joseph Nadeau, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Genetics at the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, will provide an introduction. The event also will feature video presentations about the Inamori Ethics Prize and its first recipient.

Both the lecture, and a symposium with Collins and Case Western Reserve faculty that follows at 2 p.m. in Severance Hall, are part of the daylong Inamori Ethics Prize Celebration. The lecture and symposium are free and open to the public. Dress is business attire.

The Inamori Ethics Prize Ceremony, during which Collins will be presented with a one-of-a-kind medal, designed by the University Marketing and Communications creative team, and a monetary prize, begins at 6 p.m. in the Reinberger Auditorium of Severance Hall. Tickets to the prize ceremony are $25 and can be purchased through the Severance Hall box office at 216-231-1111. Dress is business attire or black tie.

Tickets to the celebration's gala dinner at 7:30 p.m. at Severance Hall are $250, which includes admission to the prize ceremony. Attire is black tie.

In addition to details about the Inamori Ethics Prize celebration, the August issue of the "Message Form The Director" newsletter from the Inamori Center announces two upcoming events that are part of the university's 2008-2009 Celebration of Darwin and Evolution.

The Inamori Center will host Robert J. Richards, Morris Fishbein Professor in the History of Science and Medicine at the University of Chicago and noted author of evolutionary theory, at 5 p.m. September 18 in the Wolstein Research Building first-floor auditorium and the university's Public Affairs Discussion Group at 12:30 p.m. September 19 at the center on the ground floor of Crawford Hall. Richards will discuss "Darwinian Moral Theory," and the discussion group will cover "Evolution and Politics."

Shannon E. French, Ph.D., most recently the associate chair of the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the United States Naval Academy, where she had been a member of the civilian faculty since 1997, has been named the center's new director, effective September 8.

All Case Western Reserve University faculty, staff and students are invited to a reception honoring Eastwood for his dedication to Case Western Reserve from 3-5 p.m. September 5 at the Alumni House. Please RSVP by September 2 to Jane Howarth Vogelsberger.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, August 26, 2008 03:03 PM | News Topics: Administration, Ethics, Events, Faculty, HeadlinesMain, Lectures/Speakers, Provost Initiatives, news

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