Updates & Activities - Spring 2018

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Dignitas Vol. 25, No. 1 (Spring 2018)
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Paige Cunningham, JD, PhD

  • Wrote a column for the Winter 2017 issue of Salvo on research ethics and retractions in science publishing.
  • Interviewed in February about the first cloned monkey on “Let’s Talk with Mark Elfstrand” (WYLL Chicago).
  • Interviewed in February about the uterus transplant baby (“Brian and Kathleen,” Moody Radio Cleveland)
  • Interviewed in January by Kristen Flavin for WORLD Magazine’s “The World and Everything in It” podcast on the first baby born in the U.S. from a womb transplant.
  • Interviewed in January with Vernacular Podcast examining abortion’s legal history in the U.S.

Michael Sleasman, PhD

  • Published the entry on “Bioethics” in the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, edited by Daniel Treier and Walter Elwell (Baker Academic, 2017).
  • Served as the guest editor with D. Christopher Ralston for a special themed issue on “Bioethics” for the Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability (Spring/Summer, Fall/Winter 2017).

Michael Cox, PhD (Cand.)

  • Facilitated the Spring Theological Bioethics Roundtable Discussions of Jonathan Wilson’s God’s Good World: Reclaiming the Doctrine of Creation (Baker Academic, 2013).

Heather Zeiger, MA

  • Published column on “Porn Planet” in the Winter 2017 issue of Salvo.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Bioethics Scholarship

CBHD launched its first ever Student Paper Competition this Fall in conjunction with its 25th annual conference. Undergraduate, graduate, seminary, and doctoral students were invited to engage questions from a Christian perspective associated with foundational or emerging issues raised at the intersections of medicine, science, technology, and our common humanity. The winning paper will be published in a future issue of Dignitas. In addition, the author will receive a complimentary conference registration, cash prize of $250, and the opportunity to present the paper during a parallel paper session at the conference. More information about the 2019 Student Paper Competition can be found at https://cbhd.org/conf2019/student-competition.

7th Annual Academy of Fellows Consultation

The Center hosted its 7th annual Academy of Fellows consultation in mid-February exploring the topic, “Genetics, CRISPR, and Beyond?” Presentations by William Hurlbut, MD; Kevin FitzGerald, SJ, PhD, PhD; and Russell DiSilvestro, PhD explored different aspects of the challenges and opportunities presented by emerging CRISPR technologies at the forefront of ethics and gene editing, and were followed by an extended time of reflection and discussion among the Fellows as they sought to provide guidance for the Center on this important issue. Videos of the presentations are available at https://cbhd.org/genetics-crispr-and-beyond. In addition to these important deliberations, the academy welcomed Dr. FitzGerald as a new Senior Fellow.

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