June 4, 2002
Human Cloning Topic of MBL Lecture, June 14
WOODS HOLE, MABioethics expert Dr. Arthur L. Caplan will present "What exactly is wrong with cloning a human being?" on Friday, June14 at 8 pm in the Marine Biological Laboratory's (MBL's) Lillie Auditorium, MBL
Street, Woods Hole. The lecture, which is being held in conjunction with the laboratory's Frontiers in Reproduction course, is free and open to the public.
Caplan is currently the Trustee Professor and Director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He is also a Professor in the Departments of Philosophy and in the Department of Psychiatry in the
School of Medicine.
Prior to coming to the University of Pennsylvania in 1994, Caplan taught at the University of Minnesota, the University of Pittsburgh, and Columbia University. He was the Associate Director of the Hastings Center from 1984-1987.
Born in Boston, Caplan completed his undergraduate work at Brandeis University and received a Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science at Columbia University in 1979.
Caplan is the author or editor of more than twenty books and over 500 papers which have appeared in journals of medicine, science, philosophy, bioethics, and health policy. He has written a weekly newspaper column for the
Hearst/King Features syndicate on bioethics and currently writes a regular column on bioethics for MSNBC.com.
He has served on a number of national and international committees including the Chair of the Advisory Committee to the United Nations on Human Cloning, the Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Department of Health and
Human Services on Blood Safety and Availability, the Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War Illnesses, the special advisory committee to the International Olympic Committee on genetics and gene therapy, and the special
advisory panel to the National Institutes of Mental Health on human experimentation on vulnerable subjects.
Caplan is the recipient of many awards and honors including the McGovern Medal of the American Medical Writers Association, Person of the Year-2001 from USA Today, and six honorary degrees from colleges and medical
schools. He is a fellow of the Hastings Center, the NY Academy of Medicine, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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