Newsletter Fall 2011 Biological Futures Initiative

Biological Futures Initiative

Biological Futures in a Globalized World is a joint initiative of the Simpson Center for the Humanities and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC).

This spring saw the launch of an ambitious two-year project on the social impacts and ethical implications of fast-moving developments in the biological sciences. Philosophy faculty are centrally involved, and it will bring to the department a Postdoctoral Fellow with expertise in (non-medical) research ethics.

The impetus and the funding for this partnership comes from the Center for Biological Futures, recently established at FHCRC by molecular biologist Roger Brent. Alison Wylie is the Director for a cluster of UW-based projects, and Steve Gardiner is one of four UW Faculty Fellows participating in the inaugural summer research consortium. Look for news of upcoming events in the early fall; these will include a biweekly colloquium and speaker series on Biological Futures. For details check the web at:

http://depts.washington.edu/uwch/biofutures1011.html

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