Center News - Winter 2005

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Center News Sarah Flashing, M.A. Director of Communications The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity

CBHD President on Milwaukee PBS Program CBHD President Dr. Andrew Fergusson appeared on the Milwaukee PBS program 4th Street Forum, recorded on October 20. This episode, “A Death of One’s Own,” focused on end-of-life decisions and the controversies surrounding the Terri Schiavo case. This was the third of a four-part series entitled “America’s Storm,” moderated by Jack Murtaugh. Other panelists included Tracey Humbert, M.D., Clinical Instructor, General Internal Medicine & Palliative Care, Medical College of WI; Father Andrew Nelson, Prof., St. Francis Seminary, Hospital Chaplain, Assistant Priest—St. Paul’s Parish; and Thomas Potter, JD, Milwaukee County Assistant DA.. For more information on how to obtain a copy of this episode or entire video series, contact Sarah Flashing at 847.317.4097 or by email at

CBHD Welcomes New Staff Member

The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity is pleased to announce that Emmanuel Parakati has joined the staff as Director of Business Operations. With Master’s degrees in Education and Business, he brings to the position a wealth of professional experience and a passion for the Center’s mission. Emmanuel is married to Rajini, a molecular biologist at Northwestern University.

The Center says goodbye to Regional Conference Manager, Betsy Babcock. Betsy has recently accepted a ministry position with North Suburban Evangelical Free Church in Deerfield, IL. We wish Betsy much joy and success in her work.

13th Annual Summer Bioethics Conference

Neuroethics: The New Frontier is the title of the 2006 Summer bioethics conference. This conference will focus on where the science and clinical implications of “neuroethics” are now and where they are headed and will include speakers such as William Cheshire, Jarret Richardson, Thomas Pellegrino, Cindy Province. Institutes and Seminars will include leaders such as William Cheshire, Dennis Hollinger, Joyce Shelton, E. David Cook, John Kilner, and David Fletcher.

Conference - July 13-15

Pre-conference Institutes - July 10-13

Post-conference Seminars - July 17-19.

Please check for more information as it becomes available.

Hype vs. Fact: An Internet Resource

When it comes to stem cell research, political hype is often substituted for scientific facts. Do No Harm: The Coalition of Americans for Research Ethics is a partnership of researchers, bioethicists, academics, and others devoted to informing the public of the ethics and science of stem cell research. The centerpiece of the Coalition’s efforts is the Do No Harm website,, maintained by CBHD. One featured section is “The ‘Political Science’ of Stem Cells,” a series of one-page ‘lessons’ that counters hype with scientific fact.