OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Faculty selected for bioethics institute at Oregon State

07/13/1998

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:

ALABAMA

TUSKEGEE

Ramble O. Ankumah, associate professor of agricultural sciences, Tuskegee University; Connie Price, professor of philosophy, Tuskegee University

CALIFORNIA

SANTA BARBARA

Frank Percival, professor of biology, Westmont College

FLORIDA

TALLAHASSEE

Lynette P. Padmore, professor of biology, Florida A AND M University.

HAWAII

HONOLULU

Charles M. Kinoshita, professor of biosystems engineering, University of Hawaii-Manoa; Douglas L. Vincent, associate professor of animal science, University of Hawaii-Manoa

MAINE

BRUNSWICK

William L. Steinhart, professor of biology and biochemistry, Bowdoin College

OHIO

COLUMBUS

Donald J. Eckert, professor of natural resources, The Ohio State University

PENNSYLVANIA

UNIVERSITY PARK

C. Paolo Ferreri, assistant professor of fisheries management, The Pennsylvania State University; Grace A. Wang, assistant professor of forest resources, The Pennsylvania State University

PHILADELPHIA

James A. Serpell, associate professor of veterinary medicine, University of Pennsylvania

SOUTH DAKOTA

BROOKINGS

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

TEXAS

COLLEGE STATION

Chris Skaggs, assistant professor of animal science, Texas A AND M University

WEST VIRGINIA

MORGANTOWN

Hillar Klandorf, associate professor of animal and veterinary sciences, West Virginia University

WYOMING

LARAMIE

Nancy L. Stanton, professor of zoology and physiology, University of Wyoming

AUSTRALIA

WEST SYDNEY

Nadarajah Sriskandarajah, senior lecturer in environmental management, University of West Sydney

PORTUGAL

LISBON

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