Updates & Activities - Summer 2009

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Paige Cunningham, JD

  • Spoke at “Bioethics in the Balance: Hype, Harm, and Humanity,” in Phoenix, Arizona on June 15, 2009.
  • Taught the Intensive Institute during the Global Bioethics preconference courses.

Michael Sleasman, PhD

  • Co-taught with Christina Bieber Lake, Bioengagement: Current Issues in Bioethics & Cultural Engagement, during the Global Bioethics post-conference seminars.
  • Presented a paper entitled, “Brokenness and the Technological Drive for Perfection” at the Joni & Friends, Christian Institute on Disability inaugural Board of Reference meeting in September.

Hans Madueme, MD, MDiv, PhD Candidate

  • Co-taught the Conference Wraparound Course for Global Bioethics with Dennis Hollinger, PhD.
  • Spoke on bioethics at Harvest Bible Chapel, Gurnee, IL, on July 25, 2009.

Susan Haack, MD, MA

  • Presented on the ethics and politics of HPV vaccine with Nick Yates, MD, during the Global Bioethics parallel paper sessions.
  • Recently testified, both orally and in writing, at the Wisconsin Medical Society Committee on Health Care Ethics regarding Resolution 14, a resolution promoting physician-assisted suicide.


Mary B. Adam, MD, PhD, FAAP

  • Recently finished a PhD in Program Evaluation and Research Methods (2009) and was a Fulbright Fellow in Kenya during the 2008-2009 Academic year. She is working on a Bioethics curriculum for Pediatric Residency Programs with people on the Bioethics Section, and has a regular column in the AAP Bioethics Section Newsletter where she most recently addressed ethical issues in genetic testing of newborns.

Samuel Hensley, MD, and Elizabeth Hensley, MD

  • Led seminars in July at the National Youth Science Camp, a three week science symposium for two top science students from each state that are beginning college in the Fall. There were also students from Europe and South America in attendance. Samuel gave a lecture to the whole group prior to the seminars.

Dónal O’Mathúna, PhD

  • Completed the recently published Nanoethics: Big Ethical Issues with Small Technology (Continuum, 2009). Donal co-taught a new course with Dennis Sullivan, MD, Teaching Bioethics during the Global Bioethics– post-conference seminar courses.

Barbara White RN, CNS

  • Was selected as one of twenty national Faculty Champions to participate in an NIH program over the next year to incorporate genetics and genomics into nursing education curriculum. Since she is in the process of starting a nursing program at Colorado Christian University, this role will be very beneficial. She plans to use what she gains in Nurses Christian Fellowship International (NCFI) Leadership Development as well.


CBHD collaboration with novelist Austin Boyd led to submission of the Chimera Chronicles series proposal to Zondervan and acceptance of the first volume on the exploitation of women through egg harvesting. CBHD will serve in a bioethics consultant role for the novels in this series

Dr. Robert D. Orr’s long awaited contribution to the Center’s monograph series Critical Issues in Bioethics, Medical Ethics and the Faith Factor: A Handbook for Clergy and Health Care Professionals, was published in October by Eerdmans. This 500-page book is intended for healthcare professionals, ethics consultants and clergy. It offers chapters on the fundamentals of clinical ethics and on precepts from various faith traditions that may be considered by those encountering bedside ethics dilemmas, followed by chapters on various categories of dilemmas with case discussions and comments by the author.

CBHD & Social Networking – Did you know that CBHD has a presence on Facebook, Linked-In, and Twitter (through our bioethics.com feed)? Our Facebook cause is: www.causes.com/cbhd. The Bioethics.com Twitter feed is: www.twitter. com/bioethicsdotcom.

Beginning this Fall, the Center will partner with Moody Radio to develop a new audio commentary entitled, “Everyday Bioethics.” Each Tuesday morning, listeners will be able to hear CBHD Executive Director, Paige Cunningham, discuss complex issues in a way that is easily understood and yet challenges the listener to think differently about everyday choices that reside in the realm of bioethics.

We are continuing to develop our new website, www.cbhd.org, with new and updated bibliographies, engaging podcasts, and thoughtful articles. Since the website redesign, we have been very encouraged by the responses from visitors to the site. Our desire is to expand the influence of cbhd.org, so that newer audience members will be encouraged to thoughtfully reflect on bioethical issues from a Christian worldview.