Date & Time Wed, 05/04/2011 5:30pm-7:00pm Overview The first part of this talk examined the fact that a cellphone, by itself, is useless; without the cooperation of the operator, the sales and service network, subsidies and the like, it would be an expensive and useless
Date & Time Wed, 04/06/2011 5:30pm-7:00pm Overview Recent technological advances in information gathering and processing have been successfully used to defend people against abuses, and to direct aid where it can be most effective. Virtually all of the technology now used for Human Rights was
Date & Time Wed, 03/02/2011 5:30-7:00 p.m. Overview Governing Geo-engineering The term geo-engineering covers a range of activities designed either to withdraw greenhouse gases currently residing in the atmosphere or to deflect solar radiation from reaching the Earth’s surface. Some activities of this sort (e.g.
Date & Time Wed, 02/02/2011 5:30pm-7:00pm Overview Issues regarding the safety and efficacy of new medical products intersect at the table where FDA regulators and companies negotiate approvals. At present, both parties are constrained: regulators face many “but what if” disincentives, and companies are wary
Date & Time Wed, 01/05/2011 5:30-7:00 pm Overview As the court battle escalates over federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, scientists continue to pursue alternative stem cell technologies. One such approach involves human parthenogenetic stem cells (hpSC) derived from unfertilized human eggs. These human
Date & Time Wed, 11/03/2010 5:30-7:00 p.m. Overview The Ethics of Cooling the Planet through Geo-Engineering, a three part series. Part II, Five Hard Questions About Geo-Engineering a Cooler Planet Attempts by scientists to find ways of reversing global warming are real, and so
Date & Time Wed, 10/06/2010 5:30-700 p.m. Overview The Ethics of Cooling the Planet through Geo-Engineering, a three part series. Part I: Will Aerosol Particles Prevent Global Warming? A recent report of the National Academy of Sciences finds that, “A strong, credible body of
Date & Time Wed, 09/01/2010 5:30pm-7:00pm Overview Recently scientists at the J. Craig Venter Institute created the first “synthetic” bacterial cell. A team of 24 researchers in San Diego and Rockville, MD, synthesized the genome of a small bacterium from the chemicals that make up