The New Biology Conference

Friday, March 8th, 2002

Third Floor, Levis Faculty Center 919 W. Illinois St. Urbana

Event Description

This two-day event features thematic sessions addressing issues arising from the new biology from a broad interdisciplinary perspective.

Tracing the Roots of the New Biology
Charles Darwin and the New Biology of the Nineteenth Century
Richard Burkhardt, CAS Resident Associate and Department of History

From Gene Action to Genetic Programs: Narratives of Development and the Molecular Revolution
Evelyn Fox Keller, Program in Science, Technology and Society, MIT
(cancelled due to illness)

Issues in Agriculture and the Environment
Moderator: Bruce Chassy, Associate Executive Director, Campus Biotechnology Center

Animal Cloning and its Applications in Agriculture and Medicine
Neal L. First, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Geobiology: New Perspectives on Planet Earth
Bruce Fouke, Department of Geology

Biology as Enabling Science of the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industries
Gregory Stephanopoulos, Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT

How GMOs Might Change Agriculture: Biology, Economics and Politics
Jerry Nelson, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics

The Ethics of Genetically Engineered Animals
Robert Streiffer, Program in Medical Ethics, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Keynote Address
From Stem Cells to Jail Cells -- The Politics of Embryo Research
R. Alta Charo, Law School, University of Wisconsin, Madison



The Human Condition: Life Span
Moderator: Harris Lewin, CAS Resident Associate and Department of Animal Sciences

The Genetics of Aging and the Plasticity Within
Caleb E. Finch, Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California

Genomic Variation in Human Disease
Aravinda Chakravarti, McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, Johns Hopkins University

Unexpected Plasticity of Adult Marrow-Derived Stem Cells
Catherine Vervaillie, Stem Cell Institute, University of Minnesota

Genetic Citizenship: Bench Scientists, Physicians and Patient Group Activism in the Shadow of the Genome
Rayna Rapp, Department of Anthropology, New York University

The Human Condition: The Nature of Human Nature
Moderator: William T. Greenough, Director, Center for Advanced Study

How Will the Progress in Genetics Change our Lives?
Rex L. Chisholm, Center for Genetic Medicine, Northwestern University

Synapse-Specific Gene Expression: Role in Synaptic Plasticity and Memory Storage?
Oswald Steward, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of California, Irvine

Humans as Microbial Planets
Abigail Salyers, Department of Microbiology

Genomic Enthusiasms, Biological Reality, and the Spectre of Eugenics: What Can We Learn From History?
Garland Allen, Evolutionary and Population Biology Program, Washington University