CORVALLIS, Ore. - Twenty distinguished faculty members from around the United States, as well as Australia and Portugal, have been selected to participate in a prestigious national bioethics institute this summer at Oregon State University.
They will join 18 faculty members from OSU to look for ways to better teach ethics to college students in science and related fields.
The institute is sponsored by a two-year, $110,000 grant from the National Science Foundation - one of three the NSF is funding for 1998-99, according to Courtney Campbell, director of the Program for Ethics, Science and the Environment at Oregon State.
Campbell said the goal of the institute is to begin training science faculty to integrate the teaching of ethics throughout the entire curriculum.
"The relationship between ethics and science is becoming more pronounced - and is under greater scrutiny - than ever before," Campbell said. "It is important to discuss these issues with students, but when ethics professors go into a science classroom, they don't necessarily have the credibility with students, and it gives the appearance that ethics are peripheral to the 'regular' curriculum."
Among the topics that will be discussed at the institute: ethical issues surrounding biotechnology, the renewed interest in land ethics and natural resources, treatment of animals, and the role of religion.
The institute will run from Aug. 1-6 at OSU. National faculty selected for the institute include:
Ramble O. Ankumah, associate professor of agricultural sciences, Tuskegee University; Connie Price, professor of philosophy, Tuskegee University
Frank Percival, professor of biology, Westmont College
Lynette P. Padmore, professor of biology, Florida A AND M University.
Charles M. Kinoshita, professor of biosystems engineering, University of Hawaii-Manoa; Douglas L. Vincent, associate professor of animal science, University of Hawaii-Manoa
William L. Steinhart, professor of biology and biochemistry, Bowdoin College
Donald J. Eckert, professor of natural resources, The Ohio State University
C. Paolo Ferreri, assistant professor of fisheries management, The Pennsylvania State University; Grace A. Wang, assistant professor of forest resources, The Pennsylvania State University
James A. Serpell, associate professor of veterinary medicine, University of Pennsylvania
James J. Doolittle, associate professor of soil chemistry, South Dakota State University; Zeno W. Wicks III, professor of plant science and statistics, South Dakota State University
Chris Skaggs, assistant professor of animal science, Texas A AND M University
Hillar Klandorf, associate professor of animal and veterinary sciences, West Virginia University
Nancy L. Stanton, professor of zoology and physiology, University of Wyoming
Nadarajah Sriskandarajah, senior lecturer in environmental management, University of West Sydney
Manuel Pedro Salema Fevererio, assistant professor of plant biology, University of Lisbon; Humberto Rosa, professor of zoology, University of Lisbon, and environmental affairs adviser for the Prime Minister of Portugal; Jorge Miguel Luz Marques da Silva, research assistant in plant biology, University of Lisbon