BU’s Health Sciences Symposium focuses on bioethics

For immediate release: March 29, 2007

BLOOMSBURG — The executive director of the President’s Council on Bioethics, Washington, D.C., will be the featured speaker at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s 16th annual Health Sciences Symposium on Thursday and Friday, April 12 and 13, in the Kehr Union. All symposium events are free and open to the public.

The conference will open with a keynote address by F. Daniel Davis, “Biotechnology, Bioresearch and Bioethics: Their Significance for Our Shared Humanity,” on Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m. He will also present a workshop, “On the Moral Formation of Healing Professionals,” on Friday, April 13, at 8:30 a.m. Both events will take place in the Kehr Union Ballroom. Davis’ Thursday evening lecture is part of BU’s Provost’s Lecture Series.

The President’s Council on Bioethics, created by executive order in 2001, advises the president on ethical issues related to advances in biomedical science and technology. Topics under consideration include aging and end-of-life decisions, human cloning, genetics, human dignity, organ transplantation, stem cell research and regulation of assisted reproduction.

Davis was appointed as the council’s executive director in January 2006. He also is a senior research scholar and associate dean for educational planning and evaluation with Georgetown University’s School of Medicine. He co-directs Georgetown’s interdisciplinary curriculum in clinical ethics and is a member of the Georgetown University Hospital Ethics Committee, serving as co-chair of the committee’s task force on end-of-life care.

He earned a doctoral degree in philosophy from Georgetown University with a specialization in the philosophy and ethics of medicine. His scholarly interests include clinical reasoning, decision making, theory and method of clinical ethics, end-of-life care, moral development of health professionals and education reform in medicine.

The symposium, co-sponsored by BU’s School of Health Sciences and the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, will also feature presentations and poster sessions by undergraduate and graduate students; faculty in allied health, audiology and speech pathology, exercise science and nursing; and health care professionals. It will be held in conjunction with the annual Wellness Fair on Friday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Kehr Union, multipurpose rooms A and B. Sponsored by the Student Health Center, the health fair will include more than 40 exhibits, demonstrations and information booths on a variety of health and wellness topics and an appearance by local balloon artist Lanny Lee, a 1969 BU graduate.

The Health Sciences Symposium is co-sponsored by BU’s School of Health Sciences and the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation. 

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.